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Saudi Arabia-Canada feud reflects ruling class fears at home and abroad

Picture of Canada and Saudi Foreign Affair Twitter AccountsThe ongoing dispute between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Canada continues to escalate. In the latest development, Saudi state television channel Al Arabiya aired a segment criticizing Canada’s human rights record, making a number of false claims—such as that Jordan Peterson had been arrested for his political views—while also pointing to real issues such as Canada’s abysmal treatment of Indigenous people. Though Saudi Arabia itself is one of the most repressive and reactionary regimes in the world, its televised broadside against Canada underscores the severity of the recent quarrel between the two countries. What is the meaning of this unprecedented breakdown in relations?

IMT World Congress 2018: retying the knot of history

CP Operator on trainBetween 24-29 July, 370 Marxists from more than 25 countries gathered in the Italian Alps for the 2018 congress of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT). In years to come we believe this congress will be remembered as a turning point in the effort to build a worldwide organisation capable of leading the working class in the struggle to overthrow capitalism.

Haiti in revolt: mass protests and general strike against fuel price hike

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Mass protests erupted last Friday (6 July) across Haiti to oppose the government’s plan to cut fuel subsidies. President Jovenel Moïse’s government at first appeared prepared to push ahead regardless of the protests, but with the demonstrations growing in size and scope, the government backed down on Saturday and announced a temporary suspension of the price hike.

Donald Trump and the world

Donald Trump, in his personality, psychology and instincts perfectly reflects the real nature of the class he represents / Image: Gage SkidmoreLenin once wrote an article entitled Combustible Material in World Politics. But the amount of combustible material in the present world situation dwarfs anything the Bolshevik leader might have had in mind. Everywhere one looks there is instability, turbulence and convulsion: the conflict between Russia and Ukraine; the bloody Civil War in Syria; the conflict between Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia; the unresolved question of Palestine; and the long-drawn-out and equally unresolved war in Afghanistan.

Donald Trump ruins Justin Trudeau’s G7

G7 Summit Donald Trump decided to transform the G7 meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec into a fiasco. Less than 24 hours after stating that relations between the United States and Canada “have never been better” and after the seven major powers signed a joint communiqué to bring the G7 to an end, the American president did an about-face.

Following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s press conference closing the G7, Trump embarked on a series of attacks against him on Twitter, accusing him of “stabbing the United States in the back.” He also disassociated himself from the joint communiqué issued by the seven powers only a few hours after it was published. While it seemed as though tensions between Trump and the other six powers had been eased, at least temporarily, this “consensus” is now in ruins.

G7 summit ends in chaos

Merkel stares down at TrumpExpectations for the G7 were not high, but the outcome was even worse than expected. For the first time ever, the G7 ended without a joint statement, and with Trump lashing out at Canada and the EU. The summit in North Korea, on the other hand, ended with all smiles and a joint statement promising peace, denuclearisation and security.

Defend Venezuelan expat voting rights!

Venezuelan Voting StationThe Canadian government has announced that it will not be allowing Venezuelan expats the right to vote in the upcoming Presidential election in Venezuela. Almost immediately, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza attacked the decision and pleaded with the government to reconsider.

Imperialists celebrate 70 years of Israel with a bloodbath

The Palestinian Authority, under the leadership of Abbas and Fatah, has proved in the last two decades – beyond any doubt – that the pretence of building an independent Palestinian state under the imperialist patronage of the Oslo and Madrid Accords (which left in the hands of the Israeli ruling class all the threads of strategic control over the economy), was just a reactionary utopia.  The mix of endemic corruption on the part of the Palestinian elite and their commitment to collaboration with the Israeli state in policing the Palestinian people (the security cooperation with Israel, which Abbas has previously termed ‘sacred’), together with slow economic strangulation and ceaseless Israeli support for land-grabs and illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, have fully discredited the policies of Fatah, along with the moral and political authority of its leadership.  On the other hand, it is clear that Hamas is playing a game aimed at resurrecting its declining support by putting up an apparently defiant stand against Israel – a tactic it has applied many times in the past. But the ongoing mass protests at the Gaza border reflect a different situation, which is not at all under Hamas’ control. There is a growing understanding that the tactic used by the Hamas leadership of engaging into an asymmetric military battle against overwhelming Israeli forces has only made things worse, and only mass resistance can break the 12-year blockade of Gaza.  Both Fatah and Hamas have thrown the Palestinian liberation struggle into a blind alley. The mass resistance of tens-of-thousands of Palestinian men, women and youth is exposing the brutality of the oppression they are subjected to from the Israeli State. It is also opening a new perspective for the struggle of the Palestinian people in face of enormous obstacles. It deserves the full solidarity of the international workers’ movement.The spectacle of celebrations for the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday 14 May stood in stark contrast with the bloodshed in Gaza, where on the same day, 59 Palestinian demonstrators were killed and more than 2,700 injured by Israeli snipers. As we stated in a previous article, the mass resistance movement by Palestinians in Gaza for the right of return for the Palestinian refugees of 1948, and against the 12-year-blockade by Israel, has been growing despite the harshest repression by the Israeli Army.

Release abducted Pakistani socialists!

Pictures of arrested comradesSeven prominent youth and trade union activists have been disappeared in Karachi by the Army and Sindh Rangers, a paramilitary state department notorious for extra-judicial killings. Nobody has been told about their whereabouts so far and no case has been registered against them.

World perspectives: 2018 – a year of capitalist crisis

We present the International Marxist Tendency's world perspectives for 2018: constituting our analysis of the current situation in world politics, and predictions about where we are headed. This draft document will be discussed and finalised at the IMT's 2018 World Congress in Turin. It was written in the first few months of this year, and although some of the events described have developed since, these developments only further confirm our overarching analysis of the world situation.

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