Image: Rosa PinedaAlan Woods comments on the uprising in the USA, which was sparked by the police murder of George Floyd, and has become the catalyst for an explosion of anger by the downtrodden in America that has sent shockwaves throughout the world. What is the way forward?

Over the last two years, more black Americans were killed by police than Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan over the last 18 years. ‬More black Americans were killed by police in the last three years than people were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. ‪Combine this with a devastating economic crisis and pandemic, and it is easy to understand why a tipping point has been reached, as the accumulated rage and humiliation of centuries spills over onto the streets.

The following statement by the International Marxist Tendency explains how capitalism has utterly failed to deal with the coronavirus crisis, and is putting the lives of millions of people at risk. In such a situation, half measures and tinkering with the system are futile. Only drastic measures will suffice to avert the impending disaster.

2019 Australian Federal General Election Results

Majority 76 Seats required

Party

Vote count

Vote %

%Swing

Seats Changed

Seats

Coalition

4,794,801

41.6

-0.7

3

73

Labor

3,940,393

33.3

-0.8

-4

65

Greens

1,168,226

10.3

-0.2

0

1

United Australia Party

390,436

3.4

3.4

0

0

One Nation

346,902

3

1.7

0

0

Others

966,775

8.4

-2.3

5

5

Projected totals 19/05/19

The Liberal / National Coalition, after being behind in the polls for  years, have won the general election. At the time of writing the Federal Parliament is hung with the Coalition being three short of a majority, on 73 seats, and Labor on 65 seat, with 7 seats too close to call. There is a strong possibility of the Coalition returning to the government benches with a small majority and not having to rely on the cross benches to get through their legislation.

The barbaric attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand by a far-right fascist terrorist – indiscriminately shooting men, women and children, killing 50 and injuring many more, live streaming his bloody actions as he carried them out – comes at a time of deepening economic crisis and heightened social and political tensions around the world. All decent human beings are rightly condemning the attack, but we have to ask ourselves: why are such acts of terrorism taking place, and what can be done to end this barbarism?