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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 November 2018
What we saw
Imitation Soviet ushankas are a fashion no-no whatever your politics (Click to enlarge)
What does the European Parliament... well... do? It doesn't have any real law-making powers - those rest with the unelected European Commission. It cannot overturn the leadership of the EU, the unelected European Council.
But it can write angry letters. The latest missive is to internet retail giant Amazon, signed by 27 MEPs. It calls for "the discontinuation of sales of goods with the hammer and sickle symbol, representing the Soviet Union."
They point out that the crimes of Stalinism were grisly and sweeping. But the hammer and sickle was not of Stalin's making.
It was first a symbol of workers and peasants coming together to run society for themselves, overthrowing the murderous warmonger dictatorship of the landlords and capitalists.
It isn't the Stalinist betrayal of the Russian revolution which concerns these capitalist politicians. It's the growing interest in an alternative social system: one based on public ownership and democratic planning, not the chaos of the market and dictatorship of the billionaires.
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In The Socialist 21 November 2018:
What we think
Tories Out! General election Now!
May's government limps on... Corbyn and unions must call urgent, mass action
International socialist news and analysis
How can Trump be defeated?
Spanish state: Over one million students strike against sexism and for inclusive sex education
Political turmoil in Sri Lanka
Even UN slams Tory poorhouse Britain
Housing arrears double, suicide risk soars - scrap Universal Credit!
75,000 kids in foster care - and counting: end cuts and for-profit care
Them & Us
What we saw
Save the high street: public ownership, not ghost malls
'Worker's death could happen again' at Leicester plastic factory
Arriva Rail North under pressure after nineteenth Saturday strike
Indefinite dinner ladies' and teaching assistants' strike
Hamilton posties walk out against bullying
Tube strike solid against victimisation
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Save our NHS - oust the Tory wreckers!
Solidarity with Irish rape trial protests
Thousands march against racism - now Corbyn and unions must take lead
Mansfield council must step in to save miners' park
Stop Nottingham Labour's cuts to disabled travel!
Step up fundraising for the Xmas Collectathon!
Nothing to offer from the Blairites
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