Why socialists should side with Ukraine against Russia

It seems that a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine is beginning. Workers' Liberty sides with Ukraine. Here we explain why.

28-30 April and 5-8 May: more RMT strikes on Tube

The General Grades Committee of the RMT rail union has called further strikes against London Underground's job cuts.

Workers' Liberty Teachers bulletin and fringe meetings at NUT conference 2014

This is the 16-page bulletin our comrades have published for the National Union of Teachers 2014 conference (18-22 April, Brighton).

Threat to annuities

About half of all tax relief goes to the top 10 per cent of earners.

Doncaster Care UK workers continue the fight

Care UK workers in Doncaster, who have held prolonged strikes against the imposition of new contracts, are keeping up their struggle.

Big gains for rank-and-file network in NUT Executive elections

The Local Associations National Action Campaign has made big gains in the recent elections for the National Union of Teachers National Executive Committee.

Save Lifeworks mental health service! Support the occupation!

Mental health service users in Cambridge are occupying a drop in centre to stop its closure - and need solidarity.

Left victories at NUS conference

The National Union of Students conference defied its leadership to demand free education for all but it will take a struggle to make NUS fight for it.

Welcome China's unions back into the family?

We need an open and honest discussion of the issues around trade union organisations in China.

UKIP: whose favourite party?

In the run up to the May European elections, UKIP have been getting a lot of attention.

March in March: Australian indignados?

“March in March” last month brought over 100,000 Australians onto the streets against the Abbott government’s policies.

Cap pay-outs to the rich!

On 26 March the coalition government voted through a law to “cap” welfare benefits for future years. Most Labour MPs voted for the “cap”. Only 13 rebelled.


Battle of Ideas

Workers of Russia and Ukraine: rally for social and national equality!

May Day Manifesto of the Russian Socialist Movement (Russian Mandelites)

Which side are you on?

A review of Look Back in Anger by Harry Paterson, about how the national 1984-5 miners' strike played out in Nottinghamshire.

Putin: hands off Ukraine!

Ukraine is diverse, but it is a distinct nation, with a right to independence from Russia; and, despite Russian claims, it does not divide neatly into two sectors.

Trotsky's 1939 call for Ukrainian independence

In 1939 Leon Trotsky raised the call for Ukrainian independence as an urgent matter. He stressed the deep historic roots of Ukrainian national feeling.

East Ukraine: it’s mostly Russian imperialism, not democratic protest

Ukraine is a nation historically oppressed by Russia which has the right to national self-determination. Russians living in Ukraine should enjoy democratic minority rights, but their rights cannot cancel the right to self-determination of the whole Ukrainian nation.

1993 Warrington Bombing: The roots of the deadlock in Northern Ireland - Blame the British ruling class!

An open letter to British trade unionists, from an Irish socialist living in England, after the killing of two children by an IRA bomb in Warrington, in March 1993.

Vladimir Lenin on democracy and dictatorship

Lenin called for the "dictatorship of the proletariat" as a great expansion of democracy.

Nothing to learn from dead white men?

Objections to citing white, male thinkers from the past sometimes have a point - but can also be extremely problematic. Registering "privilege" and the systematic dismissal of thinkers and writers from oppressed groups is vital, but we can and should learn from history and from theory produced by all kinds of people.

Seamus Milne's shoddy arguments for Putin

In the Guardian of 5 March, Seumas Milne, associate editor of the paper, argued for blaming the conflict in Ukraine almost entirely on the USA and the EU.

Cuba's new oppositions

With the passing of the historic generation of revolutionary leaders in the next five to ten years, a new political landscape will emerge in Cuba where oppositional political action may resurface.

RS21 has its public launch

About 120 attended the political weekend organised by RS21, the most recent splinter from the SWP.

Left Unity makes policy

Left Unity has held its first policy conference.

What is left anti-semitism?

The fact that their proponents are surely not racists does not answer the questions raised by root-and-branch "smash Israel" agitational themes.

Where does political Islam come from?

A Marxist analysis of the rise of Islamism, from 2002, by Clive Bradley.

Pursuing alternatives

The realignment of the unions and the Labour Party against the cuts has not materialised. There is, as indeed there was during the Blair/Brown government, some unity between the leaders of the unions and the leaders of the Labour Party, but this has been to prevent any meaningful opposition to the cuts, not to promote it.

One-sided culture

When those who now find face-to-face politics, or “heavy” political reading, too much, and who prefer to limit themselves to “knocking around on social media with people who broadly think the same way”, find the confidence to come on the streets, they will want more than a Facebook status as their intellectual sustenance and their active contribution.

Nationalise the energy companies!

The official regulator for the energy industry, Ofgem, reported on 27 March that suppliers’ retail profits — from selling energy to households and businesses — had risen to £1.1 billion in 2012 from £233m in 2009.

The right to stay at home

Socialist feminism and stay at home mothers.

Diagonal communication

It is true that prior to the internet there were forums for serious political debate – journals, newspapers, meetings – but these tended to be vertical and horizontal rather than diagonal.

Irish Emigré Trotskyism in the mid-1960s: Notes by a Participant

A brief account of the Irish Workers Union, the Socialist Republican League, the Irish Communist Group, and the Irish Workers Group.

For a workers' united Europe!

UKIP is the opposite of what we stand for — workers’ unity across borders and international socialism.

Tony Benn, 1925-2014

An analysis of the political career of Tony Benn who died on 14 March.

The Spider and the Fly

A once-famous parable about class society and class exploitation. Wilhelm Liebknecht, together with August Bebel, founded the German Marxist movement. Liebknecht died in 1900. He was the father of the hero of German resistance to the First World War, Karl Liebknecht.

Ukraine: Russian troops out!

We solidarise with the Ukrainian people's right to self-determination, and with the protests against Russia's invasion and intervention made by the left in Russia.

The 7 periods in the formation of the SWP (WL 3/38)

Myths and truths about the history and basic ideas of the SWP and its forerunners.

Imperialism: the historic debate in full daylight

The debate on imperialism among socialists before 1914 is illuminated in a large collection of translations now becoming more widely available.

"New Unionism" conference discusses building the new, transforming the old

Over a hundred people, from all over the country and a range of trade unions and workplaces, took part in the New Unionism 2014 conference in London on 29 March.

Defying fundamentalism

An article from Against The Current, the publication of the US socialist group Solidarity, in which Haideh Moghissi reviews Karima Bennoune's Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.


Class Against Class: the miners' strike 1984-5

A new book from Workers' Liberty tells the story of the 1984-5 miners' strike in week-by-week detail.

Ideas for Freedom 2014: Their class war and ours

Ideas for Freedom, the annual weekend of socialist discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty, takes place 4-6 July at University of London Union.

May 2014: Long live international solidarity

3 May 2014, 16:00-23:00, ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY: a political and social event to celebrate May Day 2014, initiated by Marxist Revival

Workers' Liberty summer camp, West Yorkshire, 14-17 August 2014

Members and friends of Workers' Liberty are organising a summer event at Height Gate farm, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.


National Union of Teachers conference

18 April, 2014 - 09:00


Plundering London Underground: talk at Housmans Bookshop

23 April, 2014 - 19:00

Housmans, 5 Caledonian Rd, London N1

Revolutionary unity event with ISN, ACI, SR, WP

26 April, 2014 - 11:00

Malet Suite, University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

AWL National Committee

26 April, 2014 - 11:30

RMT strike on Tube

28 April, 2014 - 21:00


May 2014: Long live international solidarity

3 May, 2014 - 16:00

University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

RMT strike on Tube

5 May, 2014 - 21:00


PCS conference

20 May, 2014 - 09:00


Labourstart conference

23 May, 2014 - 09:00


Lutte Ouvriere fete

7 June, 2014 - 11:00

Presles, near Paris

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