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Engels against reformism in Germany and France

Friedrich Engels was born 200 years ago today. Modern reformists like to cite Engels as an authority. But until his very last day, Engels fought against reformist ideas and for revolutionary principles.

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‘Exhausted, angry and worried sick!’: French health workers protest

French health and social care workers stage mass protests for better staffing, pay and conditions as a second wave of COVID-19 engulfs the country, writes Susan Ram

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Africa is a Country The core of Samir Amin's politics

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Samir Amin is, incontestably, the greatest intellectual—luckily, a Marxist!

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Macron wounded, but still eyeing austerity

Macron wounded, but still eyeing austerity

The second round of the French local elections, at the end of June, was bad news for president Emmanuel Macron, whose candidates did very poorly. In response, Macron switched prime ministers, replacing high-profile operator Edouard Philippe with an unknown right winger, Jean Castex, whose previous experience consisted mostly of being mayor of a town with […]

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Labor and the social crisis at France Telecom

The French courts recently found the telecommunications firm Orange/France Telecom and its top managers guilty of “moral harassment” connected to a wave of worker suicides a decade ago. The former management team, including the former CEO, face jail time and fines, while the company was ordered to pay 3 million euros in damages to the […]

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Firefighters gather during a demonstration Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Paris. Participants want a raise in risk pay from 19% to 25% to fulfil their missions which they say reductions in personnel have made increasingly difficult. They say attacks against them are also on the rise.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Riot Police beat up striking Firefighters as media looks the other way

The media, quick to condemn violence against protesters elsewhere in the world, largely ignored the brutal crackdown on firefighters joining months-long nationwide protests in France.

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Protestors carry a poster depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a demonstration Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Lille, northern France. Protesters are denouncing French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the national pension system.(AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

In France’s longest protests since 1968, striking workers continue the fight against neoliberalism

From bus drivers to ballet dancers, workers from across France have taken to the streets in opposition to President Emmanual Macron’s attempts to reshape the country into a U.S.-style neoliberal state.

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‘Grévolution’- first round of a general strike

‘Grévolution’: first round of a general strike

Since the middle of December, France has been gripped by a wave of large scale strikes. In this article the French collective Plateforme d’Enquêtes Militantes analyses the composition of the strikes, and the potential for its continued escalation.

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Millions in France strike against austerity

France’s mass strikes have mobilized millions, persisting into a sixth day, in an attempt to forestall severe cuts to the social gains of the working class.

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French parliament decides anti-Zionism is antisemitism.

French parliament decides anti-Zionism is antisemitism

New Law Faced Critics Alleging it “Stigmatises and Silences ” Critics of Israel, and even those in Favour of 2 State Solution.

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Yellow Vest demonstration

The Yellow Vests of France: six months of struggle

What if they succeed? We know what the ‘success’ of structured parties like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain led to. Maybe a horizontal federation of autonomous base-groups attempting to re-invent democracy could do better.

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A colonial poster from French-ruled Algeria

A new civilising mission

The campaign to ‘liberate’ Algerian women sheds light on the contemporary place of Muslim women in France—and the double aggression against them, both by the state and by a section of the feminist movement.

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Even as president Macron has declared a national dialogue, huge numbers of police personnel are out on the streets to target the protesters.

In their tenth week of protests, Yellow Vests face brutal police crackdown

Reports say that the Disarm collective, a local group that campaigns against police violence, has counted 98 cases of serious injuries till now, including 15 cases of people losing an eye to rubber bullets.

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Protesters (France - Yellow Vest Movement)

Europe on the brink of collapse?

The Empire’s European castle of vassals is crumbling. Right in front of our eyes. But Nobody seems to see it. The European Union (EU), the conglomerate of vassals–Trump calls them irrelevant, and he doesn’t care what they think about him, they deserve to be collapsing.

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Macron, Yellow Vests and the class struggle in France

Macron, Yellow Vests and the class struggle in France

As the Yellow Vest movement in France continues its novel and inspiring revolt, president Emmanuel Macron could not help expressing his class disdain for ordinary people: at a gala speech on 11 January, he declared: “Too many French people don’t know the meaning of the word ‘effort’. That’s part of the explanation for the present […]

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Macron’s ongoing Yellow Vest nightmare

Ghosts of Christmas present

Act Five for the popular Yellow Vest revolt against poverty in France came on 15 December–but it was not the finale. The movement remains vibrant and determined, especially in big southern towns such as Toulouse and Bordeaux.

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Exploitation, Marxism, and Labour Law (Part Two)

The first model is a radical critique of all forms of bourgeois right, including employment rights, which are considered to constitute an ideological reflection of the capitalist mode of production, and therefore an inseparable companion of exploitation.

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