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#MeToo Shakes the System

#MeToo Shakes the System

Build a mass women’s movement Just a few months ago, detailed allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment first broke into the mainstream media. Courageous actresses took a stand against a powerful figure within a multi-billion dollar industry that normalizes sexism. This has sparked a new phase of a growing women’s movement which began with the […]

Iran: Protests against financial scandals helped spark wider opposition
By January 10, 2018 Read More →

Iran: Protests against financial scandals helped spark wider opposition

Significantly Iran’s nationwide demonstrations began in Mashhad – the second biggest city – where many now bankrupt financial institutions were based and whose collapse already provoked protests across the country. The background to the recent wave of finance institutions’ bankruptcies is the protracted economic crisis the Iranian economy has been suffering. The adviser to the […]

Posted in: International, Iran
Xi Jinping: How strong is China’s strongman?

Xi Jinping: How strong is China’s strongman?

CCP leader’s doctrine of iron dictatorship and China’s “great power” status is enshrined in party constitution – but is this a recipe for stable rule? The 19th Congress of China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) held in October, which confirmed China’s transition to one-man dictatorship under Xi Jinping, was the most significant CCP congress of this […]

Posted in: China, International
Russian revolution – from December 1917
By January 5, 2018 Read More →

Russian revolution – from December 1917

This is the final part of our series on the 1917 revolution – this one including some key events in subsequent years. Dates are given in the old style Julian calendar (13 days earlier than the Gregorian calendar) up to the point it was replaced in Russia (1/14 February 1918). December 1917 2: An armistice […]

Marx still matters

Marx still matters

Review of Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason, by David Harvey As well as 2017 marking one hundred years since the Russian revolution, it is also 150 years since Karl Marx published the first volume of Capital, a vital analysis of the underlying processes of capitalist production. In this book, David Harvey not […]

The Nuclear Threat: Trump and North Korea

The Nuclear Threat: Trump and North Korea

US president Trump’s standoff with North Korea and the numerous military conflicts around the world have renewed fear of the use of nuclear weapons. Although war between the major powers is not posed at the present time, today’s multipolar world is increasingly volatile. For many of my generation, who became politically conscious in the 1980s, […]

Posted in: International, Korea, US, War
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