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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...

The tragedy of the Iranian Revolution – lessons for today

Thirty years ago a huge movement of workers and the poor overthrew the despised and hated dictatorship of the pro-American Shah of Iran. The mass workers’ uprising and the high level of organisation achieved in the revolution, illustrated the revolutionary socialist potential that existed in the situation. Jens-Hugo Nyberg looks at how the appalling betrayal of the mass struggle by the Stalinist leadership led to the formation of Iran’s reactionary theocratic state. Read more...

The Wall Street crash 1929-33

They called it the roaring twenties but then the boom turned to bust. Keith Spencer explains what caused the crash of 1929 and asks whether there are similarities with today’s global meltdown. Read more...

1848 – The Year of European Upheaval

1848 was a year of fire across Europe and revolutions gripped the nations. It was a formative event in the development of Marxism, as Simon Hardy and Owen Zavadsky explain Read more...