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Analysis by Country

Cuba: Socialism in a “special period”?

Just over forty years ago Fidel Castro and a handful of fighters landed in Cuba. This initial nucleus, during two years of guerrilla warfare, grew until they were able to overthrow the hated US-backed dictator General Batista. Castro and the great majority of the July 26 Movement leaders were no communists. Fidel sincerely hoped to steer a middle course for Cuba between US imperialism and the Communist bloc; he wanted an “olive green” not a red revolution; a Cuba which had achieved “national independence”, no longer exploited by US imperialism but still capitalist. Read more...

Breaking from Morenoism: The PTS and Argentine Trotskyism

The Partido de los Trabajadores por el Socialismo1 (PTS) originates in the expulsion of 400-600 members from the Moviemiento Al Socialismo2 (MAS) in 1988.

Based primarily in Buenos Aires and consisting mainly of student activists, the expelled group was led by four MAS Central Committee members, including Emilio Albamonte and Hugo Ramirez of the current PTS, and one International Secretariat member of the LIT3, Leon Perez. Read more...

Rethinking the road to power in Ireland

Maureen Harrington reviews the new programme of Socialist Democracy\Ireland: The Promise of Socialism is by written by three members of Socialist Democracy – the Irish section of the United Secretariat of the Fourth International (USFI). Read more...

Parliament stormed as austerity budget hits workers, students and Aboriginals

On 19 August the Australian Congress of Trade Unions (ACTU) called a demonstration outside Parliament in the federal capital Canberra to protest at the new government’s massive budget cuts and proposed new anti-trade unions laws. What the bureaucrats planned was a routine speechfest but the demonstrators had other ideas. Comrades from Workers Power (Australia) were there. Peter Main explores the background to the current attacks and the prospects for a strong working class response. Read more...

Bosnia: Elections legitimise ethnic carve-up

The parliamentary and presidential elections in Bosnia are due on 14 September. They represent a further ethnic carve up of the country which is a direct result of the imperialist-sponsored Dayton Accord. Read more...

Can Labor break with Democrats?

THE TWO main bosses’ parties in the USA – the Republicans and the Democrats – staged their conventions in August to crown Bob Dole and Bill Clinton as their standardbearers in the November presidential contest. But June witnessed the birth of a new political party that claims to be a voice for the organised working class. Read more...

Revolutionary unity and the French left

Over the past three years France has been in the forefront of the European class struggle. The mass strikes and street demonstrations of November and December 1995 and the lorry drivers’ strikes and blockades in succeeding years crippled and discredited the right wing government of Alain Juppé. This led to victory for the Socialist Party (PS) and Communist Party (PCF) in last June’s elections. Read more...

Socialist Labour Party: The shape of things to come?

Arthur Scargill’s Socialist Labour Party (SLP) has been proclaimed by some as the answer to the problems of the left in Britain. G.R.McColl, who attended the founding conference of the SLP, spells out the opportunities and the pitfalls posed for the left by the most significant organised break from Labour for decades Read more...

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