70 years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

70 years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

Trotsky’s analysis and struggle against capitalism and Stalinism provides vital lessons for the class struggle today Per-Åke Westerlund, cwi Sweden On August 20 1940, Stalin’s hired assassin Ramon Mercader stabbed Leon Trotsky with an ice pick in the head. Trotsky fought like a lion against the killer and prevented more […]

90th anniversary of murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

90th anniversary of murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

Lessons of Luxemburg’s inspirational, revolutionary legacy Peter Taaffe, from Socialism Today (February 2009 issue)On 15 January 1919, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, the finest brains of the German working class and its most heroic figures, were brutally murdered by the bloodthirsty, defeated German military, backed to the hilt by the […]

60 years since China’s revolution

60 years since China’s revolution

Capitalism and imperialism were driven out, but political power rested in the hands of a Stalinist communist party Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.infoIt is an especially nervous Communist Party (CCP) regime that presides over the 60th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October. The regime […]

Northern Ireland: August 1969 – When British troops went into Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: August 1969 – When British troops went into Northern Ireland

A turning point in history Peter Hadden, Socialist Party (CWI in Northern Ireland) August 1969 was a turning point in the history of Northern Ireland. It was then that the Labour Government of Harold Wilson took the decision to send troops onto the streets, first of Derry, then of Belfast. […]

Xinjiang: Brutal policing triggers deadly riot

Xinjiang: Brutal policing triggers deadly riot

140 killed and 800 injured in worst ethnic clashes for decades in China’s Muslim-majority region Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.infoA peaceful sit-down protest in the capital city Ürümqi by around 300 Uighurs, the Turkic-speaking minority that is the dominant population group in Xinjiang, was transformed by trigger-happy police into perhaps the most […]