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16 October 2019
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Chinese revolution. In the second of a series of articles marking that event, Tom Baldwin looks at the period following the declaration of the People's Republic of China.
12 June 2019
This five-part docudrama focuses on the disaster in 1986 that took place at the Chernobyl (now part of Ukraine) nuclear facility in the Soviet Union.
6 March 2019
Ninety years ago this January, Leon Trotsky was exiled from the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin and his increasingly powerful bureaucracy gave the command.
30 January 2019
The social, political and economic crisis which is currently rocking Venezuela poses crucial questions and lessons for socialists and the international working class.
29 August 2018
The recent attempted assassination of Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro has once again focussed attention on the deepening economic, social and political crisis in the country.
22 August 2018
Non-fiction: Workers control and workers management: 'Workers control and workers management: work in the unions' is the new book from Socialist Party member Ted Mooney.
13 June 2018
Measures which improved living conditions inevitably clashed with big business and the bureaucratic state. This had already led to a loss of electoral support in the last years of Chávez's presidency. After his death, and the turn to the right of Maduro, we have seen a total collapse of the economy and of the morale of the masses
3 January 2018
As an individual with mental health issues, it has been my misfortune to experience directly just how capitalist society, Britain 2017, treats such people. I can't imagine that my experience is particularly unique.
9 August 2017
The escalating civil strife and economic crisis in Venezuela is being used by western governments and the establishment media as a stick to beat socialists with. However, as Marxists in Venezuela explain in the following article, the Maduro state bureaucracy is incapable of mobilising the working class to defeat the capitalist counterrevolution.
26 July 2017
Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state
31 May 2017
The complaint that right-wing general secretary Dave Prentis's team breached the rule that forbids the use of union resources to campaign for any candidate in the election was upheld
26 April 2017
Cuts are putting at least 11,000 mental health patients each year at greater risk of suicide because they are not promptly followed up after leaving in-patient care.
15 March 2017
Unison delegates to the higher education conference on 2 March reminded the service group executive (SGE) who's in charge by defeating them on a number of questions.
11 August 2016
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.
28 June 2016
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...
15 June 2016
Theatre review - The Government Inspector: A fantastic achievement - fast paced, very funny, innovative and inclusive. The closest description might be a lost episode of Fawlty Towers - from 1836.
8 June 2016
50 years ago the 'Cultural Revolution' began in China. Here we carry an edited version of article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe for Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in February 1967.
9 March 2016
German spy thriller Deutschland 83, currently available on 4OD, is very good entertainment. But it shows a very one-sided view of the standard of living of East German workers.
24 February 2016
Police violence must be condemned: Brutal policing caused a riot in the downtown district of Mong Kok on the first night of the Chinese New Year, 8 February. Socialists on the ground give an eyewitness report.
24 February 2016
Industrially and politically, Britain's largest public sector union is under siege from the Tories' relentless austerity agenda. Meanwhile, Unison's right-wing leadership and bureaucracy resort to dirty tricks to hold the struggle back.
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