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Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

19 May 2010

The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

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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Onay Kasab addressed lobby of Unison HQ to protest against banning from office of Socialist Party members, photo Alison Hill

Onay Kasab addressed lobby of Unison HQ to protest against banning from office of Socialist Party members, photo Alison Hill

10 February 2010

Trotskyism on trial

Unison witch-hunt: Employment Tribunal: Trade union activists expect class bias in the courts and employment tribunals. But rarely has a tribunal delivered such a blatantly biased judgment based on class interest. The employment tribunal judge...

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6 January 2010

Videos of Socialism 2009: In defence of Leon Trotsky

Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party, replies to the latest attacks on Leon Trotsky, leader with Vladimir Lenin of the Russian revolution and Stalin's foremost opponent.

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27 November 2009

British Marxist debates Stalin and Trotsky

CWI represented in Moscow debate: It's certainly the first time that the first speaker at a meeting in which the CWI participated was a Russian orthodox priest in full robe speaking through video link from St Petersburg...

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Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

Leon Trotsky reading The Militant newspaper in 1931

18 November 2009

Service with a snarl: Robert Service refuses to answer questions

HISTORIAN ROBERT Service recently wrote a well-publicised and widely distributed book Trotsky - a biography...

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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

7 July 2009

Stalin's Nemesis: The Exile and Murder of Leon Trotsky

Review: An account of Trotsky's last years in exile in Mexico, during his heroic struggles against Stalinism, fascism and capitalism, and, pertinently, during the last great economic crisis, is to be welcomed, Reviewed by Niall Mulholland

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The Committee for a Workers International protesting at the G8 summit 2005, photo Paul Mattsson

The Committee for a Workers International protesting at the G8 summit 2005, photo Paul Mattsson

29 April 2009

Workers' internationalism: A history of the first four socialist international organisations

Today, with world capitalism in its gravest crisis since the 1930s, there is a crying need for a mass political alternative of the working class. The task of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) is to help to create the conditions for the formation of such an international.

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15 April 2009

The Spanish Civil War: Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory

THE SPANISH civil war (1936-39) was the bloodiest stage in the ten year-long Spanish revolution that began in 1931. As Hannah Sell explains, Spain was a further confirmation of Leon Trotsky's theory of 'permanent revolution', which was earlier borne out in the Russian workers' socialist revolution of 1917.

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26 November 2008

Art and revolution

What is the relationship between art, revolution, capitalism and class struggle? This year was the first time there was a commission on 'art and revolution' at the annual summer school of the Committee...

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27 February 2008

Feature: Fidel Castro's resignation opens up new chapter

Fidel Castro in his days as a guerrila

Fidel Castro in his days as a guerrila

The formal resignation of Fidel Castro as president of Cuba opens up a new chapter in Cuba's history. PETER TAAFFE comments on this latest development and argues the need for workers' democracy in Cuba.

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30 January 2008

How Hitler came to power

Rise of evil?: Towards the end of World War One Germany was a country in ruin. Over one and a half million Germans had died. An economic blockade meant conditions for workers in the cities were deteriorating...

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Lenin speaking, Trotsky standing to the right

Lenin speaking, Trotsky standing to the right

11 October 2007

1917 October Revolution: the working class took power

Russian revolution 90th anniversary: THE CAPITALIST media have made little comment on the 90th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. Peter Taaffe looks at the events of the October revolution in Russia 1917.

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4 October 2007

Che Guevara - revolutionary fighter

Forty years after his death, flags, banners, portraits and the slogans of Che Guevara are carried on the mass demonstrations in the new revolt that is sweeping Latin America...

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6 September 2007

'Agitate, educate, organise': the role of the workers' press

The Socialist issue 366

The Socialist issue 366

DURING 500 issues the socialist has carried news and analysis, reviews, letters, historical material, cartoons and reports of campaigns and struggles across England and Wales and the world.

It has put forward strategies for opposing privatisation of public services such as the health, fire and postal services and the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, among other issues.

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9 August 2007

Exchanging socialist ideas worldwide

THE COMMITTEE for a Workers' International (CWI) held its annual summer school in Belgium. The socialist gives here some excerpts of the reports given by its sister European sections.

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12 July 2007

The 'July days' - rich in lessons for today

Following previous articles on the 1917 February revolution and the April Days, PETER TAAFFE now moves on to the 'July Days'....

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28 June 2007

Rehabilitating Stalin?

Review by Peter Taaffe of Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore: "Lenin shot by Trotsky in drunken brawl". This was a headline, not from the gutter press but from a so-called 'quality' US capitalist newspaper in...

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3 May 2007

Russia April 1917: Lenin returns from exile

2007 is the ninetieth anniversary of the 1917 Russian revolution. To mark this, the socialist is running a series of articles looking at the events of...

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15 March 2007

February revolution 1917 - what lessons for today?

23 FEBRUARY 1917 (8 March in the new style Gregorian calendar) marked the beginning of the socialist revolution in Russia that sparked a revolutionary wave that would travel around the world. PETER TAAFFE analyses the lessons of February for the working class today.

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8 March 2007

What's Left? - not Nick Cohen!

PETER TAAFFE reviews What's Left? by Nick Cohen and replies to his accusation that the 'left' supported Saddam Hussein because it opposed the invasion...

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