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The Bombing of Belgrade: Twenty Years On

Twenty years ago, from 24 March to 10 June 1999, United States and other NATO airplanes conducted bombing raids over what was left of Yugoslavia. Ever since the late 1980s, as capitalism’s world economic crisis sharpened and the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia went down with the USSR, rival war lords had been whipping up ethnic and religious divisions in order to carve out new state territories for themselves.

The Crisis in Care For the Elderly

The dire situation really does pose the question of what sort of society we should and could be living in the 21st century.

From today libcom.org will be known as the 'Library of Communism'

Library building shaped like a hammer and sickle

From today, libcom will be an abbreviation of 'Library of Communism' to reflect our move towards a more Marxist Leninist approach.

Communism Without Workers: An Anarcho-syndicalist Critique Of The Communisation Current

Anarcho-syndicalist critique of communisation

Some Thoughts on Peterson, Zizek and debate as a concept

Some thoughts on the role and function of formal debate.

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power? Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

Striking workers in matamoros

Two months after workers launched wildcat strikes in the Mexican city of Matamoros, 89 “maquiladora” factories, mostly in the auto parts, electric, and metallurgical industries, have agreed to workers’ demands for a 20 percent raise and a bonus of 32,000 pesos (US$1,655)—half of the average yearly salary. The strike wave has become known across Mexico as the “20/32 movement.”

No War But The Class War (NWBCW)

Internationalist communists oppose every war that the capitalist class and their governments create to defend their own selfish interests. This position is nothing new but is the legacy from previous generations who saw that "War or Revolution" is a choice that has to be made clearly and consistently.

System Series - Part Four - A history of revolutions

This is a draft for the fourth part of our system series - it will be published in our local workers’ paper WorkersWildWest. We want to write something basic about the system we live in and the possibility of social revolution - for our colleagues. We don’t want to compromise on the complexity of the issue and we try to avoid lefty jargon. Let us know what you think and we can re-work the draft:
angryworkersworld@gmail.com

Brexit or Not: Workers Have Their Own Battles to Fight

The Brexit pantomime threatens to fracture the traditional political set-up of the British ruling class. Meanwhile the whole issue is diverting attention from the dire situation experienced by the working class. Theresa May has announced that austerity is over but the massive spending cuts that have been implemented over the last decade are not going to be reversed.

GM's plant closures stink of corruption on so many levels

GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant. Credit: wsws.org

Investors and top executives have used profits at GM to enrich themselves for years, while insisting mass layoffs are an unavoidable fact of economics.

Unsealed documents shed light on proceedings that led to Chelsea Manning's imprisonment

Manning’s lawyers believe the government may be trying to prove Manning perjured herself during 2013 testimony. Developments come as Manning enters third week of imprisonment.

Global Capitalism, Empire, White Supremacy: The Mosque Shooting In Perspective

Analysis that situates recent white supremacist violence as a product of global capitalism and it's mechanisms of oppression.

Does anti-capitalism mask anti-Semitism?

Karl Marx holding up an edition of Matzpen's paper

John McTernan, writing in the Financial Times claims that anti-capitalism ‘masks and normalises anti-Semitism’. The claim was picked up the next day by a Labour MP on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Venezuela: A look at fake news and our own arrogance

Fake news about Venezuela is a lesson wrapped in a lesson of why we are not in a position to decide the fates of other countries.

Short comments on Mike Davis’ “Old Gods and New Enigmas - Notes on Revolutionary Agency”

We decided to read and discuss Mike’s text because the question he is asking is a pertinent one: ‘who can become a social force of revolution?’ By looking at what constituted revolutionary agency during the peak-time of working class radicalism between 1870 and 1920, we can perhaps better assess our chances in the present.

Guardian report exposes Amazon wage increase as public relations fraud

A recent report in The Guardian exposes the fraud of Amazon's October wage hike stunt. It also raises the question: was this all simply intended to stave off a unionization effort that began last summer?

Anarchism: basic concepts

This is an introduction in basic anarchist conceptions, ideas and argumentation. The text started its life in the winter of 2010-2011, in Dutch. It was meant to clarify my own mind as a relative newcomer to the anarchist movement. It has been published, October 2018, as a small booklet. Complete text and publication info: https://ravotr.noblogs.org/anarchism-basic-concepts/

The Origins and Capture of International Working Women's Day

We know that the bourgeois state can provide us no genuine or lasting protections and we know that women will never be safe for as long as class society and the social construct of gender exists.

Oakland Strike: Balance Sheet, Lessons, and What Next?

Strike supporting restaurant Oakland

Oakland Educators Association (OEA) reached a tentative agreement to settle a 7-day strike in Oakland, California last week. Jack Gerson, retired Oakland teacher and former executive board and bargaining team member, gives his account of the dynamics of the walkout.