Mass Funerals Rock Saudi Arabia in the Wake of Terror Attacks

dammam funeral1Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people attended the funeral of 4 victims of a terrorist attack by the Islamic State (IS) which took place last week in the northeastern provinces of Saudi Arabia. This was the second mass funeral in two weeks. The events have brought to the fore the deep contradictions which exist in Saudi Arabia, but which for decades have been more or less hidden by the totalitarian nature of the reactionary regime.

Greece: Neither “Honorable Compromise” nor “Accidental Rupture”—The Only Way Forward is a Socialist Policy (Part Six)

Today we publish the sixth and final part of Stamatis Karagiannopouloss article on the situation in Greece. The series was originally published in Greek on the website of the Communist Tendency of Syriza at the end of April this year.

The apologists of the “honorable compromise” policy mock the communists of SYRIZA, accusing them of lacking a program for the here-and-now. They accuse the communists of referring everything to the period of the proletarian revolution and of socialism. Leaving aside the inability of our critics to understand that this period is much closer to that past period of socialist revolution than what they imagine, they are being dishonest. The Communist Tendency not only has put forward an alternative proposal, but this proposal also expresses the only realistic solution for the working class and the impoverished layers of society.

Britain: Four Shades of Blairism—The Travesty of the Labour Leadership Contest

andy burnhamReformism in a time of capitalist crisis resembles “windmills whose sails turn in a strong wind but fail to produce a single pound of flour because there is no corn for them to grind” (Trotsky, “Notes on the Situation in Britain 1925–26”). The “ideas” and policies on offer in the Labour leadership election are as empty as the corn silos of capitalism are bare, and there is zero prospect of anything of substance emerging from Labour in this leadership election.

Liz Kendall, a frontrunner in the contest, has managed to grasp that Labour “didn’t have any ideas” in the election campaign. She seems to think that simply asserting the absence of ideas before is equivalent to having ideas now; but it is not, and she most certainly does not, nor do any of her rivals.

Greece: Neither “Honorable Compromise” nor “Accidental Rupture”—The Only Way Forward is a Socialist Policy (Part Five)

Today we publish the fifth part of Stamatis Karagiannopouloss article on the situation in Greece. The series was originally published in Greek on the website of the Communist Tendency of Syriza at the end of April this year.

The influence and power of the Left Platform justifiably worries the bourgeoisie, which trembles at the idea that self-proclaimed communists could gain control of SYRIZA. But this undeniable fact does not absolve the leadership of the Left Platform from their serious political mistakes and contradictions in policy. Now that confusion and anxiety over the “honorable compromise” dominates the working class, the main political task is to clarify the blurred political stance and give a comprehensive political alternative for the youth and militants of SYRIZA.

Irish Referendum—Revolutionary Implications

Ireland says YESIrish voters have decisively voted in favor of marriage equality, making Ireland the first country to do so through the ballot box. This was a victory of the future against the past, of the young against the old, of reason against ignorance, of the forward-looking urban areas against the old backward rural Ireland.

The referendum result speaks volumes about the changes that have taken place in the Republic of Ireland. The dead hand of the past, which had lain heavily on Irish society for generations, was rudely cast aside. All the live forces of Irish society were mobilized for the “Yes.” All that was dead, stultifying, and oppressive was gathered together under the “No” banner, behind which stood the looming presence of the priests, nuns, and bishops.

For above all else, this referendum vote was a blow against the age-old dictatorship of the Church. Although it would be premature to conclude that Catholic Ireland is dead and gone, the people of that island woke up this morning to a different country and were breathing a different air, a purer, cleaner air than the suffocating fumes of incense that oppressed the brains of previous generations.