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17 February 2021

Film Review: Dear Comrades!

The film 'Dear Comrades', produced by the Russian film-maker Andrei Konchalevsky, came out last year and won the Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

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5 August 2020

Anniversary of nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Can the slide toward a new arms race be halted?: 75 years ago, as World War Two was drawing to a close, United States forces dropped two atomic bombs above the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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6 November 2019

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: How a mass revolutionary movement for genuine socialism was diverted

The build-up to the official celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary have, as before, been dominated by anti-socialist propaganda.

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9 October 2019

Chinese revolution of 1944-49: 'The second greatest event in human history'

On 1 October 1949 the leader of the Stalinist Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Mao Zedong, declared the formation of the People's Republic of China.

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12 June 2019

TV Review: Chernobyl - Workers' heroism vs sclerotic Stalinism

This five-part docudrama focuses on the disaster in 1986 that took place at the Chernobyl (now part of Ukraine) nuclear facility in the Soviet Union.

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5 June 2019

The Tiananmen Square massacre - 30 years on

China's present defence minister has maintained that the crackdown 30 years ago in Beijing was absolutely justified.

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6 March 2019

Leon Trotsky's struggle against Stalinism

Ninety years ago this January, Leon Trotsky was exiled from the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin and his increasingly powerful bureaucracy gave the command.

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6 February 2019

40 years since the Iranian revolution: Learning the lessons for today's new working-class struggles

Forty years ago a great revolution against a dictatorial monarchy was in progress in Iran. Recalling those days still inspires us: scenes of comradeship despite the shortages due to long days of nationwide strikes, initiatives by ordinary people to run their communities and workplaces

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21 November 2018

What we saw

What does the European Parliament... well... do? It can at least write angry letters. The latest missive is to internet retail giant Amazon, signed by 27 MEPs. It calls for "the discontinuation of sales of goods with the hammer and sickle symbol, representing the Soviet Union."

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12 September 2018

Support for Putin's regime dips over major attacks on state pensions

The day Russia unexpectedly won its first game in the football World Cup tournament the government announced a major attack on the pension age, first established decades ago - currently 55 years for women and 60 years for men.

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Putin and May, photo CC www.kremlin.ru

photo CC www.kremlin.ru

16 March 2018

Russia, spies and nerve agents

Should anyone accept Theresa May's and the Labour right's version of events?
Corbyn has correctly cautioned against the rush to judgement to blame Russia for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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18 October 2017

Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

The centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile - not mainly aimed at the February revolution, but at October

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4 October 2017

Che Guevara 50 years on - revolutionary socialist and fighter

Many people identify with the legacy left by Che as a symbol of struggle, defiance, internationalism and a socialist world.

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26 July 2017

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state

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1 March 2017

Lessons of Russia 1917 for women's struggle today

The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role

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11 January 2017

Book review: Spy drama gives insight into capitalist coup plot

Fiction review: A Very British Ending: Rarely does a political spy novel contain so much historical fact, written in such a gripping manner as Edward Wilson's 'A Very British Ending'.

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9 November 2016

HyperNormalisation: Arbitrary selection of ideas to confirm feelings of powerlessness

The most recent creation of documentary-maker Adam Curtis revolves around the idea of "hypernormalisation", which he applies to recent history.

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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

11 August 2016

Trotskyism: what is it?

Trotskyism has been in the news since Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, accused some new members of the Labour Party of being supporters of Trotsky.

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27 July 2016

Barcelona 1936: the people's Olympics

For a brief moment 80 years ago, in a hint of what Spain as a whole would become, Barcelona became the focus of opposition to fascism. In July 1936, 6,000 athletes arrived in the city, greeted by banners and bunting welcoming them. They were no ordinary athletes; the socialist hurdlers and the anarchist shot putters were there for the Olimpiada Popular, the People's Olympiad.

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28 June 2016

What went wrong in Russia?

The degeneration of the Soviet Union into a brutal dictatorship - albeit one based on a distorted form of planned economy - has been used to argue that socialism is doomed to failure...

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