Putin’s war is becoming more bloody and brutal the longer it drags on. But the efforts of the US and NATO are risking a further and even deadlier escalation of the conflict.
While ordinary people respond to the war in Ukraine with horror, the leaders of the major powers are already preparing for the next conflict.
Since the start of the war, protests have been happening every day across Russia, from individual picketing to marches of tens of thousands.
Ukraine has a significant Nazi and far-right nationalist movement. But before the invasion there was no evidence it enjoyed widespread support.
Western powers have imposed crippling economic sanctions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been bloody and brutal. But the path to war began long before Russian tanks crossed the Ukrainian border.
A Russian socialist writes on Putin's crackdown at home and the collapse in living standards caused by the war
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a brutal piece of imperialism. But NATO and the US also share the blame for the conflict.
This is the text of a leaflet distributed at a rally in Melbourne against war in Ukraine.
Solidarity says that Russia should withdraw its troops and halt the attacks. NATO must pull back, too. The Australian government should stop fanning the flames by providing Ukraine “non-lethal” military equipment.
Austrian socialists Manfred Ecker and David Reisinger from Linkswende Jetzt spoke to Solidarity about vaccination measures and COVID protests there led by the right
The military escalation is being fuelled by imperialism as the big capitalist powers fight for control over central and eastern Europe.
Kazakhstan’s dictatorial leader, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, has re-asserted his control over the country with the aid of Russian troops at the cost of 227 lives.
Australia’s efforts in the Solomons are aimed at preventing rival powers from establishing a presence and to advance Australian imperialist interests.
One aspect of Tutu’s politics that most official “tributes” have avoided mentioning is his support for the Palestinian struggle.
France has now announced that the third referendum in New Caledonia will take place on 12 December, angering independence parties, which have called for a delay until late 2022.
Last week the Australian government rushed troops, AFP riot police and a navy patrol boat to the Solomon Islands within a day of political protests there, which turned into rioting.
The military coup in Sudan has been met with a huge wave of protests and strikes that have declared “revolution until victory”.
American workers were on strike in their tens of thousands in October. More than 185 strikes have taken place in 2021 at about 255 workplaces across the US.
The looming potential default of the Chinese property giant Evergrande is sending shivers down the spines of capitalists across the world.
Thousands of Palestinians have joined marches against the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, after it launched a wave of arrests against protesters and activists.
The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington caused incredible shock and killed around 3000 people. But what 9/11 represented more than anything was the violence the US had inflicted worldwide for decades coming home.
Since Iran’s shambolic presidential election on 18 June, the country has again been rocked by protests and strikes, especially in the province of Khuzestan.
The 20-year occupation of Afghanistan has ended in a major defeat for the US and its allies.
Vaccine diplomacy has become the latest front in Australia’s cold war with China, as the two governments battle for influence in the Pacific islands.
On 26 July, thousands of contract doctors across Malaysia walked off the job to demand permanent jobs and pathways to specialisation.
Thousands of people have joined protests in Cuba over increasing prices of food, power shortages and rising cases of COVID.
Thousands of workers in Iran’s oil industry have joined a strike wave. The action has spread across at least 70 companies across oil and gas refineries, petrochemical plants and power plants in eight provinces across the country.
After a 20 year occupation spanning four US presidencies, Australian and US forces are finally withdrawing from Afghanistan. But there is little to show for 20 years of war.
Millions of Colombians, at times up to 10 per cent of the population, have been on the streets for over a month against attempts to make ordinary people pay for the costs of the COVID crisis by the right-wing government of President Ivan Duque.
Israel was established as a colonial settler state with the backing of the great powers, argues James Supple, and is still key to imposing Western control of the Middle East
Israel has paused its pummelling air strikes on the Gaza Strip, but its genocidal war against the Palestinians continues.
Australia’s rulers are feeding a conflict that could see war between two nuclear-armed powers, the US and China. It’s madness.
Palestinians are fighting back against Israeli terror. On 18 May, they held a general strike across Israel and the occupied territories.
David Glanz talked to Veronica Koman, an Indonesian human rights lawyer exiled in Australia, about the fight for freedom in West Papua and the rise of a solidarity movement within Indonesia, inspired by Black Lives Matter.
Three months on, inter-ethnic solidarity is propelling Myanmar towards a federal democracy in a way unimaginable before the coup.
US President Joe Biden’s spending plans have been hailed by some as a dramatic turn to the left. But they are designed above all to restore business profits and the US’s economic power.
The struggle against the 1 February military coup in Myanmar is entering a crucial stage.
The people of Myanmar have been on the streets for six weeks, defying the military. Mark Goudkamp looks at the history of struggle in Myanmar and how workers can lead the fight against the coup.
Joe Biden’s first moves on the economy and climate change have been bolder than some expected. But they are full of indications that he has no plans to challenge big business or the rich.
Under the cover of the pandemic, India’s hard right Prime Minister Narendra Modi has passed new laws which farmers describe as “Kaale Kanoon”—laws which bring darkness. A huge farmers’...
Protests erupted across almost 200 Russian cities in late January. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets demanding the release of Alexei Navalny, a key opposition leader.
Myanmar’s military junta has staged a coup, detaining National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi and key party officials before a new session of parliament could open.
The invasion of the US Capitol building showed the dangers of the movement that Donald Trump has created. But rallying around the Democrats or Congress as the defenders of democracy will do nothing to stop the rise of the far right.
Former leader Jeremy Corbyn has been kicked out of the British Labour Party’s parliamentary caucus, despite backing down on comments that saw him suspended from the party.
The leadership of Greece’s Nazi Golden Dawn party is behind bars, with leader Nikos Michaloliakos and six other former MPs sentenced to 13 years’ jail and another 11 former MPs to between five and seven years.
Indonesians took to the streets in every province from 6-8 October to protest the Omnibus Law on Job Creation. The bill is a blow to labour, indigenous and environmental rights.
After almost a year of an unelected right-wing government backed by the US, the people of Bolivia have voted to remove the coup regime. Exit polls showed the Movement For...
Millions across the world are horrified at the chance that Donald Trump could win again in the US presidential election on 3 November.
“We have been fighting the system for a long time, now our anger has overflowed, it has gone beyond everything normal because the explosion at the harbour means we have to change everything.
Many countries worldwide are facing either a second wave, or a resurgence in infections. Even countries that managed to control the virus initially, such as South Korea, New Zealand and Vietnam, have seen new outbreaks.
With the passage of a new national security law, the Chinese government is attempting to quash Hong Kong’s protest movement.
Donald Trump is growing desperate as his hopes for re-election fade, following his chaotic blundering over the COVID-19 crisis. He has fallen 15 per cent behind his Democratic rival...
The combination of the public health crisis, with the pandemic killing people of colour at the highest rates, the economic misery many face due to lockdowns, and Trump’s catastrophic leadership have created a tinderbox which Floyd’s execution set aflame.
The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are being sharply felt in many parts of the global south, across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, creating extreme hunger and poverty that have led to significant protests, despite the lockdowns.
Several states have lifted lockdown restrictions through May as Trump continues his push for “Opening Up America Again”.
The United States, the world’s richest nation, is struggling to deal with the coronavirus due to decades of government cutbacks and a dysfunctional political system headed by Donald Trump.
Trump has threatened Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, raising a bounty of $15 million for his capture, claiming he's involved in drug trafficking.
Hungary's government has effectively declared itself a dictatorship under the guise of combating the coronavirus.
The Democratic Party is now all but certain to run establishment figure Joe Biden in the election against Donald Trump in November.
A new refugee crisis in Syria has seen up to a million people trapped along the Turkish border in desperate conditions. Overcrowded camps there and in Greece face major risks from the spread of coronavirus.
After years of build-up Donald Trump has finally released his “deal of the century”, touted as a “peace settlement” between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump of all charges in early February. But instead of furthering resistance, Trump’s approval ratings have actually increased to a record high of 49 per cent.
In a major shake-up of Ireland’s two-party system, Sinn Féin has swept the polls in the general election.
France is in the grip of an extraordinary strike wave against President Emmanuel Macron’s assault on pensions.
The US and Iran have stepped back from the brink of war, after Donald Trump’s assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani threatened to bring on a dangerous conflict in the Middle East.
India is being rocked by protests and strikes against hard right Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Hundreds of SkyCity Casino workers in Auckland, New Zealand are striking every weekend to win back weekend penalty rates. Solidarity’s Erima Dall spoke to Tina Barnett, who works on the game floor at the casino.
Britain is headed to the polls on 12 December in an election that will determine not just the fate of Brexit but the future of Labour’s radical shift to the left under Jeremy Corbyn.
Golden Dawn, a violent neo-Nazi party in Greece, grew rapidly following the economic collapse after 2009. But now, according to Petros Constantinou, a key figure in the anti-racist and anti-fascist movement KEERFA, “the rise of Golden Dawn is over.”
Turkey has begun a military offensive against Kurdish areas of northern Syria, after US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops giving the green light for the operation.
The uprising in Hong Kong has successfully forced the withdrawal of the hated extradition bill. But protesters are not prepared to trust Chief Executive Carrie Lam and have continued hitting the streets in their hundreds of thousands.
Lethal violence from the Indonesian military and security forces has generated an “unprecedented crisis” in West Papua, according to human rights lawyer Veronica Koman.
Tens of thousands joined mass protests across Indonesia in September—the largest the country has seen since the movement in 1998 that brought down the dictator Suharto.
Boris Johnson’s determination to exit the EU on 31 October, deal or no deal, has created an enormous political crisis in the UK.
A mass pro-democracy movement has forced Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam to grant a major concession. But many protesters are vowing to continue their struggle until all of their demands are met.
West Papua has erupted as demands for self-determination have fuelled the largest protests in years.
Scott Morrison has added Australia to what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls a “global coalition” against Iran.
Hong Kong’s extraordinary protest movement has now lasted over ten weeks. Every weekend brings new demonstrations, and battles with police.
An extraordinary 500-strong occupation by local Maori at Ihumatoa has galvanised massive opposition to plans to build 500 high-cost dwellings on culturally significant land for tangata whenua (Indigenous people of the land).
The Trump administration and a coterie of allies—including Australia—are ratcheting up aggression against Iran and another disastrous war in the region shouldn’t be ruled out.
Greece’s once-radical left-wing party Syriza was booted out of government in elections in early July—after four years of enforcing austerity and racism.
Over 100 people have been murdered in a soaring wave of brutal attacks on Sudan’s revolution.
The United States is a dangerous place to be a woman. An onslaught of laws has chipped away at abortion rights since Donald Trump’s inauguration as president two and a half years ago.
Aotearoa/New Zealand’s largest ever nationwide education “mega-strike” took place on Wednesday 29 May.
Incumbent Joko Widodo has claimed victory in the 2019 Indonesian presidential election against Prabowo Subianto.
Juan Guaido’s farcical coup attempt in Venezuela collapsed within hours. But the threat remains—as the crisis in the country continues and the US continues its sabre rattling against the left-wing government of...
“Hell no.” This was the response from two time Olympic champion Caster Semenya after the athletics governing body ruled that she would need to take testosterone lowering medication to continue to compete in the women’s division of her two best events.
Mass protests in Algeria have forced 82-year-old dictator Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign after 20 years in power. Since 22 February, protesters have taken to the streets every Friday to...
Michael Roth, Germany’s Europe minister, recently called Brexit a “big shitshow”. The show continues with no end in sight after British Tory Prime Minister Theresa May failed at her third attempt...
Jad Bouharoun will visit Australia in April to speak at the Keep Left conference. He spoke to Solidarity about the fight against racism and the far right in France
Venezuela's crisis shows what happens when there is a partial challenge to the rich. It is not an example of too much socialism, but rather not enough.
The effort to oust Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro came to a head on 23 January, with National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó appointing himself interim president.
Teachers in Los Angeles became the latest to join the strike wave in education across the US in January, winning historic gains after their first strike in 30 years. A year ago,...
Jad Bouharoun is a socialist based in Paris who has been part of the wave of yellow vests protests in France. He will visit Australia in April to speak...
The Brexit process has thrown British politics into crisis. The failure of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal means there is still no resolution in sight.
The Yellow Vest movement in France shows no sign of fading away after ten weeks of protests, blockades and battles with police. Charlie Kimber from Socialist Worker UK looks at what the movement shows about struggle—and asks how it can win
Donald Trump has imposed the longest government shutdown in US history in an attempt to demand Congress agree to $7 billion in funding for his border wall.
November’s APEC summit in PNG saw the Australian government increase its efforts to buy influence in the Pacific, with a raft of announcements designed to counter China.
During the Wentworth by-election campaign, amongst growing fears that the government would lose the seat, Scott Morrison raised the possibility of moving Australia’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
A crisis has struck at the heart of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government and the Tories.
George HW Bush was a brutal conservative whose invasion of Iraq in 1991 laid the basis for the further horrors visited on that country, and Afghanistan, by Presidents to come, including his son, George W.
The Democratic Party made big gains in US mid-term elections on 6 November, in what was widely seen as a referendum on Donald Trump.
The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has thrown into sharp relief the relationship between the West and the Saudi police state in the Middle East.
Brazil has a far right president after Jair Bolsonaro won 55 per cent in the final run-off election. His surge in support is a product of Brazil’s economic collapse and disillusionment with the Workers’ Party.
Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has been confirmed to the Supreme Court despite multiple allegations of sexual assault against him.
A last minute deal struck between Russia and Turkey in September halted plans for a massive military assault on Idlib—Syria’s last rebel-held province.
Opponents of Britain’s left-wing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn have mounted a major campaign accusing supporters of the Palestinians, and Corbyn himself, of anti-semitism.
On Sunday 26 August news agencies around the world broadcast shocking footage of thousands of Nazis rampaging through the streets of Chemnitz in Eastern Germany hunting for “foreigners”.
In late August Chinese police raided an apartment, arresting 50 student activists supporting workers attempting to unionise their factory.
Recent months have seen a succession of strikes in New Zealand, following the election of a new Labour government under Jacinda Ardern late last year.
Focusing on the admittedly bizarre Trump day-to-day can easily lead to underestimating how dangerous he is
Iraq has been rocked by a wave of angry mass protests. In the last month thousands have protested and stormed government buildings demanding better electricity and water services, jobs, an end to corruption and to the influence of Iran over their politicians.
David Albrich of the Austrian socialist group Linkswende jetzt is visiting Australia to speak at Solidarity’s Keep Left conference in August. He spoke to Solidarity.
Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans continue to unravel amid renewed division in the Tory party.
The Trump administration has been forced to partially back down on its “zero tolerance” immigration policy which resulted in the separation of children from their parents at the border. This reversal comes following mass outrage and protests.
Ever since his election, Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs and blamed “unfair trade deals” for hurting US industries. Now he is starting to act—threatening trade wars and destabilising global capitalism.
“The good times for illegals are over. Get ready to pack your bags”, said Italy’s new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, head of the far right League. One of his first moves was to refuse to allow a rescue boat carrying 600 asylum seekers from Africa to land in Italy.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un congratulated themselves after signing their agreement in Singapore. But little was finalised in the talks.
The biggest protests since the Arab Spring in Jordan have toppled a Prime Minister and forced King Abdullah to suspend IMF-mandated tax increases and price hikes.
Ireland has once again made history, voting resoundingly to repeal its 35-year-long constitutional ban on abortion.
Against all odds and despite blatant vote-rigging, the Barisan Nasional coalition which has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957 was thrashed in the election on 9 May.
Around 200,000 people took part in demonstrations across France on 1 May as the battle continues against President Emmanuel Macron’s neo-liberal assault.
Palestinians in Gaza have defied a murderous Israeli assault as they stage protests marking 70 years of dispossession.
The teacher rebellion that started in West Virginia has now swept across three more US states. After a decade of effective wage cuts and public school starvation, they are showing that even in the heart of Republican-controlled Trump country, resistance can win.
Mass strikes and escalating student unrest are creating a crisis for French president Emmanuel Macron’s neo-liberal assault.
The demise of President Jacob Zuma has exposed has far the ANC government of South Africa has fallen. His mammoth corruption had been public knowledge for years.
Nearly a million US students walked out of class to protest gun violence on 14 March. They marched in response to February’s brutal mass shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, where former student Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 students and staff.
Thirty thousand teachers and public school employees in the US state of West Virginia have won a guaranteed 5 per cent pay rise after a historic nine day strike.
Racists did well in the Italian elections in early March.
A sudden tumble on US stockmarkets has sent panic around the world. US stocks had their worst week for two years in February, down at one point by 10 per cent.
Once again the Kurds have been abandoned, with imperialist powers including the US and Russia allowing the Turkish military to do as it likes.
In his year in office, Donald Trump has shown again and again that he’s a racist bigot. Now he’s escalating his attack on immigrants.
In late December a wave of mass protests in Iran began that spread to all corners of the country. Spontaneous protests erupted in nearly 70 cities.