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Chile
Socialism 2014 a success!

22/04/2014: First Santiago Socialism event organised by CWI in Chile

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History of the Committee for a Workers’ International

21/04/2014: 40th anniversary of the founding of the CWI

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Sri Lanka
Provincial elections spike president’s plans

20/04/2014: Repression can provoke opposition

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China
Labour disputes soar

17/04/2014: 40,000 workers paralyse world’s largest sports shoe maker

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Greece
International anti-fascist conference “No pasaran!”

16/04/2014: Four thousand attend three-day event in Athens

  Greece

South Africa
Enthusiastic response for WASP ahead of May elections

15/04/2014: WASP campaigning material available on pdf

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India
Massive election process could end in turmoil

14/04/2014: New party expresses, but cannot solve, major discontents

  India

Cyprus
Austerity sees living standards fall back 40 years

11/04/2014: One year of the right wing Anastasiades government

  Cyprus

 Iranian nuclear talks
Hypocrisy abounds

10/04/2014: Paul Murphy MEP

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Britain
Dave Nellist on BBC outlining TUSC’s socialist policies

10/04/2014: Trade union and socialist coalition (TUSC) candidate count reaches 476 for May local election

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Taiwan
Occupation of parliament ends after 23 days

10/04/2014: What are the lessons of the island’s ‘sunflower movement’?

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Hungary
Election highlights lack of Left challenge

09/04/2014: Declining vote for ruling Fidész party; neo-fascist Jobbik picks up 20% as false ‘alternative’

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Environment
Ukraine crisis exploited by multinational fracking lobby

09/04/2014: Oppose the pro-big business EU/ US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership!

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Belgium
50,000 join ETUC Brussels demonstration

08/04/2014: Protesters’ radical mood

  Belgium

Britain
One in ten council seats will have TUSC candidate

07/04/2014: No-cuts election challenge grows

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Review
Net political impact

06/04/2014: To Save Everything, Click Here • By Evgeny Morozov •

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Belgium
The rise of the PTB/PvdA

05/04/2014: Recent polls confirm a probable electoral breakthrough for the Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB/PvdA).

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Ivory Coast
First victory for students at University of Cocody

04/04/2014: An important step to push the struggle against neo-liberal policies further

  Ivory Coast

Canada
Port of Vancouver truckers’ strike wins significant gains

03/04/2014: After bosses’ seen off - unions must defend their right to strike!

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France
Government punished in local elections

02/04/2014: Far right gains highlight need for strong fighting left opposition

  France

Nepal
Turning back the wheel of history

01/04/2014: Second constituent assembly election – a shift to the right

  Nepal

South Africa
WASP manifesto launch success!

01/04/2014: On Saturday 29 March the Workers and Socialist Party launched its 2014 election manifesto at a rally in Katlehong, Gauteng

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Taiwan
Half a million on the streets against President Ma

31/03/2014: Demonstrators call for trade pact to be withdrawn and for president to step down

  Taiwan

US
Winning $15 an hour in Seattle

31/03/2014: A socialist strategy

  US

Netherlands
Socialist Party local election gains

31/03/2014: Vote for SP can be the basis for a mass struggle against cuts

  Netherlands

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Hypocrisy of Irish Govt & EU on Ukraine

29/03/2014: Joe Higgins, Socialist Party (CWI MP) speaks in Irish parliament

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 Sweden
New political winds affect CWI Congress

28/03/2014: Optimistic Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna prepares for elections

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No to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership!

28/03/2014: Anti-democratic agreement seeks to increase corporate domination of politics

Portugal
Thousands of police and military march in Lisbon

27/03/2014: Reflection of the government’s intrinsic weakness

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Spain
A million march for dignity in Madrid

26/03/2014: 22M: A before and after moment for the class struggle

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Taiwan
Ma government rocked by mass protests and occupation of parliament

26/03/2014: Down with undemocratic Kuomintang rule – for a Taiwan-wide student strike as the next step!

  Taiwan

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.

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.

Trotsky: The assassination of Trotsky

05/05/2000, Sixty years ago, the dictator Stalin orchestrated the murder of Leon Trotsky, exiled and isolated in Mexico. Stalin was motivated not merely by personal rivalry and malice but by the ruling bureaucracy’s need to crush the Fourth International, which continued to fight for internationalism and workers’ democracy.
Lynn Walsh, editor of Socialism Today, journal of the Socialist Party, CWI in England and Wales.

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