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AUKUS military alliance: The chaotic sharpening of imperialist rivalries

Under Biden the USA’s warlike approach towards China has continued and intensified. The explicit goal of the pact between the US, Australia and Britain, AUKUS, is to block the expansion of China in the region. But this circumstantial and ephemeral military alliance only further destabilises the world imperialist situation.

Wars in Libya and Yemen: The generalisation of capitalist decomposition

A child soldier in Yemen. The mobilisation of children for war is a growing feature of “modern” barbarism

Wars and instability continue to rage across the Middle East. The region is a free-for-all which the self-destructive dynamic of capitalism is exacerbating at all levels. This is very clear in the cases of Libya and Yemen, analysed here by a close sympathiser.

The humiliation of British imperialism in Afghanistan

The withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul to the Taliban showed the decline of the world's only remaining superpower. British imperialism had been a part of the occupation since the invasion of 2001. The failure of the US was shared by the UK, which has been further reduced in its status among the second and third-rate powers.

The petrol supply crisis: no national solution

Low wages and harsh working conditions are pushing HGV drivers out of the haulage industry. Due to the shortage of truckers and workers in other industries, large parts of the country are not being supplied: petrol stations are drying out, restaurants are closing, shelves in supermarkets remain half-empty and abattoirs cannot process meat. Planning by the national state brings no solution to the anarchic nature of the capitalist mode of production.

No future without the overthrow of capitalism

Albrecht Dürer, The Four Riders of the Apocalypse

The “end of the world” foreseen in ancient and mediaeval apocalypses really signalled the end of a particular mode of production, which was to be replaced by a new mode of production, a new form of class rule. But capitalism is the last class society, and its headlong drive towards the abyss faces humanity with the single alternative: communist revolution or the destruction of humanity.

Economic attacks expose the fraud of “levelling up”

The Tory government presents itself as the “People’s Government”, committed to a programme of “levelling up” of those workers who have been “left behind” by an economic crisis, which is blamed on “globalisation”. This populist world view is now being revealed in all its poverty and mendacity by the very measures being taken by the same government, which attack social benefits, wage levels, and job security.

USA: the struggle of the workers’ movement against slavery and racism (Part 3)

C.L.R. James in 1938

In part two of this series on the proletarian struggle against racism in the U.S., we examined the positions in the Socialist Labour Party (SLP) and in the Socialist Party of America (SPA) at the end of capitalism’s ascendant phase. In the third part of the series, we look at how revolutionaries in the US analysed the problem in the period of capitalist decadence opened up by the First World War.

The necessity for a transition…to communism

The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a grim picture of the mounting ecological crisis, but the governments of the world, loyal servants of capitalism, are incapable of addressing the roots of the problem. Faced with a looming catastrophe, competition between capitalist states can only intensify.

 

Covid-19, climate catastrophe, chaos in Afghanistan... Capitalism's historic crisis is gathering pace

The global Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across all continents with all states unable to make a coordinated response. Indeed, the main events of the last two months confirm the deadly dynamic into which capitalism is plunging civilisation. Discuss and contribute to the ideas outlined in this editorial at online meetings organised by the ICC – see the information below.

Exacerbation of tensions between the great powers and instability of alliances

While the Covid-19 crisis has persisted for almost two years with its heavy health, social, political and economic impact on most of the world's states, this has in no way moderated their imperialist appetites. The rise in tensions has been particularly marked in recent months by a clear exacerbation of the opposition between the USA and China, highlighted most recently by the so-called “Aukus” agreement between the US, Britain and Australia, and explicitly aimed at China.

 

New climate protests: it’s capitalism which is destroying the planet!

In the face of the looming ecological catastrophe, disquiet and indignation are immense, as shown by the “marches for the climate” in 2019, which mobilised millions of young people from many countries. New protests are now taking place in many countries. At the time, we showed that these marches were situated on a totally bourgeois terrain. This is why we invite our readers to read or re-read the international leaflet we distributed at the first marches of 2019, which remains fully valid.

UNAM teachers’ strike: The need to relearn the lessons of the past

The strike at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) clearly shows that the proletariat has kept intact its capacity to fight for the defence of its living and working conditions, despite the many difficulties and obstacles in the current situation.

 

The “defence of democracy” is not a vaccine against capitalism; it is a deadly virus for the proletariat

The exasperation expressed in “anti-compulsory vaccine” demonstrations around the world rails against being subjected to the diktats of arrogant government which has piled up inconsistencies in the face of the pandemic, imposing repeated lock-down confinements after continually opening up too soon or boasting of a scientific approach while what is in fact foremost is bourgeois negligence. But protests of this kind can in no way lead to a development of consciousness in the proletariat of the irremediable impasse of the capitalist system.

The bitter fruits of the “War on Terror”

To mark the 20th ‘anniversary’ of the September 11 attacks in New York, we draw our readers’ attention to our lead article from International Review 107, “New York and the world over: Capitalism sows death”. The article denounces the massacre of thousands of civilians, the majority of them proletarians, as an act of imperialist war, but at the same time exposes the hypocritical tears shed by the ruling class. As the article says, “The attack on New York was not an ‘attack on civilisation’, it was itself the expression of bourgeois ‘civilisation’”.

Against mass lay-offs - The mass struggle of the proletariat

We are publishing an article written by our comrades in Spain about the surge in lay-offs following in the wake of the pandemic. But as the article insists, “Lay-offs are not limited to Spain, they are happening all over the world”. Workers everywhere will not emerge from lockdowns to enjoy a “better world” but will be faced with increasing attacks on their living standards at all levels, demanding, as the article also insists, a unified response from the working class.

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