CWI: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it “fanned the flames of revolt”

Emergency hospital during influenza epidemic, Camp Funston, Kansas, 1918 (Otis Historical Archives, National Museum of Health and Medicine // Public domain). By Hannah Sell, Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) general secretary This article was originally published on socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International on May 18, 2020. Laura Spinney’s book,Continue reading “CWI: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it “fanned the flames of revolt””

Why Socialism?

Why do we fight for socialist change? Because nothing less than a revolutionary movement of the working class can free us from the barbarism of capitalism, and ensure a peaceful and just world for all. Read all about “Why Socialism” in the Independent Socialist Group’s new article.

International Workers’ Day 2020: Lives on the line as the capitalists order us back to work

International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, was born from the titanic struggle of the working class for the eight-hour workday, and throughout the years it has served as a flash point for workers’ struggles. Many past May Day struggles have been about workplace safety, and have meant life or death for the workers involved. This year, workers globally are organizing against capitalism’s failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thirty years since huge London anti-poll tax demonstration

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. On 31 March 1990, a massive demonstration surged into central London. It was the culmination of months of organisation and defiance of the Tory government’s hated poll tax by millions of overwhelmingly working-class people. The peaceful start to theContinue reading “Thirty years since huge London anti-poll tax demonstration”

Workers’ struggles set the stage for Egypt’s 2011 uprising

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. One of the largest strike waves in Middle East history swept across Egypt in the years before the mighty demonstrations that erupted in Tahrir Square in January 2011, part of the ‘Arab spring’. As a new mood of protestContinue reading “Workers’ struggles set the stage for Egypt’s 2011 uprising”

Germany: 30 years since Berlin Wall brought down

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. For millions of people, the 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall was rightly celebrated as a great victory for democratic rights. But the build up to the official celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary have, as before, been dominatedContinue reading “Germany: 30 years since Berlin Wall brought down”

In defence of the Russian Revolution

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the Russian Revolution, a world-historic event. The October revolution led to a huge transformation of the former repressive Czarist Empire – politically, economically, culturally, and also concerning questions of gender and sexual equality,Continue reading “In defence of the Russian Revolution”

70th anniversary of People’s Republic of China – Mao and the Chinese revolution

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Today, 1 October, marks the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader, Mao Zedong, proclaiming the People’s Republic of China. Below, we republish a book review by Peter Taaffe (first published in The Socialist newspaper, 14 JulyContinue reading “70th anniversary of People’s Republic of China – Mao and the Chinese revolution”

Chile 1973: The other ‘9/11’ – The bloody coup against the Popular Unity government

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001 was not the first ‘9/11’. In Chile on 11 September 1973, a bloody coup, led by General Pinochet and backed by the US administration, overthrew the democraticallyContinue reading “Chile 1973: The other ‘9/11’ – The bloody coup against the Popular Unity government”

The striking relevance of Leon Trotsky’s ‘Theory of Permanent Revolution’

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The revolutionary movements shaking Sudan and Algeria, and mass upheavals in other parts of the neo-colonial world, underlines the relevance of Leon Trotsky’s ‘Theory of Permanent Revolution’. This is particularly the case for the international workers’ movement and revolutionaryContinue reading “The striking relevance of Leon Trotsky’s ‘Theory of Permanent Revolution’”