Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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POOR STATE OF LAGOS ROADS: A GENUINE WORKERS’ AND PEOPLES’ GOVERNMENT IS THE ONLY WAY-OUT

POOR STATE OF LAGOS ROADS: A GENUINE WORKERS’ AND PEOPLES’ GOVERNMENT IS THE ONLY WAY-OUT By Lanre Akinola The euphoria that greeted the so called performance of the Lagos State Government headed by Mr. Raji Fashola particularly, on the construction and rehabilitation of roads has begun to wane. With the beginning of rainy season, most people have now woken up

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MAJOR VICTORY FOR LARUTI OPERATORS

MAJOR VICTORY FOR LARUTI OPERATORS LAGOS STATE GOVT. FORCED TO PAY BACK OPERATORS MONEY The tricycle operators popularly known as Lagos State Rural Transport Initiative (LARUTI) recorded a major victory on May 2010 after 10 months of struggle against the Lagos State government. The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) led these poor tricycle operators to get back their

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NIGER DELTA AND GULF OF MEXICO: UNITED BY DISASTER OF CAPITALISM

NIGER DELTA AND GULF OF MEXICO: UNITED BY DISASTER OF CAPITALISM By Peluola Adewale Perhaps, one of the collateral advantages of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster is the momentary media attention it has drawn to daily pollution and environmental degradation of Niger Delta area of Nigeria which has been hitherto under-reported. The international media have run stories comparing

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ELECTORAL REFORM CAMPAIGNS AND THE HOPE FOR GENUINE CHANGE IN EDO

ELECTORAL REFORM CAMPAIGNS AND THE HOPE FOR GENUINE CHANGE IN EDO By Lateef Adams Free and fair election is a miracle that many Nigerians are waiting to happen in Nigeria. It has often been said that if Nigeria could get it right on elections, then it will be possible to resolve all other socio-economic problems which the country is enmeshed

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ADIEU! BILLY BRIGHT ANOKWURU

ADIEU! BILLY BRIGHT ANOKWURU A GENUINE AND CONSISTENT TRADE UNION LEADER Billy Bright Anokwuru died on July 20, 2010. Before his death, he was the former National President of the National Union of Shop and Distributive Employees (NUSDE) and Vice Chairman of the Labour Party in Lagos State. In this interview, Comrade Rufus Olusesan (Vice President of NUSDE and Chairman

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MINIMUM WAGE AGITATION: TIME FOR MASS ACTIONS

MINIMUM WAGE AGITATION: TIME FOR MASS ACTIONS By Chinedu Bosah The minimum wage agitation is one that has generated so much interest amongst Nigerian workers, considering the fact that the wages currently earned can be best described as poverty wages. The issue has been characterized by conflicting stories from the government quarters and the media. This has confirmed the position

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2011 GENERAL ELECTIONS:

2011 GENERAL ELECTIONS: IS NIGERIA ABOUT TO BREAK A 50-YEAR OLD JINX? Going by what President Goodluck Jonathan and Professor Attahiru Jega, the newly appointed Electoral Commission Chairman have been saying, Nigerians are expected to have truly free and fair elections come 2011 general elections. Hear the President: “When we nominated Prof. Attahiru Jega as the Chairman of INEC, some

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GOODLUCK JONATHAN PRESIDENCY:

GOODLUCK JONATHAN PRESIDENCY: CAN NIGERIA EXPERIENCE POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVED LIVING CONDITIONS? After much hullabaloo, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan became president of Nigeria on May 6, 2010, consequent upon the death of President Musa Yar’Adua, who died in office after a protracted terminal ailment. As usual, several bourgeois analysts and plain self seekers, who always support any government in power, have

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History: 70th anniversary of the assasination of Leon Trotsky

History: 70th anniversary of the assasination of Leon Trotsky Coming mass revolts will see workers and youth look to Trotsky’s ideas Peter Taaffe, General Secretary Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales) Seventy years ago the greatest living revolutionary of the time, Leon Trotsky, was murdered by Josef Stalin’s hit man Ramon Mercader. There had been a number of failed previous

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General Strike to support public sector workers

South Africa: Government threatens right to strike… General Strike to support public sector workers For class independence and workers unity! Cosatu out of the Tripartite Alliance Now! Build a Mass Workers Party on a Socialist Programme Pamphlet issued by the Democratic Socialist movement (CWI South Africa) A week into the public sector strike and it has become abundantly clear that

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Tribute to John Odah at 50

Tribute to John Odah at 50 By Segun Sango and Lanre Arogundade This appreciation of John Odah, the Nigeria Labour Congress’s General Gecretary, was published in the Compass newspaper on August 21 and in the Guardian newspaper on August 23. AS members of the same generation of students and left wing movements, we join in congratulating John Odah, General Secretary

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WORKERS` STRIKES IN OYO STATE:

WORKERS` STRIKES IN OYO STATE: A call for a United Action and Working People Political Alternative By Abbey Trotsky The perennial economic cum political attacks every pro-capitalist government now characteristically unleashes on workers and other categories of toiling working masses has kept throwing up repeated resistance from workers in Oyo state. In the last five months, workers in different sectors

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South Africa: 1.3 million public servants in one-day warning strike

South Africa: 1.3 million public servants in one-day warning strike Longer strike may follow after negotiations on Thursday Liv Shange, Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM – CWI in South Africa) Approximately 20,000 workers marched in Tshwane and 15,000 in Cape Town on Tuesday, 10 August, as 1.3 million public sector workers, organised in the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)

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Don’t Hand Over Labour Party to Moneybags

Don’t Hand Over Labour Party to Moneybags Trade Unions must condemn the outrageous nomination fees, and actively build and fund the Party By Peluola Adewale On the surface the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Labour Party held on May 5, 2010 in Akure Ondo raises hope of the resolve of the party leadership to reposition it as a

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UNIBEN: Newly Registered ERC branch holds symposium

UNIBEN: Newly Registered ERC branch holds symposium The newly registered branch of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) held its maiden program on Wednesday 28th July 2010 at the Twin Lecture Theatre 11, Social Sciences of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) Benin Edo State. The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) was formed by the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) as a platform to

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Authorities move to crush all left groups on OAU campus.

Authorities move to crush all left groups on OAU campus. Latest on attacks on Socialist students in OAU: By Peluola Adewale, DSM Lagos The attack on the DSM and other comrades by the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has continued unabated. It has now assumed a perfect blend of barbarism and ridiculousness. In a newspaper report during

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UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON DSM MEMBERS BY AUTHORITIES-SPONSORED STUDENTS’ UNION OFFICIALS AND THUGS OF THE

Press Conference UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON DSM MEMBERS BY AUTHORITIES-SPONSORED STUDENTS’ UNION OFFICIALS AND THUGS OF THE OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY (OAU) We Cry for Justice Ajibola Alex – photo Socialist Nigeria Text of a press conference held by the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) on Friday 23 July 2010 at the Press Chapel, Osogbo Osun State on the unprovoked attack on DSM

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Attack on DSM OAU Branch by University Authorities and Puppet Students Union Officials and Thugs

Attack on DSM OAU Branch by University Authorities and Puppet Students Union Officials and Thugs All Detained DSM Members are Released All the Hoodlums and their Principals Must be Arrested and Prosecuted For an Open Democratic Probe of the Violence On Thursday 15 July 2010, the authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) released the remaining 5 members of the

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WE CONDEMN THE WANTON EXPLOITATION OF CANDIDATES BY THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATION COUNCIL (WAEC)

EDUCATION RIGHTS CAMPAIGN (ERC) Press Statement WE CONDEMN THE WANTON EXPLOITATION OF CANDIDATES BY THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATION COUNCIL (WAEC) The West African Examination Council (WAEC), which is a recognized body conducting final examination for Senior School Certificate, has in the wake of registering candidates for the 2010 Nov/Dec. West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE External) introduced a new

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Socialist Students Detained by the Police are Released

Socialist Students Detained by the Police are Released 5 others are still illegally detained by the university at its Security Post The student comrades of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife branch who were moved to the Osun state police command this morning (July 14) have been released by the police. No doubt, it was the protest