Gordon Morgan, National Treasurer of Solidarity was recently in Greece as an invited international delegate to the National Congress of Syriza, dominant force of the Greek Left and leading the resistance to austerity and fascism both electorally and on the streets. This is his inspiring account
I was privileged to attend the 1st Congress of Syriza-USF in Athens in July as a representative of Solidarity. This was an exhilarating congress, with around 3,500 delegates which successfully handled a tasking agenda of not only debating how to fight austerity and neo-liberalism and protect Greek communities, but also deciding on a constitution for the new party and electing a renewed leadership.
Syriza has set itself a goal of forming a Government of the Left in Greece after the next election opposed to EU imposed austerity and launching a campaign against neo-liberalism in Europe and across the world. If it succeeds in these aims, which all socialists should support, it will prove to have been a truly historic conference.
John Wight argues that the acquittal Of George Zimmerman for the gunning down of the black teenager Trayvon Martin proves that despite the election of its first black president, the USA is still riven with racism, discrimination and injustice.
Perhaps it was because the jury comprised six women, all but one of whom were white (the demographic that feels most threatened by young black men in the US), in a state - Florida - not known for its warmth towards black people. Or perhaps it was due to the history of race relations in the US and the nature of a society in which blacks continue to fare worse than every other racial group according to social indicators when it comes to poverty, education, housing, health, crime, and life expectancy. Most probably it was both of the aforementioned combined.
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John Wight, writer and activist
In 2003, during the run-up to the war in Iraq, I was living in Hollywood, where at the time I was working as Ben Affleck's stand-in on the movie Surviving Christmas. The experience is recounted in my book Dreams That Die, just published by Zero Books. Given that Affleck has just won the BAFTA for the movie Argo, and with this week marking the tenth anniversary of the historic international day of protest on February 15 2003, here is an extract from the book on my experience on the set of the movie in the immediate aftermath of the February 15 demo in Los Angeles.
The Monday after the demonstration saw me arrive for the start of another week on the movie in high spirits. The enormous size and number of demonstrations that had taken place around the world had hit the headlines, managing to knock the pro-war consensus within the mainstream off the front pages of all the major newspapers, as well as relegating them in order of importance on the TV news bulletins.
China is the subject of much political debate on the left. Point correspondent Steve Mowat, visited there recently.
But just how much does this reflect the reality of Western – Chinese relations and life in
In the summer of this year my wife Anthea and I had the pleasure of visiting
Socialists and progressives the world over will have been heartened at the news of President Hugo Chavez’s third consecutive Presidential election victory in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Faced with a united opposition challenge from Henri Capriles, who even tried to woo some Chavista support by pledging to keep many of his reforms and social programmes, Chavez nevertheless won by a margin of nearly 10%, with 55% of the vote.