Issue: July/August 2011

  • OBITUARY: Val Cardwell

    Comrade Valerie June Cardwell, known to all as Val, a lifelong fighter for the cause of Irish freedom, and a staunch communist, anti-racist and anti-imperialist, passed away suddenly in London on 14 June 2011, at the age of 63.Val was known to many campaigning for Irish independence and... [Read more]

  • Southern Cross: How capitalism abuses the elderly

    The inability of the largest care home monopoly in the country, Southern Cross, to pay the rent on all the premises it uses, throwing into question the future of both the company and the 31,000 vulnerable elderly people under its care, raises issues way beyond the crass errors of one board of... [Read more]

  • NHS up for Grabs

    Editor’s noteThe National Health Service system in Britain, as indeed in many other West European countries, is a product of the special conditions arising from the aftermath of the Second World War.  The victories of the Red Army, the creation of an entire new block of Eastern and... [Read more]

  • OBITUARY: Gordon McLennan

    Gordon McLennan, the penultimate general secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), died from cancer on 21 May at the age of 87. The 15 years during which he led what had once been the revolutionary vanguard of the British working class were ones in which the party expelled and... [Read more]

  • OBITUARY: Ludo Martens (1946-2011)

    On the afternoon of Sunday 5 June 2011, Comrade Ludo Martens, the founding president of the Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB) passed away.  He is survived by two children – his daughter Amada and son Yakobu.  We send our heartfelt condolences to his children, to his family, and to the PTB for this... [Read more]

  • CPGB-ML delegation to Tripoli

    A delegation of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) paid a short visit to Libya in the first half of June.  On their return the delegates gave their report to a public meeting held at the Marchmont Community Centre, Marchmont Street, London WC1 on 24 June.  The report will... [Read more]

  • Imperialism and the world food crisis – Concluding part

    If capitalism is allowed to continue to run amok all over our planet, scientific studies suggest that today’s adequate (albeit criminally ill-distributed) food production will by mid-century become woefully inadequate.  The fact of the matter is that today’s factory farming which is productive of... [Read more]

  • In defence of the DPRK’s proletarian  internationalist history and traditions

    One important aspect of the current international situation is that, faced with the steady rise of the People’s Republic of China and with the steadfast adherence to anti-imperialist and socialist principles on the part of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, both countries are subjected to... [Read more]

  • Ninety years of the Communist Party of China

    On 1 July 2011, the Communist Party of China (CPC) celebrates the 90th anniversary of its foundation. This is a major occasion in international political life and especially for the international communist movement, as the CPC holds power in a country that is home to almost a quarter of humanity,... [Read more]

  • OBITUARY: Brian Haw

    The anti-war movement in Britain lost one of its most dedicated, tenacious and courageous activists on 18 June 2011, when Brian William Haw lost his battle with lung cancer and passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 62, in Germany, where he was receiving medical treatment.For nearly 10... [Read more]