Archive for April, 2017

150 Years of Colonialism, Capitalism, Corruption and Resistance

150 Years of Colonialism, Capitalism, Corruption and Resistance

Canada was founded and formed by colonialism, capitalism and corruption countered by resistance. Unlike school history, this genuine history recognizes the central role of struggles of living people that shaped the Canada of today. From the beginnings of what became Canada, the lands and waters were exploited for resources: whale oil, fish from the Grand […]

Posted in: Canada, History
Trudeau Shows True Colours

Trudeau Shows True Colours

The Liberal government is well into its second year and Trudeau’s initial aura is fast fading. Through most of 2016, Liberal poll support was nearly 50%. In the last few months, support has dropped to around 40%. Both the Tories and NDP have made modest gains, but the polls are more or less at the […]

Posted in: Canada
Britain: A bold socialist campaign by Corbyn could get rid of Tories

Britain: A bold socialist campaign by Corbyn could get rid of Tories

“The dividing lines in this election could not be clearer”, declared Jeremy Corbyn as he launched Labour’s general election campaign. He went on: “It is the establishment that complains I don’t play by the rules: by which they mean their rules.” “And in a sense, the establishment and their followers are quite right. I don’t play […]

Posted in: Britain, International
France: Success for Mélenchon

France: Success for Mélenchon

But now a fake choice between Macron and Le Pen It is confirmed that, after having got rid of the most visible figures of the politics of austerity and support for the big bosses, like Sarkozy and Valls-Hollande, it is their traditional parties that have taken a mighty blow! In an unprecedented manner, the second […]

Posted in: France, International
Russian Revolution: April 1917: How the Bolsheviks re-orientated

Russian Revolution: April 1917: How the Bolsheviks re-orientated

On 3 April 1917, Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin returned to Russia from exile. Lenin’s arrival turned the Bolshevik party upside down and changed the course of history. Just weeks earlier, demanding an end to the bloody slaughter of World War One, the masses of working class and poor in Russia had risen up in a revolution and driven […]

Movie Review: I am Not Your Negro

Movie Review: I am Not Your Negro

“I cannot be a pessimist because I am alive. To be a pessimist means you have agreed that human life is an academic matter, so I am forced to be an optimist. I am forced to believe that we can survive whatever we must survive.” – James Baldwin Like many millennials, James Baldwin did not […]

Posted in: International, Racism, Reviews, US
Turkey: Referendum “Yes” result a Pyrrhic victory for Erdogan

Turkey: Referendum “Yes” result a Pyrrhic victory for Erdogan

On Sunday 16 April, Turkey went through the most controversial and questionable referendum in its history. The constitutional amendments which were to give President Erdogan dictatorial powers, including the authority to dissolve the parliament, were brought to a referendum. Officially, the “Yes” side narrowly won, with 51 percent of the vote. By means of the […]

Posted in: International, Turkey
Chechnya: Kaydyrov regime accused of detaining and torturing gay men

Chechnya: Kaydyrov regime accused of detaining and torturing gay men

Reports of gay men being detained, tortured and killed by officials under the control of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, have hit headlines around the world and provoked anger and protests from LGBT, democratic rights and socialist activists. The Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, reported that police held the men from one day to several weeks, and […]

Posted in: International, LGBTQ, Russia
Spain: Historic congress of Izquierda Revolucionaria

Spain: Historic congress of Izquierda Revolucionaria

Unanimous vote towards unification with the CWI The congress of Izquierda Revolucionaria (IR) in the Spanish state was held from 13 to 16 April in Madrid. This was the 22nd congress since the organisation of Marxists organised around the paper ‘El Militante’ was founded, but was the most special congress we have held for many […]

Posted in: International, Marxism, Spain
Alexandra Kollontai: Pioneer of the Struggle for Socialism and Women’s Liberation

Alexandra Kollontai: Pioneer of the Struggle for Socialism and Women’s Liberation

As a new generation of women move into struggle, Christine Thomas looks back at the life and ideas of the Russian revolutionary, Alexandra Kollontai, a pioneer of the struggle for socialism and women’s liberation. Alexandra Kollontai is probably the best-known woman among Russian revolutionaries, the first woman elected as a full member of the Bolshevik […]