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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.

Erdogan pushes Turkey further into the Syrian quagmire

Written by Francesco Merli Thursday, 25 August 2016

thumb erdogan 120x80For the first time Turkey has launched a direct military intervention in Syria, sending tanks and warplanes across the border in a coordinated campaign with Syrian opposition fighters and targeting positions held by ISIS, especially the strategic town of Jarablus.

 

Greece in crisis – Part Six: The underlying radicalisation to the left

Written by Fred Weston Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Tsipras. Photo: Joanna, Flickr.comFor decades the main party of the Greek working class was the PASOK, founded in 1974 immediately after the fall of the military junta. It won 13.5% in the first elections it stood in that year, seven years later going on to win a landslide victory with 48% of the vote and forming the first left government in Greece’s history. The rise of PASOK between 1974 and 1981 was a clear expression of a radicalisation to the left of Greek society.

 

International launch of Trotsky’s “Stalin” in Mexico City a grand success

Written by Rob Lyon Monday, 22 August 2016

Stalin launch 9 - La Izquierda SocialistaThe new and completed edition of Stalin, the critical biography Trotsky was working on at the time of his death, was officially launched at the Museo Casa de León Trotsky (Leon Trotsky House Museum) in Mexico City by the IMT with presentations by Esteban Volkov, Trotsky’s grandson, and Alan Woods, the editor of the new edition of the book.

 

Britain: Vote for Corbyn! Fight for Socialism!

Written by Rob Sewell Monday, 22 August 2016

CorbynSmithLabourJeremy Corbyn is on target for a landslide victory in the election for Labour leader. According to all the polls, he will defeat his right-wing supported challenger Owen Smith by a wide margin. In fact, the support for Jeremy Corbyn amongst the grassroots of the Party has increased since last year; over 84% of local Labour Party leadership nominations have been for Corbyn, compared to under 40% in last year's four-way race.

 

Greece in crisis – Part Five: Where did the Greek debt come from?

Written by Fred Weston Friday, 19 August 2016

thumb latuff greek memorandumThe Greek economy has always lagged behind the much more developed economies of countries like Britain, Germany, France and other advanced capitalist countries, mainly of northern Europe. The Greek bourgeois arrived late on the scene of history, with its own independent state only in the 1830s. Ever since, Greece has struggled to establish itself economically in the face of far more developed economies on the continent of Europe.

 

Marxist Summer School in Kashmir - An outstandig success

Written by Progressive Youth Alliance Friday, 19 August 2016

Participants Singing Internationale at the End of SchoolThe Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) organized a three-day Marxist School on 5, 6, and 7 August, 2016, in Rawalakot, Kashmir. 104 youth and workers from all over Pakistan came to participate, reaching Rawalakot on 4 August.

 

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Exitosa presentación del “Stalin” de Trotsky, próximas charlas

Written by La Izquierda Socialista Wednesday, 24 August 2016

El pasado sábado 20 de agosto -en el 76 aniversario luctuoso de León Trotsky- el auditorio de la Casa Museo León Trotsky fue abarrotado con más de 150 personas, quienes, sentadas hasta en las escaleras y en las puertas laterales, acudieron a la presentación mundial, hecha por el marxista galés Alan Woods (editor de Socialist Appeal, de la reconocida página marxist.com y dirigente de la Corriente Marxista Internacional), y por el Ingeniero Estaban Volkov (nieto de trotsky), del “Stalin” de Trotsky.

 

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.