Monday, 18 October 2010

International Index

1. Burma- Can The Junta Survive?, argues that street protests, are the methods of the middle class. Only a working-class uprising, beginning in the factories can topple the Junta.

2. Support The Zimbabwean Workers Now, argues that we cannot place any faith in the actions of Imperialism, or bourgeois democracy to resolve our problems internationally. We need a new International Brigade, to provide direct physical, financial, political, and industrial support for our fellow workers wherever they are.

3. Mandela Madness, argues that the kind of cult of celebrity that has surrounded him, is the opposite of the kind of politics workers need, and that the politics that Mandela represented could provide no progressive solution for workers in South Africa.

4. South Ossetia Victim Of The Rise Of Bourgeois nationalism, argues that we have been witnessing a flush of disputes based on a demand for independence by small nations. Marxists have traditionally described such demands as reactionary, and only to be supported in extreme circumstances. In part, they have also been a proxy for big power manoeuvring on the world stage. The Marxist position is to encourage the greatest unity of workers across national boundaries rather than to advocate or support their splitting up. But, a Left, which in large parts has lost faith in the working-class, has increasingly been inclined to limit its vision to a struggle for bourgeois-democratic demands like self-determination, and to hitch its wagon to anyone advocating them. For some on the left that means supporting reactionary nationalists, for others it means supporting “democratic” imperialism and its allies.

5. Georgia And Russia Out Of Ossetia, argues that Marxists should be militantly neutral to both, and argue instead for building unity between Russian, Georgian, and Ossetian workers for a struggle against their common class enemy.

6. More left Confusion Over War, looks at the Marxist position in relation to Revolutionary defeatism etc.

7. Whoop Ass And Class Politics argues that a Marxist response to events cannot be driven by what might be an instinctive reaction based on moral indignation.

8. Imperialist Hypocrisy, argues that the response of US imperialism, and some of its defenders on the Left, to the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia, is in stark contrast to their reaction to similar situations in Kosovo, Tibet etc.

9. Gates Blows The Gaff, shows that support for Saakashvilli, was misplaced.

10. Crimes And Misdemeanours, examines the Marxist, and petit-bourgeois nationalist response to the conflict in South Ossetia.

11. Third World War compares current conditions with those prior to 1914.

12. Georgian War Crimes, discusses the evidence presented by Newsnight.

13. A new Indictment of Georgia, looks at further evidence presented by Newsnight.

14. Remember This, examines what workers should remember on Remembrance Day.

15. Lessons Of the Spanish Civil War, examines what we could learn in respect of current problems.

16. Mullah Light Gets Creamed looks at the re-election of Ahmedinejad, and argues that the Iranian workers should learn the lessons of Trotsky's Action Programme for France.  They should fight for bourgeois freedoms to give themselves a better ability to further their own interests; they should support moves towards bourgeois democracy; but they should not rely on the Iranian or any other bourgeois forces, and they should conduct their struggle on the basis of developing their own workers democracy not by limiting themselves to a struggle within the confines of the democracy of their class enemy.

17. An Iranian Revolution? examined the large scale unrest in Iran following the re-election of Ahmedinejad, and examined the prospects for it going beyond simply unrest in the context of the history of Iran, and the history of other revolutions.

18. US Healthcare, The NHS and the Left examines the debate over healthcare in the US in the context with the British left's uncritical attitude to the state capitalist NHS.

19. Beware Of Greeks In Need Of Gifts is a first look at the emerging Eurozone debt crisis.

20. A Greek Tragedy looks at the death of 3 Greek bank workers as part of protests.  It argues that the problems of Greece could not be simply addressed by a Workers revolution.

21. Feeling The Pain argues that Greece's debt problems are only emblematic of a general problem throughout Europe.  But, it was no coincidence that for 30 years, people were encouraged to take on every more onerous amounts of debt.

22. Chinese Workers and the State is a six part series that looks at the emergence of the Chinese working class as an economic and political force as the economy grows rapidly.  It looks at the nature of the Chinese State, and what it tells us about the USSR also.

23. Is The US Heading For Deflation? looks at warnings from various economists that the US was close to deflation similar to that which had affected Japan.

24. The Class War In France looks at Sarkozy's attacks on workers in the context of the wider economic situation.

25. Will the Euro Break Up examines the future of the euro in the context of the debt crisis.

26. Another Domino Falls examines Ireland's bid for a bail-out following on from Greece.

27. A Marshall Plan For MENA looks at the way MENA has been increasingly tied in to the EU, and plans for something like the Marshall Plan to support economies that move to bourgeois democracy.

28. From The Hope Of Spring To The Danger Of Conflagration warns that euphoria over the Arab Spring may be shortlived.  The material forces thatr led to the establishment of Bonapartist regimes still exist, and the vast array of cleavages, and regional rivalries pose the danger of counter-revolution, and regional war.

29.  The First Casualty Of War looks at the role of systematic lying in the new media age in global conflicts such as Syria and Libya.

30. Global Politics and Economics Intertwined looks at how a series of global events demonstrate the interconnectedness of economics and politics across the globe, and why Marxists cannot respond to events as though they were self-contained.

31. Egypt's General's Follow The 1848 Play Book argues that the junta were setting themselves up to overthrow the Muslim Brotherhood in the name of order, and would resume power.

32. Whither Syria argues there are no good possible solutions for Syria's workers.

33. Romney Abandons Hope Of Presidency says Mitt Romney has given up hope of becoming President, and is devoting the campaign to shoring up the republican core vote.

34. The EU and That Peace Prize argues there is still lots to do to ensure continued peace in Europe.