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Minister for public expenditure & reform, Brendan Howlin
ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Monday May 27, 2013 20:17 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
The "Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013", published by the government on Thursday last (23rd May), is a clear attempt to bully public sector workers into voting for the re-hashed terms of the Croke Park II deal emphatically rejected by them just a couple of weeks ago. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Thursday May 03, 2012 16:45 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
Analysis of the forthcoming referendum in Ireland regarding austerity read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday April 22, 2012 14:53 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
Peoples movement in Ireland, opposing Irish government austerity measures. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday July 29, 2011 22:22 byGregor Kerr
The announcement from the Irish government that households are to face a charge of €100 per annum from January 1st with separate water and property taxes to follow by 2014 has met with fierce opposition across the country.  Radio and television shows have been inundated with texts and phonecalls from irate people who see this latest tax as a step too far and who have been pledging to resist the charge.  In a TV3 IrelandAM poll this morning, Wednesday, 87% of people answered ‘Yes’ to the question “Would you consider boycotting the household charge?” read full story / add a comment
international / community struggles / news report Wednesday July 06, 2011 21:21 byGregor Kerr
Attempts by the Israeli government to sabotage the International ‘Stay Human’ Freedom Flotilla to Gaza have resulted in 2 ships – the Greek-Swedish Juliano and the Irish-owned MV Saoirse – having to withdraw from the Flotilla following damage to both. An emergency demonstration was held at the Spire in Dublin Thursday 30 June to protest the sabotage, see the pictures below. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday July 06, 2011 21:14 byGregor Kerr
The government has made it clear that it is determined to press ahead with its attempts to impose not one but two new taxes on us.  Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is preparing to bring plans to government for a household tax, probably starting at €100 per year, from 1st January.  This tax will be added to by a water tax, expected to be introduced within the next couple of years. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday January 27, 2011 22:00 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
In what is clearly a concerted effort to smash their union organisation, over 170 Aer Lingus cabin crew have been ‘removed from the payroll’ by management in a dispute about rostering arrangements in the Irish airline. read full story / add a comment
irlanda / gran bretagna / la sinistra / cronaca Monday December 13, 2010 15:43 byGregor Kerr
Durante le proteste contro la finanziaria davanti a Dáil Éireann [camera dei deputati] il 7 dicembre 2010, Gregor Kerr ha pronunciato il seguente discorso a nome del Workers Solidarity Movement. Ricordando la necessità di contestare questa finanziaria, Kerr aggiunge che bisogna guardare oltre e sottolineare il fatto che il capitalismo in quanto modo di organizzare la società è moralmente e politicamente bancarotta. Se vogliamo assicurarci che questa crisi finanziaria, e la miseria economica che ha portato a milioni di lavoratori e lavoratrici in tutto il mondo, sia l'ultima allora occorre organizzarci, non per cambiare gli amministratori del capitalismo bensì per rovesciare il sistema capitalista e sostituirlo con un sistema che mette i bisogni dei molti al di sopra dell'avidità dei pochi. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Friday November 19, 2010 19:57 byGregor Kerr   text 1 comment (last - friday november 19, 2010 20:56)   image 1 image
The years from 1995 to 2007 saw record levels of housing construction in Ireland. Construction output went up, land and house prices mushroomed and it seemed as if there was a never-ending bandwagon on which everyone was going to get rich by simply waiting for their pile of bricks to increase in value. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday September 21, 2010 19:10 byGregor Kerr
Many trade union activists have known for years that “social partnership” comes at a huge price for union independence and the ability of trade unions to defend the interest of their members. The myth that government and employers on one side and workers on the other side have some form of common interest has been peddled for over twenty years. This has resulted in a trade union movement whose leadership seems incapable of independent thought and whose membership has been browbeaten into accepting pay cuts, ‘pension levies’ and various attacks on our working conditions and living standards over the past couple of years. read full story / add a comment
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southern asia / environment / news report Wednesday August 18, 2010 22:03 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
Radio, television and newspaper reports of the recent devastating floods in Pakistan are at last beginning to refer to the sheer scale of the problems faced by the victims. Figures for the number of people affected vary widely. According to the Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development Peter Power, reported in today’s (Tuesday) Irish Times, “the United Nations estimated that 40 million people had been left homeless; that eight million of those were in urgent need of immediate food and shelter; and that the combination of rising water and humidity had made a cholera epidemic a real danger”. RTE’s website says “Aid agencies are saying that the world does not fully understand the scale of the flooding disaster ….. One fifth of the country has been hit by severe flooding, with more than 20m people affected…..The UN believes up to 3.5m children are now at risk of contracting water-borne diseases….”. read full story / add a comment
irlanda / gran bretagna / lotte sindacali / opinione / analisi Tuesday August 03, 2010 18:09 byGregor Kerr
A metà giugno si è fatta la conta dei voti. Gli organismi dirigenti del sindacato dei Servizi Pubblici dell’Irish Trade Union Congress hanno accettato “l’accordo di Croke Park”. Il “partneriato sociale”, che si pensava morto e sepolto quando nel dicembre 2009 il governo aveva imposto unilateralmente il taglio agli stipendi nel pubblico impiego, sembra essere resuscitata a nuova vita. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Saturday March 13, 2010 22:40 byGregor Kerr - Workers Solidarity 114
Since the middle of January civil and public servants have engaged in a work-to-rule in an attempt to force a reversal of the pay cuts announced by the government in the December budget. Across the country workers in government offices, colleges, schools, hospitals etc. are taking action, which they hope will result in a change of government policy. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 04, 2009 03:19 byGregor Kerr
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ ‘Get Up Stand Up’ protest on Friday 6th November is of huge importance. The government have made it clear that they intend to make ordinary workers pay for the financial crisis. Friday can be the start of us finally standing up and saying that we are not going to accept this. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Thursday September 17, 2009 00:01 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
NAMA is nothing short of straight class robbery – robbery from ordinary workers in order to shore up the property developers and big bankers who got us into this mess in the first place. It can be described as unfair, it can be described as immoral but in reality it’s naked capitalism at work. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday August 27, 2009 17:05 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
Several hundred protestors chanting ‘Scabs out. Dockers In’ engaged in a mass trespass on the premises of Marine Terminals Ltd. in Dublin’s docklands 24th August. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / interview Thursday August 27, 2009 17:03 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
Dublin football fans will want to forget the August Bank Holiday weekend as the Dubs failed to perform in Croke Park against the might of the Kingdom. But one group of Dublin workers are unlikely to forget the 5 days from Friday 31st July to Tuesday 4th August. When the workers in the Thomas Cook office at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin’s city centre went to work as usual on the Friday morning little did they realise that before going home again they would spend 3 days and (almost) 4 nights in occupation of their workplace, that they would be hauled off at 5a.m. in the morning of the 4th night by a force of 80 – 100 gardai who blocked off the street and battered in the door as if they were on the trail of a dangerous terrorist group, and that they would spend several hours held in the Bridewell Garda station before finally being released by the High Court and allowed to go home. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / news report Thursday April 09, 2009 19:03 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
The minister of Finance Brian Lenihan’s budget has continued the political strategy of defending the wealthy. Where is the reaction? Where is the anger? read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / education / opinion / analysis Sunday February 08, 2009 20:20 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
The Education Cuts announced in October’s Budget have unleashed a wave of protest across the country. During the months of November and December approximately 120,000 people took to the streets of Dublin, Galway, Tullamore, Cork and Donegal to register their anger at the government’s attempts to make schoolchildren pay for the financial crisis. Cowen, Lenihan and O’Keefe have been left in no doubt about the level of popular opposition to these cutbacks. In addition thousands of 3rd level students have also taken to the streets and participated in marches, pickets and blockades to protest at the proposed re-introduction of fees. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 02, 2008 19:31 byGregor Kerr   image 2 images
As the Irish economy officially went into recession, as electricity bills go up by 17.5%, as food bills are officially 6.4% higher than this time last year, the leaders of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions negotiate through the night and emerge bleary-eyed from the ‘social partnership’ talks with 1) a pay pause and 2) pay increases, when Irish workers eventually get them, lower than the rate of inflation read full story / add a comment
Double Issue 5/6 of Tokologo, the Newsletter of the TAAC, now available

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logo_riposte_offensive.png imageFrance : et maintenant, tout bloquer ! 01:54 Mon 23 May by Commission internationale Alternative libertaire 1 comments

Les syndicalistes de l’appel « On bloque tout ! » tenaient meeting jeudi 19 mai, au soir d’une nouvelle journée de grève. Dans la grande salle Croizat de la Bourse du travail de Paris, ce sont 200 militant.e.s qui sont venu.e.s échanger sur la mobilisation en cours. Impressions.

croppedbandeaublogal2page00122.jpg imageBelgique : Après les attentats, la répression d’État 01:38 Mon 23 May by Commission internationale Alternative libertaire 0 comments

Les attentats de Bruxelles ont d’ores et déjà des conséquences néfastes sur les classes populaires, les musulmans et le mouvement social.

rubon391b62a8.png imageFrance : contre le projet de loi Travail ! 01:24 Mon 23 May by Commission internationale Alternative libertaire 0 comments

La mobilisation contre la loi travail a démarré très fort le 9 mars dernier. Après une journée de grève réussie le 31 mars, elle a subi un revers avec une faible mobilisation le samedi 9 avril. Par ailleurs, la jeunesse a été très mobilisée en mars mais peine à franchir un nouveau palier et les vacances puis les examens universitaires n’aident pas. Comment rebondir?

images.jpg imageΚαμία δίωξη στους σ&... 20:05 Mon 16 May by Ελευθεριακή Πρωτοβουλία Θεσσαλονίκης 0 comments

Σε όσους μάχονται υπέρ των ίσων δικαιωμάτων σε όλους κι όλες τους εργάτες κι εργάτριες, υπέρ της νομιμοποίησης όλων των μεταναστών και μεταναστριών και ενάντια στην ανισότητα στους χώρους εργασίας με βάση το φύλο ή την ηλικία, οι διαχειριστές των καπιταλιστικών συμφερόντων, ΣΥΡΙΖΑ-ΑΝΕΛ, απαντούν με καταστολή και διώξεις.

_.jpg imageΣτις γέννες της ψευ&... 17:40 Fri 13 May by Ελευθεριακή Πρωτοβουλία Θεσσαλονίκης 0 comments

Τη Δευτέρα 9/5 είχε προγραμματιστεί συναυλία της Ενάτης του Μπετόβεν από την Κρατική Ορχήστρα Θεσσαλονίκης στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής με αφορμή τη μέρα της Ευρώπης. Η Ελευθεριακή Πρωτοβουλία Θεσσαλονίκης μαζί με συντρόφους/ισσες πραγματοποίησε παρέμβαση με πανό και μοίρασμα κειμένων έξω από το Μέγαρο Μουσικής ως μια ελάχιστη προσπάθεια να καταδείξουμε την υποκρισία της Ευρώπης των αφεντικών, του σύγχρονου ολοκληρωτισμού. Η παρέμβαση βρήκε θετική ανταπόκριση από αρκετό κόσμο που πήγαινε να παρακολουθήσει τη συναυλία ενώ απολαυστικά ήταν τα βλέμματα μίσους αρκετών αστών και "μένουμε Ευρώπη" στη θέα του πανό.

img_04101.jpg imageΕργατικό Ταμείο Αλ&#... 20:42 Mon 09 May by Συνέλευση Ταξικής Αλληλεγγύης 0 comments

Λόγω της φανερής έλλειψης συνδικαλιστικών δομών στους χώρους δουλειάς, της ξεπουλημένης γραφειοκρατικής ηγεσίας της ΓΣΕΕ και του συνδικαλισμού που ταυτίζεται με τις μικροπολιτικές κομμάτων τύπου ΠΑΜΕ, υπάρχει ένα μεγάλο κενό στις διεκδικήσεις των εργαζομένων απέναντι στα αφεντικά. Αυτό το κενό θα προσπαθήσουμε να καλύψουμε μέσω του συντονισμού που θέλουμε να φτιάξουμε, με σκοπό να προσεγγίσουμε εργαζόμενους και να συσπειρωθούμε μαζί τους γύρω από τον συνδικαλισμό βάσης.

textROMA 7 MAGGIO - La "strategia di Dracula" trafigge il TTIP! 13:13 Sat 07 May by Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA 0 comments

La Commissione europea voleva un divieto di 30 anni sull'accesso pubblico ai testi negoziali del TTIP, ora la "strategia di Dracula" imposta da movimento internazionale STOP TTIP ha esposto il vampiro alla luce del sole. Che muoia!

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle persist in spite of burn-out of veteran activists*. 12:26 Sat 07 May by Ilan S. 1 comments

The first years of the joint struggle against the wall had some gains that drew activists to the struggle. However, for years the continuous joint struggle have much more gains, but not on the ground for people to see with their eyes. Gradually both Palestinians and Israeli activists dropped out with not so many to replace them. Still, on the weekly demonstrations the participants - Israelis, internationals, and Palestinians are far from any thought on quitting. We see the changes in the international arena. Taste of it is brought to us by the international activists who keep coming. If the weekly demos reminded activists the activity of Sisyphus of rolling a heavy rock uphill to the summit just to have it down again, it is clear to any one who see the whole picture that the rolling of the rock uphill again and again is decimating the hill and may be we are not so far from the last rolling of the rock up the hill.

afisa_1.png imageΜπλόκο στα μνημονι&#... 11:28 Sat 07 May by Συνέλευση αναρχικών-κομμουνιστών 0 comments

Τη στιγμή που και οι τελευταίες ψευδαισθήσεις του κοινοβουλευτισμού καταρρέουν, αποδεικνύοντας την απάτη των κάθε λογής σωτήρων, τη στιγμή που ο μύθος της ΕΕ της ειρήνης και της ευημερίας γκρεμίζεται από τις στρατιές των ανέργων και των προσφύγων που την κατακλύζουν, τη στιγμή που εξαντλούνται τα όρια της στοιχειώδους επιβίωσης, της δημοκρατικής επίφασης και της προσμονής για ένα καλύτερο αύριο, τα διλήμματα είναι πια ξεκάθαρα και κανείς δεν μπορεί να υποκριθεί πως δεν τα διακρίνει: ή με κάθε μέσο παραμονή στην ΕΕ και το μνημονιακό καθεστώς ή έξοδος από την ΕΕ, διαγραφή του χρέους και πόλεμος με την αστική τάξη και το κράτος της. Με άλλα λόγια ή παραμονή στον καπιταλιστικό μονόδρομο ή κοινωνική επανάσταση.

13151749_1730069703875579_4836454116045324513_n.jpg imageTaksim Square is the Square of Mayday 22:06 Fri 06 May by Huseyin Civan 0 comments

As in last years, we were in Taksim Square against all prohibitions of state, all violence of police and all efforts of capitalists.

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imageNo rastro da nova-velha direita e o giro reacionário do senso comum brasileiro – 1 May 27 by BrunoL 0 comments

23 de maio de 2016, Bruno Lima Rocha

Introdução

Neste primeiro artigo para o Comitê em Defesa da Democracia a ser publicado no Jornal Já e redistribuído através das redes alternativas, inicio uma breve série tentando mapear a nova (velha) direita. O objetivo deste e dos textos que seguem é tentar identificar a origem contemporânea do giro reacionário do senso comum brasileiro e suas similitudes com o conservadorismo dos EUA, e, por consequência, a transferência do léxico, do glossário e das identidades políticas gestadas no interior do sistema político do Império. Entendo que, se identificarmos os focos domésticos e internacionais do pensamento conservador, reacionário, ultraliberal e com laços neofascistas, estaremos aptos a tentar estancar o que venho afirmando como “fedor de linha chilena” tendo vasto crescimento no Brasil.

imageΤο Επαναστατικό Πν&#... May 27 by Πιότρ Κροπότκιν 0 comments

Το δεύτερο κεφάλαιο του κειμένου «Το Επαναστατικό Πνεύμα» του Piotr Kropotkin.

imageΗ Ελευθεριακή Επαν&#... May 21 by Diego Abad de Santillan 0 comments

Μετάφραση του Κεφαλαίου Ι («Οικονομία κι Ελευθερία») του Γ’ Μέρους («Η Επανάσταση της Ελευθερίας») του βιβλίου: Diego Abad De Santillan, “El Organismo Economico De La Revolucion”, εκδόσεις Zero (Biblioteca “Promocion del Pueblo” No 20), Bilbao, 1978 (2η έκδοση). (H 1η έκδοση έλαβε χώρα στην Ισπανία στις 5 Μαρτίου 1936, μερικούς μήνες πριν από το ξέσπασμα της επανάστασης)

imageO afastamento da presidente Dilma Rousseff. Uma reflexão crítica pela esquerda May 17 by BrunoL 0 comments

16 de maio de 2016, Bruno Lima Rocha

O Senado concluiu por volta de 6h30min da manhã de 12 de maio de 2017 um golpe branco, perfeitamente orquestrado, afastando a presidente reeleita Dilma Rousseff, por 55 votos a favor do afastamento contra 22 pela manutenção no cargo. Com esta votação, o PMDB chega ao poder pela terceira vez de forma indireta. Antes com Tancredo Neves e José Sarney em 1985, no retorno de Itamar Franco para a legenda de Ulisses Guimarães em 1992 após o impeachment de Fernando Collor de Mello e agora com Michel Temer assumindo o Planalto por ter sido reeleito na mesma chapa da ex-guerrilheira. Dilma recebera 54 milhões de votos em 2014 e trazia consigo o vice-presidente eleito com ela em 2010, através de uma aliança defendida ainda no governo pelo ex-ministro da Casa Civil de Lula, José Dirceu de Oliveira e Silva em 2005 e ampliada pela hoje presidente afastada quando a mesma fora indicada para a pasta antes ocupada pelo ex-todo poderoso capa preta da legenda petista.

imageLa crisis política y las formas posibles extravíos y de la democracia brasileña May 17 by BrunoL 0 comments

16 de mayo de 2016, Bruno Lima Rocha

Brasil está pasando por un momento muy interesante, desde un punto de vista analítico y sin esperanza para aquellos que quieren transformar la sociedad brasileña igualitaria según el punto de vista. Sería una ilusión no ver que estamos frente a un golpe consumado dentro de los ritos formales de nuestro marco legal e institucional.

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imageΚαμία δίωξη στους σ&... May 16 0 comments

Σε όσους μάχονται υπέρ των ίσων δικαιωμάτων σε όλους κι όλες τους εργάτες κι εργάτριες, υπέρ της νομιμοποίησης όλων των μεταναστών και μεταναστριών και ενάντια στην ανισότητα στους χώρους εργασίας με βάση το φύλο ή την ηλικία, οι διαχειριστές των καπιταλιστικών συμφερόντων, ΣΥΡΙΖΑ-ΑΝΕΛ, απαντούν με καταστολή και διώξεις.

imageΣτις γέννες της ψευ&... May 13 0 comments

Τη Δευτέρα 9/5 είχε προγραμματιστεί συναυλία της Ενάτης του Μπετόβεν από την Κρατική Ορχήστρα Θεσσαλονίκης στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής με αφορμή τη μέρα της Ευρώπης. Η Ελευθεριακή Πρωτοβουλία Θεσσαλονίκης μαζί με συντρόφους/ισσες πραγματοποίησε παρέμβαση με πανό και μοίρασμα κειμένων έξω από το Μέγαρο Μουσικής ως μια ελάχιστη προσπάθεια να καταδείξουμε την υποκρισία της Ευρώπης των αφεντικών, του σύγχρονου ολοκληρωτισμού. Η παρέμβαση βρήκε θετική ανταπόκριση από αρκετό κόσμο που πήγαινε να παρακολουθήσει τη συναυλία ενώ απολαυστικά ήταν τα βλέμματα μίσους αρκετών αστών και "μένουμε Ευρώπη" στη θέα του πανό.

imageΕργατικό Ταμείο Αλ&#... May 09 0 comments

Λόγω της φανερής έλλειψης συνδικαλιστικών δομών στους χώρους δουλειάς, της ξεπουλημένης γραφειοκρατικής ηγεσίας της ΓΣΕΕ και του συνδικαλισμού που ταυτίζεται με τις μικροπολιτικές κομμάτων τύπου ΠΑΜΕ, υπάρχει ένα μεγάλο κενό στις διεκδικήσεις των εργαζομένων απέναντι στα αφεντικά. Αυτό το κενό θα προσπαθήσουμε να καλύψουμε μέσω του συντονισμού που θέλουμε να φτιάξουμε, με σκοπό να προσεγγίσουμε εργαζόμενους και να συσπειρωθούμε μαζί τους γύρω από τον συνδικαλισμό βάσης.

textROMA 7 MAGGIO - La "strategia di Dracula" trafigge il TTIP! May 07 0 comments

La Commissione europea voleva un divieto di 30 anni sull'accesso pubblico ai testi negoziali del TTIP, ora la "strategia di Dracula" imposta da movimento internazionale STOP TTIP ha esposto il vampiro alla luce del sole. Che muoia!

imageΜπλόκο στα μνημονι&#... May 07 0 comments

Τη στιγμή που και οι τελευταίες ψευδαισθήσεις του κοινοβουλευτισμού καταρρέουν, αποδεικνύοντας την απάτη των κάθε λογής σωτήρων, τη στιγμή που ο μύθος της ΕΕ της ειρήνης και της ευημερίας γκρεμίζεται από τις στρατιές των ανέργων και των προσφύγων που την κατακλύζουν, τη στιγμή που εξαντλούνται τα όρια της στοιχειώδους επιβίωσης, της δημοκρατικής επίφασης και της προσμονής για ένα καλύτερο αύριο, τα διλήμματα είναι πια ξεκάθαρα και κανείς δεν μπορεί να υποκριθεί πως δεν τα διακρίνει: ή με κάθε μέσο παραμονή στην ΕΕ και το μνημονιακό καθεστώς ή έξοδος από την ΕΕ, διαγραφή του χρέους και πόλεμος με την αστική τάξη και το κράτος της. Με άλλα λόγια ή παραμονή στον καπιταλιστικό μονόδρομο ή κοινωνική επανάσταση.

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