Issue: March/April 2020

  • Syria – Turkey plays with conflagration

    In recent weeks the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has made steady progress towards the liberation of the province of Idlib, the last terrorist stronghold in Syria. The HTS, better known as al-Nusra, have occupied the would-be de-escalation zone and used it as a base from which to launch thousands of... [Read more]

  • The anti-China coronavirus panic

    A well-established feature of the influenza virus is that it mutates, and that its mutations sometimes enable it to leap from one species to another. This is something humanity has always lived with, cursed at the inconvenience, mourned the victims who die before their time and struggled manfully... [Read more]

  • Deal of the Century: US and Israel will reap a bitter harvest

    Trump’s ‘deal of the century’, breathlessly flagged up back in the summer, was finally officially launched on 28 January. The announcement came at a press conference shared jointly between the US president and Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with ambassadors from Gulf statelets United... [Read more]

  • The oligarch behind today’s World Holocaust Forum attended by presidents and kings

    Reproduced from If Americans Knew website, with thanksAt least 45 world leaders have responded to a summons to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Israel to ‘fight antisemitism.’ The event is organized by a Russian-Israeli oligarch who considers support for Palestinian human rights ‘antisemitic.’... [Read more]

  • Korea stands firm – Comrade Kim Jong Un’s new year speech

    Kim Jong Un’s traditional New Year speech summing up the experience of the previous year and setting out tasks for the year to come was made this year at the Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea on 1 January 2020.Here follow extracts from his... [Read more]

  • The Amritsar massacre

    Contemporary letter to The TimesTo the Editor. February 24, 1920,Sir, It will ultimately rest with the British public, through their representatives in Parliament, to decide as to the culpability of its various servants concerned in the massacre and other disgraceful doings at Amritsar and... [Read more]

  • The Irish electorate cry out against austerity and bring reunification closer

    On Saturday 8 February a general election took place in Eire and brought forth a quite amazing result. Sinn Fein, standing in just 42 of the 159 Dáil Éireann seats being openly contested (the 160th goes to the speaker automatically), won 37 of them. This put them in second place to Fianna Fail... [Read more]

  • RSPCA: You wouldn’t treat a dog like this

    Staff at the animal charity RSPCA are wishing that their management would extend its compassion for other people’s maltreated pets to its own human employees who actually do the hard work on the front line.Shortly before Christmas last year workers were told that the existing system of... [Read more]

  • Critique of the linguistic theory of Noam Chomsky

    Noam Chomsky, the American professor of linguistics, is well known in progressive circles for the courageous stand he took against US imperialism on the question of the Vietnam war, and which he continues to take on the question of peace in the Middle East. Because he sets a fine example of... [Read more]

  • The Doctors’ Plot – A presentation made by Paul Cannon to the Stalin Society in London in December 2019

    The ‘Doctors’ Plot’ refers to allegations made against a group of doctors who worked in the Soviet Union and were accused of purposely providing poor treatment to notable leaders of the USSR. The plot became a popular piece of anti-communist propaganda for three chief reasons. Firstly, because... [Read more]

  • Macron declares war on the French proletariat in his determination to push through his pension ‘reforms’

    After nearly two months of strikes and protests, the French train drivers suspended their industrial action believing the government to be showing signs of vacillation. Unable any longer to deal with the scale of the disruption on the Paris metro and intercity trains, alarmed by the increasing... [Read more]

  • Union-busting at St Mungo’s

    The hard nosed management style prevailing at the RSPCA is met with elsewhere in the charity world. Efforts by project workers employed by the homeless charity St Mungo’s to protect their jobs and ensure the maintenance of a high quality of service have been dogged by a management similarly bent... [Read more]

  • Afghanistan war – end in sight?

    On 29 February 2020, The Times reported: “America has signed a deal with Taliban insurgents that could pave the way towards the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan and an end to the 18-year war in the country.“Under the agreement, America will cut its forces from 13,000 to 8,600 in... [Read more]

  • OBITUARY: John Hepple, 02.10.1946 – 31.10.2019

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved comrade John Hepple, a founding member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) who has passed away after a long illness.John was born on 2 October 1946 to a mining family in Gateshead. At the tender age of just... [Read more]

  • How the EU is demolishing pensions

    As the struggle in France to defend workers’ retirement rights from Emmanuel Macron’s ‘reforms’ rages on, an article by André Crespin of the Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB) usefully spells out the key role the European Union plays in putting pressure on national governments to drive up the... [Read more]