A new biography of Mao Tse-tung by ’Wild Swans’ author Jung Chang and Jon Halliday will force many on the left to re-assess some of their opinions about Mao and the CCP, before and after the struggle for power, according to our reviewer.
Twenty nine years ago the north Italian town of Seveso was the site of the first chemical industrial catastrophe - dioxin poisoning. But after more than two decades of battles, the EU is retreating on the fight on chemical pollution, after feroicious opposition from the chemical industry and its neoliberal supporters.
A key figure in the democratic struggle, Munir died of arsenic poisoning in September 2004. The main murder suspect is a pilot for the Indonesian company Garuda Airlines, but everything indicates that this is the work of the secret services.
Several hundred people packed into the Imperial Theatre in the centre of Caracas on Saturday 9 July to launch a movement for a new revolutionary socialist party in Venezuela. The meeting was called by the Revolutionary Left Option (OIR), an existing regroupment of revolutionary socialists, along with three radical trade union currents, a student organisation and a number of independents. (Stuart Piper was there.)
Ten years after Ernest Mandel’s death sees the launch of a new website dedicated to bringing together his work and making it available in as many languages as possible. The Ernest Mandel Internet Archive at www.ernestmandel.org has published this appreciation of his legacy by Gilbert Achcar.
Barry Sheppard’s book is a sustained exercise in retrieving memories of experiences associated with left-wing radicalism prevalent in the 1960s. This is done especially for the benefit of younger activists who have become engaged in the struggle for global justice in opposition to the corporate-military quest for “empire.”
The French referendum on the European constitution created a political shock in France and in Europe. A political shock because, in spite of the commitment of the biggest parties of Right and Left to the campaign for the “Yes”, the electoral disavowal was definitive.
The defeat of the ruling Social Democrats (SPD) in the North Rhine-Westphalia regional elections marks a major turning point. Now the SPD leadership is being challenged by a new left formation, which is rapidly gaining support in the opinion polls.
The new political turn of the EZLN promises a new and proactive policy of building alliances and a new programme of the left, to fight for a new constitution. What are the limits and possibilities of this new Zapatista turn?
The Bolivarian revolution in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela has gripped the imagination of socialists around the world. How far can this process go? What are the obstacles to socialism?
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