Sep 15 2020

FROM BLAIRGOWRIE TO THE BLACK SEA – STRAWBERRIES AND NUTELLA

We are posting this article by Sarah Glynn from bella caledonia highlighting the plight of Kurdish migrant workers  in Turkey and East European migrant workers in Scotland

FROM BLAIRGOWRIE TO THE BLACK SEA – STRAWBERRIES AND NUTELLA

and the capitalist node of production

 

 

Last week, a brief news story told of a violent racist attack on a family of hazelnut pickers in north west Turkey. 70% of the world’s hazelnuts are grown in the hills near Turkey’s Black Sea coast, and Turkey’s hazelnut production is estimated to employ some four million people. Picking the nuts is hard work and poorly paid. Like most of the pickers, this family was Kurdish, and had travelled hundreds of miles from the other end of the country for the harvest. The hazelnut trees grow on steep slopes, making the work dangerous and uncomfortable. For a month, pickers work up to eleven hours a day, every day of the week, for subsistence wages. The middlemen who recruit the labour take a cut of the money, which is generally not paid out until the end of the season. The meagre wages mean that all members of the family must work, and, regardless of the law, children are not exempt from the long hours or from carrying heavy loads. Only people who had no other choice would take this work – such as the Kurds, and also some Syrian refugees. Continue reading “FROM BLAIRGOWRIE TO THE BLACK SEA – STRAWBERRIES AND NUTELLA”

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Sep 09 2020

EU RECOVERY PLAN – PULLING TOGETHER OR FALLING APART?

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We are posting this article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) about the EU response to Covid-19 and its possible longer term effects.

 

EU RECOVERY PLAN – PULLING TOGETHER OR FALLING APART?

 

 

After four days of negotiations at the recent EU Summit (18-21 July) officials and government leaders came to an agreement on a recovery plan for a European economy badly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. News of the agreement was greeted with a mixture relief and bombast. A sample of this was the declaration by European Council President Charles Michel that: “We did it! Europe is strong. Europe is united!”. Continue reading “EU RECOVERY PLAN – PULLING TOGETHER OR FALLING APART?”

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Jul 28 2020

IRISH GOVERNMENT HYPOCRISY

The following three articles from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) contrasts how the Irish government deals with mega-corporations, 12,000 Aer Lingus workers threatened with redundancy, and sacked Debenhams’ workers who have taken action

 

IRELAND BEATS THE RAP ON TAX FRAUD

We would sell out to anyone, claims defence!

Irish government assists Apple in $13B tax fraud

 

The announcement that the European Court had rejected a Commission fine of over €13 billion for a tax scheme with the Apple corporation was greeted with jubilation in Ireland.

The nervous hilarity was reminiscent of a bad melodrama where the Mafia clan escape a guilty verdict through the brilliance of their genius lawyer. The flaw in the European Commission’s case was that it was based on selective advantage. It failed to show that two rulings given by the Irish Revenue, in 1991 and 2007, afforded Apple a selective advantage. Continue reading “IRISH GOVERNMENT HYPOCRISY”

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Jul 12 2020

GERMANY LEADS THE WAY OUT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

The latest in the regular E&L Covid-19 articles was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) and addressed the post Covid-19 Lockdown situation in Germany.

 

GERMANY LEADS THE WAY OUT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

 

We all know that Germany is the most important State in Europe, the economy is the fourth largest in the world, making up 28 percent of the GDP of the EU.  It may not storehouse much ‘soft power’ when it comes to cultural markers like music, films and books, that being overwhelmingly American, it still makes the important political decisions for the rest of Europe.

Until recently Germany had a good coronavirus response in comparison to many of its neighbours: Continue reading “GERMANY LEADS THE WAY OUT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN”

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Jul 12 2020

THE UK STATE, RIGHT POPULISM AND REACTIONARY UNIONISM IN 2020 – rUK IT or fUK IT?

Allan Armstrong has produced his third online pamphlet, following The Continuing Shift from Neo-Liberalism to Right Populism. This follows the last update which looked at the impact of Right Populism and reactionary unionism on the politics of the these islands after the December 12th UK and February 8th Irish general elections. The contents  of the latest  pamphlet (https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress. com/2020/ 08/ dec12th-covid-19-and-blm-scotland2-2.pdf) are shown below. This is followed by two sections from the pamphlet specifically relating to the recent and current situation in Scotland, which form the basis for Allan’s talk on the Campaign for a European Republican Socialist Republican Party Zoom meeting.

 

THE UK STATE, RIGHT POPULISM AND  

REACTIONARY UNIONISM IN 2020

rUK it or fUK it?

 A republican communist analysis in the aftermath of December 12th general election, Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter 

Allan Armstrong. 6.7.20

 

 

Contents

A. FROM THE DECEMBER 12TH WESTMINSTER GENERAL ELECTION THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Continue reading “THE UK STATE, RIGHT POPULISM AND REACTIONARY UNIONISM IN 2020 – rUK IT or fUK IT?”

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Jun 11 2020

RACISM, CAPITALISM AND CLASS STRUGGLE

Thus article, written by Josefina L. Martinez, in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, was first posted by Left Voice in the USA.

 

RACISM, CAPITALISM AND CLASS STRUGGLE

 

The anti-racist uprising in the United States over the brutal murder of George Floyd reopens a strategic question: How do we link the struggle against racism with the struggle against capitalist exploitation? This article draws the counterpoint between the theories of intersectionality and Marxism. Continue reading “RACISM, CAPITALISM AND CLASS STRUGGLE”

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Jun 11 2020

CRISIS AND THE NEED FOR CONFLICT

Mike Macnair makes the case for seeing current political developments in the world as a move from neo-liberalism proper to nationalist rivalry. This is similar to the case Allan Armstrong has made on this blog about the switch from neo–liberal hegemony to Right populist ascendancy.

 

CRISIS AND THE NEED FOR CONFLICT

 

Here’s my boy – America First, Britain Second!

What we are seeing today is a situation where the United States is lashing out towards Iran and in the Middle East more generally, as well as China and Russia. Continue reading “CRISIS AND THE NEED FOR CONFLICT”

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Jun 08 2020

BREXIT HASN’T GONE AWAY – THE VIEW FROM IRELAND

This article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)  highlights the continuing relevance of Brexit to the British ruling class national populist strategy to attack the working class, and to continued inability of the the British Labour leadership now under Sir Keith Starmer to counter this.

 

The only alternative to Brexit – a Trump dictated trade deal

 

BREXIT HASN’T GONE AWAY – A pandemic of repression is on its way

After months of silence Brexit has returned to the headlines. It’s sudden reappearance runs alongside a realisation that nothing has been done, and that a deadline of June 30th is rapidly approaching without any progress. The signs are that a slow motion car crash is taking place and that Britain is falling out of the European Union without any agreement. Continue reading “BREXIT HASN’T GONE AWAY – THE VIEW FROM IRELAND”

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May 19 2020

THE GREENS IN GOVERNMENT? – Ireland has seen this movie before

The formation of a new government in Ireland is proving to be a tortuous process. Following Sinn Fein’s electoral  surge to first place, even a Fine Gael/Fianna Fail coalition can not provide a new government. Their Framework for Government document was designed to act as a bait for other parties. This article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) shows that the Irish Greens have taken the bait, and highlights the likely consequences.

 

THE GREENS IN GOVERNMENT? – Ireland has seen this movie before

 

Eamonn Ryan, leader of the Irish Greens enters coalition talks

One of the strangest aspects of the slow dance of the Green party towards government is the incredulous amazement of the socialist groups. How is it that a ‘left’ group like the Greens can think of such a thing? Continue reading “THE GREENS IN GOVERNMENT? – Ireland has seen this movie before”

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