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The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg

January 15th marked the 101st anniversary of the murder of the outstanding revolutionary socialist leader, Rosa Luxemburg. This article, first published by Socialist Party Ireland looks at her defence of both the fundamental ideas of Marxism and the necessity of revolutionary change against an increasingly opportunistic and reformist SPD leadership. By Eleanor Crossey-Malone (Socialist Party, Ireland)  Remembering Rosa Luxemburg after ...

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Romania – capitalist restoration and the need for a socialist alternative.

30 years ago, people took to the streets against the Stalinist regime of Ceausescu, having put up with years of harsh austerity, bureaucratic control of society and lack of liberties. Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu were put on trial, found guilty of genocide and executed all on the same day 25th December 1989. However, the uprising driven from below mainly by ...

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Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan. Eighth anniversary of the massacre of the oil-workers. 

By Rob Jones, Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa – CWI in Russia On December 16th eight years ago, the international labour movement was shocked by news of the brutal massacre of dozens of striking oil-workers in the city of Zhanaozen, in West Kazakhstan. It was the culmination of a strike by several hundred, mainly young, Kazakhs which had lasted for eight months. During ...

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“We know our duty. We will fight to the end.” – the life of Leon Trotsky

November the 7th was the 140th anniversary of the birth of Lev Davidovich Trotsky, with Lenin, leader of the Russian revolution. In this article from the Russian section of the CWI, Rob Jones looks at Trotsky’s life.  On 20th August 1940, the Stalinist agent Ramon Mercader attacked and killed Leon Trotsky with an ice-axe at his home in exile in ...

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Poland – the far right and reactionary ideas in Central and Eastern Europe 

The last three months of 1989 saw the transition of Poland from a Stalinist regime to a country led by a “Solidarnosc” led government. Rather than lead to stable developing capitalism, Poland is now governed by the right-populist “Law and Justice” party. Each year on 11th November, Warsaw sees the largest far-right demonstration in Europe.  Paul Smith from Alternatywa Socjalistyczna, ...

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The Berlin Wall comes down as power lay in the streets

On 9th November 1989 the Berlin Wall was pulled down in dramatic scenes. In the latest of our series marking the events of 1989 in Eastern Europe, Ingmar Meinecke of SAV (German section of the CWI-majority), who as a teenager participated in these events, explains what happened.     “Dear friends, fellow citizens, it is as if one has opened the ...

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Tony Mulhearn- Working class fighter and leader

Liverpool lost one of its greatest ever working-class leaders, and a great family man, when Tony Mulhearn passed away at the age of 80 on 7 October. By Hugh Caffrey, Socialist Alternative Tony was in many ways born a class fighter. The appalling poverty of the Liverpool slums, which endured longer than in many other cities, were something that stayed ...

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Iran: When the masses deposed a dictator

The 1979 revolution didn’t have to end in a religious state Forty years ago, in January 1979 the hated Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, fled the country to the U.S. The Shah was driven out by a mass movement led by workers and youth allied with other forces in the countryside. The question of how this initially progressive revolution ...

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70 years since the Chinese revolution

Xi Jinping, China’s somewhat dented ‘strongman’, will preside over a grandiose military display to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution on 1 October 1949. Then, capitalism and imperialism were driven out of China by Mao Zedong’s peasant army, but political power passed into the hands of his Stalinist ‘Communist’ party (CCP). Today the CCP dictatorship rests on fundamentally ...

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