The Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff—the Brazilian Ruling Class on the Warpath

Entrevistas Diversas 23181337800The Brazilian Senate has just voted by a majority of 55 votes to 22 to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Michel Temer, the Vice-President, and member of the bourgeois PMDB, is now making preparations to form a new right-wing government. This marks the end of a long period of relative political stability in Brazil. The economy is in its worst recession since the 1930s. It is in this context that we can understand the recent dramatic shifts and turns in the political situation.

South Africa: The EFF Before the Elections—a Manifestation of the Radical Mood

eff-manifesto-launch-1The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) threw down the gauntlet to the rest of the their political rivals on Saturday at its mass rally to launch their manifesto for the August 3 local government elections.

The rally took place at a capacity crowd of more than 56,000 people at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, a township with deep revolutionary roots and immense historic and symbolic significance to the South African working class. It is not only the biggest township, but also the country’s biggest working class area. The event was held near the site where the Soweto Uprisings of June 16, 1976 began. Those uprisings started when the police opened fire on protesting students. It marked the end of the postwar boom of South African capitalism and the revival of the student protest movement. This culminated in the revolutionary storms in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Obama's Visit to Cuba: A Spoonful of Sugar

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The US embargo and constant imperialist aggression for over 55 years against Cuba have failed in the aim of destabilizing the Cuban government. Instead, the Cuban people have shown remarkable courage and steadfastness in resisting all of the maneuvers of American imperialism and in defending the numerous gains of Cuban revolution—gains ranging from Cuba's often praised medical system, to the literacy campaigns of the revolution's early days, and, of course, the planned economy that made them possible.

Mexico: Explosive Struggle of Polytechnic Students

IPN2A new protest movement has started, in an explosive manner, at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City. On April 14th, three demonstrations were held totaling about fifteen thousand students and workers.

Iran, Ireland, and the US—The Lessons of Three Elections

Ali Khamenei voting in 2013 Presidential Election of IranFor Marxists elections provide a valuable way of ascertaining certain tendencies in society. It is true that they are not the only way of judging the mood of the masses—nor even the best barometer of the real state of the class struggle. At best they are a snapshot of a certain mood at a given time. But having made these necessary reservations and qualifications, one has to take these indicators seriously, as Marx and Lenin certainly did.

In the last few days we have witnessed at least three elections, all of which bear witness to highly significant processes that are now moving with great speed. These processes are not confined to one or two countries. If that were the case, they might be dismissed as mere accidents, events with no particular significance. But when the same—or very similar—processes repeat themselves in many countries, they can no longer be dismissed as accidents. They are the manifestations of the same phenomenon.