Issue: May/June 2016

  • Syria stands firm against ceasefire violations

    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]

  • Panama Papers – a comment

    The so-called ‘Panama Papers’ are being presented as one of the biggest political stories of the year. Indeed, with the leak of 11.5 million files, going back over 40 years, and concerning the affairs of some 214,000 companies, many of them connected, actually or allegedly, directly or... [Read more]

  • The crisis in British steel – a victim of capitalist overproduction

    In the last year, the UK has lost 39% of its steel industry, and now Tata’s decision to withdraw from Britain, abandoning sites that include Britain’s largest steel-making plant at Port Talbot, threatens to finish off the UK steel industry almost entirely. Tata steelworks in South... [Read more]

  • The Brussels terror attacks: between rage and resilience

    On Tuesday, March 22, the blind terror of Islamic State sent shock waves through Brussels, and far beyond. Terrorist bomb attacks, one in Brussels Airport and another one in the Maalbeek metro station, near the EU buildings, caused at least 31 deaths and 250 injured, many of them seriously.... [Read more]

  • Kiev: political crisis still rages

    With its political crisis still unresolved, the IMF threatening to freeze its bail-out, the Dutch putting two fingers up to its European Association Agreement and the Donbas resistance still holding firm, the Kiev government is in deep trouble. When the former Lithuanian-born economics... [Read more]

  • Deepening class struggle in France

    As the self-proclaimed ‘socialist’ government of France wages war on the workers of that country by attacking and trying severely to weaken/dismantle the labour laws to assist the French bourgeoisie during the present world-wide crisis of overproduction that threatens the maximisation of profits... [Read more]

  • The Bernie Sanders phenomenon – a revolt against the elite

    Just as the rise of the Republican, Donald Trump, can be characterised as a revolt against the elite, the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders as a serious contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination for this year’s presidential race can be attributed to the unprecedented inequality prevailing in... [Read more]

  • On the Obama visit to Cuba March 2016

    It is quite amusing to watch the reactions of some US and European leftists who have vocally supported the idea of an end to the US trade embargo on Cuba as the reality of just that event approaches: they are horrified and rush to print their belief that this signals a capitulation to US... [Read more]

  • CHATTO – an anti-colonial and anti-imperialist revolutionary

    PART 2 of a presentation by Harpal Brar to the Stalin Society in London on 20 December 2015, Part 1 having appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of LALKAR. The League Against Imperialism (LAI) 1926-31. In the mid 1920s, Chatto was fairly well known in Berlin as a leader of the Indian... [Read more]

  • Malia Bouattia speaks

    Reproduced from smartphone edition of The Times, 2.01 am April 24 2016, with thanks. INTRODUCTION LALKAR is reproducing here an article written by the new president of the National Union of Students (NUS), Malia Bouattia, in response to co-ordinated attacks that have been made on... [Read more]

  • Stalin on anti-semitism

    National and racial chauvinism is a vestige of the misanthropic customs characteristic of the period of cannibalism. Anti-semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism. Anti-semitism is of advantage to the exploiters as a lightning conductor... [Read more]

  • In celebration of the life and work of Cervantes on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death

    Introduction 23 April 2016 was not only the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare but also that of the world-renowned Spanish writer, Cervantes, author of Don Quixote and numerous other novels, plays and poetry. In actual fact, Shakespeare and Cervantes died 11 days apart from each... [Read more]

  • CPGB-ML salutes the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea

    The Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) has announced that its Seventh Congress will be held in the first week of May 2016. The WPK has its roots in the anti-Japanese armed struggle for national liberation and the Inaugural Congress of the Central Organising Committee of the Communist Party of North... [Read more]