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1 March 2017

Lessons of Russia 1917 for women's struggle today

The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role

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11 January 2017

Book review: Spy drama gives insight into capitalist coup plot

Fiction review: A Very British Ending: Rarely does a political spy novel contain so much historical fact, written in such a gripping manner as Edward Wilson's 'A Very British Ending'.

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9 November 2016

HyperNormalisation: Arbitrary selection of ideas to confirm feelings of powerlessness

The most recent creation of documentary-maker Adam Curtis revolves around the idea of "hypernormalisation", which he applies to recent history.

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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

11 August 2016

Trotskyism: what is it?

Trotskyism has been in the news since Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, accused some new members of the Labour Party of being supporters of Trotsky.

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27 July 2016

Barcelona 1936: the people's Olympics

For a brief moment 80 years ago, in a hint of what Spain as a whole would become, Barcelona became the focus of opposition to fascism. In July 1936, 6,000 athletes arrived in the city, greeted by banners and bunting welcoming them. They were no ordinary athletes; the socialist hurdlers and the anarchist shot putters were there for the Olimpiada Popular, the People's Olympiad.

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24 February 2016

Khrushchev: the Stalinist who denounced Stalin

60 years ago, at the 20th conference of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on 25 February 1956, first secretary Nikita Khrushchev denounced the dictatorial crimes of Joseph Stalin who had died in 1953.

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5 August 2015

Hiroshima - 70 years on

Can a future nuclear conflict be avoided?: Seventy years ago, on 6 August 1945, a single bomb dropped by a US bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed between 90,000 and 166,000 men, women and children.

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18 February 2015

Decades of disastrous and bloody interventions

Review - Bitter Lake: Why do the mass media and politicians tell "stories" about Western foreign policy which are "increasingly unconvincing and hollow"? To answer this, film-maker Adam Curtis examines the western "narrative" through the "prism of Afghanistan"

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What went wrong in Russia?

What went wrong in Russia?

10 August 2013

What went wrong in Russia?

The degeneration of the Soviet Union into a brutal dictatorship - albeit one based on a distorted form of planned economy - has been used to argue that socialism is doomed to failure

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20 September 2010

Lessons from the Soviet Union

The Soviet Union was the world's first workers' state and at its beginning was a beacon for all the poor and downtrodden throughout the planet...

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Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

18 November 2009

USSR 1989 - the collapse of Stalinism

Clare Doyle - of the Committee for a Workers' International - was an eyewitness to the tumultuous events in 1989, and for five years (1990-95) lived in Russia as the USSR collapsed...

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Monique speaking at Socialism 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Monique speaking at Socialism 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

30 September 2009

Socialism 2009: ideas to change the world

Socialism 2009 should prove to be a stimulating experience encouraging you to learn more, develop your understanding and to meet more likeminded people, however much you know already...

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22 July 2009

20th anniversary of Soviet miners' strike

JULY MARKS the 20th anniversary of the first national miners' strike in the former Soviet Union, which, spreading like wildfire through the Siberian Kuzbass and Artic Vorkuta, Ukrainian Donbass and Karaganda in Kazakhstan, marked the beginning of the end of the bureaucratic soviet regime led by Mikhail Gorbachev, writes Rob Jones, Moscow.

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28 April 2005

Stalinism, socialism and capitalism

WHEN MIKHAIL Gorbachev was selected as the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's general secretary 20 years ago, in March 1985, it marked the beginning of the end of Stalinist rule in the Soviet Union and...

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19 April 2003

Reconstruction after war: Who Gains And Who Loses?

Bosnia Herzegovina: FOLLOWING ITS bloody conquest of Iraq, the US administration is now trying to impose a 'reconstruction' plan on the country...

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11 October 2002

Who Really Fought Stalin's Dictatorship?

A NEW book by the novelist Martin Amis entitled "Koba the Dread: Laughter and the twenty million" has created a stir in the world of politics as well as literature, writes Jim Hensman.

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12 October 2001

Nuclear Threat? War Raises New Fears

"WHAT WILL happen now?" When Bush declared "all-out war" after 11 September many people asked themselves some frightening questions. Will it mean a world war? Could it mean nuclear war? Lynn Walsh asks.

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