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Honduras: the weak dictatorship imposes itself but faces opposition from the masses

fredag 2 februari 2018

The struggle of the masses, opened after the elections in Honduras, is only comparable to the strike of 1954 and the movement against the coup d'état in 2009. It is one of the greatest instances of class struggle in the history of the country. This can only be explained by the great contradictions concentrated in society, which have placed the country on the verge of revolution. In spite of all that revolutionary impulse, Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH) has just been sworn in as president, although he was met with protesters demanding his resignation. This is a highly discredited and weak government that will be subjected to the pressure of the workers, who can prevent JOH from completing his four-year term.

Russia: How the Bureaucracy Seized Power ‒ Part Three: 'Socialism in One Country'

torsdag 1 februari 2018

We re-publish the third in George Collins’ series of articles on the degeneration of the Soviet Union and the rise of Stalinism. Here, he describes the theoretical battle over the Stalinist distortion of ‘socialism in one country’, and Trotsky’s principled defence of Marxist internationalism. Read part one here, and part two here.

Eye-watering inequality: a symptom of a sick system

torsdag 1 februari 2018

Earlier this month, Oxfam published the latest statistics on wealth inequality. They reveal that the slogan of “we are the 99 percent” really is true. The richest 1 percent globally own more than the rest of us put together. 42 billionaires own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who form the poorest half of the world's population.

Spanish regime uses all means at its disposal to prevent Catalan president from being sworn in

onsdag 31 januari 2018

When the Catalan government declared a republic, the Spanish regime answered by sacking it, dismissing the Catalan Parliament and calling fresh elections on 21 December. That election was another defeat for the Spanish regime as it delivered, again, a pro-independence majority. Unable and unwilling to respect the democratic will of the Catalan people, the Spanish regime is now using all means at its disposal to prevent Carles Puigdemont from being elected as Catalan president. In the process it is revealing the profoundly undemocratic nature of the regime that was established in 1978.

The Tet Offensive: the turning point in the Vietnam War

onsdag 31 januari 2018

From 30-31 January 1968, 70,000 North Vietnamese soldiers, together with guerrilla fighters of the NLF, launched one of the most daring military campaigns in history. The Tet Offensive was the real turning point in the Vietnam War. On its 40th anniversary, Alan Woods analysed the events that led to the Vietnam War and the significance of the Tet Offensive in bringing about the defeat of US imperialism, and drew some parallels with Iraq.

Argentina’s past: Peronism, revolution and counter-revolution

tisdag 30 januari 2018

In late October, the body of Santiago Maldonado was found floating in the Chubut River in Argentina. This followed the activist’s forced disappearance in August during his involvement in a movement defending the land rights of the Mapuche indigenous people. In a country where enforced disappearances were once commonplace, Maldonado's death was both a remnant of Argentina’s counter-revolutionary past, and also exposed the corruption, rot and unresolved contradictions that remain at the core of the regime.