International Marxist Tendency

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The passed year has been one of tumultuous events, and for the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), it has been one of intense activity. We are asking our comrades, supporters and readers of marxist.com around the world to help us continue our work by donating to money this winter.

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Last Sunday close to 250 Marxists gathered in Karachi for a regional assembly to discuss the present world crisis. Many workers delegations were present reporting on the militant mood that is developing among the working class.

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A marvellous Marxist Summer Youth School in Pakistan was held at Fort Minro (near D.G. Khan) on 29-31 August. Even under the difficult objective conditions when an economic onslaught against the working class is taking place in Pakistan, about fifty comrades participated from all over the country.

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.


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Last Sunday, during his weekly TV programme "Alo Presidente", Hugo Chavez made some sharp criticisms of various government officials, calling on them to fight against bureaucracy and corruption. He then brought to the attention of the audience Alan Woods' latest book, "Reformism or Revolution".

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Over the weekend of July 11-12 a hundred comrades from the Sindh gathered on the edge of the beautiful Lake Keenjhar to attend a weekend Marxist School to discuss various aspects of Marxist Theory, as part of the task of forming cadres to intervene in the tumultuous events that lie ahead in Pakistan.

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On Sunday, July 7, a meeting was held between members of the national leadership of the PSUV and the Revolutionary Marxist Current (CMR) together with Alan Woods. The Marxists outlined their perspectives and explained the measures that need to be taken to complete the revolution and warned against the danger signals that emerge from the situation in the country.

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On Sunday, July 6, a very successful Kashmir regional congress of "The Struggle" ‑ the International Marxist Tendency in Pakistan ‑ was held at Rawalakot, in the Poonch district of "Azad Kashmir". Over a thousand delegates, members and close contacts attended the congress.

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Delayed by Chavez's earlier invitation, Alan Woods visited the State of Barinas on Friday, where he spoke at several meetings with more than 800 people attending, among them the local leadership of the PSUV and many rank and file activists. In all the meetings there was huge interest in the ideas of revolutionary Marxism.

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On July 2, Alan Woods appeared on Venezolana de Televisión, Venezuela's main state-owned TV channel, interviewed by Vanessa Davies on her well-known programme, "Contragolpe", where he explained his views on the FARC in Colombia. Yesterday he was invited by president Chavez to a caravan with the revolutionary people in Nueva Esparta.

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Alan Woods’ successful speaking tour to launch Reformism or Revolution arrived in Caracas. More than 100 people, workers, students and political leaders of the Bolivarian movement filled the Rouge convention hall of the Hotel Alba. We had the honour to have as a presenter Adán Chávez, candidate for the governorship of Barinas, who is the former minister of Education and former ambassador to Cuba.

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Around 400 people turned up at Alan Woods' meeting in Merida, among them a large number of activists and revolutionaries of the city. As one of them said at the end, "the reformists want to demoralize and confuse people. I have listened to others who criticize them but they are downbeat. Alan is different, he charges your batteries, encourages you to fight."

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Alan Woods’ successful speaking tour to launch Reformism or Revolution arrived in San Cristobal, the capital of Táchira state, on Saturday, June 28. More than 250 youth, workers and peasants filled the Ali Primera Auditorium in Pueblo Nuevo (San Cristobal).

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We have just received the sad news of the death of Terry Fields, a Militant supporter and Labour MP for Liverpool Broadgreen (1983 -92). He died over the weekend after a long struggle with cancer. Terry is remembered by all the comrades who knew him as a true class fighter and a man who stuck to his socialist principles throughout.

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The Venezuelan speaking tour of Alan Woods has now moved to the West of the country, kicking off at PDVSA in Zulia. Around 200 workers and revolutionary activists from Cabimas, Maracaibo and Ciudad Ojeda turned up and gave Alan a very warm and enthusiastic welcome. And again, all books, pamphlets and books were sold out.

There was a very successful presentation of Alan Woods' book in the Sidor plant, which has been nationalized by Chávez, with 550 Sidor workers attending the launch of Reformism or Revolution and many workers showing a keen interest in the ideas of Marxism and the Marxist Tendency.


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On June 23 Alan Woods was in one of the heartlands of the Venezuelan industrial proletariat, Ciudad Guyana, where the country's heavy industry is based. More than 350 workers from several key industries attended the meeting and really connected with the ideas of revolutionary Marxism that were outlined by Alan.

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The launch of the book Reformism or Revolution, Marxism and Socialism of the 21st Centuy (a reply to Heinz Dieterich)took place on June 21, at the Art Gallery of the Regional Legislature of Anzoategui, in Barcelona, in the presence of 90 workers, youth and community leaders. Alan Woods expressed concern that the delay in the revolution was already producing signs of apathy and disillusionment in the Bolivarian rank and file.

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On Saturday, June 21, Alan Woods was invited to attend a meeting of workers in the auto sector. He addressed the meeting of more than 600 autoworkers from all over Venezuela, in Barcelona, Anzoategui. The debate and the mood among these workers revealed a high level of understanding of the tasks that need to be carried out to push the revolution forward to its final conclusion, the expropriation of the bosses.

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"The task that still remains to be accomplished here for the revolution to become a reality is nothing more and nothing less than the expropriation of the land, the banks and the big monopolies; until that is done the situation will still be problematic", pointed out Alan Woods.

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At two meetings of Alan Woods' speaking tour to launch Reformism or Revolution, 400 oil workers turn up in Monagas and Anzoategui, one in the San Tomé complex and the other in the Morichal Oil Field.

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On Thursday June 19, another meeting was held as part of Alan Woods' visit to Monagas. In the beautiful building of the Bolivarian University in Maturín, Alan Woods held the third launch meeting of his book "Reformism or Revolution. Marxism and Socialism of the 21st Century (a reply to Heinz Dieterich)"with about 200 students and lecturers attending.

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Some 200 oil workers from PDVSA listened attentively to Alan Woods launching his book Reformism or Revolutionin a meeting which took place in the PDVSA headquarters in Monagas. As Alan said, "The most dangerous enemy of the revolution is within: the reformist Fifth Column."

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Radio Nacional de Venezuela interviewed Alan Woods while he was in Maturín on his speaking tour to launch his latest book, Reformism or Revolution. Here we provide a link to the report and audio file.

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Alan Woods' speaking tour in Venezuela is getting wide publicity coverage as this Bolivarian News Agency report demonstrates. Here the report is on a meeting with oil workers in the PDVSA building in Maturín, Monagas state. It was published under the title "British theoretician: Bolivarian revolution a source of international inspiration."

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In the eastern state of Monagas in Venezuela 150 delegates, spokespersons and members of the PSUV attended the first meeting of Alan Woods' speaking tour to launch his new book Reformism or Revolution. The audience listened with keen interest revealing a very clear understanding of what needs to be done.

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On June 7 the BPJ held its third national congress, but this time there was something new on the agenda, the proposal to affiliate to the International Marxist Tendency. This was agreed unanimously by all those present, and it marks a major turning point both for the BPJ and the IMT.

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Over the weekend, June 13-15, the Venezuelan Revolutionary Marxist Current (CMR) held its 5th Congress at the Inveval factory - presently being run under workers' control. One hundred comrades attended the congress, where all the reports confirmed significant growth over the past year, both in terms of numbers and influence within the Bolivarian movement and the wider workers' and youth movement.

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This coming weekend the El Salvadorean BPJ (Peoples' Youth Block) is holding its third congress, where affiliation of the organisation to the IMT will be ratified. Marxists all over the world welcome this new addition to the forces of the International Marxist Tendency at a crucial moment in the history of El Salvador.

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On the weekend of May 17 and 18, nearly 30 members of the Workers International League gathered in Minneapolis, MN for the WIL National Congress, the most important event in the political life of the organization. Comrades were present present from Portland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Madison, St. Louis, Nashville, New York, Pittsburgh, Providence, and Washington DC.

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Last week, (May 1-4) the Marxist Tendency in Italy, gathered around the journal FalceMartello, held its national conference. More than 175 comrades took part in the four-day event. One could feel that the comrades are on the verge of another leap forward in their development.

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Last weekend the Socialist Appeal held its national conference, the proceedings of which revealed important steps forward in the development of the tendency in both the youth field and the trade unions. The mood was one of enthusiasm and determination to build even further on the past year's successes.

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The second day of the congress saw more than 2000 delegates, members and visitors registered. The enthusiasm of the first day was nothing compared to the second. The discussions revealed a high level of understanding of the tasks that lie ahead. The workers and youth who intervened showed that the Marxist Tendency in Pakistan has come a very long way since its early days in the 1980s.

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Yesterday, the annual congress of The Struggle, the Marxist Tendency in Pakistan, held the first sessions of its two-day congress. Almost 2000 comrades were present from all over Pakistan to meet at this crucial moment in Pakistani history.

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In February the 13th National Congress of Militante-Mexico took place, with 150 comrades taking part. After a period of intense activity over the past two years, the mood at the congress was one of enormous confidence and enthusiasm, which is reflected in the report we provide here.

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We have had a very intense but fruitful year of political activity. We have provided daily updated reports and analysis of the class struggle, and the number of readers and supporters has also increased significantly. But all this costs money. We need your financial help. Read more about our activities here and see how you can help.

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In what is now becoming a tradition, this weekend the third North European Marxist School was held in Poland, where 40 young comrades took part in discussions on Fascism, Stalinism and The ABC of Trotskyism.

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What lies behind recent developments in Pakistan? Why did the Supreme Court lift the ban on Nawaz Sharif returning to Pakistan for him only to expelled by the Military as soon as he set foot on Pakistani soil? Why are Benazir Bhutto (in exile) and the military dictator Musharraf trying to reach a deal over how the country is to be governed in the next period?

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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.

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On the weekend of May 12th & 13th, over 30 members and guests gathered in St. Louis, Missouri for the National Congress of the Workers International League. As well as in-depth discussions on the economic, political and social perspectives for the world and the U.S., those present discussed the political and organizational tasks flowing from these perspectives.

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On April 28 and 29 the CMR in Venezuela held its fourth congress with about 65 comrades in attendance. There was a lively debate on international and Venezuelan perspectives, the new situation that has emerged in the country after the December elections and the formation of the United Socialist Party, and the task posed before the Marxists.

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The 2007 Congress of The Struggle in Pakistan received dozens of messages of support from all over the world. Here we publish a small selection of these greetings.

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The final balance sheet of the congress of The Struggle in Pakistan revealed that 2,193 delegates and visitors took part with comrades from over forty trade unions and workplaces present, a truly proletarian and revolutionary gathering.

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After the congress of the Pakistani Marxists, various delegates from all regions in Pakistan were asked to give some impressions about the congress. Here we produce a first selection of these messages.

The Iqbal Hall in Lahore was again packed to capacity for the second day of the 26th Congress of The Struggle. The day was marked by lively discussions and fiery speeches about the current situation in Pakistan and internationally. The congress ended in a mood of excitement and determination as comrades sang The Internationale and chanted revolutionary slogans.


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Today the first day of the 26th national congress of The Struggle, the Marxist Tendency in Pakistan, was held in the magnificent Iqbal Hall in central Lahore. This is the biggest hall in Lahore, with a total capacity of 2,000 seats. By the end of the day, there was hardly an empty seat to be seen.

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As the 26th congress of The Struggle tendency in Pakistan approaches, the Marxists in Israel send this message of solidarity to the Pakistani comrades.