“It came to many of us Syrian leftists and democrats as a shock that our struggle for democracy, justice, and dignity was dismissed by anti-imperialists in the West, and indeed globally.”

Yanis Varoufakis' attempt to build an international organisation seems to be foundering. Having welcomed Vijay Prashad, a propaganda cheerleader for the Chinese state, into the fold and dismissed attempts to raise repression and exploitation in China as 'intra-left-sectarianism', there's now this: they invited a well-respected Syrian leftist to join its 'advisory Council' and then dropped … Continue reading “It came to many of us Syrian leftists and democrats as a shock that our struggle for democracy, justice, and dignity was dismissed by anti-imperialists in the West, and indeed globally.”

Johnson’s ‘Left Wing’ defender

Above: Doug Nichols pontificates - perhaps about what a splendid job Johnson's doing "Yes this does break international law, but in a very specific and limited way" You'd have thought, wouldn't you, that thanks to Brandon Lewis there can be no argument about the legality of the move to amend the Irish protocol of the … Continue reading Johnson’s ‘Left Wing’ defender

Left Out: Labour intrigue without the activists

Book review by Keith Road Gabriel Pogrund’s and Patrick Maguire’s book Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn is not really about the politics of the Corbyn Labour Party leadership, but about the “politics” in the sense of corridor chat, text-message exchanges, and WhatsApp groups at the top of the party hierarchy. Tellingly, … Continue reading Left Out: Labour intrigue without the activists

“Pathetic clowns, lousy Trotskyists”: some responses to a solidarity campaign with Belarus

Above: Belarusian workers protest against Lukashenko By Eric Lee (02 Sept 2020) A week ago, at the request of independent trade unions in Belarus and supported by global union federations, LabourStart launched a campaign demanding an end to state repression in that country. The campaign title was “Stop the violence – defend democracy and human … Continue reading “Pathetic clowns, lousy Trotskyists”: some responses to a solidarity campaign with Belarus

The collapse of Corbynism – radicalism without class power

© Twitter/@jeremycorbyn Guest post by Johnny Lewis Starting points: faced with one of the greatest upheavals in the Party’s history it should have been the organised left’s moment, when they would provide conscious direction to 'the masses’ who flooded into the Party under Corbyn. Instead, 'leadership' was exercised by promoting the specifics of each organisation's … Continue reading The collapse of Corbynism – radicalism without class power

Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) on “Concentration Camps For Uyghurs”

The site of a suspected internment camp in Shufu County, Xinjiang, as seen in satellite imagery in May 2017SHAWN ZHANG / GOOGLE EARTH  Stalinists and apologists for the Chinese ruling class (notably the despicable Carlos Martinez in the Morning Star) have been trying to shrug off the persecution (verging upon genocide) of the Uyghurs on … Continue reading Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) on “Concentration Camps For Uyghurs”

Sylvia Agelof and Natalia Sedova were also victims of Stalin and Mercader

Above: Jean van Heijenoort, Albert Goldman, Trotsky, Natalia Sedova and Jan Frankel, Mexico 1937 By John Cunningham Viva Trotsky! I just wanted to add a few comments about a dimension of the assassination [of Trotsky in 1940] that is sometimes overlooked. I am thinking of Sylvia Agelof and Natalia Sedova, both of whom were just … Continue reading Sylvia Agelof and Natalia Sedova were also victims of Stalin and Mercader

Hadley Freeman, Andrew Murray and (allegedly) Jeremy Corbyn on “relatively prosperous” Jews

Above: Corbyn and Murray (GETTY) The Guardian's Hadley Freeman, who usually writes about fashion, recently commented: People don’t take antisemitism seriously because they think of Jews as wealthy, and therefore not vulnerable, which is like saying black people shouldn’t be scared of racists because they’re all so athletic. Within living memory, European Jews were nearly … Continue reading Hadley Freeman, Andrew Murray and (allegedly) Jeremy Corbyn on “relatively prosperous” Jews

Who’s lying about the Uyghurs? Socialist Action denies repression in China

Above: from the Socialist Action website The Socialist Action group has republished an article by Max Blumenthal, a US “left-wing” conspiracy theorist and apologist for Stalinism, seeking to undermine the idea the Chinese state is committing human rights abuses against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang/East Turkestan. They praise Blumenthal and his article in an introductory article which … Continue reading Who’s lying about the Uyghurs? Socialist Action denies repression in China

Belarus: support the workers and the genuine left!

Above: striking miners protest against disputed presidential election results in the mining city of Soligorsk, Belarus. August 19, 2020 (Sergei Gapon/AFP) By Omar Raii (of Workers Liberty) Belarus has been gripped by protests and strikes following the fraudulent “re-election” of dictator Alexander Lukashenko on 9 August. On 22 August Another Europe Is Possible held a … Continue reading Belarus: support the workers and the genuine left!