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15 August 2014
The bloody conflict in Ukraine, alongside the slaughter of the Palestinian people in Gaza, has brought the issue of the 'national question' once more forcefully onto the political agenda. How can we open a road to begin to solve seemingly age-old intractable issues? Peter Taaffe writes.
31 July 2014
One hundred years ago World War One began, unleashing slaughter on an unprecedented scale. It was dubbed the 'Great War', the 'war to end wars'. For the ten million killed and more than ten million seriously injured it was certainly not great.
18 June 2014
Cuban writer Leonardo Padura's masterful novel, The Man Who Loved Dogs, is about the exile years of Leon Trotsky and his assassin, Roman Mercader, writes Niall Mulholland.
16 April 2014
Socialism and internationalism: Since the beginning of the 20th century every decade has witnessed revolutions as the working and poor masses attempt to end the oppression and exploitation they suffer under capitalism
21 January 2014
In an attempt to answer the description of Lenin by capitalist historians as a brutal dictator, some on the left turn to Lars T Lih. Peter Taaffe reviews Lih's book: "Lenin"
14 January 2013
The clash between the central leadership of the IST - notably the Socialist Workers Party - and their one-time American 'section' the International Socialist Organisation (ISO) also highlighted the deficiencies in their intervention in mass movements...
14 January 2013
The SWP's increasingly opportunist turn in this century has been accompanied by an exaggeration of the importance and the scale of practically every social movement that has taken place in the last decade...
12 December 2012
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28 November 2012
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14 November 2012
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is perhaps the most recognisable revolutionary icon, his image having graced countless posters and t-shirts, writes Tom Baldwin, South West Socialist Party.
29 August 2012
Book review: The 72nd anniversary of the assassination of the great Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was commemorated even within Britain's capitalist press...
14 June 2012
In February 1917 in Russia, women textile workers in Petrograd went on strike and during subsequent days were joined by industrial workers across the city, small business people, students and many soldiers...
18 April 2012
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15 February 2012
Condemnation of Leon Trotsky is well-trodden ground for so-called biographer Robert Service. Service was condemned by The American Historical Review (June 2011), which considered his 'biography' of Trotsky
18 August 2010
Leon Trotsky, a revolutionary leader of the Russian revolution, was murdered on 20 August 1940 by an agent of Stalin. His role in the 1917 revolution, the greatest single event in human history, alone makes his writings worthy of study.
The ideas and methods of the Socialist Party and the socialist international to which it is affiliated, the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), are based on Trotsky's, alongside those of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin.
70 years after his death Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, assesses the contribution of Trotsky's ideas to the struggle for socialism in the 21st century.
4 August 2010
Review: The Lacuna: THE LACUNA is written as the diary of a solitary young man, Harrison Shepherd, who ends up working as a cook for the Mexican artist Diego Rivera and then the exiled Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the 1917 Russian revolution, writes Hannah Sell.
29 July 2010
In defence of Leon Trotsky: Five part video discussion with general secretary Peter Taaffe
30 June 2010
"ONE, TWO, three, four, five, we deserve to unionise!' sing the red pom-pommed cheerleaders outside the warehouse...
19 May 2010
Review: The Chinese revolution of 1925-27 represented one of the most gigantic and splendid movements in human history. This book, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, evokes with great literary brush strokes the magnificent panorama of the heroism, self-sacrifice and determination to change the world of the terribly exploited Chinese workers and peasants...
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