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In Defence of Marxism is taking a break from publications until 8 August after which we will publish irregularly until 1 September 2016.

NATO and the contradictions within western Imperialism

Written by Ben Gliniecki and Hamid Alizadeh Friday, 22 July 2016

NATO Nicolas Raymond CC BY 2.0The recent NATO summit in Warsaw was full of contradiction and tensions between members of the alliance. The fragility of NATO’s power and the instability of world relations were on display for all to see.

 

Greece in crisis – Part Four: Declining productivity is the key

Written by Fred Weston Thursday, 21 July 2016

Neorion shipyard at Syros - By Nikos Roussos -  CC BY-SA 2.0Greece joined the European Union in 1981 and adopted the euro in 2001. What impact did these two events have on the Greek economy? Within the general boom conditions across Europe pre-2007, Greece also boomed, but this hid the real underlying weaknesses of the Greek economy, in particular its declining productivity.

 

Ted Grant - The permanent revolutionary

Written by In Defence of Marxism Wednesday, 20 July 2016

TG-speakingOn the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the death of Ted Grant, the founder of the Militant, we publish here his biography, written by his friend, comrade and closest collaborator, Alan Woods.

 

Communism and the Iraqi Revolution - part three

Written by Benjamin Curry Tuesday, 19 July 2016

1964 Arab League Summit in Alexandria - From left to right King Hussein Gamal Abdel Nasser Arif Habib Bourguiba and King Hassan ii - Public DomainIn this article Benjamin Curry goes to the roots of the revolutionary history of the Iraqi people which is far from the barbarism which it is often labelled with by the bourgeois media today.

 

Time to exorcise the ghost of Franco

Written by Jorge Martín Monday, 18 July 2016

Franco - Public Domain - WikipediaEighty years after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and 40 years after the end of the Franco dictatorship which followed it, this is an issue which in Spain raises white hot passions. Far from this being an historical question, it is a burning one today. As a new revolutionary upswing is starting, the new generation is attempting to come to terms with the lessons of the past.

 

80 Years since the Spanish Civil War

Written by Rob Sewell Monday, 18 July 2016

asturian communeToday marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. On 17 and 18 July, 1936, General Franco began his military uprising in Morocco, a prelude to the fascist uprising throughout Spain. The Popular Front government, elected in February, was suspended in mid-air. The landlords and capitalists went over to Franco. The workers, however, responded in a spontaneous fashion. Had the revolutionary upsurge been successful, it could have changed the whole course of history.

 

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A 80 años de la Revolución Española y de la Guerra Civil

Written by David Rey Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Han pasado 80 años del alzamiento fascista del general Franco que dio inicio a la guerra civil española y a una revolución social de una extraordinaria extensión y profundidad. Pese a que el contenido social de la revolución española desatada durante la guerra civil de 1936-1939 ha sido conscientemente ocultado, tergiversado y mancillado por la historiografía oficial, aquélla escribió una página gloriosa en el gran libro de la lucha de la clase obrera mundial contra la explotación capitalista.

 

Turquía: Un "golpe chapucero" le sirve a Erdogan de cuerda de salvamento

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Saturday, 16 July 2016

Coup in Turkey - Carlos LatuffDramáticos acontecimientos sacudieron a Turquía ayer cuando tropas armadas salieron a las calles de Estambul y Ankara. Cerraron los principales aeropuertos y puentes, mientras que aviones militares rugían en vuelos rasantes sobre la ciudad. Un golpe estaba en marcha.

 

Francia: Balance del movimiento en contra de la ley de Trabajo

Written by Jérôme Métellus Friday, 15 July 2016

la havre dockers-credit jonathan chaponLa ley de Trabajo se aprobará en la Asamblea Nacional el próximo día 22 de julio, tras un último paso por el Senado. El gobierno “socialista”, por lo tanto, ha  logrado la victoria en esta batalla. Para ello, ha recurrido a unos niveles de represión policial inéditos en la historia reciente del país, así como a una violenta campaña de insultos y estigmatización hacia los militantes de la CGT comprometidos en esta lucha. Después de haber instrumentalizado a los “alborotadores” para desacreditar el movimiento, el gobierno los ha utilizado como pretexto para someter las últimas manifestaciones a una filtración y a una vigilancia policial masivas, obstaculizando de facto el derecho a manifestación.