Bolivia: reactionary coup forces Evo Morales to resign
On 10 November at 4.50pm, Bolivian president Evo Morales announced his resignation. It was the culmination of a coup that had been brewing for some time. A police mutiny, sharpshooters firing on mine workers, an OAS report questioning the validity of the elections and finally the army “suggesting” he should step down were just the […]
McMaster Indigenous Student Community Alliance condemns police repression of the left in Hamilton – Join our rally on Nov. 12!
Below we publish an open letter by the McMaster Indigenous Student Community Alliance (MISCA), condemning the unjust charges laid against Fightback activist Maximiliano Herrera and 3 others by the Hamilton Police Service. Importantly, the letter makes it clear that the problem extends well beyond the arrest of these four activists, which is only part of an ongoing […]
Extinction Rebellion: Rebellion against whom?
In the past year, we have seen an explosion of the environmental movement. Through the global climate strike and mass demonstrations for the planet launched by Greta Thunberg, an entire generation has gotten a taste of political action, understanding the need for dramatic change to deal with environmental degradation. It is in this context that […]
Toronto university students hold first strike in a generation
On Nov. 6, students at Toronto universities made history by holding the first post-secondary student strike in English Canada for 23 years. The strike involved three universities: Ryerson, York and OCAD, which in total have around 100,000 students. At each campus, picket lines were set up at major entrances, involving a few hundred students. Some […]
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BC Forestry workers strike: Capitalism destroys communities
For more than four months, British Columbia has been a battleground of class struggle, with nearly 3,000 forestry workers out on the picket lines since July 1. Both the union and the bosses have entrenched themselves, and have been waging a war of attrition. But since the BC lumber industry has gone into crisis over […]
Picket lines mean DO NOT CROSS!
Famed author Jack London in 1915 described a scab as, “a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a waterlogged brain, and a combination backbone made of jelly and glue.” Unfortunately, over the last 100 years, the general understanding of what it means to cross a picket line has eroded. Even some union leaders have advocated […]
“A phantom is haunting Europe.” With this celebrated phrase, the authors of the Communist Manifesto proclaimed the dawn of a new stage in human history. That was in 1848, a year of revolutionary upheavals in Europe. But now a phantom is haunting, not just Europe, but the whole world. It is the phantom of world […]
Neither repression nor empty concessions have stopped the Chilean uprising
More than a million people demonstrated in Santiago de Chile on Friday 25 October, in what was called #LaMarchaMásGrandedeChile (Chile’s largest march) – and certainly, it was, being larger than the NO campaign closing rally in 1988 that brought together a million people. The mobilisation on Friday was repeated in cities and communes throughout the country and […]
Alberta budget: Workers to foot the bill for corporate tax cuts
On Thursday, Oct. 24, just a day after the federal election, the United Conservative Party (UCP) declared war on Alberta’s working class. The government’s first budget contains $1.3 billion in cuts, slashing everything from public sector wages to vehicle registration fees, forcing the working class to tighten their belts and open their wallets. Meanwhile, corporate […]
Revolution erupts in Lebanon: down with the corrupt regime!
A powerful revolutionary movement has erupted in Lebanon, spanning the entire country and dramatically changing the political situation. With a collapsing economy and an enormous amount of debt, the corrupt Hariri government has been desperately trying to find new revenues to meet its repayments and appease the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, among […]