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.

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.

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.

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.

In preparing for this year’s congress of The Struggle in Pakistan, the first regional congress was held in Kashmir over the weekend with more than 450 participating. A brief report and some photos of the congress.

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.

Much has changed since this document was first produced, and we have continually refined and updated our perspectives and analysis in subsequent books and articles.  However, the historical value of this document, especially those parts concerning the history of the internationals, the rise of proletarian Bonapartism, and the post-WWII period retain their full force and value.

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