Issue: May/June 2013

  • Mrs Thatcher’s demise: two classes, two attitudes

    On Monday, 8 April 2013, Margaret Thatcher, prime minister of Britain for more than eleven years (4 May 1979 to 27 November 1990), died of a stroke at the Ritz Hotel, which had been her home for a few months prior to her demise. She was eighty seven. Why the ruling class honours... [Read more]

  • Imperialism limbering up for a predatory war against Syria

    Fundamentalist Jihadists unleashed by US imperialism and its junior partners, notably Britain and France, as well as their Turkish and Gulf Arab stooges, to topple the secular and popular Syrian regime headed by President Bashar al-Assad, have been wreaking havoc and committing one outrage... [Read more]

  • NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups, a cruel 1 April ‘joke’

    On April fool’s day this year the Government, with some minor criticism but certainly no obstruction from the Labour Party, placed the responsibility for ‘buying’ and running NHS services into the hands of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). According to the official blurb the ” ... [Read more]

  • GLORY TO J. V. STALIN: Architect of Socialism

    On the 60th anniversary of the death of Joseph Stalin, we began a series of articles on the epoch- making achievements of the Soviet Union. In March we reproduced a survey of Stalin’s life by Andrew Rothstein, a very prominent leader of the then-revolutionary CPGB, first published in the Daily... [Read more]

  • Hail the struggle of the Guantanamo hunger strikers!

    When Obama covered himself in glory by promising to close down the Guantanamo concentration camp [Gitmo] by the end of 2009, many on the petty-bourgeois left crowed loudly. The Neo Cons were dead, long live the new age! Yet four years on, the camp not only maintains its illegal squat on Cuban... [Read more]

  • Ground the drones

    Since Nato launched its illegal and unjustified invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, drones (aka Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) have gone from being an untried technology to one of the primary means of warfare. The runaway leader in the field, the US, now operates 7,500 vehicles – more... [Read more]

  • US imperialism threatens war in Korea and targets China

    Tensions remained high on the Korean peninsula throughout April, due to the massive US-led military exercises, carried out together with their south Korean puppets, aimed at rehearsing a possible invasion and occupation of the socialist Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the... [Read more]

  • Hugo Chávez, 1954 – 2013

    Hugo Rafael Chávez Frias was born on 28 July 1954, the second of six sons of impoverished primary school teachers. Chávez enrolled in Venezuela’s military academy at the age of 17, graduating near the top of his class in 1975 After graduating, he was posted to a counter-insurgency unit... [Read more]

  • The Boston bomb – more questions than answers

    The internet is fairly buzzing with conspiracy theories concerning the Boston marathon bombing. There are clear pictures of the wrecked black backpack that one of the bombs was in with a distinctive white square on it and a picture of what looks like a security man prior to the explosion with... [Read more]

  • Bangladesh factory collapse: not an accident, but a capitalist crime

    Over 350 garment workers have lost their lives in the collapse of the factory where they were working in the Rana Plaza complex in Savar, just north of Dhaka. As this is written, around 900 are still listed as ‘missing’ and with every minute that passes the likelihood of them being added to... [Read more]