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10 Step Guide to Detecting Conspiracy Theories & Bullshit

This article suggests tools for debunking conspiracy theories. It argues such ideas are a dangerous blockage on the path to a clearer understanding of the political, social and economic problems we face. Such an understanding is the first step on the road to liberation.

Wage battles erupt in the Bangladeshi garment sector – and unions can’t contain them

Garment workers protest - Jan 2019

The past two weeks have seen mass walkouts and wildcat strikes by thousands of garment workers. After five years the industry’s minimum wage structure has been adjusted but workers have rejected the proposed new wage levels.
The protests began after the first announcement by the government Wage Board of the new wage levels in September. By December there was a large movement of factory walk outs and road blockades as workers rejected the deal. These struggles reignited in the past two weeks before a general drift back to work in recent days.

Russia’s “anti-fascist” fascism is not a far-away, exotic reality. It’s here

Saturday's demo in London

What they said at the 19 January demonstration in London to support Russian anti-fascists

Yellow Vests respond to the call from Commercy

Yellow Vests Montreuil

The assembly of yellow vests from Montreuil has answered the call from Commercy. They have accepted the invitation to attend the assembly of assemblies.

Striking For The Future of Education: Interview with a Los Angeles Teacher

More than 30,000 educators in the country’s second-biggest school district of Los Angeles are poised to strike Monday, January 12 for the first time since 1989. In the aftermath of the inspiring wave of teacher strikes and actions in 2018, LA teachers are preparing to fight not just for their own jobs, but to defend a vision of democratic and equitable public education against the attack from neoliberal corporate privatizers.

Class War in Social Democratic Sweden

Two activists with the SAC syndicalist union in Sweden write on the “Peace Obligation” proposal which would effectively outlaw strikes and workplaces actions outside of narrow conditions. The piece explains both the political context for the proposal – crafted jointly by employers and major unions and backed by the Social Democratic Party – as well as the the resistance led by a coalition of independent unions and activists.

“Yellow vests” – The struggle continues

“May the Force be with Us”

Abolishing ICE by funding it

In spite of promises to "Abolish ICE," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others voted to fund it on their very first day in office.

Theses on the 2018 proletarian struggles in the Near and Middle East and their prospects

An article summary
The following theses give an introductory summary to the article Iran: What after the repression of the Haft Tapeh workers and the steelworkers in Ahvaz? published in full length on the author’s Libcom blog.

More bad news from the World Bank

IMF+World Bank = Hundreds Rich, Billions Poor

Following on from our recent post on the World Bank and climate change comes more bad news from the Bank. In the World Bank’s flagship 2019 World Development Report, entitled the Changing Nature of Work, the Bank argues for wide-ranging deregulation of labour; deemed necessary to prepare countries for the changing nature of work. The report sets out a nice cosy capitalist future under which firms will be relieved of the burden of contributing to social security, have the flexibility to pay wages as low as they think fit and have the power to fire people at will.