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.

Please join us for the third annual International Marxist Tendency winter school in Montreal, Quebec. Coming after the fantastic and victorious Quebec student strike there has never been a better time to visit Montreal to discuss how to overthrow the capitalist system with Quebec student activists and working class fighters from across Canada and the USA.

While right-wing demagogues, backed by the bourgeois media, attempt to whip up a reactionary frenzy in Islamabad, the Marxists of The Struggle continue to work systematically to gather their forces, as they work to build a genuine socialist alternative that can offer a way out of the impasse of Pakistani society. Here we provide a report on their Winter School held last month.

The year 2012 is coming to an end. This has been a year in which the optimism of the bourgeois was crushed under the millstone of the world recession. The early hopes of growth have given way to desperation as the world economy is once again plunged into recession. The bourgeois economists, central bankers and politicians see no way out, and indeed there is no way out under capitalism.

On December 6 and 7 the comrades of Lucha de Clases held a successful school in Vitoria Gasteiz. The total attendance was 39, of which about half were from Vitoria and the surrounding areas. The rest were comrades from Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Navarra, Malaga and Mallorca.

After 5 months of collection, we have surpassed the target for the collection for the Greek Marxists. We aimed to raise €5,000,  but through the contribution of many comrades around the world, we have reached over €6,000.

One hundred years ago 555 delegates of the European social democratic parties met in the city of Basel in Switzerland for an extraordinary congress. Under the slogan “War against War” the decision was made to prevent an imminent war through the joint action of the working class. The Marxist tendency in Switzerland organized a weeklong campaign around this issue.

The 2012 National Congress of the Workers International League was held on the weekend of November 10 and 11 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The enthusiastic meeting marked an important step forward in the development of the forces of revolutionary Marxism in the United States. As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the organization, the Congress was a fitting launching pad for for taking the WIL to both a quantitatively and qualitatively higher stage of development.

A total of 120 people came out to see Alan Woods, chief political editor of Marxist.com, speak on the final dates of his North American tour. Approximately thirty people showed up to the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union Theater last Wednesday afternoon to hear Alan Woods discuss Venezuela, Cuba, and the Future of the Latin American Revolution. The event was sponsored by the the La Raza Student Cultural Center and the Student Marxist Association.

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