The World Congress of the International Marxist Tendency met in Barcelona at the end of July. The 350 delegates and visitors could feel that after decades of preparation, of defending the ideas of Marxism against the attacks of the bourgeois, the reformists and revisionists, these are now being vindicated by events. The affiliation of four new sections from Brazil, Iran, El Salvador and Switzerland added to this feeling.

Every year the IMT organises a Congress, a Conference or a World School. This year’s event was a School and it followed on from the successes of previous years. More countries were represented, new areas have been opened up, and the general feeling is one of a tendency that is going forward, growing in numbers and sections.

In July the International Marxist Tendency organised its 2006 World Congress, with comrades attending from over 30 countries. Here we provide a report on the main discussions held, in particular World Perspectives, China and Organisational tasks. It was by far the biggest attended and most successful congress of the Tendency. In the coming period we will also be publishing the documents voted by the Congress.

The International Marxist Tendency organised an international school in Barcelona this summer. Around 250 comrades gathered from all over the world. There were key discussions on Venezuela, Cuba, China and many other questions. Victor Rios, a veteran of the Spanish communist movement and now an advisor to Chavez spoke. The mood was one of enthusiasm and optimism for the future.