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Film Review: The Wind That Shakes the Barley...

Ken Loach's latest film, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, opens in limited release in Toronto today. Loach famously directed Land and Freedom, an excellent dramatization of the Spanish Civil War. In his latest film, Loach reveals the struggles occurring in Ireland during the formation of the Irish Free State, including the role of the working class. Here, we reproduce a review written by Terry McPartlan, originally published in July 2006.

Remembering International Women's Day 1917: The gains made for women by the Russian Revolution

Today is International Working Women's Day – originally instituted not as a day to celebrate, but as a day for militancy and action. Now many liberal institutions and feminist organizations recognize International Women's Day, but few acknowledge its roots or its historical significance. They have in fact attempted to remove the class content of this day of struggle.

The AIDS Pandemic: A crisis that capitalism is unable to solve

Far from being a “gay man’s” disease, HIV/AIDS now infects 40 million people around the world, 45% of them women and 6% children.  The list of regions and populations most affected by AIDS reads like a list of the poorest and most disadvantaged populations.  How will we do away with HIV and AIDS? This is not an easy question, and there are no easy answers. These days, the pharmaceuticals are far more interested in treating profitable “diseases”.

Capitalism and the Environment

Global warming – the ‘population time bomb’ – nuclear energy – pollution – environmental issues are always in the news. There is even a party – the Green Party – that claims to put the environment at the centre of its concerns. The Green Party claims to be neither right wing nor left wing as, they say, environmental issues transcend the traditional issues of class and the division between rich and poor that define conventional political discussions and divisions.

Moscow to Peking -- the real differences

This article, written in May 1965 by Ted Grant, shows how genuine Marxism was able to see the real processes going on in China and not be fooled by the words of the Chinese leaders. Then as now Marxism was a tool that allowed one to see through the fog of seemingly contradictory and incomprehensible events.

It's good to be a capitalist -- or is it?

An astonishing article appeared in the Financial Times on Saturday 29th July. Written by Philip Coggan, a senior staff writer on the newspaper, it opened with brutal honesty by saying "it has been a great time to be a capitalist. All around the world, profits have been rising as a percentage of GDP". The author goes on to give examples showing how in Europe, the United States, and also now in Japan, profits are at record levels.

Ginger Goodwin: Canadian labour martyr

On 27 July, 1918 Albert (Ginger) Goodwin stared into the barrel of Dan Campbell's shot gun and in a second, it was all over. The bullet passed first through Ginger's wrist, then through his neck, killing him with a single shot. Ginger lay on the forest floor, choking on his own blood. This was the end of the life of Ginger Goodwin, but the beginning of his legend. Ginger Goodwin's murder sparked the first general strike in Canadian history and he remains a source of inspiration for revolutionaries and labour activists to this day.

Introduction to the Spanish Revolution (1931-37)

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the reactionary coup of Francisco Franco, and the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.  To remember the Spanish Revolution, we are publishing this article (originally written in 1995) that spells out the lessons that young revolutionaries must learn from this epic case of betrayal.  We must learn from the defeats, as well as the victories, of working people to prepare ourselves for the future.

The Assasinations of Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over thirty years ago, Malcolm X (1965) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968) were assassinated. In the case of Malcolm X, several members of the Nation of Islam (NOI) were convicted of the assassination. In the case of Martin Luther King, one assassin, James Earl Ray, was convicted of the assassination and sentenced to life in prison. However, there have always been many unanswered questions about both of these murders. Despite the convictions, and the ongoing campaign by the government, police agencies, and various authors and pundits to put the assassinations to rest, there have always been many unanswered questions about these murders.

USA: The Statistics That Shock

Capitalism cannot provide a decent living to everyone, but as long as it guarantees significant layers of the population a reasonable standard of living it can maintain a degree of social stability. Recent figures on the situation in the USA show that “middle America” is beginning to feel the pinch, a phenomenon which indicates that social turmoil will soon be on the agenda.
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