Weekly Worker issue 942 - December 13 2012

SWP conference: Crazy contortions of SWP central committee

Following criticisms of the SWP’s culture and practice in the first two Internal Bulletins, the leadership has mobilised to rubbish opponents. Peter Manson reports

The third and final Socialist Workers Party Pre-conference Bulletin has seen a concerted counterattack led by the central committee against comrades calling for greater democracy, openness and honesty within the organisation.

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Letters

Holy grail; Too much; Old hat antis; SWP fork; Logic-chopping; Conspire!; Equality;

James May: Rebel with the megaphone voice

James May: November 5 1969 - December 3 2012.

Israel-Gaza: Why did Israel do it?

The success or failure of the onslaught on Gaza can only be judged against the operation’s aims, writes Israeli socialist Moshé Machover. This is an edited version of a talk given to the December 8 CPGB aggregate

CPGB Aggregate: Political weapon

Michael Copestake gives a brief update from the recent CPGB aggregate

Donny Gluckstein review: The people against fascism?

David Broder reviews: Donny Gluckstein, 'A people’s history of the Second World War: resistance versus empire', Pluto Press, 2012, pp288, £17.50

New Russian art: Accusing misery, celebrating resilience

Mike Belbin reviews the art exhibition 'Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union: new art from Russia' at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 ; admission free, ends May 5 2013

Socialist Alternative Australia: Strange sort of unity

Last month the Weekly Worker published a statement from the Australian group, Socialist Alternative, calling for a “new kind of left unity” (‘Solidarity in a revolutionary party’, November 8).

Starbucks tax: A system built for playing

The Starbucks tax fiasco tells us much more about Britain than greedy corporations, reckons Paul Demarty

Concerned

Robbie Rix is concerned that in this festive period, comrades may forget how much we need their support

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