Issues/Ideas

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 […]

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
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 […]

Ontario College Lecturers
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Ontario College Lecturers

Ontario College Faculty, 5 weeks on strike, reject employers’ offer – Liberal Government brings in back to work legislation Over 12,000 full-time professors, partial-load instructors, counsellors and librarians, from 24 colleges across the province, had been on strike for a record 33 days when, on November 17, Kathleen Wynne’s government introduced back to work legislation. […]

Finland – Tragic outcome of a revolution without a Bolshevik party

Finland – Tragic outcome of a revolution without a Bolshevik party

The October socialist Revolution in Russia was met with enthusiasm from workers and the oppressed around the world. Not least in neighbouring Finland which was under Russian control since 1809. It was a large principality of the Tsarist Empire, an empire which the Bolsheviks referred to as the “prison of nations”. One week after the […]

Catalonia: Over one million march to free political prisoners

Catalonia: Over one million march to free political prisoners

  Struggle until victory, for a workers’ Republic of Catalonia On Saturday 11 November, a massive mobilisation or over 1 million people lined over 3.3 kilometres of Marina avenue in Barcelona, demanding the freedom of political prisoners. This show of strength is a qualitative change in the struggle against repression and the PP government. The […]

Australia: Massive YES vote to marriage equality

Australia: Massive YES vote to marriage equality

Thousands of people gathered around the country this morning to watch the ABS chief statistician announce the results of the Australian marriage law postal survey. There was a huge turnout with 79.5% of eligible participants returning their surveys. Of those, 61.6% voted ‘yes’, in favour of marriage equality! That is 7,817,247 people in support of […]

October 1917: When workers took power in Russia

October 1917: When workers took power in Russia

With monotonous predictability the centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile – not aimed in the main at the ‘acceptable’ February revolution – but at October. A cacophony of slander is attempting to drown out the real history of the October revolution. This is no accident. Worldwide the capitalists are […]

Russian Revolution timeline – October 1917 – overthrow of capitalist rule!

Russian Revolution timeline – October 1917 – overthrow of capitalist rule!

This is the eighth in our series on the events of 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 working class and poor are on starvation rations. Grain prices rocket, provoking food […]