Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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BIDEN’S PRESIDENCY: “NOTHING WILL CHANGE FUNDAMENTALLY IN THE LONG RUN”

DSM HOLDS VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM ON US ELECTIONS On Saturday 30 January 2021, the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) held a virtual symposium with the theme: ‘Biden Presidency: What prospects for the working masses in America, Africa and elsewhere?’ Lined up to speak at the event were: Ashley Rogers from the Independent Socialist Group (ISG) – supporters of the Committee for a

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Uganda’s 2021 election and the rise of Bobi Wine

President Yoweri Museveni returned to power after claiming victory in Uganda’s 14 January presidential elections. The Uganda Electoral Commission awarded Museveni and his ruling-National Resistance Movement (NRM) 58.64% of the vote (5.8 million votes) and laughably rejected accusations of vote-rigging. Museveni retains the odious title of one of Africa’s top-five longest-serving rulers. By Shaun Arendse, Marxist Workers Party (CWI South

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US in crisis – need for a mass workers’ party and socialist programme

In unprecedented scenes, reminiscent of events in Latin America, Asia or Africa, US capitalism plunged into a deeper crisis yesterday as thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Congress on Capitol Hill urged on by their leader Trump. By Tony Saunois, Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) Secretary The incredible images of hundreds, some armed, entering the Congress building and debating

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USA: After the polarised elections – what way forward for the working class?

In the US, and around the world, millions greeted Trump’s defeat in the US elections. His probable removal from office, notwithstanding his legal claims, will be widely welcomed. Clearly there will be changes within the US and international repercussions – although many of the worldwide changes will be in trying to act more closely with traditional US allies than in

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US: Narrow poll lead for Biden in highly polarised elections

Protest against voter suppression and any attempts to throw out votes in this election. Organize against lesser evilism and build a mass, progressive, and left political party for working people. By Jeff Booth, Independent Socialist Group (USA), first published in the USA on November 4th, 2020 The day after the national elections, November 4th, vote counts were too close to

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80th Anniversary of the Assassination of Leon Trotsky: The Lessons for Africa and Nigeria

By Kola Ibrahim On 20th August, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the co-leader with Vladimir Lenin of the Russian October 1917 Revolution, was murdered in Cocoayan, Mexico by Ramon Mercader, a Stalinist agent who disguised himself as a follower of Trotsky. This event marked a special mention in the working class movement globally, as Trotsky, after Lenin’s death, contributed majorly to the

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MALI CRISIS: SPN CALLS ON WORKING PEOPLE NOT TO HAVE ANY TRUST IN PRO-CAPITALIST GOVERNMENT FORMED OR MIDWIVED BY THE MILITARY

ONLY A WORKERS AND POOR PEOPLES’ GOVERNMENT ON A SOCIALIST PROGRAMME CAN RESCUE THE COUNTRY AND ITS ECONOMY The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) salutes the workers and ordinary people of Mali over their steadfast struggle against the corrupt, anti-poor government of Ibrahim Keita which was removed eventually via a military coup on August 18, 2020. However, experience in other

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80th anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination: The revolutionary ideas of a Marxist giant

On 21 August 1940, the revolutionary socialist Leon Trotsky died after being attacked by a Stalinist agent the previous day. Along with Lenin, Trotsky was the foremost leader of the October 1917 socialist revolution in Russia. With the advent of the Stalin-led counterrevolution in the Soviet Union, which also wrecked the international communist movement – the Third International (Comintern) –

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“All changed, changed utterly ” – A new era of class struggle and capitalist crisis

Statement by the International Secretariat, Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) The words of W.B Yeats, from his poem ‘Easter 1916’, sum up the current world situation: “All changed, changed utterly.” 2020 is the opening of a new era, as we have explained in the previous CWI analysis. Fundamental changes are taking place in the world economy, geo-political relations, and

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‘A new era of global capitalist crisis – revolution and counter revolution’

July 3, 2020 Report of CWI international meeting by Philip Stott (Socialist Party Scotland) CWI Leading representatives of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) met online over the weekend, 27/28 June. The International Executive Committee (IEC) meeting was attended by 70 comrades, from CWI sections from across the world. Those participating included IEC members and visitors from Sri Lanka,

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SPN CONDEMNS KILLINGS OF GEORGE FLOYD AND TINA EZEKWE

SPN SUPPORTS THE MASS PROTEST IN US AND ACROSS THE WORLD SPN DEMANDS AN END TO POLICE BRUTALITY, RACIAL VIOLENCE AND ALL FORMS OF OPPRESSION The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemns the brutal killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man by Minneapolis Police officers on May 25, 2020, after he was arrested for allegedly buying cigarettes with a

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USA: Anti-racist movement reignited by the death of George Floyd at police hands

By Jai Chavis and Nicholas Wurst, Independent Socialist Group (US) On 25 May, police in Minneapolis choked George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who subsequently died. His death was disturbingly reminiscent of the New York police Department (NYPD) killing of Eric Garner in 2014. A released video recorded by bystanders shows Floyd repeatedly pleading, “I can’t breathe”, as officer Derek

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New era of capitalist turmoil and social upheaval opens

Only a socialist alternative offers a way forward Statement by the International Secretariat of the Committee for a Workers’ International The corona crisis has entered a new phase, in health, the economy and geo-political relations. It has confirmed the main trends outlined in previous statements produced by the CWI. A new era of capitalist turmoil and social upheaval now beckons,

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South Africa: Organising Working Class Communities Under Pandemic & Lockdown

Build and organise in the communities as a foundation for mass campaigning Marxist Workers Party (South Africa) statement Two mile queues for food parcels. Corruption and patronage in their distribution. Shops being looted. Schools vandalised and burned. Collapsing household income. Confusion over accessing social grants. Tens-of-thousands of arrests and fines. Harassment, beatings, and even killings at the hands of state

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Covid-19 and crisis in sub-Saharan Africa

The DSM is the Nigerian affiliate of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) Lenin once said that with the 1917 Russian revolution, “Imperialism broke at its weakest link”. Today, the deadly combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rapid development of an almost unprecedented worldwide economic catastrophe is producing potentially explosive social, economic and political situations around the world.

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CHINA: Coronavirus Crisis Shakes Regime

CHINA: Coronavirus Crisis Shakes Regime By Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers’ International World-wide the number of dead and infected from the Coronavirus appears to have reached a peak. But fears persist that large numbers could still die because of the impossibility of knowing before the symptoms develop that someone is carrying the virus. In Britain, nine cases have been

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AfCFTA, BORDER CLOSURE AND THE QUESTION OF AFRICAN INTEGRATION

Neither free trade nor protection are real solutions  By Kola Ibrahim On 6th July, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), signed Nigeria into the much-touted African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), at the Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the AU Heads of Government in Niger. With this, Nigeria, which had earlier suspended its ratification of the AfCFTA in March 2018, became the

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A world of explosive social upheavals and inter-imperialist turmoil

The following statement was agreed at a November meeting of European CWI sections and supporters, along with visitors from the USA and Nigeria, held in London. The world situation is marked by explosive social upheavals and turmoil. Even since the re-founding meeting of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), last July, there have been dramatic changes in the situation

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Automated for the people?

HANNAH SELL, Deputy General Secretary of Socialist Party England and Wales, a sister organisation of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) in the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), reviews a recent book by left-wing author Aaron Bastani which is the latest to proclaim that new technology has the power to transform society, offering up fixes for global warming, poverty and