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 […]

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. […]

1968 Year of Revolution

1968 Year of Revolution

A tumultuous year when the floodtide of mass revolt swept over the narrow confines of capitalism and threatened the very foundations of the system Peter Taaffe, General Secretary, Socialist Party, cwi in England and WalesSome years stand out as historic turning points: 1789, 1830, 1848, 1871, 1917, 1968, 1989. Some, […]

The Olympic protests and nationalism – a Marxist response

The Olympic protests and nationalism – a Marxist response

In a dazzling pre-Olympic balancing act, the Chinese regime has announced talks with the ‘evil’ Dalai Lama side chinaworker.infoAt the same time state media is booming out ‘friendship’ towards France and using police measures to extinguish anti-Western protests (same pattern as 2005 anti-Japan protests). The latest government u-turns will produce […]