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Belgium
Massive general strike makes the government wobble

19/12/2014: Towards a second plan of action to get rid of this government and austerity!

  Belgium

 Portugal
Government attempts to forcefully break TAP strike

19/12/2014: Solidarity messages needed with “requisitioned” airline workers

  Portugal, Solidarity

Kazakhstan
Third anniversary of Zhanaozen massacre marked

18/12/2014: Struggle to free political prisoners continues

  Kazakhstan

Latin America
The end of one cycle and the beginning of another

17/12/2014: Document on Latin America, agreed by CWI International Executive Committee

  Latin America

Taiwan
Kuomintang’s landslide election defeat redraws the political map

17/12/2014: Taiwan’s ‘Sunflower Movement’ and democracy protests in Hong Kong fuel massive rejection of ruling party

  Taiwan

 World Perspectives
A turbulent period in history

15/12/2014: Signs of revival of class struggle signposts the future

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Ireland
Mass water charges protest on 10 December

15/12/2014: Dublin City centre came to a standstill as different marches made their way to the Dáil

  Ireland Republic

Sweden
Political crisis and new elections

15/12/2014: Right-wing alliance relied on racist party to defeat budget

  Sweden

Greece
Government brings forward presidential election

12/12/2014: Kick out the austerity government and Troika! For a Syriza government with bold socialist policies!

  Greece

Sri Lanka
Presidential Election January 8, 2015

11/12/2014: Socialist candidate challenges all other forces

  Sri Lanka

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Paul Murphy speaks at mass Dublin water charges protest

11/12/2014: For a new political movement to bring the "mob" to power

  Ireland Republic, Video

Greece
Violent clashes over prisoner hunger strike

09/12/2014: Cruel and vengeful actions by the State and ruling elite

  Greece

 Video
All out on 10 December against water charges!

09/12/2014: Paul Murphy and Ruth Coppinger speak in Irish parliament

  Ireland Republic, Video

Australia
Major community victory stops Melbourne’s East-West Toll Road

08/12/2014: Socialist Party leads successful campaign against Toll Road and for investment in public transport

  Australia

US
An Uprising Against Police Violence

08/12/2014: From Ferguson to Staten Island

  US

Philippines
‘Economic miracle’ – a neo-liberal nightmare for the masses

30/11/2014: Forced evictions, poverty wages and repression is the reality for millions

  Philippines

 World Perspectives
A turbulent period in history

27/11/2014: Signs of revival of class struggle signposts the future

  CWI

Britain
Right wing, populist UKIP wins second Parliament seat

26/11/2014: Labour’s pro-austerity ‘opposition’ no alternative

  Britain

South Africa
Metalworkers’ union expelled from COSATU

25/11/2014: Rebuild the trade union movement on socialist principles!

  Africa, South Africa

Catalonia
9 November “consultation” on independence

22/11/2014: Another show of strength for independence - fight for a Socialist Catalonia

  Spain

Greece
Workers’ victory at Diamant telesales company

21/11/2014: Xekinima (CWI) member wins key union position in Athens Municipality sector

  Greece

Israel-Palestine
Netanyahu threatens “heavy hand” response to synagogue attacks

19/11/2014: New rounds of repression answered by new wave of rage and protest

  Israel / Palestine

US
Mid-term elections do not mean a turn to the right in society

19/11/2014: Big Gains for Republicans while Voters Support Progressive Ballot Measures

  US

 Video
Socialist TD defends anti-water charges protests

18/11/2014: Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party TD (MP) appears on ‘Prime Time’

  Ireland Republic, Video

Vital lessons of Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’

18/11/2014: Mass struggle needs genuine internal democracy and fighting working class programme to defeat dictatorship

  Hong Kong

 Video
Water tax revolt continues in Ireland

17/11/2014: Tanaiste (Deputy PM) trapped by protestors; AAA TD (MP) and Socialist Party member, Paul Murphy, assaulted

  Ireland Republic, Video

Indonesia
"New Hope" president faces intense pressures

16/11/2014: Initiative to build mass party of working class and rural poor urgently needed

  Indonesia

Ukraine
Competing ’elections’ deepen divisions

15/11/2014: Working people need socialist alternative to warring oligarchs and outside powers

  Ukraine

Scotland
SNP government announces £500 million cuts

14/11/2014: Majority of ‘Yes’ voters want end to austerity - anti-cuts candidates needed!

  Scotland

Afghanistan
British combat troops pull out

13/11/2014: A legacy of death and destruction

  Afghanistan, Britain, US

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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