The centre-left government led by Romano Prodi was put out
of its misery on the night of January 24th, when a vote of
confidence was lost by five votes in the Italian Senate. As we predicted, the Left has
wasted years in supporting class-collaborationist policies in a coalition
government with the bourgeoisie that just paved the way for the return of
Berlusconi to power.
interview with Claudio Bellotti, Editor of FalceMartello and Partito della Rifondazione Comunista National Executive Committee member,
was released two weeks ago, before the fall of Prodi's government. It gives a
general outlook of why the coalition failed and the general significance of
Last Saturday, October
20th, hundreds of thousands workers and youth marched through the streets of Rome, called out by the main left papers to put pressure on the Prodi government to change its policies in favour of working people.
In what to many may seem an amazing transformation, the bulk
of the old Italian Communist Party, the biggest Communist Party in the West,
has fused with a bourgeois party known as the Margherita, to form the
Democratic Party. Here we provide the background to how this came about.
On Saturday, September 29, around 2000 workers and youth took part in an
anti-racist demonstration in Pavia, south of Milan (Italy), the biggest rally
in the small town for many years. In the recent period Rom families, from
Romania, have been the victims of an almost pogrom-like atmosphere whipped up
by right-wing reactionaries. The local Young Communists and the supporters of
FalceMartello were in the forefront of the mobilisation. Here we provide the