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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.

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.

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.

Where is China Going? - Part one

Nearly thirty years have passed since Deng first introduced his “market reforms”. What started as an attempt to stimulate growth within a planned economy has ended up by establishing capitalist relations in the Chinese economy. How did all this happen and where is China going today?

The Collapse of Stalinism and the Class Nature of the Russian State

The question of the class nature of Russia has been a central issue in the Marxist movement for decades. Now, with the collapse of the USSR and the movement in the direction of capitalism, this question assumes an even greater importance. This work, written in February 1996 approaches the question from a dialectical point of view. (by Ted Grant and Alan Woods)

The Truth About the Second World War

Following all the Pomp and Circumstance of yesterday’s official celebrations of VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe, we are republishing Alan Woods’ articles on the Second World War (originally published in June 2004) as a necessary antidote. (by Alan Woods) Part One | Part Two

Women and Revolution: On International Working Women's Day 2005

Mainstream feminism has attempted to reduce March 8th to a vague and depoliticized celebration of the female sex as a homogenous group, but to socialists and working class women the world over, it as a day for mobilizing. International Working Women’s Day was instituted on the proposal of comrade Clara Zetkin at the second International Conference of Women Socialists, held in Copenhagen in 1910, with the aim of mobilizing women for the struggle against bourgeois domination. Much to the chagrin of liberals and moderates alike, this is exactly the role that International Working Women’s Day has played – most notably in 1917. (March, 2005)