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John McDonnell promises comprehensive solidarity against cuts and discrimination.
A new book from Workers’ Liberty which makes the case for socialism.
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The latest news on the situation in France.
Workers at the Rio cinema in Dalston are striking against redundancies, for a living wage, and for a commitment from management that they will continue and extend progressive, community-focused programmes.
Ideas for Freedom is the annual weekend of socialist education, discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty. This year it runs from the evening of Thursday 7 July to the afternoon of Sunday 10 July, and takes place mainly at Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Workers' Liberty spoke to a revolutionary socialist activist in France about the latest with the fight against the "labour law".
The government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela is in trouble. Destabilisation after the death of Hugo Chavez has fractured the government’s political base. An economic crisis due to low oil prices, and mobilisations by the political right, have brought the government to a state of collapse.
Notionally exams are a way to test knowledge and skills. Exams which really do that, and certify people as competent to be surgeons or surveyors, make sense. But the school exams are only the basis for a vast sorting exercise.
Rhea Wolfson, who has replaced Ken Livingstone on the Centre-left Alliance slate for Labour’s National Executive, spoke to us.
FBU conference in Blackpool last week witnessed sharp debate over the European Union, with delegates eventually voting for a remain vote after much wrangling.
48-page pamphlet explaining the history, unravelling the issues, and giving positive directions for campaigning.

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Battle of Ideas

The fourth part of Michael Johnson’s series on the life and politics of James Connolly.
Art versus Propaganda Clive Bradley looks at the films of Ken Loach (1997)
Pro-Palestine or anti-Israel? The basic difference between AWL and the conventional Left on the Middle East.
Even if a strong internationalist campaign for "no" to the EU were theoretically possible, it certainly will not happen.
A review of Can Socialism Make Sense? by Sean Matgamna.
Even under capitalist bombardment, a lot of people recognise a better life comes more through shared experiences, which can’t be bought, than through competitively consuming more “stuff”.
The government’s Higher Education White Paper is a clear ideological attack on students, workers, and universities as public institutions.
A critique produced by IZAR (Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Left), a group expelled in 2015 from the “Mandelite” Fourth International organisation in Spain because they called for a stance more independent from the leadership of Podemos, of attempts to build "broad parties".

When he died, Yasser Arafat left the Palestinian people facing the threat that the prospect of a viable independent Palestinian state, side by side with Israel, is disappearing into the mists of history’s lost possibilities.

The Labour Party leaders should launch a great campaign against the policies and values of Toryism and for the central ethos of the labour movement and the socialist working class: solidarity.
We need to specify what left anti-semitism consists of, in order to debate, educate, and clarify.
Questions and answers on the politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict 2002
Michael Johnson continues a series on the life and politics of James Connolly.
We need to go to the labour movement and once more convince our own class that we don't have to live in this filthy system.
Labour and trade union activists need to organise to block any attempt to push Scottish Labour to the right. And what passes itself off as the far left needs to wake up from its nationalist daydreaming, now manifesting itself in pro-Brexit campaigning, and return to a focus on class politics.
Leon Trotsky argued for a United States of Europe in "The Peace Programme" of 1915.
With Livingstone, the cesspool of pseudo-left “absolute anti-Zionism”, that is, anti-semitism, overflowed into mainstream politics. It gave the right and the Tories an easy target.
Some especially religious Jews argue that Israel should be destroyed because it is an impiety and "Jews were meant to suffer".
In the wake of discussions over anti-semitism in the Labour Party and beyond we collate here a series of articles, old and new, on the topic of "left" anti-semitism.
The October Revolution abolished the outlawed status of the Jews. That, however, does not at all mean that with one blow it swept out Anti-Semitism. Trotsky on Stalinist ("Thermidorian") Anti-Semitism.
Ken Livingstone has cited, as evidence for his claim that "Hitler supported Zionism" in getting Jews to "Israel" in "1932", Lenni Brenner's book "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators".
Ken Livingstone's motley career includes associations with some very politically unsavoury forces.
A series of incidents in the Labour Party and in the student left over the last few months have highlighted the issue of “left-wing" 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.
At the 2016 National Union of Students conference, Workers' Liberty supporter Omar Raii was elected to its National Executive Council.
The Stalinist roots of left anti-Semitism
In the 1980s, fervent - and paid - supporters of Gaddafi were accepted by many as a respectable section of the British left! This article from Socialist Organiser, 28 January 1988, tells about it, and the lessons we must learn.

The Fate of the Russian Revolution

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
Buy e-book versions, or the printed book, here. Second edition, December 2015.
By the end of his life, there were different and conflicting strands in Trotsky's political thought. In World War 2 "Orthodox" Trotskyism built on one strand at the cost of screening out more fundamental ideas.

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Ideas for Freedom is the annual weekend of socialist education, discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty. This year it runs from the evening of Thursday 7 July to the afternoon of Sunday 10 July, and takes place mainly at Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Members and friends of Workers' Liberty are organising a summer event at Height Gate farm, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

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