WW archive > Issue 599 - 03 November 2005

Respect: Britain out of the EU?

Turmoil over pensions

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?

Tentative steps to unity

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

Realigning the left

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.

Anti-working class control-freakery

Eddie Ford takes a closer look at Tony Blair's 'respect' agenda

Support working class relief

Ted Crawford takes another look at progressive and working class organisations working in Pakistan after the devastating earthquake

Noam Chomsky and the human revolution

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

Deliberate mistake?

Why did Iran's newly elected president demand that "Israel should be wiped off the map"? Yassamine Mather (Critique editorial board) analyses the situation

The SA and the party question

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

Long road to social democracy

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

Unification process

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

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