WW archiveIssue 701
13 December 2007
Chavez suffers major constitutional setback
While the defeat of the Venezuelan referendum has re-energised the right, Chavez's constitutional proposals were, despite his claims to the contrary, not designed to empower workers, writes Nick Rogers
On Sunday December 2 Hugo Chavez suffered his first ever electoral setback when proposed changes to the Venezuela's constitution were narrowly defeated. Chavez may only have lost the referendum by 200,000 votes, but for a politician used to majorities in excess of 60%, the rejection may mark a turning point in the course of the 'Bolivarian revolution'.
Self-abuse; Pathetic; Social equality; Distinction; Travesty; Principled; People or state?
Next week the African National Congress holds its conference, where president Thabo Mbeki is being challenged for the leadership by Jacob Zuma, who is supported by a faction of the South African Communist Party. South African socialist Terry Bell looks at the financial problems of the SACP and the party's role within the ANC
How Hopi's constitution was discussed
Overview of the discussion over the motions proposed to conference
The war in Iraq and the threat to Iran are class issues, writes Cliff Slaughter, a supporter of Movement for Socialism. The anti-war movement needs to go beyond bigger demonstrations
James Turley reviews: Sebastian Budgen Stathis Kouvelakis, Slavoj Zizek (eds) Lenin reloaded: toward a politics of truth Durham, 2007, pp334, £12.99
Dave Vincent, secretary of the Greater Manchester ministry of justice PCS branch, reports on the December 8 conference of PCS Left Unity
December 8 saw the launch conference of Hands Off the People of Iran - an open and democratic anti-war campaign in solidarity with the peoples of Iran. Chris Strafford reports on this important conference