Issue: September/October 2015

  • The Labour Leadership Contest and the Rise of Jeremy Corbyn

    The Labour Party leadership contest to elect a leader to succeed Ed Miliband following Labour’s defeat in the May General Election is in full swing. Four candidates have joined the fray – Yvette Cooper (Shadow Home Secretary), Andy Burnham (Shadow Health Secretary), Liz Kendall (the most... [Read more]

  • Greece – an ongoing τραγῳδία (tragedy)

    Once the Syriza government in Greece caved in to the creditors’ demands for further suicidal austerity cuts so as to obtain a new 86 billion euro loan from its existing lenders, one might have thought that was it for the time being. It turns out, however, this is by no means the case. Agreeing... [Read more]

  • The Refugee Crisis In Calais

    British newspapers have been screaming (or whatever the written equivalent is) and raging about the very fabric of our society being irredeemably destroyed by 3,000 or so immigrants in a camp known as the jungle in Calais. This is where people who have suffered great losses in terms of friends,... [Read more]

  • The Iran Nuclear Deal

    A significant victory for the Iranian people in their ongoing struggle against imperialism Terms of the agreement After long and tortuous years of negotiations, of arbitrarily imposed and then discarded deadlines, and of crippling sanctions, destabilisation, threats of military aggression... [Read more]

  • An Israeli Jew Condemns Zionism

    We reproduce below an excellent article published by the liberal Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, written by one of its correspondents, Gideon Levy, who is to be congratulated for his honesty, his humanitarian principles and his courage. All Israelis Are Guilty of Setting a... [Read more]

  • Syria – Imperialism Loses The Plot

    Imperialist schemes to bring the long-cherished dreams of regime-change in Syria to fruition continue to be bedevilled with difficulties, despite the worst intentions. Turkey in turmoil A key element of the grand plan is the annexation of part of Syrian territory as supposedly ‘Islamic... [Read more]

  • North, South Should Improve Relations on Basis of Results of Urgent Contact

    (Written by Kim Yang Gon, reproduced from UK Korean Embassy Bulletin of 27 August 2015, with thanks) Pyongyang, August 27 (KCNA) — Kim Yang Gon, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, gave the following answers to questions raised... [Read more]

  • Turkey Heading For Fresh Elections

    After failing to reach an agreement with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Erdogan and the AKP look poised to call for fresh elections amid growing violence at home and the escalation of Turkish involvement in the criminal war in Syria. Electoral standoff The AKP (Justice and... [Read more]

  • The Trade Union Bill 2015 – another nail in the coffin of the right to strike

    Government attacks on the right of workers to fight back against the profiteers in the face of declining living standards continue relentlessly with a Trade Union Bill first published on 15 July and currently undergoing the parliamentary ritual. So odious is it that even the staid Royal College... [Read more]

  • Ukraine – Imperialism Ups The Ante

    To all appearances imperialism is nerving itself up for a third major offensive against the Donbass, drawing still closer to an overt, ‘hot’ confrontation with Russia. But even as war preparations are stepped up, Poroshenko is struggling just to control his own fascist backyard. Imperialist... [Read more]

  • Meeting celebrates start of the Cuban revolution and Korea’s victory in the Fatherland Liberation War

    On Saturday 25 July, some 100 people packed Saklatvala Hall in Southall, west London, for the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) (CPGB-ML)’s annual anti-imperialist summer barbecue and political rally, marking in particular the anniversaries of the start of the Cuban revolution... [Read more]

  • Grover Furr: Response to the Death of Robert Conquest

    By Grover Furr August 5, 2015 Robert Conquest, next to Leon Trotsky arguably the chief anticommunist and anti-Stalin propagandist of the 20th century, has died. Naturally, the capitalist media are fawning over him. A lot could be said about Conquest. I’ll say a bit at the end. Here are... [Read more]

  • The 70th anniversary of the dropping of atom bombs on Japan

    Everybody in Britain knows something of the events 70 years ago when a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, with the name Enola Gay and piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets, dropped the first atom bomb (code named ‘Little Boy’) on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August. This was followed 3 days... [Read more]

  • Obituary: John Seymour Powell

    Remembering John Seymour Powell (16th Jan, 1934 – 21st July, 2015), known to many as “Joe The Comm” – a rebel from an early age. Born in poor circumstances in a poor area, his father died when John was 6 years old, leaving John’s mother to raise 8 children on little money. John was very bright... [Read more]