More than 200 hundred people from 28 towns and cities from the very north of Italy to the deep south of Sicily gathered for the national meeting organised by FalceMartello over the weekend of July 6-7. “The Left, the working class and revolution” was the main theme of the gathering, which proved to be a huge success, with a rich and fruitful discussion.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ted Grant. As part of commemorating his achievements, In Defence of Marxism is launching an appeal to all our readers and supporters to raise €2,000.

Four years ago in 2009, Indonesian comrades of IMT published for the first time Indonesian version of Permanent Revolution. With the historic launch of that book, the construction of a genuine Bolshevik organization in Indonesia began. Through the pages of this book, the comrades are building the foundation of Indonesian Marxism. IMT’s Wellred, working together with a local progressive publisher Resist Jogja, is now looking to print the second edition of Permanent Revolution that comes with an improved translation.

This year the World Social Forum (WSF)will take place from March 26th until March 30th in Tunisia, the country where the Arab revolution started in 2010. 50.000 people will participate, many of them coming from the countries of the Middle East who have been in the forefront of the revolutionary struggle to overthrow the dictatorships.

With the last few comrades registering on Sunday morning (March 10th) the total number taking part in the congress went over 2800. The main discussions of the day were on the coming election campaign, an organisational discussion and a report on the work of the IMT internationally.

The 32nd congress of the Pakistani Marxists opened on Saturday, 9th March and was well beyond expectations in terms of the number of comrades and sympathisers attending. With 2769 comrades registering for the first day, this makes it the biggest congress ever. Comrade came from all over the country in a mood of enormous enthusiasm, as this country is plunged into the deepest crisis in its history.

Over 60 comrades attended the third annual Marxist School in Montreal this past weekend, a significant increase from previous schools. Organized by supporters of La Riposte (Quebec), Fightback (Canada), and the Workers' International League (USA), the school was a resounding success, helping to unite revolutionaries from eastern North America in common struggle. Comrades from Quebec, English Canada, and the USA enjoyed two days of vibrant political discussions in both French and English, using consecutive translation during all discussions.

2013 marks the 130th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx. The IMT in Britain - in collaboration with the UCLU Marxists - will be commemorating this anniversary by hosting the annual IMT North European Winter School in London, with a weekend of talks examining Marx’s main ideas and contributions to politics, philosophy, history, and economics. See below for the full programme.