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The Venezuelan elections: Why the Marxists support Chávez

venezuela election chavez supportersThe presidential election due on October 7 represents a decisive moment in the history of Venezuela. The outcome of this election will have a major impact throughout the continent and internationally. It goes without saying that the Hands Off Venezuela campaign is actively supporting the Bolivarian candidate Hugo Chávez and fighting against any attempt of the oligarchy and imperialism to sabotage the elections. The Marxist tendency stands firmly for the re-election of Hugo Chávez. Why have we taken this position?

 

24,000 teachers on strike in Chicago

chicago teachers strike24,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union are on strike against the dictates of Democratic Party mayor Rahm Emanuel and his corporate backers. This is the first time in 25 years that the CTU has gone out on strike, and comes in the shadow of the upcoming US presidential election. This marks a new chapter in the nationwide struggle between public-sector unions and the Democratic Party.

 

The Crisis of European Capitalism

As we take a break for the summer, we publish this special statement produced by our international sister website, In Defence of Marxism, on the Euro-crisis. The crisis of the euro resembles a long drawn-out death agony. There is one “decisive” summit after another, each proclaiming a definitive end to the euro crisis. The markets rally for a few hours or days and then fall once more. The index of the European stock markets resembles a thermometer that tracks the process of a terminally sick patient. This turbulence in the markets is an accurate reflection of the state of mind of the bourgeoisie, characterized by extreme nervousness. This in turn is a reflection of the fact that the present crisis is unparalleled in its scope. The bourgeoisie finds itself adrift in uncharted waters with no map or compass.

Mass protests in Mexico erupt over election fraud

mexico election fraud protestAs in 2006, mass street protests have erupted in Mexico against electoral fraud by the ruling class. Accounts of massive vote-buying by the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) have prompted as many as half-a-million people, mainly youth, to come out to the streets of Mexico City. As a first step, the candidate of the left, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, should call for more protests, demonstrations, and occupations. But the lesson of 2006 is that such a movement can only succeed if it is the launching pad for an all-out general strike.

Egypt: How do we fight the counter-revolution?

The Egyptian revolution has taken a new turn in the last few days. The ruling Military Council (SCAF) has launched a number of very serious attacks on the revolution. The military police can now arrest civilians at will and parliament has been dissolved. The generals have also announced additions to the Constitutional Declaration of March 2011 which give them virtually unlimited powers. What was supposed to have been the first democratic presidential elections in the history of the country has ended in a farce and a power struggle between two rival factions of the Egyptian bourgeoisie: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Armed Forces.

Greek elections aftermath: Fragile victory for ruling class; SYRIZA is enormously strengthened

The Greek and international bourgeois media orchestrated a huge terror campaign, painting a picture of economic chaos and collapse if Syriza were to win the elections. Thus, by a small margin, New Democracy (ND) scraped into first place. However, the rise of Syriza, despite all this, indicates the continuing shift to the left in Greek society. Now ND will attempt to form a coalition government with the PASOK, which will be one of continued austerity. Nothing has been solved; the problem has only been postponed. All the conditions are being prepared for a victory of Syriza in the near future. Here we publish a comment on the elections, written by the Greek Marxists in the course of today.

Campaign for justice: Foiled attempt to kill trade union leader in Venezuela

On Monday May 21, there was a foiled attempt against the life of comrade Abraham Rivas. Rivas is general secretary of the National Union of Workers of Helados EFE (SINATRASOHE) as well as general secretary of the recently created National Federation of Workers in Food, Beverages, and Other Companies (FENACTRALBECA), which organizes workers in 21 different companies belonging to Grupo POLAR. He is also a revolutionary Bolivarian activist and a supporter of the Marxist tendency, Lucha de Clases. We send this appeal to all socialists, revolutionaries, and trade unionists to bring these perpetrators to justice.

The crisis in Europe: A decisive turn in the situation (Fred Weston speaking tour)

The elections in France and Greece represent a fundamental change in the situation. The crisis of European capitalism has entered a new and turbulent stage. A mood of anger is sweeping across Europe.  Fightback (Canada) and La Riposte (Quebec) are pleased to bring Fred Weston, the managing editor of the popular In Defence of Marxism website, for a speaking tour of Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.  In preparation for next week's tour, we are publishing this article by Alan Woods on the European crisis, and what the recent French and Greek elections mean for the world working class.

In defence of the Syrian Revolution -- Part two

In part two on our series on the Syrian revolution, we outline the confusion that exists on the left as to the real nature of the Syrian regime because of what it was in the past. In the 1960s after a Ba’athist coup, the economy was transformed, adopting the model of the Stalinist USSR. Although progressive in terms of the measures carried out, it was never a regime based on workers’ democracy. Power was in the hands of a bureaucratic elite, and in this lay the danger of a reversal of the progressive measures and a return to capitalist relations.

In defence of the Syrian Revolution -- Part one

It is a year since the Syrian masses rose up against the Assad regime. Since March 2011, the Syrian people have faced the open brutality of the state in wave after wave of mass demonstrations, strikes and civil disobedience. These movements arose in response to the stifling dictatorship, and against the massive inequality, unemployment and poverty in Syrian society. In this series of articles, we wish to present the Marxist position on the revolution, as well as clearing up the confusion around Assad's so-called "anti-imperialism".