On the capitalist dictatorship in Cuba. Polemic with SCR-IMT, or the importance of calling ourselves Trotskyists

As was to be expected, in the face of the popular demonstrations in Cuba against the Castro regime of Diaz-Canel that began a few months ago, most reformist and Stalinist organisations spoke of a "CIA conspiracy" and took sides in defence of the regime. However, it should be less...

The revolutions in the East and their place in history

The end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s were marked worldwide by enormous revolutionary processes in Eastern Europe. In the course of just a few years, the post-world war order changed. By: Iván Rabochi The borders and spheres of influence agreed by the victorious powers at Yalta and...

Special | Molotov-Ribbentrop: Hitler and Stalin’s Pact to Divide Europe

December 17, 2021 On September 22, 1939, the 4th battalion of the Soviet 29th light tank brigade entered the city of Brest-Litovsk. Escorted by German motorcyclists from Hitler’s army, they paraded beneath “Victory Arches” erected for the occasion and decorated with red stars and swastikas by Vanessa C. Valverde, translated to...

Special | Trotsky’s Prediction of the Restoration of Capitalism in the USSR

When the dissolution of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) was declared in December 1991, a debate began that has continued until today about the causes of the collapse and the historical and political significance of this event. By Alejandro Iturbe Translated from Spanish by Rita Brown There are four generally...

Special | Stalinism and Trotskyism: Reassessing their Legacies in the Face of Eastern European Upheaval

By Martín Hernández Originally published in Spanish in the magazine Correo Internacional no. 17, May 2017, 44-47. Translated by Dolores Underwood from this article When the masses overthrew Stalinist regimes, the bourgeoisie made a simplistic and crude analysis: “the masses defeated socialism, and capitalism has proven itself superior.” However, not even...

Special | From the Republic of Soviets to the Stalinist Counterrevolution

December 12, 2021 The experience of the Paris Commune, the first instance of proletarian revolution, brought Marx and Engels to a transformative conclusion regarding their understanding of the State. Unlike prior revolutionary processes, the conquest of political power by the revolutionary proletariat should not result in the adoption and application...

Special | Lessons from the Thirty Years Following the Collapse of the USSR

9 December 2021 In August 1991, mass demonstrations in Moscow and across the entire USSR brought down the dictatorial regime of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The process had been underway for a few years at that point. It began with the rebellion in Armenia in 1988; continuing...

Assessing the History of the Former USSR

9 December 2021 A special edition published originally in Spanish by the IWL-FI here. The debates amongst international fighters in the working class, particularly about how to confront the crisis of capitalism, are many. After almost two years living with a global pandemic that is far from being under control, we...

J’accuse!

To the Judiciary, to the usual politicians, to the repressive forces, to the treacherous leadership... By PSTU-Argentina Daniel Ruiz’ and César Arakaki’s trials are in their final stages. After 13 months and 1 month of imprisonment respectively. After 45 hearings with dozens of witnesses. After almost 4 years of persecution of...

Some Thoughts on the Paris Commune

The 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune has given rise to many studies, books, comments and public enthusiasm. Much more than the hundred years of the Russian Revolution.   By Michel Lenoir, Paris   The Commune still in vogue This striking difference is due to a series of factors, at least three. Unlike the...

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