Interview with Ukrainian union organiser Artem Tidv

From John Reimann at Oakland Socialist: Ukrainian union organiser Artem Tidva talks about The unions from the old Soviet Union daysEmployers’ tactics to weaken unions since independenceRelations between Ukrainian and Russian unions before the invasion and since thenHow the invasion has affected union organizing He also makes an appeal for support to Ukraine Social Movement … Continue reading Interview with Ukrainian union organiser Artem Tidv

Review: The Starmer Project by Oliver Eagleton

Book review (first published at the Social Review) by Charles Sirey, republished here with his permission: Since the end of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party a wide array of books have been published, both postmortems of the period, and attempts to forecast, or influence what comes next. Curiously though there has been a … Continue reading Review: The Starmer Project by Oliver Eagleton

As DUP sabotages democracy let’s look again at the Irish border and Brexit

By Micheál MacEoin, adapted and updated by JD One crucial aspect of Brexit, the impact on the Irish (or, rather, British-Irish) Border, was comprehensively ignored in the British media and by most British politicians during the 2016 referendum campaign. The few people who tried to raise the issue were accused by Brexiteers of promoting "project … Continue reading As DUP sabotages democracy let’s look again at the Irish border and Brexit

China’s COVID crisis and the dilemma facing its leaders, by experts who have monitored it since the Wuhan outbreak

A Shanghai refuse worker shows the strain of the month-long COVID lockdown. Shutterstock Jane Duckett, University of Glasgow; Meixuan Chen, University of Glasgow, and William Wang, University of Glasgow More than two years after a deadly strain of coronavirus was first identified in the central city of Wuhan, China remains locked in a COVID crisis. … Continue reading China’s COVID crisis and the dilemma facing its leaders, by experts who have monitored it since the Wuhan outbreak

Self determination and the war in Ukraine

"Is Ukraine’s far-from-perfect democracy worth protecting from Putin’s para-fascist regime? Yes." [Cartoon by Peter Brooks of the Times] By Taras Bilous  Two months ago, when I wrote “A Letter to the Western Left from Kyiv,” I hoped that the shock of the Russian invasion and the voices of the Ukrainian left would push Western leftists to … Continue reading Self determination and the war in Ukraine

Sinn Fein’s historic victory, the ‘national question’ and the prospect of a border poll

Above: Michelle O’Neill, leader of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland, and party president Mary Lou McDonald celebrate victory [Reuters] Sinn Fein has hailed its first election win in Northern Ireland’s history as a "defining moment" and called for a debate on the creation of a united Ireland. Sinn Fein won the largest number of seats … Continue reading Sinn Fein’s historic victory, the ‘national question’ and the prospect of a border poll

Ukraine resistance: “not surprising, but awe-inspiring” – Yuliya Yurchenko

Yuliya Yurchenko, a normally UK-based Ukrainian activist involved in the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign and in Ukrainian socialist organisation Sotsialniy Rukh (Social Movement), spoke to Sacha Ismail and Michael Baker from Ukraine. Yuliya teaches at the University of Greenwich in London; her work includes the book Ukraine and the Empire of Capital: from Marketisation to Armed Conflict. We also recommend the interview Yuliya … Continue reading Ukraine resistance: “not surprising, but awe-inspiring” – Yuliya Yurchenko

Abortion ruling: Supreme Court in hands of religious fanatics

By John Reimann of Oakland Socialist and candidate for Oakland Mayor: A Campaign Statement from John Reimann: It’s now out in the open: The fanatical Christian bigots have seized control not only over the Republican Party but also over the US Supreme Court. These fanatics plan to drive women back into the bad old days … Continue reading Abortion ruling: Supreme Court in hands of religious fanatics

The fetishization of the anti-NATO call in the Ukranian war

By Barry Finger Opposition to NATO has historically been a hallmark of the third camp political approach to the Cold War. Julius Jacobson (Socialism and Thermonuclear War), for instance, argued that NATO was pointless as a means of defending Europe from Soviet nuclear aggression.  Quite the contrary: “(I)t makes the European continent an immediate nuclear … Continue reading The fetishization of the anti-NATO call in the Ukranian war

May Day with LabourStart

On Sunday, the international trade union movement celebrates May Day.  LabourStart will once again be hosting a major online event and I’d like to invite you to join us there.This is your chance to see and hear your fellow trade unionists from across the world.  We’ll have leaders of global unions, rank-and-file activists and everything … Continue reading May Day with LabourStart