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The issues after Charlie Hebdo

Submitted by AWL on 13 January, 2015 - 5:27 Author: Yves Coleman

This article will not deal in detail with the facts about the two murderous attacks, on 7 January at the headquarters of the weekly Charlie Hebdo and on 9 January in a Parisian kosher supermarket, which have been widely explained in the media; but with some of the problems and discussions inside the radical left and anarchist circles

Most of the left and the anarchist groups, in France, as in other countries, have adopted one of two opposite and wrong attitudes.

What the Workers Party Stands For: Max Shachtman Testifies (1949)

Submitted by dalcassian on 28 December, 2016 - 3:57

Max Shachtman, national chairman of the Workers Party, before the Loyalty Board of the United States Department of Commerce, on January 14 1949.

MAX SHACHTMAN was called as a witness, was duly sworn, and testified as follows:


By Chairman Short:

Q. Will you state your full name to the reporter?

A. Max Shachtman.

By Mr. Migdal:

Q. Mr. Shachtman, will you identify yourself please, for the Board?

A. I am National Chairman of the Workers Party.

Q. Do you know T.?

A. I met him this morning

Independent Socialism and US 'Subversive' Lists: Hal Draper Testifies (1949)

Submitted by dalcassian on 5 January, 2017 - 7:35 Author: Hal Draper

On July 11, 1949, the Board of Regents of New York State held a hearing in Albany for the purpose of determining a list of "subversive organizations" in accordance with the Feinberg Law, passed by the state legislature to bar from the schools any teacher belonging to such an organization.

An Irish horror story all workers can learn from

Submitted by dalcassian on 23 August, 2014 - 4:45 Author: Solidarity

An 81 year old retired Irish cardinal, Desmond Connell, has gone to the High Court in Dublin for a writ to stop his successor as Archbishop of Dublin handing over church files on paedophile priests to a state-organised inquiry into clerical abuse of children.

Anti-Semitism? Anti-Zionism! Learn how to do it smoothly,Tammy! (2003) martin Fri, 04/20/2007 - 14:40

A small outcry greeted Tam Dalyell MP's assertion that there are too many Jews in the entourages of Tony Blair and George W Bush, and that those Jews make Britain's and the USA's policy on the Middle East.

I found the responses to Dalyell encouraging, but also seriously off the point. The important and effective antisemites now are not those who talk like Hitlerites about Jewish influence and Jewish "cabals,'. Such people can usually expect the response Dalyell got.

Bob Pennington in the Trotskyist Archipelago (1997)

Submitted by dalcassian on 10 April, 2016 - 5:21 Author: By Sean Matgamna

BOB Pennington died alone, on a park bench in Brighton.

His last home was a spike hostel in the same town. He was 70 years old. Bob Pennington had been an active revolutionary socialist for 40 years. In those years Pennington wrote many good articles and pamphlets. He recruited many people to class-struggle politics and helped educate them in politics. He took part in and sometimes organised working-class battles in industry, inside the labour movement, and on the streets against racists, fascists and police.

A mirror for anti-Zionists AWL Tue, 02/24/2004 - 14:33

Walking from Westminster to Trafalgar Square one afternoon in May or June 2002, I came upon a small picket-demonstration - a dozen people perhaps - waving Palestinian flags and placards on the pavement across the road from the entrance to the Prime Minister's residence in Downing Street.

I saw from a distance, and wondered at it, that half the demonstrators were dressed in the black hats and clothes and the beards that identified them as some sort of especially religious Jews.

Ireland:18 Ideological Lies The Left Tells Itself (1986) martin Fri, 05/09/2008 - 12:26

Lie no. 1: Ireland is a single unit.

Ireland is one island, but plainly not one people. A minority of one million define themselves as different from the rest of the Irish, and as British. They form the compact majority in north-east Ulster - that is, the north-east of the present artificial Six Counties unit. They have been manipulated by British ruling-class politicians playing 'the Orange card', but they have their own identity or subidentity and their own concerns.

Militant -Socialist Party on Ireland

Submitted by AWL on 12 May, 2006 - 11:45

This article deals with the views argued on Ireland in the 1970s and 80s by Militant, forerunner of the Socialist Party and Socialist Appeal.

The Militant tendency argues that bread-and-butter trade union unity and a drive to for a Labour Party in Northern Ireland show the way to a socialist united Ireland. Why are they wrong?