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  • On the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War and the International Brigades

    [Issue: September/October 2016]

    ” From all Peoples, from all races, you came to us like brothers, like sons of immortal Spain; and in the hardest days of the war, when the capital of the Spanish republic was threatened, it was you gallant comrades of the International Brigades, who helped save the city with your fighting... [Read more]

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

    [Issue: July/August 2011]

    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]

  • Death of last British veteran of Spanish Civil War

    [Issue: November/December 2016]

    Stan Hilton, the last surviving Briton who fought in the legendary International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, died today [Friday 21 October 2016] in Australia, aged 98.Stan was a 19-year-old merchant seaman when he jumped ship in the port of Alicante in November 1937. The Spanish people... [Read more]

  • The Chinese volunteers who fought in the Spanish civil war – their amazing courage and obscure fates

    [Issue: September/October 2016]

    To mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War LALKAR is pleased to reproduce the following article by Gary Jones, with thanks. Illiterate farmers, manual labourers, civil servants – some 100 Chinese joined the International Brigades helping fight General Franco’s fascists... [Read more]

  • Ukraine: Imperialism pours oil on the fire

    [Issue: January/February 2015]

    Statements made on one day by ‘President’ Poroshenko about making a ‘real’ cease-fire are contradicted the next by the leader of the Rada, Turchinov, who demands that the so-called ‘anti-terrorist’ operation must continue “until the end“. A prisoner exchange agreed one moment is sabotaged the... [Read more]

  • History: Britain’s communist party

    [Issue: September/October 2011]

    In our society, where the fields of information and education are as much dominated by the monopoly-capitalist ruling class and its state as are culture and what passes for politics, tackling questions of working-class history – and, even more, the history of the British communist movement – is... [Read more]

  • Fortieth Anniversary of Olympic ‘Black Power’ Salute

    [Issue: November/December 2008]

    The sixteenth of October marked the 40th anniversary of the high-profile protest made by two US athletes against their own racist imperialist ruling class at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. That morning, Tommie Smith won the 200m gold medal in a world record time of 19.83 seconds, with Australia’s... [Read more]

  • ‘Land and Freedom’ – Trotskyism squared

    [Issue: July/August 2008]

    18 July this year marks the 72nd anniversary of the start of the Civil War in Spain. The fascists in Spain, led by General Franco, rose in rebellion against the Spanish Republic. The Francoites were supported by the armed forces of Mussolini’s fascists and German Nazis, while the... [Read more]

  • DPRK’s nuclear deterrent and the 6-Party Talks

    [Issue: March/April 2007]

    On Saturday 24 February another major demonstration was held in London against the US and British governments illegal occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. It attracted some 60,000 people, filling Trafalgar Square, and the march was decidedly hostile to the Labour government that has been... [Read more]

  • Dismembering history: How Trotskyism “remembers” the Spanish Civil War

    [Issue: September/October 2006]

    2006 sees the 70th anniversary of the fascist rebellion which triggered a three-year people’s war in defence of the Spanish Republic against General Franco’s fascist rebels, who were lavishly assisted by German and Italian fascism, and were further strengthened by the embargo on supplies to the... [Read more]

  • Iraqi resistance and our attitude towards it

    [Issue: September/October 2004]

    The left wing movement in the imperialist countries is quite confused on the question of how to judge and how to support the Iraqi resistance. This confusion, however, is primarily due to a mixture of basic ideological weaknesses and lack of information about the leading forces and alliances of... [Read more]

  • Maurice Levitas

    [Issue: March/April 2001]

    Obituary of a fighter against fascism and for working class emancipationMaurice Levitas, a fine comrade and friend, died on 14 February 2001. Maurice will be well known to regular readers ofLalkarfor the numerous occasions he contributed to meetings reported by us held on the subject of the... [Read more]

  • Ukraine: “Chaos eats our country”

    [Issue: November/December 2018]

    With parliamentary and presidential elections looming in 2019, Ukraine is descending deeper into self-inflicted chaos whilst the Kiev junta continues to blame all its troubles on Russia.Shown on main-stream opinion polls as lagging way behind former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the... [Read more]

  • Kiev Junta turns its back on Minsk II

    [Issue: March/April 2018]

    Since 2015, when the last peace deal, Minsk II, was agreed between the ultra-nationalist junta in Kiev and the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, co-signed by France, Germany and Russia, the junta has paid ever scanter lipservice to the agreement whilst in practice doing everything... [Read more]

  • Syria stands firm against ceasefire violations

    [Issue: May/June 2016]

    The Syrian Arab Army and its allies, assisted by Russian air power, have turned the tide in the war against terror, thereby driving imperialism to the negotiating table in Geneva. With every day that the ceasefire has held, more and more local ceasefire agreements have been registered with the... [Read more]

  • Palestine Papers – A nail in the coffin of the two-state solution

    [Issue: March/April 2011]

    The publication of the Palestine Papers by Al-Jazeera, and by The Guardian, has come as a great shock to those who believed that Israel and/or the US ever sincerely sought to bring peace to Palestine through the 2-state solution that was agreed in Oslo.  Indeed, they have made it clear that they... [Read more]

  • The threat of double dip recession

    [Issue: September/October 2010]

    Throughout the capitalist world, countries are said to be in recovery, as economic growth has been restored after several quarters of shrinkage. Thus: “In April 2009, at the time of the London G20 summit, the consensus of forecasts for global economic growth this year was 1.9 per cent. By last... [Read more]

  • Afghanistan – the war imperialism can never win

    [Issue: September/October 2008]

    “The news out of Afghanistan is truly alarming”, announced the International Herald Tribune of 21 August 2008,[1] the reason being that “the number of US and NATO casualties is mounting so quickly that unless something happens soon, this could be the deadliest year of the Afghan war.  Kabul … is... [Read more]

  • Iraq: US Imperialism on the path to certain defeat

    [Issue: May/June 2008]

    20th March this year marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and 9th April the overthrow of the regime of President Saddam Hussein, by the predatory armies of Anglo-American imperialism.  So excited were the political and ideological spokesmen of US and British imperialism by the... [Read more]

  • Palestine: Resistance victorious over its enemies

    [Issue: May/June 2008]

    From the beginning of the Second Intifada – the al-Aqsa Intifada – in September 2000 to the beginning of August 2006, 4,200 Palestinians and 1,100 Israelis were killed.  Since then hundreds more Palestinians have been slaughtered by the Israeli butchers.  The zionist killing machine has gone into... [Read more]