by Allan Armstrong RCN

Steve Kaczynski has been held in a Turkish prison since April 2nd. He was taken, along with centre workers and the best-selling political band Grup Yorum, in a raid on the Idil Cultural Centre in the Ortaköy district of Istanbul. Steve has not been charged with any offense, has been held in severe isolation, and has been on hunger strike.

Steve is originally from West Lothian. He worked in England as a journalist before moving back to Scotland.  Steve became an active member of the Scottish Socialist Party in Edinburgh and joined the RCN. Steve took a particular interests in the struggles of the Turkish Left, and attended international symposia organised to challenge Turkey’s brutal prison system,

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OPINION: Why Oxi means so much more than No

liamby Liam McLaughlan

The Greek people have delivered a resounding, brave, collective No to austerity and the lack of democracy and accountability that surrounds both European and world capitalist institutions. A momentous night in the history of Europe and one that inspires the left across Europe and the world. It, however marks only the beginning of the last chapter in the long struggle between Syriza & the Greek people with the aforementioned institutions of the Troika of the IMF, the ECB and the EU commission (the Troika). What happens next will decide the future of the Euro project and mark a defining moment in the international approach to the end of policy mandated on cuts.

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SSP backs Syriza Scotland Demo


SYRIZA Scotland is calling a rally outside the office of the European Commission in Edinburgh at 12 noon on Saturday the 4th of July. SSP members will join the protest in solidarity with the Greek people.

The Scottish Socialist Party has called for support for a demonstration backing the Greek government outside the EU Commission offices in Alva Street, Edinburgh on Saturday.

The Scottish Socialist Party has declared its backing for a No vote in Sunday’s referendum and called on the avowedly anti austerity SNP government to do likewise.

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Alexis Tsipras’s Groundhog Day

colin_foxby Colin Fox

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Government for 5 months faces the same dilemma over and over and over.

Greece owes 330bn Euro’s to the IMF/ECB/EU and has no way of paying it back. For the umpteenth time he stood on the precipice again this week, looked over and backed down. If anything his situation only gets worse. The Greek economy has shrunk 25% in the last 5 years, it is currently in recession again and shows no sign of recovery. Yet next week Tsipras has to pay the International Monetary Fund [IMF] 1.6bn Euros. If he cannot do so he loses the 7bn Euros promised to Greece under the terms of previous loans.

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Spanish local elections: Sí, se puede! Yes, you can!

by Dick Nichols, in Barcelona

Well before the polling stations closed we knew that something special was happening in the May 24 Spanish elections for local councils and for 13 of the country’s 17 regional governments. Working people, people on welfare, young people without a future were coming out to have their say.

They were doing it not by voting for the traditional majority party of the working class vote–the Party of Catalan Socialists (PSC), the Catalan affiliate of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE)–but for Barcelona Together.

Barcelona Together is a citizen’s election platform supported by the majority of the radical left in Catalonia–new force Podemos, the more traditional Initiative for Catalonia-Greens (ICV),

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TV Appearances – Discussing Syriza

Scotland Tonight: 26/01/15

A discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing Greece after the landslide victory by radical left party Syriza. Dr. George Karyotis, John Edward and Colin Fox provide their perspectives.

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Western leaders double standards

by Bill Bonnar

This month scores of world leaders gathered to pay respects at the funerals of French journalists murdered by Islamic fundamentalists. It was a striking show of solidarity with the ideals of freedom and democracy.

On Friday many of the same leaders gathered in Ryadh for the funeral of the Islamic fundamentalist king of Saudi Arabia.

It was a stunning show of solidarity with one of the most repressive regimes in the world.

Saudi is a cross between a medieval theocracy and brutal modern dictatorship. While a wealthy elite engage in a millionaire lifestyle the vast majority of the population; most non-Saudi guest workers live a life dominated by brutality and exploitation. 

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