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Spain
Death knells of "Transition" regime

23/10/2014: Catalonia; ’Podemos’, and the left

  Spain

Ireland
TD Paul Murphy tears up Irish Water pack in the Dail

22/10/2014: 1 million refuse to register for water charges

  Ireland Republic

Seattle
“Sawant ... with Impressive Favorable Rating”

22/10/2014: 61% support for Kshama Sawant in her district underline again the search for a new representation of working class people. Jess Spear`s campaign against one of the most powerful corporate politicians in Washington State is gaining momentum.

  US

Britain
100,000 attend TUC’s pay rise demo

21/10/2014: Calls for local government strike action to be reinstated

  Britain

Kazakhstan
Brutal repression in imperialism’s interests

20/10/2014: Workers pay the price for crony capitalism

  Kazakhstan

Is the US promoting a “colour revolution” in Hong Kong?

18/10/2014: Beijing’s scare propaganda doesn’t stand up to examination

  Hong Kong, US

Britain
Workers need a pay rise - how can we pay for it?

17/10/2014: End poverty, inequality and capitalism

  Britain

Scotland
10,000 attend Hope Over Fear rally

16/10/2014: ’Political awakening’ continues after independence referendum

  Scotland

 Ireland
’The people have risen, they should not kneel down again’

15/10/2014: Paul Murphy TD (MP) makes maiden speech in Parliament

  Ireland Republic, Video

Ireland
Byelection triumph marks turning point in anti-austerity struggle

14/10/2014: Paul Murphy wins parliamentary seat as 100,000 march against water charges

  Ireland Republic

Middle East
US-led policy of air attacks on Islamic State lies in ruins

13/10/2014: As battle for Kobane rages, IS forces make major gains in Iraq

  Middle East, US

 Ireland
Paul Murphy elected to Irish parliament in stunning byelection victory

12/10/2014: Anti-Austerity Alliance victory shocks political establishment, reflects mass revolt against water charges and austerity

  Ireland Republic, Video

South Africa
"A workers’ party must emerge"

11/10/2014: Dire position of South African capitalism and inequality adds momentum towards creation of workers’ party

  Africa, South Africa

Scotland
SNP budget sees another £500 million cuts

10/10/2014: For a ’no-cuts budget’ and mass campaign to win back billions stolen by ConDem government!

  Scotland

Middle East
Repel Islamic State and imperialism

08/10/2014: For democratic workers’ defence and Kurdish self-determination

  Middle East, Syria, Turkey

Israel/Palestine
After the Gaza war

07/10/2014: No justice for Palestinians and no peace for the region - For a socialist solution!

  Israel / Palestine

Hong Kong
Pro-regime thugs attack protesters

06/10/2014: Organise democratic defence committees to repel attacks and kick out CY Leung’s government!

  Hong Kong

New Zealand
National Party forms third successive government

04/10/2014: Labour Party and the Left in crisis

  New Zealand

Africa
Ebola crisis spreads

03/10/2014: Consequence of profit before health

  Africa

Kurdistan
The battle for Kobanê

02/10/2014: Regional war poses new challenges for struggle for Kurdish self-determination

  Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey

Iraq /Syria
US-led bombings will worsen divisions

01/10/2014: Stop imperialist slaughter!

  Iraq, Syria, US

Hong Kong
Massive anti-government protests after attempted police crackdown

30/09/2014: Anger over police violence fuels spontaneous “umbrella revolution” and growing strike movement

  Hong Kong

Britain
Labour to continue austerity offensive

26/09/2014: Labour conference a carefully stage-managed affair

  Britain

Ireland South
Is Sinn Féin a genuine left alternative?

25/09/2014: Seeking alliances with austerity parties

  Ireland Republic

Scotland
Independence referendum - A working-class revolt

24/09/2014: The referendum has turned British politics upside down – even though the No vote won

  Scotland

Britain
Capitalist parties in crisis after Scotland revolt

24/09/2014: Build a working class alternative

  Britain, Scotland

Greece
"This destruction of workers’ lives serves the bankers"

23/09/2014: “We must all keep going…we have no other way to survive than to fight-back”

  Greece

Iran
Petrochemical workers sentenced to jail and flogging

22/09/2014: Protest against Iranian government’s brutal sentences!

  Iran

 Environment
Video of Climate Summit meeting with Kshama Sawant

22/09/2014: Video of New York City Climate Summit meeting with Bernie Sanders, Kshama Sawant, Bill KcKibben, Naomi Klein, Chris Hedges

  Environment, US, Video

Scotland
1.6 million vote Yes in a working class revolt against austerity

19/09/2014: Urgent to build new mass party for the working class

  Scotland

Belgium
Right wing coalition aims for structural attack on workers

19/09/2014: Massive social resistance is looming

  Belgium

Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley - peace-maker or war-monger?

18/09/2014: A right-wing, sectarian demagogue who courted paramilitary violence

  Ireland Republic

Scotland
Independence referendum

18/09/2014: "Britain will never be the same again"

  Britain

Spain
Millions take to streets calling for Catalonia’s independence

18/09/2014: Only working class struggle can guarantee the right to decide and resist austerity

  Spain

Sweden
Conservative collapse, extreme-right gains

17/09/2014: CWI success, defended four council seats

  Sweden

Trotsky

Leon Trotsky was, next to Lenin, the main leader of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and one of the greatest theoreticians of the workers’ movement. His theory of the permanent revolution brilliantly anticipated the class forces involved in the outcome of the Russian revolution, and still conserves its clear validity for the struggle against capitalism and landlordism in the neo-colonial world today. After the bureaucratic degeneration of the Russian Revolution following the isolation of the 1917 revolution, Trotsky became the leading figure of the international Left opposition, which organised the political struggle against Stalinism, and upheld the methods of Marxism and internationalism. He was assassinated by an agent of Stalin in 1940, just two years after having completed his famous work, “Transitional Programme”, which served as the central document for the founding conference of the 4th International, and from which crucial lessons must be drawn for today’s worldwide struggle of the working class against the capitalist crisis.

Trotsky: The first year of war

23/07/2014, Article by LEON TROTSKY translated into English for first time
Originally published in in special WWI edition of Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales)

Anniversary: Fourth International launched 75 years ago

03/09/2013, 3 September, 1938, marked the start of the Fourth International’s founding conference
socialistworld.net

Book review: Leon Trotsky - A revolutionary’s life

02/09/2012, Joshua Rubenstein’s contradictory biography
Niall Mulholland, CWI, first published in the Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales)

Sri Lanka: United Socialists celebrate the legacy of Trotsky

27/08/2012, Memorial meeting remembers the great revolutionary who died in August 1940
USP reporter

Theory: New introduction to The Transitional Programme

21/08/2010, Trotsky’s key 1938 work shows rich application of the method of Marxism
Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales)

Anniversary: “The Trotsky conundrum”

20/08/2010, 70 years on from his asasination, is it “Springtime for Trotsky?”
Three articles from The Moscow News

History: 70th anniversary of the assasination of Leon Trotsky

16/08/2010, Coming mass revolts will see workers and youth look to Trotsky’s ideas
Peter Taaffe, General Secretary Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales)

Trotsky: The Permanent Revolution today

18/02/2010, Introduction to new Urdu edition of ‘Permanent Revolution’ by Leon Trotsky
Peter Taaffe

Britain: Trotskyism on trial

16/02/2010, Unison union witch-hunt - employment tribunal
Lynn Walsh, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales)

In defence of Leon Trotsky

13/02/2010, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) general secretary, Peter Taaffe replies to historian, Robert Service
socialistworld.net

History: A Planet without Debates

02/11/2009, Robert Service declines invitation to debate the life of Leon Trotsky
Socialistworld.net

History: Stalinism and after

19/10/2009, On the 20th anniversary of 1989…
Peter Taaffe, General Secretary, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales). Article from Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party.

Review: A ‘dis-Service’ to Leon Trotsky

14/10/2009, Review of Trotsky, a Biography by Robert Service
Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) general secretary

1905 Russian Revolution: Trotsky’s speech defending the St Petersburg Soviet

01/02/2005,

Theory: 50 years since the death of Stalin 1

04/03/2003, The death of Joseph Stalin, took place half a century ago this month. However the anniversary has been largely covered in a superficial manner in the international media. Although the press has spent much time recording the terrible crimes of Stalinism and providing psychological profiles of the absolute ruler, little or no attempt is made to seriously analyse the reasons for the rise of the phenomena of the totalitarian system he headed. Furthermore an attempt is being made with the anniversary to once again besmirch the banner of genuine socialism as commentators try to paint a direct link between Stalinism and socialism. As we saw after the collapse of the Stalinist states in the early 1990s, the capitalist class and their spokespeople will strive to use the horrors of Stalinism to convince the working class that there is no point in struggling to change society as all efforts to build socialism ’end up’ with tyranny and economic collapse.
Niall Mulholland and Robert Bechert, CWI online

Trotsky: Index

05/05/2000, To commemorate the contribution of Leon Trotsky in building the workers’ movement internationally, we print here three articles which look at different aspects of his political work. Their publication mark the sixtieth anniversary of the murder of Leon Trotsky by an assassin hired by Stalin in Mexico in August 1940. All three articles are reprinted from Socialism Today , the theoretical journal of the Socialist Party, the CWI’s section in Britain.

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