Capitalist 'solutions' and the rebirth of the left

Politics in Germany have suddenly become interesting, reports Tina Becker. The SPD could well stay in power - and the new Linkspartei is gaining both members and mass support

Rebuilding the struggle

The regime of Robert Mugabe has overseen the destruction of a huge number of self-built houses. At least 2.5 million people were affected. Yet protests and resistance proved minimal and muted. There is a crisis of leadership, reformists dither and the left does not grasp the necessity of a Marxist programme and the centrality of democracy. Instead, it is mired in economism and clutches at eclectic, spontaneous single-issue campaigns. Rosa Zulu, national treasurer of the International Socialist Organisation of Zimbabwe, spoke to Peter Manson

Slow off the mark

Anthony Rose was disappointed by the first national Respect student meeting

Cronyism, lies and social decay

Eddie Ford assesses George W Bush's futile attempt of damage limitation in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina

Vague resolutions and dirty looks

Lee Rock attended the TUC as a PCSU delegate. He was less than impressed

Centenary of struggle

Paul Buhle and Nicole Schulman (eds) Wobblies! A graphic history of the Industrial Workers of the World Verso, 2005, pp256, £14.99

Turn talk into action

Ian Mahoney reports about the angry rumblings from major unions at this year's Trades Union Congress

Vital debates for unity

Hillel Ticktin, the CPGB's Jack Conrad and A Canadan from the Communist Party of Turkey were the main speakers at a meeting to celebrate the TKP's 85th anniversary. Mark Fischer reports

Third largest party

Ben Lewis is working with the Linkspartei's election campaign. He spoke to Ralph Steinmüller, a member of the PDS on the Bonn steering committee

Province of crisis

At the heart of the violence in Northern Ireland lies the institutionalisation of sectarianism through the Good Friday agreement, writes Anne Mc Shane

In the shadow of the 'Man on a White Horse'

The military presence in New Orleans has sinister implications for the future of the US. But all is not bleak, writes Martin Schreader

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