Issue: July/August 2009

  • General Varennikov: Soviet Hero

    On 6 May 2009, General Valentin Varennikov died, aged 85 in Moscow.  His life was a model of loyalty and service to the Soviet proletariat through good times and bad.  Born a poor Cossack, his ambition from the age of 5 was to become a soldier.  He graduated from officer cadet school in 1942 and... [Read more]

  • Sri Lanka: inter-communal problems and their solution

    Twenty-six years ago, at the beginning of the conflict in Sri Lanka, we wrote an article denouncing the Sri Lankan government’s policy of discrimination against the Tamils but at the same time pointing out the incorrectness of the demand for self-determination, both in point of theory... [Read more]

  • A new phase of the Nepalese Revolution

    The Nepalese Prime Minister, UCPN-M chairman Prachanda, resigned on 4 May as a result of Nepal’s President Ram Baran Yadav overturning his decision to sack the Nepalese army chief, Rookmangud Katawal, without the consent of his coalition partners.  Katawal was in fact guilty of refusing to obey... [Read more]

  • Lebanese resistance wins majority but loses election

    While the United States, Britain and other imperialist powers have strained every nerve to brand the free and fair presidential election in Iran as rigged and fraudulent, and to use all manner of extra-legal means to overturn the result, they have hailed as a great victory the 7 June election in... [Read more]

  • Hands Off Korea!

    Friends of Korea held a meeting at Marx Memorial Library, London, on 27 June 2009 to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the Korean War – which the Koreans call the Fatherland Liberation War – launched by US imperialism and its allies on 25 June 1950.The meeting was designed as a panel... [Read more]

  • Iran: Standing firm against imperialist-backed ‘colour revolution’

    Presidential elections were held in Iran on 12 June, as they have been regularly since the victory of the Islamic revolution 30 years ago. The incumbent President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scored a decisive victory, receiving 63.3 per cent of the vote (24.5 million votes), obviating the need for a... [Read more]

  • The significance of the Indian election results

    Elections to India’s 15th Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian parliament) took place in a five-stage process, which began on 16 April and ended on 13 May 2009.  In this month-long process, involving 828,804 polling stations, 6.1 million police and civic personnel, 1.4 million electronic... [Read more]

  • Elections: Labour popularity hits all time low and BNP gain two Euro MPs – is fascism on the rise?

    The results: Labour gets a grillingThe local and European Parliament elections conducted on 4 June were, as was widely predicted, a disaster for Labour, which suffered its worst election result since the Second World War. In the local elections (for all 27 County Councils, three existing Unitary... [Read more]

  • Current Crisis of Overproduction

    Paper presented by Harpal Brar, Chairman of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), to the International Communist Seminar held in Brussels 15-17 May 2009, entitled ‘ Current Crisis of Overproduction’.  In the last issue of Lalkar we dealt with the worst crisis of overproduction... [Read more]

  • Red Salute to Baba Bhagat Singh Bilga

    The revolutionary movement, and all Indian progressives and patriots, lost the last living link with one of the most glorious pages of India’s anti-imperialist history when Comrade Baba Bhagat Singh Bilga, popularly known as Baba Bilga, passed away on 22 May in Birmingham at the age of 102.Baba... [Read more]