Issue: November/December 2019

  • Trump pulls US imperialist troops out of Syria – as promised

    Why has this huge step towards Syria’s total liberation been greeted with such howls of rage by those on the self-identifying ‘left’?To the surprise of many, the president of the USA, Donald Trump, finally made good on his promise to pull US troops out of Syria, announcing their withdrawal over... [Read more]

  • Brexit delayed again

    Johnson’s fight for BrexitDespite prime minister Boris Johnson promising Britain would definitely be leaving the EU on October 31, with or without a deal, it has not happened – notwithstanding the extreme lengths to which Johnson appears to have gone to try to force things through.He has been... [Read more]

  • Hail the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China

    On the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), LALKAR sends its heartfelt greetings to the people of China, the government of China, the Communist Party of China (CPC), and to its General Secretary, Comrade Xi Jinping. The liberation of China was the second most... [Read more]

  • Syrian Arab Army curbs Turkish aggression, restores sovereignty, humiliates US imperialism

    The rapid advance of the Syrian Arab Army to the northeastern border with Turkey, moving swiftly to restore government control over an area that for five years has been occupied by usurping Kurdish militias on behalf of US imperialism, signals a giant leap forward towards the complete liberation... [Read more]

  • MAX BLUMENTHAL: The US has backed 21 of the 28 ‘crazy’ militias leading Turkey’s brutal invasion of northern Syria

    Reproduced from GRAYZONE of 16 October 2019, with thanksFormer and current US officials have slammed the Turkish mercenary force of ‘Arab militias’ for executing and beheading Kurds in northern Syria. New data from Turkey reveals that almost all of these militias were armed and trained in the... [Read more]

  • Zelensky – the jury’s out

    Volodymyr Zelensky won the Ukrainian presidential elections on two main pledges: to end the war in the east and to uproot corruption. How has his government fared in meeting these two promises?Ending the war?The election results seemed to reflect a war-weariness that was widely interpreted as a... [Read more]

  • PRABIR PURKAYASTHA: West Asia: Cheap Drones and the Shifting Strategic Balance

    Reproduced from People’s Democracy of 1st and 22nd September 2019, with thanksSAUDI Arabia, which started the Yemen war with its own coalition of the willing, is now facing the blow-back with Houthis launching a series of drone and missile attacks on infrastructure. Earlier Houthi missile attacks... [Read more]

  • Moves to impeach President Trump

    On September 24, 2019 the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. This in itself is slightly strange as there is already supposed to be an impeachment inquiry into President Trump that was formally started on 12... [Read more]

  • The double victimisation of capitalism’s female victims

    “A woman gave birth alone in her cell in the early hours of the morning with no one to help or comfort her through her labour and her baby died. This happened not in a Victorian workhouse, or in some forsaken, wartorn country but in Surrey at HMP Bronzefield less than three weeks ago” reports... [Read more]

  • General Motors workers’ strike in the US ends in partial victory

    The workers have paid a heavy price for their employer’s return to profitability.Fifty thousand workers at General Motors plants across the USA were on strike for 40 days from 15 September, demanding that the company restore the jobs, pay scales and conditions that they enjoyed before the company... [Read more]

  • Royal Mail workers vote overwhelmingly to strike

    Mail workers are ready to fight for their pay and conditions, but is their union prepared to back them?Royal Mail workers have voted by a landslide in favour of taking industrial action. Ninety-seven percent of union members voted for action on a turnout of 76 percent.Since the privatisation of... [Read more]

  • The true level of unemployment

    Joblessness is being under-reported by a factor of 200 percent.A joint study by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and urban policy research unit Centre for Cities reveals that the true level of unemployment in Britain is not the official figure of 1.3 million usually... [Read more]

  • Alexei Leonov obituary

    A hero of the Soviet space programme died on 11 October aged 85. Alexei Leonov was a friend and comrade of the legendary Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, and his own major contribution was to be the first person to walk in space.This feat was achieved in 1965 when Leonov was 30 years old. It... [Read more]

  • Peterloo in its historical perspective (Part 2)

    Part 2 (continued from previous issue)Government in 1819The National GovernmentNationally, the Tories had been in power since 1783 and were to continue in power until 1830 (including very brief periods of coalition government with the Whigs), when, after the death of George IV (the Prince Regent... [Read more]

  • Sabotage of state schools

    More and more evidence keeps coming in of the way education opportunity for working-class children is being whittled away.Plagued by the need to stay well up in the league tables in order to attract pupils, and therefore funding, and therefore to survive, state schools have naturally enough... [Read more]

  • OBITUARY – Alicia Alonso

    “Perfection does not exist, but things can invariably be done better. That conviction has marked the lives of men. That is why so many advances have been made in science, in technology … I can’t explain why instead of inventing how to kill, we don’t invent on how to live; how to enjoy the beauty... [Read more]