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In Defence of Marxism is taking a short break from regular daily publications from April 18 until April 22.

Britain: Farage and UKIP - "anti-establishment" or anti-working class?

Written by Tomasz Pierscionek and Adam Booth Thursday, 17 April 2014

ukip-thFor workers and youth, it is clear that the fallout from the 2008 global economic crisis adversely impacts upon the majority of households in the UK. It is plain for all to see: as jobs are lost by the thousands, public services are cut to the bone, and the juggernaut of austerity ploughs on desolating communities, synchronously wealth continues to flow upwards into the pockets of the elite.

 

Ireland: Easter Commemorations 2014 - A political malaise

Written by Eoin Gilligan and Seamus Loughlin Thursday, 17 April 2014

james connolly poster thThis Easter, as every year, socialists and Republicans across Ireland will commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. Yet with only 2 years to go until the centenary, and with rumours that Her Majesty will attend commemorations in 2016 the aim of the Workers’ Republic that James Connolly, commander of the Irish Citizens’ Army and military leader of the rising in 1916 fought for, appears as far off as ever. Six years into possibly the greatest economic crisis since Ireland was partitioned in 1921 the left, if anything, has gone backwards. This reflects a bending to opportunism, short-termism and a lack of a far-sighted Marxist perspective within Labour or any of the small forces to their left.

 

The myths about Marxism

Written by Marxist Student Federation Wednesday, 16 April 2014

marx-face-thumbThe past two decades have witnessed a barrage of propaganda against Marxism and its revolutionary heritage. Since the collapse of Stalinism – not socialism, but a monstrously deformed caricature of Marxism - from one front to another the mainstream media, universities, professors and historians have gone on the offensive to discredit Marxism. We examine here the most common myths about Marxism and socialism.

 

Liberals win majority in Quebec election: Charter rejected, austerity to come

Written by Joel Bergman Wednesday, 16 April 2014

quebec-couillard-thLess than two years after it was kicked out from power, the Quebec Liberals have been returned to government with a crushing victory in the Quebec provincial election. With over 1.7-million votes (41% of the total), the Liberals took 70 of the province’s 125 seats. The 33-day campaign started with premier Pauline Marois confident that her Parti Québécois would be forming a majority government. Instead, the election ended with Marois losing her own seat and the PQ capturing its lowest vote total since 1973, with just over 1-million votes (25% of the total) cast for the party.  Now, there is an ominous feeling amongst Quebec’s workers and youth as memories of Jean Charest’s majority government come to the fore.  Yes, the charter has been defeated, but austerity is still on the agenda — more firmly than ever before.

 

Venezuela: Neither agreements nor conciliation - Complete the revolution!

Written by Lucha de clases, Marxist tendency of the PSUV Tuesday, 15 April 2014

201404-Maduro-Capriles-SIBCI-thOn the evening of April 10, the main political representatives of the Venezuelan opposition attended a meeting at Miraflores Presidential Palace with representatives of the government and the Bolivarian revolution. The meeting generated a lively debate within the Bolivarian movement. We publish here the statement of Lucha de clases - the Venezuelan section of the IMT, together with some explanatory notes.

 

Ukrainian crisis spiralling out of control

Written by Francesco Merli Monday, 14 April 2014

20140414-Donetsk-regional-admin-building-PIC-Graham-W-Phillips-thUkrainian president Oleksandr Turchynov declared yesterday in a live televised address that a full-scale operation involving the army will be launched to regain control over Eastern Ukraine. Whether it is a bluff or a real threat, which the Ukrainian government has the will and means to enforce, is yet to be seen. But today, the same Turchynov has declared that the Kiev government is not against holding a referendum in Eastern Ukraine and set a date for May 25. Meanwhile, there is talk of Kiev asking for UN peacekeepers. This all shows the insoluble mess the Ukrainian authorities have got themselves into.

 

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Bhagat Singh: La historia olvidada de la liberación

Written by Lal Khan Wednesday, 16 April 2014

bhagat singh 1929 thLos historiadores de la élite de Asia meridional han distorsionado deliberadamente ciertos acontecimientos dentro de sus archivos sobre la lucha contra el dominio imperial británico y la sangrienta separación posterior entre India y Pakistán. Uno de esos episodios significativos fue la lucha de la Asociación Revolucionaria Socialista Indostaní (HSRA) y su más famoso mártir, Bhagat Singh. El 23 de marzo de 1931, el revolucionario de veintitrés años y sus compañeros de armas Sujdev y el gurú Raj fueron asesinados en la Prisión Central de Lahore.

 

Venezuela: Ni pacto, ni conciliación - completar la revolución - Declaración de Lucha de Clases, Corriente Marxista del PSUV

Written by Lucha de Clases, Corriente Marxista del PSUV Tuesday, 15 April 2014

201404-Maduro-Capriles-SIBCI-thEn la noche del 10 de abril se celebró la primera reunión del Diálogo por la Paz con Justícia entre representates del gobierno y la revolución bolivariana y representantes de la oposición. La reunión ha generado una viva polémica en el movimiento bolivariano sobre sus objetivos y límites. Publicamos la declaración de Lucha de Clases, la sección venezolana de la CMI.

 

La crisis ucraniana escapa fuera de control

Written by Francesco Merli Tuesday, 15 April 2014

20140414-Donetsk-regional-admin-building-PIC-Graham-W-Phillips-thEl presidente ucraniano Oleksandr Turchynov declaró ayer en un discurso televisado en vivo que pondrá en marcha una operación militar a gran escala para recuperar el control sobre el este de Ucrania. Tanto si se trata de un farol o de una amenaza real, aún está por verse que el gobierno ucraniano tenga la voluntad y los medios para hacer cumplir su amenaza. Pero hoy, el mismo Turchynov ha declarado que el gobierno de Kiev no está en contra de la celebración de un referéndum en el este de Ucrania y establece una fecha para el 25 de mayo. Mientras tanto, en Kiev se habla de solicitar fuerzas de paz a la ONU. Todo esto muestra el lío insoluble en el que se han metido las autoridades ucranianas.