Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
DSM, PO Box 2225, Agege, Lagos
Come to DSM secretariat at 49 Charity Road New Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos,
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14 November 2018
The horrific slaughter of the First World War has haunted generations. By the time it ended, it had put into question the ‘right’ of the ruling classes to rule, something that helped provoke revolutions and mass struggles around the world. Just the huge military casualties, officially nearly 10 million, maybe more, soldiers killed and many millions wounded, led to a revulsion against a war which many saw as a contest between rival empires and powers, often with no real fundamental differences in character between them.
The combination of the effect of the world war and the October 1917 Russian revolution’s impact was felt far and wide, both in imperialist and colonies. As part of a radicalisation in the working class, and a rejection of those Social Democrat leaders who supported their “own” capitalist classes, the Communist International became the largest organised worldwide revolutionary movement seen so far.
6 September 2018
Protest against imprisonment of striking workers in China and attacks on democratic rights in Hong Kong
Members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) visited the Chinese Embassy in Abuja on Tuesday, September 4, to submit a protest letter to the Chinese government demanding an end to oppression in Hong Kong and also end to oppression of Jasic technology workers in Schenzen, southern China. We called for immediate release of Shen Mengyu, the Jasic workers’ leader, who has been incarcerated since August 10.
12 May 2018
Resolution of the DSM 22nd Congress, April 2018
Internationally, there has been much mention of economic 'recovery' but there has mean no creation of substantial, long-term jobs in much of the US, in Europe (in the East as well as the West) or in the neo colonial world. Even a reasonable upturn could help to restore the confidence of the working class and prepare the masses for struggle. In fact, this is a 'recovery' once more largely fuelled by debt, the figures for which continue to alarm the capitalist class worldwide.
The effects of this will be profound not just in advanced countries but in the neo-colonial world even, perhaps particularly, China. The US and China are now the dominant, decisive players in the world economy. Yet by not overcoming the 2007-08 crisis, and using debt to stoke the economy, the fear of another financial crash is still there and potent.
18 March 2018
For several months, the English-speaking population of Cameroon has been fighting for more investment in the region and respect. The government, under the leadership of President Paul Biya, proceeds to brutal repression.
Since the end of 2016 there have been major actions by workers and the poor in the two English-speaking regions in the west of Cameroon. In recent weeks, the deadly repression has been stepped up by the Cameroonian state. This has led to a strengthening of separatist feelings.
20 February 2018
Does Ramaphosa offer any hope for the working class?
Ramaphosa's replacement of Zuma as South African president has been welcomed by most including working class people. They hope he will make good on his promise to root out corruption, lift the economy out of the doldrums, create jobs, eradicate poverty and raise living standards.
But herein lies the contradiction. The expectations of the capitalist class and the working class are irreconcilable and Ramaphosa is the candidate of big business.
The leftwing trade unions must put into effect their decision to create workers' party.
23 December 2017
South African ANC conference offers no way forward
After the most tumultuous run-up to any conference in ANC history, Dollar multimillionaire Cyril Ramaphosa has ascended to the presidency of the ANC after a bitterly fought factional contest against South African president Jacob Zuma. The so-called “radical economic transformation” faction and the business-aligned anti-corruption crusaders had fought each other all the way from the bottom to the top, in almost all provinces, continuing right up to the eve of conference.
16 November 2017
• Reject Mugabe! Reject the generals!
• Workers and young people must take lead
The takeover of power by the Zimbabwe defence force is a military coup in all but name. It represents a turning point in post-independence Zimbabwe and the almost certain end of Mugabe's reign. The military take-over was precipitated by the dismissal of Mugabe's most loyal henchman for the past thirty seven years, Emmerson Mnangagwa. This was part of the 93-year old Mugabe's manoeuvres in Zanu-PF party structures to ensure his 52-year old wife Grace, would succeed him as president.
28 October 2017
Global Crisis of Capitalism, Political and Social Consequences and Struggle for Socialism
DSM National Committee resolution October 14-15, 2017
The global economy seems to have started emerging from the monumental crisis set off by the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 which is the most severe since the 1929 depression. In the last one decade there was no let off as the world economy is gripped by one crisis or the other: the subprime crisis, euro crisis, “submerging” emerging markets, the collapse of commodity prices especially oil.
13 October 2017
Following the mass uprising that has recently erupted in Togo demanding that President Faure Gnassingbe steps down, there have been killing of protesters and repression of democratic rights which a recent protest in Lagos denounced.
10 June 2017
After Britain's election: Organise, strike, resist, to fight for Corbyn's policies
Theresa May’s failed election gamble is a nightmare for the British capitalist class. Seven weeks ago most of Britain's elite were hopeful that May would succeed in dramatically increasing the number of Tory MPs, thereby buttressing her government to be able to weather the storms of economic crisis, to carry out vicious austerity against the majority in society and to implement a Brexit in the interests of the 1%. Instead she is now a ‘dead prime minister walking’, only able to temporarily cling to power.