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Amazon: A new business model better able to manage the contradictions of the capitalist mode of production

Amazon cardboard robot

An attempt to understand the functioning of one the world's most powerful companies using marxist categories - explaining how Amazon manages to combine the functions of productive, comercial and finance capital. The intention is, of course, to try to work out the implications for class strugle...

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.”

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.

Crisis and Mobilisation in the UK

A proposition for how Marxists, communists and anarchists could, or perhaps should, consider the challenge of building dual-power, and counter-institutions in the UK. - reposted on request of the author from https://medium.com/@aralkosig/crisis-and-mobilisation-in-the-uk-a51ebe57b39c

Prisoner found half-dead in bloodbath: Back to TDCJ’s houses of horror and staged gladiator fights

Prison journalist Jason Walker reports on the continuing practice by guards of staging “gladiator fights” between rival groups of prisoners.

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.

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?

Four Rhode Island Prisoners Punished With Solitary Confinement for Possession of Union Literature

The RI DOC (Department of Corrections) has held four men for over ten days in solitary confinement at the ACI (Adult Correctional Institution) for allegedly possessing union literature, according to a statement provided to the press. This story was first published by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.