Threat of social breakdown

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa is a product of structural poverty and politics, argues Simon Wells

At the time of writing there have been 12,000 reported Ebola deaths in west Africa - 40% of those occurring since September, according the World Health Organisation. The WHO has estimated that there could currently be 20,000 infections, and the US Centers for Disease Control says that as a worst-case scenario there could be as many as 1.4 million people infected by the end of January. The main countries affected are, of course, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three of the 12 least developed countries in the world and home to over 22 million people. There is a real risk of total economic and social collapse.

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Letters

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Show of defiance

Peter Manson calls for fresh thinking to reinvigorate the unions

Unison left: Carry on regardless

As the employers stood firm in the local government dispute, not unexpectedly the union leaders buckled. But the left has no answers, writes Will Pragnell

Going nowhere fast

As Germany slides toward recession, writes Eddie Ford, indefinite stagnation seems to be on the cards for the euro zone - which is bad news for George Osborne

Models and humanitarian myths

Die Linke is plumbing ever greater opportunist depths, writes Ben Lewis

Democratic revolution and the contradiction of capital

What is meant by a ‘democratic republic’? Chris Cutrone critiques Mike Macnair’s Revolutionary strategy

Violence and the miners

Another Leninist reprint - with salutary lessons for some in Left Unity today, says Mark Fischer

Modest expectations

Mark Fischer is impressed by a more sober and realistic attitude on the part of leading members

UKIP: Something to smile about

Last week’s by-elections have proved once and for all that Nigel Farage and his party are a force to be reckoned with, notes Paul Demarty

Blossoming

Would the Weekly Worker by any other name still smell as sweet?

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