WW archiveIssue 599
03 November 2005
The SWP has disciplined two of their leading members on the executive of the Public and Commercial Services Union, who voted for the government's plan on pensions. That disciplinary action was long overdue, says Lee Rock (national secretary, PCSU Socialist Caucus), but why won't the SWP criticise PCSU general secretary Mark Serwotka?
Around 300 people attended the first congress of the European Left Party in Athens, October 29-30. The congress did not achieve much in terms of political clarity - but undoubtedly it was an advance in the cooperation of the left across Europe. Tina Becker reports
If the European Left Party does nothing else but bring to an end the multiplicity of ineffective umbrella organisations that exist on the European left, it will have achieved something. Let us look at a few of them.
Eddie Ford takes a closer look at Tony Blair's 'respect' agenda
Ted Crawford takes another look at progressive and working class organisations working in Pakistan after the devastating earthquake
Mark Fischer spoke to Chris Knight, a scientist specialising in human origins. His main current interest lies in working out how human language may have evolved. This has led him to clash with Noam Chomsky
Why did Iran's newly elected president demand that "Israel should be wiped off the map"? Yassamine Mather (Critique editorial board) analyses the situation
Dave Craig of the Revolutionary Democratic Group looks forward to the November 12 conference and argues against the CPGB call for a Marxist party as an immediate priority
Against the backdrop of US charges against Sean Garland of the Workers Party, Liam O Ruairc, a leading member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, looks at the demise of Official republicanism
Haris Golemis is a member of the central political committee of the Greek party Synaspismos (Coalition of the Left and Movements of Ecology) and director of the Nicos Poulantzas Institute, which is closely linked to the party. He is also a founding member of the European network, Transform!, which participates actively in the European and World Social Forums. In the ELP congress he was one of the two Synaspismos members involved in the drafting of its final document, the so-called 'Declaration of Athens'. He spoke to Tina Becker