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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 November 2015
International news in brief
USA: Socialist Alternative step up campaigning
As the Socialist goes to press, elections to Seattle City Council are taking place. Socialist Alternative (SA, co-thinkers of the Socialist Party) members and supporters have been campaigning, all-out, to re-elect Kshama Sawant.
Kshama and SA have championed the introduction of a $15 an hour minimum wage in the city as well as fighting for affordable housing for the working class.
This has meant organising alongside workers and tenants to take on the city's entrenched Democratic Party machine with its corporate and landlord backing.
Election results will be published after 3 November on www.socialistworld.net
Russia: Kremlin enters the Syrian quagmire
Rob Jones writes from Moscow on how the effects of the wars and armed conflicts in Syria and Ukraine pursued by Putin, along with Russia's economic crisis, are merging to deepen the country's worsening poverty, corruption and despair.
However, if the working class was to move into action to prevent wage cuts, jobs losses and budget cuts, it would also inevitably lead to opposing the authoritarian policies of the ruling elite.
See article on www.socialistworld.net
Polish ruling party loses election amid workers' anger
Poland's recent general election resulted in defeat for the eight-year rule of the neoliberal Civic Platform and victory for the conservative opposition Law and Justice party.
As Kacper Pluta, Alternatywa Socjalistyczna (CWI, Poland) explains, despite receiving huge funds from the European Union, the government failed to solve the deep crisis in infrastructure and public service delivery.
However, notwithstanding months of workers' struggles before the election, the trade union leaders left the electoral field clear for Law and Justice to capitalise on the discontent.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 4 November 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
£10 an hour now!
Unions must capitalise on mass anger at austerity and anti-union laws
The 'tampon tax' is a tax on being a woman
Long hours ruining health without lifting productivity
Transgender woman locked up in male prison
Tory bid to turn co-op tenants against one another
Them & Us
What we saw
International socialist news and analysis
US: #blacklivesmatter movement challenges racism
Turkey: Erdogan's victory based on fear and intimidation
International news in brief
Socialist Party features
The Socialist: A fighting antidote to the mainstream media's lies
The socialist case for nationalisation of the steel industry
Struggle for solidarity with refugees must be anti-austerity
Where did the unions' money go?
Workplace news and analysis
Strike together to Kill the Bill
Determined DLR strikers to "fight all the way"
Unison general secretary election - vote Roger Bannister
London Underground rep targeted for trade union activity
Fire service cuts put people at risk
Solidarity action for victimised Unison rep
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Wrong: Owen Jones tells Labour "abandon anti-austerity"
Cycle cheat Armstrong's hypocrisy and bullying
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
The Socialist campaign: buy it, sell it - read it, write it
Socialist Party joins campaign against NHS bullying
Super Southampton fighting fund campaign
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