August 5, 2014

International Marxist Student News

 

 

We are proud of our internationalism and have links with groups of Marxist students all over the world.

YOUTH AGAINST CAPITALISM (Greece)
YOUTH FOR INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM (USA)
COMMITTEE OF STUDENT STRUGGLE (CLEP) (Mexico)
REVOLUTIONARY STUDENTS’ UNION (Mexico)
BLOQUE POPULAR JUVENIL (El Salvador)
MARXIST YOUTH (Venezuela)
REVOLUTIONARY STUDENT FRONT (Bolivia)
MARXIST YOUTH (Brazil)
REBELLION (Austria)
SEMPRE IN LOTTA (Italy)
MARXISTISKA STUDENTER (Sweden)
JAMMU KASHMIR NATIONAL STUDENTS FEDERATION (Pakistan)

 

Explore below for articles by Marxist students on international issues:

STUDENTS FIGHTING FOR SOCIALIST REVOLUTION IN MULTAN, PAKISTAN
22 February 2017, by Progressive Youth Alliance, Pakistan

On 17 February the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) organised its city convention of Multan at the Multan Tea House hall.

CAPITALISM IS SQUEEZING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE UK
22 February 2017, by Peter Kwasiborski, SOAS Marxists

£24,000. This is how much you may be required to pay for one year of university education in the UK if you’re international student.

SOLIDARITY WITH STUDENTS AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF CAIRO
24 November 2016, by Marxist Student Federation

The recent actions of the administration of the American University of Cairo represent an direct assault on the student body.

TRUMP AND THE LESSONS OF 2016
11 November 2016, by Andrew Macknight, Newcastle Marxists

There’s an old Chinese curse which roughly translates into English as “May you live in interesting times” and it certainly seems that in recent months these words do make for a particularly painful curse.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: HOW, WHY AND WHAT NEXT? [VIDEOS AND UPCOMING EVENTS]
10 November 2016, by Marxist Student Federation

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections has delivered the biggest political upset in history; a political earthquake that has shattered the entire global Establishment, making Brexit look like a minor tremor in comparison.

THE US ELECTION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR MARXISTS?
7 November 2016, by Danielle Anderson, Socialist Appeal (USA)

Around the world, millions of people are waiting nervously for the upcoming presidential election in the United States on November 8th.

CANADA: HUGE SUCCESS FOR SOCIALIST FIGHTBACK STUDENTS AT FRESHERS 2016
18 October 2016, by Fightback

Throughout the month of September, Socialist Fightback clubs at UVic, UofT, Ryerson, York U and Seneca, Trent Durham, McMaster, Waterloo, UdeM, Concordia, and McGill, engaged with hundreds of students interested in Marxist ideas during the frosh campus club days and street festivals.

DENMARK: FIGHT THE ATTACKS ON STUDENT GRANTS
13 October 2016, by IMT Denmark

The Danish government has recently presented its 2025 plan, and as expected, this plan contained a massive attack on student grants (SU).

SOLIDARITY WITH THE BRAZILIAN WORKERS AND YOUTH FIGHTING THE TEMER GOVERNMENT
5 September 2016, by Liberdade e Luta, Brazil

We publish here a translation of a statement (the original is republished below) by our comrades in Brazil – Liberdade e Luta

ARMED POLICE ATTACK STUDENTS IN BRAZIL
22 August 2016, by Kit MacDougall, Glasgow Marxists

Earlier this month student protests in Sao Paulo were interrupted by armed police. The Police opened fire on the marching students with rubber bullets and tear gas.

END REPRESSION OF TEACHERS’ MOVEMENT IN MEXICO!
22 June 2016, by Marxist Student Federation

Three days ago, six people were killed and dozens wounded outside Oaxaca when the Mexican police opened fire on unarmed protestors defending state education.

AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE STRUGGLE IN FRANCE
16 June 2016, by Helen Fortescue, UCLU Marxists

We publish below an eyewitness account of the Nuit Debout movement that has, along with massive strike action, been sweeping France.

MARXIST STUDENTS TAKE PART IN PARIS DEMONSTRATIONS
8 April 2016, translated by Lizzie Cassidy, Hills Road Marxist society

We arrived in Paris last week, to take part in a movement against the changes to labour legislation. This law, called the ‘El-Khomri’ law (the name of the Minister for Labour) aims to make bad contracts, along the lines of temporary staff or zero-hours contracts, the norm for all new workers.

SOLIDARITY STATEMENT TO THE STUDENT AT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY
18 February 2016, by SOAS Marxist Society

The recent events in New Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University are an assault on the autonomy of the student body from both the government and the university administration as a whole.

INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS TO THE MARXIST STUDENT FEDERATION: WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
15th February 2016, by Marxist Student Federation

The messages below were sent to the Marxist Student Federation from our comrades around the world. International solidarity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of inspiration. Workers of the world unite!

BRAZILIAN REVOLUTIONARY CAMP 2016 – NEW YOUTH ORGANISATION FOUNDED: ‘FREEDOM AND STRUGGLE’
2 February 2016, by Ariele Efting, Esquerda Marxista

Between 28-31 January, at the occupied Flaskô factory in Sumaré, the second annual Revolutionary Camp took place. It was organised by the ‘Free and Accessible For All’ campaign with the aim of educating young political activists and founding a new youth organisation.

BRAZIL: STUDENTS OCCUPY SCHOOLS TO STOP “EDUCATIONAL REORGANISATION”
23 November 2015, by Arthur Penna, Sao Paulo

On November 9th at 7:00 pm, several students gathered and decided to occupy the state school of Diadema. The students of the Fernão Dias school, which is also run by the São Paulo state government, did the same the following day.

USA: #MILLIONSTUDENTMARCH AGAINST STUDENT DEBT
16 November 2015, by Danielle Anderson, KCL Marxists

115 Colleges across the United States demonstrated for free education on 12 November. The demonstrations were organized over social media using #MilllionStudentMarch.

PARIS ATTACKS: THE BARBARISM OF A SICK CAPITALIST SYSTEM
15 November 2015, by Jorge Martin and Nina Christou

Below we publish two short comments on the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday (13 November). For a full analysis of the events see here.

GREECE: STUDENTS AS A BAROMETER OF SOCIETY
13 November 2015, by Stella Christou in Athens, MSF Executive

This September, only days after the re-election of SYRIZA in power, the schools in the country opened. The shortages the schools faced were severe right away ; extending from books, to staff, to regular cleaning and writing supplies.

SOLIDARITY WITH JOHANNESBURG STUDENTS ON STRIKE AGAINST TUITION FEES
16 October 2015, by Beatrice Papapietro, on behalf of the Marxist Student Federation

Students at Witswatersrand University, also known as Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, have taken strike action in response to the announcement that tuition fees will be increased by 10.5%, accommodation costs by 9%, and upfront registration fees by 6%.

SOLIDARITY FROM MEXICO
19 September 2015, by CLEP-UER

Below, in both English and Spanish, is a statement sent to the Marxist Student Federation by our comrades in Mexico.

SOLIDARITY WITH THE YOUTH AND WORKERS OF TURKEY
3 September 2015, by Soton Marxists

“Following the turn of events in Turkey with the AKP party openly attacking Kurdish fighters and left wing forces in Turkey, Iraq and Syria, we call on all students at schools and universities to organize solidarity with the Kurdish working class and the Left in Turkey.”

POLAND: NEW LEFT MOVEMENT NEEDS YOUR HELP
1 September 2015, by Ross Walker Edinburgh North SSP and UCU (personal capacity)

“POLAND: Partia Razem was formed earlier this year by activists from varying backgrounds, including the Young Socialists, Green Party, trade unions, cooperatives as well as prominent academics and journalists with the aim of standing for the parliamentary elections this year.”

THE GREEK REFERENDUM: SAY NO TO AUSTERITY; BREAK WITH CAPITALISM
3 July 2015, by International Marxist Tendency

“As tension in Europe mounts in the run up to the Greek referendum on Sunday we publish below a statement  by the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), whose section in Greece is the Communist Tendency of Syriza.”

SOLIDARITY FROM MEXICO WITH THE LSE OCCUPATION
24th March 2015, by CLEP-UER

“The students organised in the Polytechnic Students Committee of Struggle-Revolutionary Student Union (CLEP-UER) send revolutionary greetings from Mexico to the students at LSE…”

SOLIDARITY FROM VENEZUELA WITH THE LSE OCCUPATION AND THE MSF
20th March 2015, by Juventud Marxista de Venezuela

“The Marxist Youth of Venezuela, the youth wing of Class Struggle, expresses its support for the students of the London School of Economics (LSE) who on 18 March bravely occupied the main meeting room of the university…”

ITALIAN SCHOOL STUDENTS FIGHT FOR THEIR EDUCATION
19th March 2015, by Claudia Falsetti, Glasgow Marxists

“On 12th March 2015 Italian students demonstrated all across the country against the decree-law “good school” (Buona Scuola) presented the very same day to the Cabinet…”

MASS ANTI-AUSTERITY MOVEMENT BREWING IN QUEBEC
16th March 2015, by Jack Rising

“Twenty-four student organizations, representing over 30,000 students, have voted to go on strike in Québec on March 21, with 100,000 students yet to vote…”

GREECE: NO SURRENDER
6th March 2015, by Jaki Michele, UCLU Marxist Society

“On Thursday, 26th February, the UCLU Marxists held a public meeting to discuss the recent political situation in Greece. Titled “Greece: No Surrender,” the discussion featured a lead-off by Fred Weston, the editor of www.marxist.com.”

UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM STUDENTS FIGHT PRIVATISATION
3rd March 2015, by Danielle Anderson, KCL Marxist Society

“On Friday, 13 February, students occupied the Bungehuis at the University van Amsterdam (UvA). By the end of the first day of the occupation the movement grew in support with around 200 people participating in the occupation…”

MARXIST STUDENT SOLIDARITY WITH STRIKING POLISH MINERS (Polish translation here)
27th February 2015, by Ross Walker, Edinburgh UCU (Personal Capacity)

“This is a response on behalf of the Marxist Student Federation to attacks by the state against protesting workers in the Polish city of Jastrzebie on the 2nd and 9th of February, where tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets were fired at unarmed protesters, injuring twenty people…”

CAPITALIST CRISIS AND NATIONAL PREJUDICE – LANGUAGE STUDENTS CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE
27th February 2015, by Ben Gliniecki, MSF Executive

“In the latest move aimed at using the territory of Gibraltar to bolster political support, the Spanish foreign minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, has announced the closure of the Cervantes Institute, a Spanish language school in Gibraltar…”

PATRIOTISM AND SOCIALISM
20th February 2015, by the National Committee of the Workers’ Party of France (translation by Marxist Student Federation)

“The article below was written over 120 years ago by the French Workers’ Party and deals with the question of internationalism in the workers’ movement…”

CLASS STRUGGLE IN ROMANIA: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
16th February 2015, by Seb Trifa, Bristol Marxists

“Below is an article by Seb Trifa of the Bristol Marxist Society about the political situation in Romania in its historical context and the future of the class struggle and revolution in that country…”

“FRENCH UNIVERSITIES ARE HOTBEDS OF MARXISM”!
3rd February 2015, by ‘Revolution’

“Below is a report from the French newspaper Revolution detailing the work of Marxists in France in spreading the ideas of Marxism among students across the country…”

POLTICS, CLASS AND THE LEFT IN LUXEMBOURG
25th January 2015, by Jean-Francois Delaporte

“Below is an article sent to the Marxist Student Federation by Jean-Francois Delaporte of Jonk Lenk (Young Left) in Luxembourg. It outlines, for British and other readers, the political situation in Luxembourg at the present time, with reference to the student movement…”

PUBLIC, FREE AND ACCESSIBLE TO ALL – THE REVOLUTIONARY CAMPAIGN OF THE BRAZILIAN MARXISTS
20th January 2015, by Ben Gliniecki

“In the wake of the mass demonstrations that swept Brazil in 2013, a campaign called Publico, Gratuito e Para Todos: Transporte, Saude, Educacao! Abaixo a Repressao! (Public, Free and For All: Transport, Health and Education! Down with Repression!) was founded by Esquerda Marxista (Marxist Left), the Brazilian section of the International Marxist Tendency. From 15 to 18 January the campaign held its first revolutionary camp in the occupied Flasko factory just outside Sao Paulo…”

QUEEN MARGARET UNIVERSITY UCU SOLIDARITY WITH MEXICO
28th November 2014, by Ross Walker, QMU UCU

“The resolution below was recently passed in the UCU branch of QMU. It took a bit of toing and froing between committee members but it struck quite a chord not only with shop stewards but also rank and file members…”

FRANCE: INCREASING PRIVATISATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION
26th November 2014, by Chloe Krantz and Nathan Weis (translation by Lulu Shooter)

“The article below has been submitted to the Marxist Student Federation by two student activists at the Political Science University in Bordeaux. It details the increasing privatisation taking place at the university and the limited nature of the movement that has taken place against it thus far. The authors point out that simple denunciations of what is taking place are not sufficient – it’s necessary to understand the deeper economic processes that create these circumstances…”

SHEFFIELD COLLEGE TRAINEE TEACHERS IN SOLIDARITY WITH AYOTZINAPA
18th November 2014, by Marxist Student Federation

“The motion below was passed by trainee teachers at Sheffield College in solidarity with the disappeared students in Mexico and in solidarity with the struggle of those demanding justice for the crimes of the Mexican state…”

SOLIDARITY WITH THE PAKISTANI MARXISTS AND THE PTUDC
11th November 2014, by Marxist Student Federation

“The Marxist Student Federation (MSF) wishes to express its continued and determined support for the Pakistani Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC)…”

MEXICO: THE LARGEST MOBILISATION OF POLYTECNIC STUDENTS SINCE 1968
16th October 2014, by Claudio Roman, CLEP; translated by Patrik Nordqvist, Manchester Marxists

“The march on the 30th of September was an overwhelming show of force of the students at IPN (National Polytechnic Institute), we saw a public display of the fighting and participation potential. We, proud, polytechnic students, carried our credentials to make it clear that this struggle is really being fuelled by the public itself…”

#TODOSSOMOSPOLITECNICO
14th October 2014, by Marxist Student Federation

“The Marxist Student Federation, representing students at more than 20 universities in Britain, expresses its solidarity with the struggle of the Instituto Politecnico Nacional students in Mexico…”

#TODOSSOMOSAYOTSINAPA
14th October 2014, by Marxist Student Federation

“On September 26, a bus carrying students from the Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa Teacher Training School was stopped by the local police in Iguala, Guerrero. Without prior warning the police opened fire killing six students on the spot…”

PAKISTAN: SOLIDARITY WITH THE JKNSF
24th September 2014, by Marxist Student Federation

“The Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation is holding its 19th central convention on 24 and 25 September in Muzaffarabad. The convention will coincide with the anniversary of the killing of former General Secretary of JKNSF Fahim Akram who was martyred by the reactionary forces…”

PAKISTAN: COMRADE RIAZ LUND SHOT
15th September 2014, by Marxist Student Federation

“Comrade Riaz Lund, a leading member of the Pakistan section of the International Marxist Tendency and well-known class fighter in Karachi, has been shot in cold blood by assassins…”

CANADA: THE ABCS OF THE BC TEACHERS’ STRIKE
6th August 2014, by Adam Beech, www.marxist.ca

“On May 26, teachers across British Colombia (B.C.) took to the picket lines in a series of rotating strikes, protesting the unwillingness of the B.C. government to bargain on key issues…”

BOLIVIA: PALESTINE SOLIDARITY DEMO IN LA PAZ
21st July 2014, by Lulu Shooter, La Paz – Bolivia

“Sunday 20th July marked a day of action in Bolivia, as demonstrators took to the streets in three cities across the country to show their support for Palestine following the recent escalation of violence in Gaza…”

FRANCE: YOUTH MOBILISE AGAINST THE FRONT NATIONAL
10th July 2014, by Pierre Ginon, CGT Educ’Action 94

“The important result achieved by the FN in the European elections – and of the extreme right in other European countries – rightly provoked a wave of indignation among young people in France…”

ITALY: 92% OF SCHOOLS ARE AT RISK
5th July 2014, by Giuliana Mastroserio, Sempre in Lotta – Naples

“On May 22 the Prime Minister famously promised to release 36 million euros earmarked for school buildings with the aim of rebuilding “obsolete structures” and for the builidng of “new buildings that meet the highest standards of safety”…”