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USA: Ruling class divisions deepen

usa government shutdownThe worldwide crisis of capitalism is leading to a deep questioning of the structures, institutions, politicians, and parties of bourgeois society. The period of crisis, revolution, and counterrevolution we have entered is necessarily accompanied by splits among the capitalists and their politicians. Simply put, the ruling class is no longer able to rule in the old way. The minor reforms and concessions won by the workers, and even basic democratic rights are no longer sustainable, and must be chipped away.

 

The Syrian tragedy and the imperialist farce

The spontaneous uprising of the Syrian masses, inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, has degenerated into a sectarian bloodbath. Deprived of a revolutionary leadership, the hopeful beginnings have been transformed into a tragedy. On the other hand, US imperialism's hypocritical and bellicose zig-zags are a complete and utter farce, and graphically illustrate the limits of US power. Long accustomed to getting its way with no questions asked, Obama’s handling of the Syria situation has exposed the new balance of forces on a world scale. While still the preeminent imperialist power, the dream of a “Pax Americana” under US auspices has been reduced to rubble, with far-reaching implications.

Hands off Syria! No to imperialist aggression!

The war drums in Washington are beating their macabre tune loud, announcing an imminent US attack on Syria. In the UK, the faithful squire, prime minister David Cameron, is willingly echoing the call. The British Parliament is expected to back the military option in an emergency meeting convened for 29th August. Direct imperialist intervention marks a fundamental change in the situation in Syria after the spiralling sectarian civil war had wiped away the revolutionary potential of the anti-regime protests, which were sparked in January 2011 by the events of the Arab Spring.

The Egyptian Revolution — A nightmare for the bourgeoisie

The overthrow of Muhammad Morsi has opened up a new and turbulent period in the Egyptian Revolution. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) still has a base in Egyptian society, among the petty bourgeoisie, the most backward and ignorant layers of the peasantry, and the lumpenproletariat. It is determined to cling to power, but the multi-million masses that took to the streets to overthrow them are equally determined that they shall not return. The future of the Egyptian Revolution will be determined by the outcome of this struggle.

The Second Egyptian Revolution: Statement of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT)

Morsi has fallen. The magnificent movement of the masses has once more shown to the entire world the authentic face of the Egyptian people. It shows that the revolution, which many even on the left believed to have stalled, still possesses immense social reserves. Despite all the lying propaganda that tries to present the revolution as a “coup”, this was a genuine popular insurrection, which spread like wildfire through every city and town in Egypt.  This was the Second Egyptian Revolution.

Mass protests in Brazil: Which way forward for the movement?

brazil protests june2013What started as a small demonstration against an increase of 20 cents (barely CAD 9¢) in the price of public transport fares in São Paulo, has become a national mass movement which has mobilized more than a million people in 80 cities. The movement, however, also has a contradictory character. There have also been ugly scenes in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and other main cities. Organized right-wing and extreme right-wing groups resorted to violence to expel left-wing parties, trade unions, social movements, and generally anyone carrying red flags, t-shirts, or symbols from the demonstration. The mobilization of the mighty power of the Brazilian working class is needed to make sure that the most pressing demands of the workers and youth are met.

 

Brazil: The harbinger of a new situation

brazil transit fare protestsBrazil is currently experiencing the largest demonstrations seen in the country in over 20 years. The protests were sparked by an increase in the cost of public transport, but under the conditions of police brutality and the ever increasing cost of staging major sporting events, that spark was enough to set alight the contradictions that have been building up in the form of poor healthcare, poor education, and rampant corruption. With the tentacles of capitalist crisis beginning to reach Brazil, many of the workers and youth in the country are frustrated with the current system and have taken to the streets to demand change.

 

Support the revolutionary workers and youth of Turkey! Down with Erdogan and his gang of thieves!

turkey mass movementThe magnificent movement of the workers and youth of Turkey is an inspiration to the whole world. What began as a peaceful protest against the cutting down of trees in a park to pave the way for the construction of a shopping mall has turned into a tidal wave of mass protests against the vicious and reactionary Erdogan regime, which has acquired insurrectionary dimensions. The courage and determination shown by ordinary people in Turkey has proved yet again that there is a power in society that is far stronger than any state, army, government or police force. That is the power of the masses; once they are mobilized to fight for a change in society, no force on earth can resist them.

 

Mass movement against government reveals contradictions in Turkish society

turkey protests 2013What started as a small scale protest against the destruction of Gezi Park that stands next to Taksim Square in Istanbul has now developed into a nationwide movement demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Erdogan, of the AK Party. What is the background to this movement? How is it possible that an apparently small issue (a “few trees” as Erdogan put it) has sparked such a huge movement? If there were a revolutionary leadership with roots in the working class, we would be on the eve of a revolutionary overthrow of capitalism in Turkey.

 

A narrow victory for the Venezuelan revolution — what next?

venezuela maduro election victoryThis past weekend, Nicolás Maduro, the candidate of the Bolivarian revolution, secured a narrow victory over the right-wing candidate, Henrique Capriles, in the Venezuelan presidential elections. Capriles and the right-wing are alleging fraud and yesterday, attempted to foment a coup to overthrow the Venezuelan government. This shows that now, more than ever, the gains of the revolution must be defended and that the oligarchy needs to be expropriated.