Historic events

6 November 2019

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: How a mass revolutionary movement for genuine socialism was diverted

The build-up to the official celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary have, as before, been dominated by anti-socialist propaganda.

30 October 2019

Obituary - Bob Lee: 1954 - 2019

It was with great sadness and shock that I learnt of the death of Bob Lee, a former black member of the Militant Tendency (forerunner of the Socialist Party).

30 October 2019

How working-class tenants beat Gentrification

Every time I drive up Lea Bridge Road in Walthamstow, east London, I pass the Butterfields estate. I look with pride to the 'Butterfields won't budge' poster still displayed in the window of one of the tenants.

30 October 2019

The 1929 Wall Street Crash: When the capitalist system was on its knees

Ninety years ago the world was tipped into the 'Great Depression'. The Wall Street Crash saw stock markets descend into free-fall while banks failed. The capitalist economy slumped and the nightmare of mass unemployment for the working class became a reality.

16 October 2019

China after the 1949 revolution: the benefits of the planned economy stifled by bureaucracy

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.

2 October 2019

40 years on: Mandatory reselection more vital for Labour than ever

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in September 2015 fundamentally altered politics in the party. But for the last four years he has been hamstrung by the 80% of pro-capitalist Labour MPs who owe their political loyalty to the Kinnock/Blair eras.

14 August 2019

Northern Ireland, August '69: 'Battle of the Bogside' and British troops on the streets

Fifty years ago this month, troops were deployed on the streets of Derry and Belfast by the British Labour government of PM Harold Wilson.

14 August 2019

The Peterloo Massacre 1819: When a fearful ruling class tried to crush working-class political aspirations

The Peterloo Massacre was perhaps the most significant atrocity carried out by the British authorities against their own people.

17 July 2019

The 45th anniversary of the strike

How oppressed workers fought back against racist 'divide and rule': This year marks the 45th anniversary of the 14-week Imperial Typewriters strike which had national repercussions.

17 July 2019

50 years since Apollo 11 - 'One giant leap': how political conflict launched the moon landing

On 20 July 1969, for the first time in history, humans walked on the moon. Since 1972, we haven't been back.

3 July 2019

Stonewall riots' legacy shows need for socialist struggle to win LGBT+ liberation

The Stonewall riots 50 years ago have been widely seen as the birth of modern LGBT+ rights movements.

26 June 2019

35th anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave

The Great Miners' Strike 1984-85: The Battle of Orgreave on 18 June 1984 involved nearly 10,000 pickets. 4,000 police, including mounted police, attacked them

5 June 2019

The Tiananmen Square massacre - 30 years on

China's present defence minister has maintained that the crackdown 30 years ago in Beijing was absolutely justified.

3 April 2019

40 years after Three Mile Island disaster

On the morning of 28 March 1979, pumps feeding water into the steam generator at Three Mile Island's No.2 (TMI-2) nuclear reactor near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, failed. Emergency shutdown systems appeared to have worked correctly - but they hadn't.

27 March 2019

Visteon: when factory occupations stayed the hands of the bosses

Visteon struggle tenth anniversary: Ten years ago, in response to a US car components company pulling the plug on 600 jobs, workers occupied plants in Enfield, Basildon and Belfast

27 March 2019

Lessons of the heroic 1984-85 Miners' strike

The miners' strike was "a civil war without guns" - an all-out battle between workers and the ruling class

6 March 2019

Leon Trotsky's struggle against Stalinism

Ninety years ago this January, Leon Trotsky was exiled from the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin and his increasingly powerful bureaucracy gave the command.

6 February 2019

40 years since the Iranian revolution: Learning the lessons for today's new working-class struggles

Forty years ago a great revolution against a dictatorial monarchy was in progress in Iran. Recalling those days still inspires us: scenes of comradeship despite the shortages due to long days of nationwide strikes, initiatives by ordinary people to run their communities and workplaces

23 January 2019

Cuban revolution at 60: defend the gains and fight for workers' democracy

Sixty years ago in January 1959, the Cuban capital Havana erupted in celebration

16 January 2019

The 1979 'Winter of Discontent'

It was the biggest stoppage in Britain since the 1926 general strike


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