Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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US: One year of Obama – What has changed?

US: One year of Obama – What has changed? By Tony Wilson, Socialist Alternative, (CWI in the USA) This was written in January 2010, more recent articles from the US are available on Socialist Alternative’s website: http://www.socialistalternative.org One year ago, millions of Americans were in the streets cheering the election of Obama as the end of Republican policies and the

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NIGER: Military steps into political stalemate

NIGER: Military steps into political stalemate Warning to working masses in Nigeria and Africa By Lanre Arogundade Prior to the coup that toppled Mamadou Tandja’s government it was clear that something would give way. Tandja, a former military junta leader-turned-civilian ruler, had virtually emasculated the opposition and muscled his way into what was bound to be a life presidency. As

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UNILORIN 49: Victory at last

UNILORIN 49: Victory at last Struggle must commence against attacks on democratic rights of workers and students By Lanre Akinola The struggle for the reinstatement of the 49 sacked lecturers of the University of Ilorin came to a joyful end in December 2009, when the Supreme Court ordered the immediate reinstatement of the remaining 44 sacked lecturers and payment of

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2010 BUDGET: Another round of anti-poor attacks on education

2010 BUDGET: Another round of anti-poor attacks on education Nigerian Students Should Reject the Budget Fight for Free and Public-Funded Education By H.T. Soweto In line with the neo-liberal and anti-poor tendency of the Yar’ Adua capitalist government, the 2010 budget has been presented to the National Assembly since late 2009 for passage. In this budget, a mere 6% was

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DEREGULATION

DEREGULATION Labour must maintain its age-long opposition By Peluola Adewale, Socialist Democracy, April/May 2010 Tragically for Nigeria’s workers and poor, it appears that the Labour leaders have opted for subterfuge as a strategy in the struggle against deregulation. While they have continued to put a façade feigning commitment to the struggle, their conduct has only pointed at inclination to dump

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WARRI BOMB BLAST

WARRI BOMB BLAST Manifestation of frustration over failure of amnesty program Socialist Democracy, April/May 2010 The bomb explosion that rocked Warri, an oil city in Delta state of the Niger Delta region, in Nigeria on Monday March 15, 2010 is a signal that the crisis is much alive despite decline in disturbances (kidnapping, bombing etc.) following the amnesty deal. The

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CABINDA: No to terrorism! Yes to working peoples’ struggle and unity

CABINDA: No to terrorism! Yes to working peoples’ struggle and unity By Dagga Tolar Not a lot of people both on the African continent and outside have heard of Cabinda, until the attack claimed by the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) on the Togolese national football team in Angola. The attack on the Togolese, who

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OAU: Reign of victimization of students and staff activists

OAU: Reign of victimization of students and staff activists The union must call a 1-day lecture boycott and mass protest By H.T. Soweto Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), one of the few campuses where the culture of resistance and radicalism still exist, may soon turn into a slave camp like University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and University of Ibadan (U.I) if the

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NEW WAVE OF FEE HIKES IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

NEW WAVE OF FEE HIKES IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS For A One-day Nationwide Warning Lecture Boycott And Mass Protest This Struggle Must Be Actively Supported By Trade Unions And Parents By H.T Soweto In public institutions of higher learning in Nigeria, there is a rising wave of astronomical fee increments. This phenomenon of education commercialization is being implemented with gusto at

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MASS ACTION FOR ELECTORAL REFORM, YES!

MASS ACTION FOR ELECTORAL REFORM, YES! But trade unions must build Labour Party and make direct bid for political power As 2011 general elections approach, the agitation for an electoral reform has been at the front burner of activities of Labour and civil society groups. Labour has also started embarking on mass action to drive home demand for electoral reform.

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WARRI BOMB BLAST

WARRI BOMB BLAST Manifestation of frustration over failure of amnesty program The bomb explosion that rocked Warri, an oil city in Delta state of the Niger Delta region, in Nigeria on Monday March 15, 2010 is a signal that the crisis is much alive despite decline in disturbances (kidnapping, bombing etc.) following the amnesty deal. The bomb exploded at about

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NITEL PRIVATISATION:

NITEL PRIVATISATION: A typical case of capitalist plunder By Kola Ibrahim NITEL is in the bad news again. This time, it is the fraudulent sale of NITEL to an unknown telecom company, New Generation Nigeria which offered offer a $2.5 billion bid for its acquisition. As usual, the sale has been tainted with controversy and corruption. Immediately after announcement of

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WORKERS MUST NOT PAY FOR THE CRISIS IN THE BANKING SECTOR

WORKERS MUST NOT PAY FOR THE CRISIS IN THE BANKING SECTOR CDWR calls on NUBIFE, ASSIBIFI, TUC and NLC to intervene By Victor Osakwe The mass sack of workers in the banking industry has clearly shown the anti-workers character of the Lamido Sanusi-led CBN reform. The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) condemn the mass sack in the banking

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FASHOLA vs TINUBU FACE-OFF

FASHOLA vs TINUBU FACE-OFF A fight between a godson and his godfather By Victor Osakwe For sometime now, the media and grapevine are awash with the imbroglio between the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (godson) and the former governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu (godfather). The political development in the state has put lie to the joint denial of crisis by

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ROTS IN OYO STATE: THE NEED FOR A FORMIDABLE LABOUR PARTY

ROTS IN OYO STATE: THE NEED FOR A FORMIDABLE LABOUR PARTY By Abbey Trotsky Like elsewhere in the country, the economic and socio-political situation in Oyo state has made imperative the urgent need for a working people’s political alternative to the monumental rots that have characterized the political leadership in the state. Already, there is Labour Party in Oyo state

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JOS CARNAGE:

JOS CARNAGE: Frequent Ethno-religious Killings Will Only End When a Truly Working Peoples’ Government Comes To Power o Reconstruct Nigeria’s Warped Polity and Unjust Economy By Segun Sango, General Secretary, Democratic Socialist Movement In the early hours of March 7, 2010, between 3.am and 6.am, armed elements invaded three villages namely: Dogon Nahawa, Ransat and Jeji in the Jos South

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EDO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY CRISIS

EDO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY CRISIS FOR LABOUR PARTY TO BE BUILT AS A FIGHTING WORKING CLASS POLITICAL PARTY By Chinedu Bosah In what looked like the usual tussle for leadership at the motor parks, the Action Congress (AC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of the Edo State House of Assembly have engaged in a desperate and dangerous fight to

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Building Labour Party as a Fighting Working Class Political Alternative

Building Labour Party as a Fighting Working Class Political Alternative Report of the Labour Party Third National Convention By Kola Ibrahim The Labour Party’s National Convention was held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at the National Secretariat of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja. This Convention took place at a time when the capitalist leadership of the country is in