Issue: November/December 1999

  • Chechen terrorism is being caused by Yeltsinism

    Declaration of the CC of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party (Victor Tyulkin) A series of terrorist outrages has started with the explosion in the commercial centre on Manezhnaya Square in Moscow. It was continued with the explosions in the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow, and Volgodonsk.... [Read more]

  • East Timor – Self-determination at last

     As Australian troops flying the banner of the United Nations landed in East Timor in September, with the permission of Indonesia, to put an end to the massacres being perpetrated by Indonesian troops and pro-Indonesian local militias on the innocent Timorese population, the question on... [Read more]

  • Imperialist-inspired protest against Chinese President

     The State Visit of Chinese President, Jiang Zemin, to Britain in October 1999 gave rise to enormous publicity for the imperialist-inspired ‘human rights’ protesters calling for Tibet’s independence from China on the grounds of China’s supposed oppression of the people of that region of China. ... [Read more]

  • Disgrace of Leicester sweatshops

     TheIndependentof 27 September reports that“Sweatshop labourers in some of Britain’s small garment factories are routinely paid less than the minimum wage but are too frightened to complain.”The National Union of Knitwear, Footwear and Apparel Trades is bringing Tribunal cases on behalf of... [Read more]

  • Racism at Fords

     ‘Wildcat strikes’ have finally persuaded Ford’s overwhelmingly white management to do something about the racist practices, directed against black workers, that permeate its operation at Dagenham, Essex. According to theFinancial Timesof 23 October 1999,Fords were pioneers of equal... [Read more]

  • Sordid profiteering behind the Paddington Rail Disaster

     On Tuesday 5 October, the 6.03 a.m. Cheltenham Flyer (Intercity express train) collided with the 8.06 a.m. Thames commuter service to Bedwyn at 8.11 a.m. leaving behind a raging inferno in which nearly 40 people were incinerated and dozens more injured. Vic Coleman, Chief Inspector of Railways,... [Read more]

  • Boundless renegacy of the NCP

     Going against reality and flying in the fact of all historical evidence, and in flagrant violation of Marxism-Leninism, the New Communist Party (NCP), which describes itself as a Marxist-Leninist Party, has for a long time been engaged in the shameful task of bringing succour to, and presenting... [Read more]

  • This article is a somewhat expanded version of an a paper I presented, on behalf of the Socialist Labour Party, to the May Day International Seminar in Brussels organised by the Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB)

    (PTB). Although the paper was presented on 3 May this year, the present version makes reference to certain events and data which belong to the weeks following 3 May. The reader may find it irksome and have difficulty reconciling to the fact that, while speaking on 3 May to an international... [Read more]


     Members of the SLP and SLP Youth Section attended the eighth annual International Youth Conference In Jood Dayem, 30 km east of Tripoli in September The conference brought nearly 120 delegates from all over the world to debate the role of youth in the next millennium in bringing about... [Read more]


    by Khalid Al Mukhtar “From now on a free and sovereign republic named the Libyan Arab Republic which, by the grace of God, is setting herself to work … she will go forward on the path of freedom, union, social justice, guaranteeing, each of her sons and daughters the right to equality and opening... [Read more]

  • Jubilee 2000 – Great leap or faltering step

     For those who have not heard of Jubilee 2000, it is a high profile campaign to get the rich countries of the world to cancel the debts which the poorest countries owe them. The debts are mostly rocketing interest on old loans which were designed in such a way that they could never be fully... [Read more]

  • Back to Marxism-Leninism or perish

    A comment on the Indian General Election After five short-lived governments and three general elections in as many years, the Indian electorate (350 million of whom, representing 50% of the total eligible, went to the polls) have returned to office the 25-party National Democratic Alliance (NDA),... [Read more]

  • A Reply to FRFI

     The October-November issue ofFRFI, the bi-monthly organ of the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) carries a letter on its letter page by one Dean Porter under the titleDéjà vu.In it Mr Porter accuses Harpal Brar, the editor ofLalkar,of“plagiarism”and of having“lifted large chunks”of Trevor... [Read more]

  • Oil, imperialism and Equatorial Guinea

     Equatorial Guinea (EG) is a West African country, a former Spanish colony, about which we in Britain hear practically nothing. It was therefore a great pleasure to meet at the annual Fiesta of the Spanish Communist Party in Madrid (September 1999) representatives from that country’s progressive... [Read more]

  • Towards a Balkanized Russia

     Contributed by Jef Bossuyt, Workers Party of Belgium (PTB). On October 7 the Chechen president Maskhadov sent a letter to the new Nato secretary-general George Robertson. The president of the rebellious Russian republic called upon him“to intervene in accordance with the new world order... [Read more]

  • Tyranny of Asylum laws challenged

     Do you know anyone who claimed asylum but was nevertheless prosecuted for using forged travel documents to enter the country?English courts routinely handed out 6-9 month prison sentences to refugees, even when they could prove they were fleeing torture and human rights abuse, and even when sole... [Read more]