Month: May 2022

Will the EU send warships to take wheat out of Ukraine?

30 May, 2022 · European Union · Russia · Ukraine · USA

The French Tonnerre helicopter carrier is escorted by Greek and French ships.
The French Tonnerre helicopter carrier is escorted by Greek and French ships.

After Germany refused to relax sanctions in exchange for the unblocking of Ukrainian ports by Russia, the EU “is weighing” whether to launch its military structure and send a war fleet to carry out the Ukrainian grain. The excuse: the danger of famine in third countries. But this is hard to believe: since when is the EU willing to risk open war with Russia for the needs of semi-colonial countries? Wasn’t it going to increase its own exports to alleviate the global price increase? What lies behind the plans for a new “Crimean war”?

Wherever you read us, the war is changing your work situation

27 May, 2022 · Global situation

Hungarian teachers' strike
Hungarian teachers' strike

The entry into a historical epoch marked by militarism is transforming labor relations. Ranging from brutal legal changes in Ukraine, but also in South Korea or Hungary, to “spontaneous” forms of imposition of overwork in Great Britain or the USA. At the same time, the campaigns and ideological pressure are targeting a new generation of workers who are massively “burning out” in the workplace, unable to get out of their individualistic and identitarian prison.

NATO wants to take the war with Russia to Africa… and drive China out of the continent

26 May, 2022 · Africa · European Union · USA

Scholz reviews the German troops in Niger on May 23.
Scholz reviews the German troops in Niger on May 23.

NATO is preparing its “2022 strategic concept”. It will be officially presented at the Madrid summit in June. The movements and pressures of the states follow one after the other to outline the “novelties”. The most disturbing of them: a new “Russian front” in the Sahel with strong reverberations and possibilities of destabilization in the Maghreb and the whole of West Africa. Great Britain, Germany and Spain are leading the push that promises to open a new imperialist battle for the control of Africa.

What kind of “equality” does abortion promote?

25 May, 2022 · USA · Critique of ideology

Conflicting positions on abortion at the gates of the US Supreme Court.
Conflicting positions on abortion at the gates of the US Supreme Court.

While it is obvious that we must defend ourselves against anti-abortionism, we must also confront the feminist arguments that render invisible the discrimination of working women and reduce them to the status of animals in order to hide and justify ignominious conditions of exploitation. We need to confront both “pro-life” and “pro-choice” from our own class terrain. For if we let them we will have neither a life worthy of being called that nor any other choice but to resign ourselves to choose as women workers between being midwives or beasts of burden… to end up being both.

Wildcat strike in the North Sea

23 May, 2022 · United Kingdom

One of the rigs involved in a wildcat strike in the North Sea.
One of the rigs involved in a wildcat strike in the North Sea.

Workers on oil rigs in the British North Sea have begun a wildcat strike that is affecting oil production. Employers and unions are pressuring them to give up the struggle. And yet the strike continues to spread. It could mark a turning point in the workers’ response to the crisis across Europe.

Towards a trade war between Britain and the EU?

19 May, 2022 · United Kingdom · European Union

The attempted unilateral reform of the Northern Ireland Protocol may end in a trade war between Britain and the EU... for the time being.
The attempted unilateral reform of the Northern Ireland Protocol may end in a trade war between Britain and the EU... for the time being.

The British government announced yesterday a unilateral review of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The EU has responded immediately with a threat of sanctions. Beneath, the historic breakdown of balances between Northern Irish factions and the prospect of the annexation of Ulster by Ireland. The opening of a period of intra-European trade war could however be the prologue to a new phase of low-intensity wars on the continent.

The EU, the first defeated party in the Ukrainian war, is heading for a long crisis and threatens internal rupture

17 May, 2022 · European Union

Macron and Scholz
Macron and Scholz

While the US approves the umpteenth support package to the Ukrainian state, this time of 40 billion euros to sustain the war, France, Germany and behind them Italy and Spain begin to recognize a strategic defeat… vis-à-vis Washington. Growing ideological resentment, political impotence within the EU and the increasingly accepted prospect of breaking the EU in two are expressed. It is not “only political”: the development of the imperialist contradictions within the EU and in relation to the US can only accelerate the offensive of national capitals against the living conditions of the workers.

The future of Europe and the war

11 May, 2022 · European Union

Macron speaks yesterday in Strasbourg at the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Macron speaks yesterday in Strasbourg at the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Macron burst into the proceedings of the “Conference on the Future of Europe” yesterday with a proposal to reform the EU’s constituent treaties which immediately divided the states into two sides. It is the response to a US strategy in Ukraine which, irrespective of its effects on Russia, is increasingly undermining the power enjoyed by the Franco-German-Italian axis within the EU.

Beneath gender roles, the social organization of work

8 May, 2022 · Critique of ideology

Olive pickers in Jaén
Olive pickers in Jaén

The differences in social roles between men and women are fundamentally due to the impositions of the social organization of work. That is to say, they are neither based on “essential” differences nor can they be overcome through ideological and cultural campaigns. For this reason, ending discrimination requires transforming the relations of production.

One step away from recession and a “new austerity”

5 May, 2022 · USA · European Union

Siemens tomographic scanner factory.
Siemens tomographic scanner factory.

Germany’s famous economic powerhouse flounders. Rising rates push the US into recession. Central banks start to look warily at the housing market again. And the “new austerity” is taken for granted so naturally in France and Spain that its implementation depends only on the timetable of the elections.

The “unions’ celebration”

1 May, 2022 · Spain

May Day demonstration today in Madrid.
May Day demonstration today in Madrid.

The “trade union celebration” has left its messages: support for the war and celebration of the war capitalism that is being imposed on us and that is beginning with a direct attack on the purchasing power of wages.