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Let's build Momentum, build the Labour Party, resist the Compliance Unit's purges, fight the Tories: on our side, no closed doors, and a strong will for unity.
The fight in Syria is one between Shia militias and their Russian and Iranian allies on the one hand, and different strands of Islamist and Salafist Sunni groups on the other, backed by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.
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What Workers' Liberty thinks about the way forward for Momentum.
How to support the collection for the Picturehouse workers' strike fund.
Workers on the Crossrail construction site at Tottenham Court Road are striking to defend a victimised rep, following a mass protest at Crossrail's offices to demand a pay increase.
The Chief Economist of Bank of England shows that the squeeze on the working class is increasing.
Under Fidel Castro a Stalinist state organised low cost food and welfare but also imposed a repressive regime where LGBT people and dissidents were persecuted.
Appeal for help for the Polish socialist Milka Tyszkiewicz, now very ill.
Israel's right-wing government is moving to "legalise" the "outposts" in the West Bank which, unlike "settlements", are currently illegal even under Israeli law.
The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.
The Queensland Branch of the Maritime Union of Australia is endorsing the Brisbane Rally Against Trump’s Inauguration.

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Some light from Leon Trotsky on the Momentum Kerfuffle
In 1990, Socialist Organiser was banned by the Labour Party. Then too the cry was that left-wingers were "a Leninist sect".
A reply to prominent Labour right winger Luke Akehurst's October 2015 article on LabourList.
Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicolo Sacco, socialist-anarchists, were killed by the US state in August 1927 on trumped-up murder charges, after a long campaign to save their lives. This is Vanzetti's last speech.
A review of Cuban-American revolutionary Sam Farber's 2012 book "Cuba since the revolution of 1959: a critical assessment".
A selection of telling episodes over recent decades.
What does Jeremy Corbyn actually say about Israel-Palestine?
The US Presidential election is the culmination of the long-standing economic and cultural grievances of white men from the rust-belt, whose factories have been asset stripped and sent abroad.
It will be good, not bad, if the government cannot pass “Article 50” through Parliament — that is, if Parliament, in one way or another, upholds the rights of migrant workers.
The history of the Militant/Socialist Party in its relations with the working class
Cuban socialist Sam Farber surveyed the story of Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution of 1959 in an interview a few years back.
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Paul Hampton of Workers' Liberty debated the nature of Cuba with Bernard Regan, a leading member of the Socialist Teachers' Alliance.
The Algerian socialist-feminist Marieme Helie-Lucas responds to Deeya Khan's film Islam's Non-Believers, broadcast on ITV on 13 October.
The American Journalist John Reed describes what happened in the Russian workers revolution of 1917 and after.
In March 1918 Lenin described the work of the ruling soviets in Bolshevik Russia. It was published as a pamphlet by "Nicolai Lenin" in Britain by the De Leonite Socialist Labour Party in 1919.
Beyond domestic regression, President Trump may also disrupt the large trends which have allowed capitalist growth for 60 years.
The idea that the left should develop its own "national sovereignty narrative" plays into the hands of the xenophobes.
The necessity of remobilising the labour movement on socialist politics has just become many times more urgent.
For many people, the instinctive reaction to the rise of a figure like Trump isn’t to build social movements, but to hope that a more liberal figure from the political establishment will stop the right-wing menace. But this only further entrenches the very conditions that give rise to the audience for Trumpism.
Why the left must unite Europe.
This article, taken from Permanent Revolution No. 3, describes the evolution in the 1970s.
The anarchist writer Wayne Price explores the relationship between the "Third Camp" Trotskyist tradition, with which Workers' Liberty identifies, and anarchism.
The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty aims to transform the labour movement so we can replace capitalism, the current economic and social system based on class division and exploitation, with a new society based on consistent democracy, collective ownership and solidarity – socialism.
Reply to Steve Bloom on "The Two Trotskyisms"
Capitalism will not be overthrown by millions of “angry” clicks, but only in the streets and in the workplaces, where people organise face-to-face. Participation, involvement, getting together, discussing, debating, forming cohesion — those should be our mottos, rather than surfing on a wave of slacktivism.
Is direct action against an elected government compatible with democratic politics? Examine two events in the industrial struggle of the 1980s.
Afghanistan’s “Great Saur Revolution”, in April 1978, and the Russian invasion of Afghanistan that flowed from it 20 months later, at Christmas 1979, were two of the most important events of the second half of the 20th century.
Tam Dalyell MP's assertion that there are too many Jews in Tony Blair's and George Bush's entourages, and Paul Foot's advice to him.

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Reviews and comments on the book by Paul Hampton, Paul Le Blanc, Ed Strauss, Ed Maltby, Andrew Coates, Herman Benson, Robert Fine, Steve Bloom, Duncan Morrison, Tom O'Lincoln, David Finkel, Gemma Short, Steve Bloom in reply, Paul Buhle, D R O'Connor Lysaght, Ed Maltby in reply
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