Memories of 1946 Great Calcutta Killings Can Help Us Understand Violence in Today’s Bengal

by Dwaipayan Sen

The Wire | October 02, 2018

Memories of 1946 Great Calcutta Killings Can Help Us Understand Violence in Today's Bengal

The recent and ongoing political violence in West Bengal must be seen in light of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s efforts to capture that most culturally and historically significant state from the ruling Trinamool Congress party, as well as the latter’s attempts to retain hold of the power it snatched from the Left nearly a decade ago now.

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Anti-fascist lessons from Republican Spain

by Jim Jump

Morning Star | June 20, 2018


THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES: (top left) Emily Thornberry unveiling the Battle of  the Ebro plaque at Marx Memorial Library in 2016 and the memorial to the British volunteers in the International Brigades in London.  Photo: Monument Pic by Carlesmari / Creative Commons

JULY 25 this year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the last great battle of the Spanish civil war — and what many now regard as the first battle of the second world war.

The Battle of the Ebro saw International Brigades, that great anti-fascist army of volunteers from around the world, “cover itself in glory,” as Ay Carmela, the famous battle-song declares.Read More »

Economics and politics in early-Soviet Russia and Lenin on his birthday – April 22

 by | April 22, 2018

[Part I]

Lenin yet, about 150 years since his birth, creates controversy. Funny figures make funnier statements while a group of scholars, white, pink and “red” in color, continue condemning the Bolshevik leader – a bold show of class conflict in the areas of ideology and politics. This reality makes it an imperative to reiterate Lenin’s analysis and class position on his birthday – April 22 (1870) – as yet those have not been proven erroneous.Read More »

April 1968: The Black Rebellion That Shook America and the World

Revolution Newspaper | April 02, 2018

Just hours after the April 4, 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, the beginning flames of rebellion flared up in larger cities like Washington DC, Chicago, and Baltimore, as well as smaller cities. Above: Police line the street in riot gear on 14th and U Streets in Washington DC. Photo: AP

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was cut down by an assassin in Memphis, Tennessee. King was 39 years old and the foremost leader of the civil rights movement.Read More »

Cuba and Vietnam: Common history on the road to socialism


Granma | March 19, 2018

Fidel was the first head of state to visit the liberated area of South Vietnam. Photo: Archive

“Those who live on fish and rice, and wear silk, far away, in Asia, on the seashore, below China,” as Cuban National Hero José Martí described the Vietnamese in Un paseo por la tierra de los anamitas (A stroll through the land of the Annamites), have always been friends of Cuba.Read More »