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TERRY BARRETT, THE DOCKERS AND THE LEFT (1990)

Submitted by dalcassian on 17 February, 2017 - 1:25 Author: Sean Matgamna

Terry Barrett, who died in September, was one of the key rank and file working-class leaders during the years of the great labour upsurge of the '60s and '70s.

In the late '60s he was secretary of the London Port Workers' Committee, whose better known leader and public figurehead was the Communist Party member Jack Dash. This was a time when the dockers had the power to choke off supplies to British industry, and sometimes proved it.

ENDS, MEANS and “MILITANT” (The Socialist Party) (1990)

Submitted by dalcassian on 11 February, 2017 - 2:07 Author: Sean Matgamna

The spectacle of Steve Nally and Tommy Sheridan, the Militant leaders of the Anti-Poll-Tax Federation, on television promising to "go public and name names" of anti-poll-tax rioters in Trafalgar Square - that is, to turn their names over to the police - reminded me of the time a few years ago when I began to feel something like warmth for Militant, and how short-lived that was.

Stalin's Slave Laborers. The Extent and Significance of a Modern Phenomenon (1947)

Submitted by dalcassian on 23 January, 2017 - 5:59 Author: Jack WEBER (Louis Jacobs)

History records no greater crime than that of the Stalinist regime in its treatment of the victims in the concentration camps. Hitler's methods were not original. They ran parallel with, if they were not mere copies of those utilized by Stalin. If Hitler sent millions of people, primarily the Jews, into the gas chambers, the Russian camps have crushed, dehumanised and done to death more victims than all other concentration camps combined. For a time the war brought a decrease in the slave labor population of the lagers, as Stalin's hell-holes are called.

Darwin, Bryan, and the Socialist Books of Genesis (1990)

Submitted by dalcassian on 9 February, 2017 - 5:31 Author: Sean Matgamna

Last Sunday I made Thomas, my 12
year old son, the excuse for watching
Inherit the Wind once again, on TV.
Made in 1960, this is a fine movie about the
1925 "Monkey Trial", in America, when a young
school teacher was charged, at the instigation
of Christian fundamentalists, with teaching
Darwin's theory of evolution; and he was
found guilty.

60 propositions on the "Irish Question": a challenge to the left [1997]

Submitted by Matthew on 14 October, 2009 - 5:41 Author: Sean Matgamna

Ireland is one of the most important issues facing the British labour movement. For a quarter of a century the Six Counties of north-east Ulster have been in a state of latent, and sometimes open, civil war.

In all this time, the left in Britain has been able to do nothing to help our working-class brothers and sisters, the majority of the people in both the Catholic and the Protestant communities, find a way out of the bloody cul-de-sac into which sectarianism, the conflict of national identities and an irrational partition have forced them.

Israel and the ‘Politics of the Last Atrocity’ (1995)

Submitted by dalcassian on 25 January, 2017 - 9:06 Author: Sean Matgamna

THE history of colonialism contains many scenes of half-naked
men with spears charging machine guns — but even they could
hope to see off some of their enemies. Israeli's April war in
Lebanon — like the US-British-Europcan Gulf war of 1991 — goes
far beyond that.

New Year in Spain (1938)

Submitted by dalcassian on 25 January, 2017 - 6:45 Author: Louis MacNeice

The road ran downhill into Spain,
The wind blew fresh on bamboo grasses,
The white plane trees were bone naked
and the Issues plain:
We have come to a place in space where
shortly
All of us may be forced to camp in time:
The slender searchlights climb,
Our sins will find us out, even our sins of
omission.