National Sections of the L5I:

Liberation

The Bolsheviks and the National Question: uniting theory and practice, 1913-1923

The Bolshevik programme for the national question was developed out of a critique of the experience of the Second International in the years up to and including the First World War. It was a revolutionary policy hammered out in response to a new period of capitalist development ushered in by imperialism. Dave Stockton looks at the debates within Russian social-democracy up to the the Russian revolution of 1917 and examines the policy of the Bolsheviks at the head of a young Soviet State trying to resolve the problem of national oppression within the former Tsarist empire. The contrast with Stalin’s later actions in respect of non-Russian minorities is thereby all the more obvious. Read more...

Are the Bosnian Muslims a nation?

The proposed settlement over the partition of Bosnia-Herzegovina is a big blow against the longstanding multi-ethnic character of the old republic in former Yugoslavia. For centuries economic and political developments have combined to prevent the Bosnian Muslims, in particular, from attaining a national consciousness. Michael Gatter explores the reasons for this, and asks what difference the experience of war has made. Read more...

Independent Panther UK: Black separatism is not the answer

"Free at last, free at last!” proclaims the front page of Panther under the headline “A declaration of independence”. Read more...

Is there a gay gene?

Why do people behave the way they do? This question has vexed human thought for thousands of years. And one of the most intriguing aspects of human behaviour is sex. Read more...

South Africa: contours of a counter-revolution?

South Africa begins its long countdown to next April’s elections. The ANC hope to focus all black hopes on this process. Meanwhile, the right continue to exact concessions by their violent response. Lesley Day outlines the dangers facing the black proletariat. Read more...

Should drugs be legalised?

Arguments for decriminalising drugs have found some unexpected backers. Dave Beech explains. Read more...

Irish republicanism at an impasse

It is twenty five years since the civil rights revolt gave birth to the modern IRA. Here, Matt Docherty assesses republicanism’s strategy for a united Ireland today in the light of the recent historic changes in world politics. Read more...

War and Peace in Bosnia. No imperialist solutions!

Dave Stockton assesses the west’s options after the Bosnian Serbs’ rejection of the Vance-Owen plan Read more...