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When Britain invaded Soviet Russia

When Britain invaded Soviet Russia

Within months of the victorious October revolution British forces landed in northern Russia, the start of a counter-revolutionary armed intervention. In an article that first appeared in Militant, No.511, 11 July 1980,  reviewed When Britain Invaded Soviet Russia (The Journeyman Press, 1979), by Andrew Rothstein, the previously obscured story of ‘the consul who rebelled’. In […]

Catalan elections: Historic defeat for Spanish nationalist reaction

Catalan elections: Historic defeat for Spanish nationalist reaction

Movement mobilises once more for the Catalan Republic The Catalan elections on 21 December were a massive defeat for the Spanish nationalist “block of article 155” and an even bigger blow to this block’s main force, the People’s Party (PP) party. The capitalist media try to minimise the magnitude of this defeat by talking about […]

South Africa: Ramaphosa wins ANC presidency after bitter factional contest

South Africa: Ramaphosa wins ANC presidency after bitter factional contest

After the most tumultuous run-up to any conference in ANC history, watched across the world, with over a thousand journalists in attendance, and the markets moving up in anticipation of the results, Cyril Ramaphosa has ascended to the presidency of the ANC after a bitterly fought factional contest. The “radical economic transformation” faction and the […]

Ireland: CWI members play key role in landmark abortion rights decision

Ireland: CWI members play key role in landmark abortion rights decision

  In a landmark decision in Ireland, a special parliamentary committee has recommended unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks – a measure that would cater for 92% of all abortions. A referendum to lift the 8th Amendment abortion ban and for abortion to be legalised for risk to health was also recommended. Ireland […]

Posted in: International, Ireland, Women
Honduras: The rebellion spreads. Turn it into revolution!

Honduras: The rebellion spreads. Turn it into revolution!

After the Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH) government’s attempt to legitimise its electoral fraud failed spectacularly, the popular rebellion has expanded in Honduras. On Saturday 2 December, in various cities, the people defied the curfew, getting out on the streets in a “cacerolazo” (banging pots and pans) denouncing the farcical “recount” being orchestrated by the regime. […]

Posted in: Honduras, International
Israel/Palestine: Trump’s Jerusalem ‘capital’ declaration provokes mass outrage 

Israel/Palestine: Trump’s Jerusalem ‘capital’ declaration provokes mass outrage 

Trump’s declaration of unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while ignoring the right of the Palestinians for a state with a capital in Jerusalem, ignited a wave of protest around the world, and already has raised the death toll amongst Palestinians. Four Palestinians killed, many hundreds wounded, rockets on Israel’s south, bombardments in the […]

The NDP’s New Leader but Same Policies

The NDP’s New Leader but Same Policies

Finally Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) has a new leader. Jagmeet Singh won 54% of the votes of party members on the first round. His 35,266 votes were almost three times more than those received by second placed Charlie Angus. He is presented as young, 38, and fashionable. Does this amount to a great new […]

Posted in: Canada, NDP
Russian revolution timeline – November 1917

Russian revolution timeline – November 1917

Dates are given in the old style Julian calendar used in Russia at the time. This was 13 days earlier than the Gregorian calendar (adopted in Russia in 1918). The world’s first workers’ state had been set up on 25/26 October, when workers and soldiers led by the Bolshevik Party took power – ratified by […]

Zimbabwe: Mugabe has gone – but his regime remains in power

Zimbabwe: Mugabe has gone – but his regime remains in power

  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. […]

Posted in: International, Zimbabwe
China: Xi Jinping’s doctrine enshrined in ruling party constitution
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China: Xi Jinping’s doctrine enshrined in ruling party constitution

The 19th Congress of the CCP, held in October, adopted the party leader’s doctrine of iron dictatorship. China’s “great power” status is enshrined in the party constitution but stable government is still by no means guaranteed. The 19th Congress of China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) held in October, which confirmed China’s transition to one-man dictatorship […]

Posted in: China, International