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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.

USA: West Virginia teachers' victory shows workers fighting back!

Teachers in West Virginia have successfully shut down every school in the state with a rolling wave of strikes, and have won a 5 percent increase in wages. Inspired by events in West Virginia, Oklahoma teachers are now taking to the same road of class struggle in a process that has the potential to spread like a wildfire.

“Trade wars are good” – Trump threatens fragile world economy

In the last week, US President, Donald Trump announced his intention to raise tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, threatening to start a dangerous trade war with the rest of the world. This could plunge the world economy into another deep slump.

Syria: the barbarism of war and imperialist hypocrisy

After all the fuss, noisy propaganda and manoeuvres at the United Nations, the so-called Syrian ceasefire has broken down suddenly, shamefully and irrevocably. In reality it was an abortion that was dead even before it was born.

Fight Trump and the G7!

Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, and Donald Trump at the G7 in May 2017, ItalyOn June 8th and 9th, the G7 will meet in the small town of La Malbaie, Quebec. For this occasion, our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau will welcome United States President, Donald Trump, into the country for the first time. This racist, misogynist billionaire will be united with Trudeau and leaders from five of the most powerful capitalist nations on the face of the planet to make decisions that will have a direct impact on the lives of billions of poor people around the world. In this situation, Trudeau has the audacity to promise a “progressive agenda” for this meeting with Trump and the other leaders of major capitalist powers! It is clear that whatever decisions come out of the G7, the results will not be in our favour. It will be the workers and youth who will pay and it is therefore our duty to fight the G7 as a part of our struggle against the capitalist system in general.

Trump and Western imperialism: hands off the Iranian protests!

President Trump GlaringWaves of heroic protests have spread rapidly to towns and cities throughout Iran over the past two weeks. This was a spontaneous eruption of rage by the lower-middle-class and working-class youth against poverty, rising prices and destitution, as well as against the wealth and corruption of the Iranian elite – particularly the clerical establishment. It is estimated that 21 people have been killed in the protests so far and over 1,700 arrested. Immediately, Western leaders from Washington to London raised a chorus defending the human rights of the Iranian people.

Iranian regime shaken by new mass movement

For the past four days Iran has seen the most widespread protests since the 1979 Revolution. While it is still smaller in size than the 2009 Green movement, it has spread far beyond the mainly urban areas of the big cities to which that movement was mainly confined. This is a sea-change and it has shaken the regime to its foundations.

Trump's Jerusalem declaration: the real face of capitalism

Donald Trump Image Flickr Gage SkidmoreOn Wednesday, US President Donald Trump declared that he would officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This reveals the real nature of the so-called peace talks. In a speech delivered at the White House, Trump said, “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The struggle for a Catalan Republic enters a new stage

The proclamation of the Republic by the Catalan Parliament on October 27th was short-lived. The Spanish state was ready to crush it decisively, while the Catalan government had no plans and no strategy to defend it. That, however, is not the end of the movement.

Catalan government members jailing re-ignites mass movement

The decision to jail eight members of the Catalan government, and to issue an arrest warrant for the Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, along with a further four members of his government, is an unprecedented and very serious violation of basic democratic rights that has revived the Catalan independence movement.