Issues/Ideas

Catalonia: Rajoy’s furious response to proclamation of Republic

Catalonia: Rajoy’s furious response to proclamation of Republic

The proclamation of the Catalan Republic by the Catalan parliament provoked an immediate, furious response from the Spanish ruling class and PP government as well as from Ciudadanos (right wing Spanish nationalist Party) and PSOE (former social democratic party). Through the application of article 155 (see previous article) they are taking a series of measures […]

#MeToo – Millions of Women Speak Up

#MeToo – Millions of Women Speak Up

Angelina Jolie. Gwyneth Paltrow. Lupita Nyong’o. Ashley Judd. Did any women who worked under Harvey Weinstein not get attacked? Many of the millions or possibly tens of millions of women posting #MeToo on social media, asked the same question; which of us hasn’t been assaulted? Such has been the unanimity of women coming forward online. […]

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Election Shock in Vancouver

Election Shock in Vancouver

People in Vancouver regularly talk about the coming “big one,” referring to a likely future earthquake, as the city lies near a major fault line. An earthquake struck Vancouver on Saturday, October 14, but it was a political earthquake, revealing deep faults in the city’s society. A radical independent candidate, Jean Swanson, came second in […]

Women of the Russian Revolution

Women of the Russian Revolution

Women workers launched the Russian revolution in February 1917. And increasing numbers would join the Bolshevik Party in the course of that revolutionary year. HEATHER RAWLING writes about how they forced their way onto the historical stage, an inspirational example to working-class women fighting oppression today. In 2017 we see women’s movements developing around the […]

Catalonia: Defeat Article 155/Francoist repression with a general strike

Catalonia: Defeat Article 155/Francoist repression with a general strike

Release Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart! Down the PP government! For a Catalan socialist republic! After the brutal police repression unleashed on 1 October against the people of Catalonia, the Spanish ruling class and its state apparatus continue their anti-democratic offensive. The imprisonment without bail of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez is being followed by […]

A Marxist Approach to Fighting Oppression

A Marxist Approach to Fighting Oppression

Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia – if we take a broad view of the history and diversity of human societies, it’s obvious these forms of oppression are not inherent to all times and places. They arise and flourish under certain conditions, but not others. We know that women’s oppression, for example, first emerged along with the […]

Che Guevara 50 years on – revolutionary socialist and fighter

Che Guevara 50 years on – revolutionary socialist and fighter

Fifty years after his death, the image of Che Guevara is familiar to most people. A fashion statement for some, for many others it is a political declaration. They identify with the legacy left by Che Guevara as a symbol of struggle, defiance, internationalism and a better, socialist world. “Shoot, coward, you are only going […]

October Revolution: Workers take Power in Russia – All Power to Soviets

October Revolution: Workers take Power in Russia – All Power to Soviets

In October 1917, the workers, with support of the poor peasants, took power in Russia. The ruling minority were out of power. For the first and only time in history, the majority of people were in charge of a country. In the February revolution, as in all revolutions, the mass of people entered the stage […]

Russian Revolution timeline – September 1917

Russian Revolution timeline – September 1917

This is the seventh 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 Bolshevik party still faces state repression, many of its leaders in prison or […]

Britain: Labour Party conference

Britain: Labour Party conference

Action against capitalist establishment sabotage still needed The mood of confidence and unity at the 2017 Labour Party conference has been widely reported. It is estimated that around 8,000 people attended either the conference or the parallel Momentum event ‘The World Transformed’, the biggest Labour Party conference in many years. Jeremy Corbyn’s speech covered much […]