Book Review: Prisoner of the State by Zhao Ziyang

Book Review: Prisoner of the State by Zhao Ziyang

Unofficial memoirs of top Chinese leader fill important gaps in our knowledge Reviewed by Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info The circumstances under which ‘Prisoner of the State’ was written [the Chinese original appears under the title ‘Journey of the Reforms’] are quite dramatic, perhaps more so than the book itself. But as […]

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 […]

Tiananmen 1989 and the working class

Tiananmen 1989 and the working class

Nothing alarmed the CCP dictatorship more than the movement of the working class aroused to action by the student-led democracy protests Vincent Kolo, from the book Tiananmen 1989: Seven Weeks That Shook the World The great significance of the 1989 movement lay in the fact that it was an urban-based movement (it […]

The first four socialist internationals

The first four socialist internationals

“Workers of the world unite!” By Steve Score, Socialist PartyThe famous slogan appears in the 1848 Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels. In it they explained that the material interests of working people are essentially the same in all capitalist countries. The need for socialist international organisation […]

Tiananmen 1989: Seven weeks that shook the world

Tiananmen 1989: Seven weeks that shook the world

20 years ago this week the mass student protests in Beijing began Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info• chinaworker.info begins a series of articles on the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests On 15 April 1989 Hu Yaobang, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, died of a heart attack. […]