One hundred and one years ago on the 12th of May 1916 a man, whose principles and teachings still guide the leftist youth of Ireland, was executed by firing squad. If the British authorities and the Irish bourgeois of the time thought that his execution would be the end of his ability to cause trouble for the establishment… how wrong they were.
One hundred and one years later the ideals, teachings, and actions of James Connolly still inspire and instruct young leftists across the length and breadth of Ireland and further afield. We continue to draw strength from his example as we challenge the status quo and play our diligent part in organising the resistance alongside our comrades in the Communist Party of Ireland.
Unleashed on 17 July 1936 by a military coup against the democratically elected government of the Second Republic, the Spanish civil war was a rehearsal for the second world war. The British, French and American governments stood aside and permitted General Francisco Franco, with the substantial aid of Hitler and Mussolini, to defeat the republic. To this day, the war is remembered by many as “the last great cause”, the war of the volunteers of the International Brigades, of the bombing of Guernica and of the mini-civil war within the civil war fought in Barcelona as CNT anarchists and the Poum’s quasi-Trotskyists battled forces of the Catalan government, the Generalitat, backed by the communists of the PSUC.
Eighty years ago this week, the Ramblas of Barcelona echoed with gunfire. Much of what happened on the streets during the May days is well known thanks to George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, but not why it happened. Herbert Matthews, the great New York Times correspondent, summed up the consequent problem: “The book did more to blacken the loyalist cause than any work written by enemies of the Second Republic.” This is unfortunate since, for many thousands of people, Homage to Catalonia is the only book on the Spanish civil war that they will ever read.
A short briefing on the Presidential Elections currently undergoing in the Islamic Republic of Iran
30 April 2017
The presidential elections in Iran are due to take place on 19 May. Already there is a lot of
speculation about the possible outcomes of the election and its impact on the future course of
Iranian politics. In this briefing, which will form the first of a number between now and after the
publication of the final election results, the Tudeh Party of Iran will provide its information, analysis
and observations on the process and political context of the election for the next president in
the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Communist Party of Venezuela
PATRIOTIC AND ANTIIMPEREALIST CALL
The PCV calls for the widest possible unity of antiimperialist action to defeat the
destabilization and planned coup d’état.
Exactly ten years ago this past April 7, I posted an article on Marxism-Leninism Today entitled Tabloid Political Economy: The Coming Depression (for those who missed it, it is reproduced below). It was my first and only attempt at economic prognostication, always a challenging and risky venture. The “Tabloid” in the article’s title was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the headline in the April, 2007 issue of a now defunct supermarket tabloid, Weekly World News. Featured between Virgin Mary Slaps Boy and Jews Invented Pizzoh was the shrill admonition: Surviving the Next Great Depression! It’s Coming This Summer!
After agreeing that the US attack upon a Syrian air force base constituted a violation of international law, a violation of Syrian sovereignty, an Ivy League law professor told NPR that he believes that the premeditated strike was justified nonetheless. The professor likened it to running a stop sign or a stop light in an emergency.
Statement by the Political Bureau of the Lebanese Communist Party Condemning the U.S. aggression on Syria
The political Bureau of the Lebanese Communist Party condemns the direct U.S. aggression against Syria which targeted the Shayrat air base in the area of Homs, flagrantly violating Syrian sovereignty and International law. This clearly reflects the rise of the aggressiveness of the U.S. as a result of its economic crisis and reveals the real face of terrorism, the state terrorism that it practices as an attempt to regain its lost role as the world leader. Hence, the Trump administration is trying today to demonstrate its power to the world at the expense of the unity of Syria and its people and institutions. It is also trying to give a boost of support to its tools in the region and to block any negotiated solution in Syria that would end the war and stop the bloodshed.
Treasury and Reserve Bank are the biggest obstacles
The South African government’s economic policy is still based on the
neo-liberal paradigm and the National Treasury working with the Reserve Bank
are responsible for these policies.
The National Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Ireland, meeting over the weekend of 11 March, evaluated the political challenges facing the people at both the national and the international level at the present time. The recent elections to the Belfast Assembly highlighted a number of features. Unionism lost ground, and we witnessed the near-collapse of the old Ulster Unionist Party, with the DUP losing seats but remaining the largest party and Sinn Féin significantly improving its position. Clearly “liberal” unionism is fragmenting, and a significant number have shifted to the Alliance Party.
Dr. Priscilla Metscher – “National interests and internationalism do not cancel each other. They should be an important part of left-wing politics todayˮ
by Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. In the following my interview with Dr. Priscilla Metscher about socialism, history of socialism, and the challenges of today’s socialism in Europe. Dr. Priscilla Metscher was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She taught Irish studies at Oldenburg University, Germany, from 1974 to 1999. She has published many articles on the history of radical Irish politics and is the author of James Connolly and the Reconquest of Ireland (2002) and Republicanism and Socialism in Ireland from Wolfe Tone to James Connolly (2016).
Why is it so important to study the history of politics and of political movements, like socialism for example?
First of all I think it is important to study the history of politics and political movements, as such an insight shows us that the primary motivating force in the history of class societies is productive relations and ultimately the class struggle. The centre of that struggle is politically active class consciousness and political organisation. So ideas as they evolved must be seen within the context of social and political movements. They cannot be examined as some abstract ideology apart from their social and political context.