Blogs

Not with a bang but a whimper: The end of the mining boom and the next budget

With the Federal Government's Plans pretty much stall what can we expect from the upcoming budget?

Border controls continue to kill

Some thoughts on the recent tragedy off the coast of Libya and how it ties into political rhetoric on immigration and the received wisdom of border controls as a social necessity.

Portland demands a raise: PDX joins the Fight for Fifteen global day of action

230 cities around the world joined together for April 15th's Global Day of Action for Fight for Fifteen, and Portland has a unique place in this movement as it joined the mobilization.

Continuing hunger strike of political prisoners

Anarchist banner on the steps of parliament

For more than a month now political prisoners in Greece have been on hunger strike demanding the removal of various repressive and anti-terror structures. The hunger strike and its solidarity campaign have so far been the first major political opposition to the coalition government led by Syriza.

The trial of Anthony Wedgwood Benn (information required)

I am currently writing a polemical book about Tony Benn - (The Trial of Anthony Wedgwood Benn)

Iran hysteria returns

A short article about the media encouraged frenzy over Iran.

Beating back the bureaucrats - Jonathan Payn

An article by Jonathan Payn that focuses mostly on a recent initiative called Bloque Sindical de Base in Argentina.

Dear Cheerleaders, we need to have a chat about imperialism

Wearing the flag of Ocalan

On the process of change in Northern Syria often called the Rojava revolution, the PYD as proponent of the process, and its alliance with Western imperialist powers.

Dagong Diary, Part 1: Job Hunting

Part 1 of a 7-part series recording a short excursion into the lives of migrant workers at the beginning of China’s working year, in an industrial district of Shenzhen.

Right and Left against the state: education without classes

Education reform, whether promoted by the Left or Right, often fails to deeply address the class-based issues driving the alleged "failure" of the educational system.

Is there a revolutionary method?

This is an article critiquing the idea of a single revolutionary method that leads to truth and revolutionary action drawing from dissonance between choosing how to act and the emergence of large scale forces in capitalism.

Taking Housing Justice Into the Future (Part I)

The first part of a speech given at the Howard Zinn Bookfair in 2014 on Take Back the Land, Occupy Our Home, and burgeoning housing movements after the financial crisis.

Unison activists vote to reopen 2015 pay dispute

Unison Special Local Government Conference, 24 March 2015

In an almost unprecedented move, rank-and-file Unison representatives in councils and schools voted in a special conference earlier today to tear up the 2014-16 pay deal which union leaders drew up with Labour Party officials and submit a new pay claim on top.

Richmond, California rail conference report-back

San Francisco Bay Area oil-rail infrastructure

On 14 March 2015, two dozen rank-and-file railroad workers, as well as nine refinery workers who had recently been on strike, gathered in Richmond, California for a conference with the purpose of building bridges with ecologists, especially given the recent spate of oil train derailments and explosions.

Unemployed? Low wages? Bad sex life?! 'The nation' won't help us!

Article on nationalism and its divisive effect between workers, with a focus on warehouse workers in West London.

Don't breakdown! Slow down!

Experiences from Sainsbury's/Wincanton distribution centre in Greenford

Elis died of slave-like life in agency center

Crowded "dormitory" provided by agency company in Hong Kong, with workers sleepi

An Indonesian migrant domestic worker recently died in a Hong Kong work agency hostel. We re-post an article from WKNews that examines the collusion between Hong Kong authorities, the Indonesian government and private agencies and the effect it has on the situation of Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong.

LSSE Wobblies send solidarity to the sacked A2Z staff

Support sacked A2Z staff

The IWW members at the Leicester Square School of English would like to send our fullest solidarity to the workers at the Dublin A2Z language school who, much like ourselves, have experienced the callous indifference of TEFL bosses.

Five reasons "red" Len won't break the law

“Red” Len McCluskey is once more rattling his sabre ahead of the General Election. But don’t expect it to ever be drawn. Here’s five reasons why.

Gender war and social stability in Xi’s China: Interview with a friend of the Women’s Day Five (1st half)

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Many friends and associates of the five feminists detained on March 7 are still in hiding, but one was willing to meet for an interview on March 16. The fact of their detainment has been widely reported in the international media, but so far little analysis has been offered, so this interview focuses on questions such as: what is unique about this case? Why were these individuals targeted? Why, in the Xi regime’s crackdown on civil society in general, does it seem especially afraid of feminism?