Genoa and the worsening world economic situation necessitate that the
Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) fully takes stock of the
present general economic, social and political situation in order to
prepare our members and wider layers of activists to intervene in the
stormy events which loom.
Summer is usually a period when "not much happens", at least in Europe.
But this Summer is like the calm before the storm. The mass
demonstration in Genoa and the last general strike in Argentina are
indications of the tumultuous years ahead.
Anyone who participated in the 300,000 strong demonstration against the
G8 summit in Genoa on 21 July this year will look back on it as an
historic day – a high point. After it, nothing will be quite the same -
in the lives of those who were there, in the anti-capitalist movement or
Throughout Europe the clashes around the Gothenburg EU summit have been
utilised to unleash a propaganda barrage against the growing
anti-capitalist movement in general and socialists in particular.
Completely wild and undefined accusations of being "anarchists",
"hooligans" etc. are being hurled...
On the one hand Bush and the bosses’ EU and on the other thousands of
demonstrators. The battle lines are drawn in Gothenburg. The EU is a
capitalist bloc formed by multinationals in Europe and politicians
representing the interest of the rich.
With the collapse of Stalinism in the former-USSR, and the removal of
the threat of Soviet-backed regimes coming to power in the colonial and
ex-colonial world, Islamic fundamentalism has replaced ‘communism’ in
the demonology of imperialism. The imperialist powers are terrified at
the prospect of...
Following on the heels of Seattle, Washington, London and
Melbourne tens of thousands of activists will take to the streets of
Prague 23-26 September and march against global capitalism. The target:
the annual meeting of the International...
To commemorate the contribution of Leon Trotsky in building the workers’
movement internationally, we print here three articles which look at
different aspects of his political work. Their publication mark the
sixtieth anniversary of the murder of Leon Trotsky by an assassin hired
by Stalin in Mexico in August...
Sixty years ago, the dictator Stalin orchestrated the murder of Leon
Trotsky, exiled and isolated in Mexico. Stalin was motivated not merely
by personal rivalry and malice but by the ruling bureaucracy’s need to
crush the Fourth International, which continued to fight for
internationalism and workers’...
In the 1930s Trotsky and his family were finding it impossible to secure
safe refuge. Deported from France, refused entry into Britain, they
moved to Norway. LAURENCE COATES describes how an alliance of
Stalinists, fascists and ’democrats’ ensured that Trotsky’s days of
living on a planet without a...
SIXTY YEARS AGO this August, Stalin’s hit man, Raymond Mercader,
murdered the greatest living revolutionary of that time, Leon Trotsky.
It was not just the Trotskyists who felt the terrible blow of his death
but the working class and labour movement of the whole world. This brain
- in a sense, the brain of the...