National Sections of the L5I:

History

The Assassination of Leon Trotsky

August 20 and 21 mark the seventieth anniversary of the assassination and death of Leon Trotsky, next to Lenin the greatest revolutionary of the twentieth century. Simon Hardy, in a chapter from a forthcoming book, records how Stalin and his gangsters brought this about. (Click here to see Simon on Russia Today talking about the legacy of Trotsky today). Read more...

The place of Trotsky in history

In the first of two articles, we reproduce extracts from Richard Brenner’s recently republished book, Trotsky - an introduction Read more...

Revolutionary women: Ludmila Stul

Our series on the lives and struggles of great revolutionary women continues with Marija Cubalevska’s look at the life of Russian underground militant Ludmila Stal Read more...

Revolutionary women: Helen Keller

"Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!" Here we look at the life of Helen Keller as part of our series on revolutionary women in history Read more...

The origins of International Women’s Day

Born at a time of great social turbulence and crisis, when the imperialist nations were gearing up for world war, International Women's Day comes from a tradition of radicalism and revolutionary spirit. Joy Macready looks at its origins Read more...

Revolutionary women: Yevgenia Bosch

This site, along with www.workerspower.com begins a new series on revolutionary women to highlight their often forgotten role in the communist movement. Katja Teran starts the first in the series on Yevgenia Bosch Read more...

Sverdlov: 'The best type of Bolshevik'

Simon Hardy looks at the life of Yakov Sverdlov, a key Bolshevik leader during the Russian revolution Read more...

Yemen, underdeveloped by global capitalism

With the world's eyes focused on Haiti, where a natural disaster has been grossly magnified by years of imperialist-inflicted poverty, it is fitting to look at another state where US interference threatens to unleash social catastrophe - Yemen. Read more...

1989: The Romanian Revolution and the fall of Ceausescu

In December 1989, a revolution swept the hated regime of Nicolae Ceausescu from power. This resolution, written days after these events, explained what happened and what steps the working class had to take next to move towards socialism. Although capitalism was eventually restored in Romania, the revolutionary activity of the working class and youth showed the real potential for socialism to emerge after the downfall of Ceausescu Read more...

November 1989: when the Berlin Wall fell

It is 20 years since the fall of the Berlin wall and the capitalist media is crowing. They say these great events were nothing more than a movement to bring down communism and bring back capitalism. Here, Peter Main shows how the struggle against the Stalinist dictatorship in East Germany in fact began as a struggle against bureaucratic controls and for working class freedoms – but the crisis of working class leadership meant that the Left handed the initiative to the right wing Read more...