The Socialist Network last week concluded its 2014 Conference. The Conference was held from 3-5th of October in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia in Eastern Europe. Participating in the conference were comrades from Slovakia, Germany, Sweden, Cyprus, Pakistan, Turkey, Britain and Ireland. Thanks to all who organised the conference and contributed to its proceedings. Below is a brief summary of the Conference by our Web Editor. Video and audio recordings and photos will be made available shortly.
Friday 11.00am – The World Economy
Speaker: Mick Brooks (online)
Friday 14.00 pm – The Developing World
Speakers: Manzoor from Revolutionary Struggle in Pakistan (in person)
Noor Nieftagodien from Democratic Left Front South Africa (online)
Possibly Heiko Khoo from the UK speaking on China (online)
Saturday 10am – ‘Socialists and the Mass Organisations’
with a special Focus on the European Left
Speakers: Pat Byrne The Socialist Network Web Editor from Turkey (in person)
C. Panos from the Kokkino (Red) group in Greece (online)
It is less than sixteen months since the much disputed election victory of the Muslim League led by Nawaz Sharif. Yet Pakistan has already been plunged into another political crisis. Two separate organisations with radically different agendas, Imran Khan’s Movement for Justice – the PTI, and the Pakistan Peoples Movement, the PAT, have marched on the capital, Islamabad, vowing not to leave until the government resigns. Here we carry an interview on the significance of this crisis with Waquas Butt, a leading member of Pakistan’s Revolutionary Struggle, which is affiliated to our Socialist Network. Waqas has just spent several days among the protestors in the capital discussing their demands with them.