Theory & History

China: 30 years since Tiananmen massacre

Anniversary of June 4 Beijing massacre set to draw record numbers at Hong Kong vigil Dikang, chinaworker.info Today marks the 30th anniversary of the gruesome massacre in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on the orders of China’s top leaders. China was in the throes of a revolutionary mass movement. The mass demonstrations that burst out in April 1989 ...

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The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg

January marked the 100th anniversary of the murder of the outstanding revolutionary socialist leader, Rosa Luxemburg. In this article, Eleanor Crossey-Malone looks at her defence of both the fundamental ideas of Marxism and the necessity of revolutionary change against an increasingly opportunistic and reformist SPD leadership. Remembering Rosa Luxemburg after her death, the Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky wrote of seeing ...

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Venezuela: once again in the crosshairs of imperialism

On 23 January 2019, Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president of Venezuela. Shortly afterwards, he was recognised as such by the USA and Canada. A few days later, Britain, France, Germany and many others followed suit. Ann Orr looks at the ongoing attempts by imperialist forces to crush the government of Nicolás Maduro and argues that Venezuela does not represent ...

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1919: Workers’ revolution shakes the world

By Cillian Gillespie “Ireland must ready itself for when Europe may be run by councils of soldiers, workers and peasants.” These were the words of Eamon De Valera in April 1919, the month of the Limerick Soviet. The events surrounding the Limerick Soviet and those in Ireland generally were enormously impacted by the global upheaval in the period after the ...

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Germany 1918-1919 Workers’ Revolution Erupts

The horrors of the First World War, deteriorating living standards and the inspiring example of the Russian Revolution lit the fuse for revolutionary upheaval in Germany in November 1918. Workers’ power and socialist revolution were the order of the day. Matt Waine looks at the lessons of these events and their historic significance. On the second weekend of January 2019, ...

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Limerick Soviet 1919 “The Bottom Dog” Revolts

By Aislinn O’Keefe and Dominic Haugh The period in Ireland after 1917 Ireland saw a wave of strikes and a radicalisation of the working class on a scale never before witnessed on the island. A key event in this period was the Limerick Soviet that saw the working class of the city take control of the city for a period ...

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Review: Feminism for the 99%

Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto By Cinzia Arruzza, Nancy Fraser, and Tithi Bhattacharya Published by Verso, 2019 Reviewed by Laura Fitzgerald Less than 100 pages long, Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto will be an attractive read for a new generation politicised by their experiences of oppression and exploitation under capitalism today, and of engaging in struggle. The text ...

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40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution

Forty years ago, a great revolution against a dictatorial monarchy was in progress in Iran. Recalling the heroic scenes of those days still inspires us; scenes of comradeship despite the shortage of goods and fuel due to long days of nationwide strike, initiatives by working people to manage their communities and workplace, mass demonstrations, resistance to sometimes brutal repression, and ...

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Free Derry – legacy of working-class resistance

By Seamus McLaughlin Free Derry has a proud place in the history of radicalism in Northern Ireland, when ordinary people took the initiative and resolutely showed that the working class can independently organise itself. After a brief respite from civil rights activism in December 1968, the Northern Ireland state found itself again on the defensive in January 1969, after a ...

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The Chavista movement & the struggle for socialist change

Over the last number of days it has become clear that that the Trump regime and US imperialism are seeking to overthrow the Presidency of  Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela by recognising the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido. This is not the first time that US imperialism has sought to do this. We republish below an article by ...

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