Greek Crisis: The Only Way to Break with Austerity is to Break with Capitalism

greece eu electionsAt the last minute, when it seemed that a break was inevitable, the Greek government made a new proposal which included substantial additional concessions to the demands of Europe’s bankers and capitalists. It is not only that the SYRIZA government has been forced to abandon substantial points of its own election program, but even the famous “red lines” have been crossed.

This is not what one would normally understand as a “negotiation,” in which both parts come together at a middle point. Rather, the SYRIZA government has been forced to accept and agree to every demand of the troika. The latest Greek proposal amounts to 8bn euro worth of austerity measures over 2 years.

Britain: Blairites’ Worries Grow as Corbyn Campaign Gathers Momentum

jeremy corbyn 2To the shock and surprise of mainstream political commentators, Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing Labour MP, has emerged as the clear winner in the first televised Labour leadership hustings. 82% of respondents on an online poll by the Daily Mirror considered Jeremy to have won the debate. Even the arch Tory paper, the Daily Telegraph, was forced to admit he “wowed the audience with his Left-wing agenda.”

Greek Civil War: The 1944–45 Dekemvriana and the Lessons for Today

EAM National Liberation FrontWhile Greece is faced with one of the biggest crises in its history, Greek bourgeois historians and politicians are trying to rewrite history, with their main focus on events that took place before and after Nazi occupation. These years were marked by massive poverty, hunger, and oppression that led to a great wave of militancy among the Greek workers, peasants, and youth.

However, due to the mistakes of the leaders of the Communist Party and the Stalinist bureaucracy, the revolutionary movement that defeated the Nazis was brutally crushed, and resulted in the darkest years of Greek history—the Greek Civil War. The crisis of 2008 and its aftermath have brought back to the surface the memory of these events to remind us about the importance of revolutionary leadership. It is important for Marxists today to understand these events and their relevance to today’s situation.

Kiev’s Contemporary Anticommunism and the Crimes of the Oligarchy’s Very Existence

Ukraine LeninNot only a move to please the far right, the primary reason for the new law against the memory of communism (passed by parliament April 9) is another step by the oligarchy in trying to legitimize itself.

The declarations that “communism in Ukraine is dead” did not begin when the Lenin Statue was torn down by far-right protesters in Kiev’s Bessarabsky market during the first weeks of Euromaidan. These declarations have existed ever since the collapse of the USSR in the early 90s and the first banning of the Communist Party of Ukraine in 1991. The story in both the Western and Ukrainian media went, “How great it was that the people of Ukraine—so long suffering from USSR oppression—could now enjoy the freedoms offered by capitalist democracy.” Additionally, proponents of liberalization claimed that a new capitalist class would be able to revitalize the post-USSR economy, bringing modernization and efficiency.

Spain: Masses Cheer New Mayors as Right Wing is Wiped Out From Main Cities

Spain 2015electionThousands came out to cheer the swearing in of new mayors in Spain on Saturday June 13, in scenes not seen since 1979 or perhaps 1931. The May 24 municipal and regional elections represented a serious setback for the ruling right-wing PP. But the extent of their defeat was not clearly visualized until June 13, when mayors representing parties and alliances to the left of social democracy were sworn in, in 4 of the 5 largest cities in the country: Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Valencia. The fifth, Seville, was taken over by a PSOE mayor, with the support of Podemos-backed “Participa Sevilla,” and United Left (IU).