Issue: July/August 2012

  • SYRIA: Imperialism nerving itself up for war?

    Maddened by the crisis of its own system, imperialism now appears to be nerving itself up for open military intervention in support of the armed rebellion against the legitimate government of Syria. For weeks the armed rebellion paid lip service to the ceasefire brokered by Kofi Annan, only to... [Read more]

  • The Pain in Spain

    After a couple of years hanging on the edge of a cliff, Spain has finally succumbed to accepting a bailout of €100bn to support its ailing banks. The writing has been on the wall for Spain ever since Portugal was forced to surrender to its creditors. For all that time, Spain has been the ‘S’ in... [Read more]

  • Olympics 2012

    The world’s top athletes have now honed their bodies, worked out their strategies and psyched themselves up for the coming competition that will be the London Olympics. Those who follow the various included sports and, indeed, many who only look in on them every four years or so, will now have... [Read more]

  • ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe': a review

    This children’s novel by CS Lewis has been made into a theatrical piece which is currently being performed in a huge big-top style tent in Kensington Gardens, London. It is a terrific experience, as the environment is projected onto the inside of the tent to give a completely realistic setting.... [Read more]

  • Chaos and reaction in post-Gaddafi Libya

    The situation in Libya, for some four decades an oasis of social progress in north Africa, continues to deteriorate following the barbarous war unleashed against the country by the US, British and French imperialists, along with a range of Nato allies, and the savage murder of the country’s... [Read more]

  • The Battle of Khalkhin Gol

    On the 73rd anniversary of the defeat of Japanese fascism by the Red Army in this battle on the Mongolian border. Bourgeois, social-democratic and Trotskyist writers (fabricators would be a more descriptive word) of history always portray the non-aggression pact between Germany and the Soviet... [Read more]

  • Greece at the crossroads

    Addressing public sector workers striking in defence of their pension rights on 10 May, the general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, Bob Crow, told the assembled throng: “We should be taking action across Britain today, not just PCS, UCU and the other... [Read more]

  • Memorial meeting for Comrade Godfrey Cremer

    On 12 May comrades, family and friends packed Saklatvala Hall in Southall to overflowing to pay tribute to the life of a very special man. This remembrance for Comrade Godfrey, a founder member of the CPGB-ML and a life-long revolutionary fighter, brought together those from all walks of life... [Read more]

  • Egyptian Elections

    On 16 and 17 June the Egyptian people went to the polls in the second round of elections that would see a two day polling period. The first round (23 and 24 May 2012) had seen no clear winners in a 46% turnout but the two candidates with the most support moved on to this head to head ballot.... [Read more]

  • Congratulations to the People’s Republic of China on its historic space mission

    On 24 June, three Chinese astronauts, including Liu Yang, the country’s first female astronaut, who had been launched into space on 16 June, successfully completed a manual docking between the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module, the first such attempt in China’s... [Read more]

  • Stopping the war machine: anti-war work in Britain

    More than a decade of calling on workers to demonstrate and lobby their MPs has signally failed to stop or even slow down a single war. So what is the alternative? How should workers be furthering the anti-imperialist goal of preventing the British ruling class from massacring workers abroad in... [Read more]