• New Governments in both Spain and Catalonia: Will the Impasse Persist?

    On June 1, less than three weeks after a new government was finally allowed to take office in Catalonia, the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy‘s People’s Party (PP) – which had headed the central state’s harsh repression of Catalan self-determination – was defeated in a parliamentary no-confidence vote prompted by a High Court conviction of … Keep reading »

  • Italy: Requiem for the Second Republic

    Analysis of the March 2018 election and the rise of the Second Republic in Italy by Steve Hellman. Keep reading »

  • What’s Driving Trade Tensions Between the U.S. and China

    There is a lot of concern over the possibility of a trade war between China and the USA. In early April, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his administration was considering levying $100-billion of additional tariffs on Chinese exports, after the Chinese government responded to a previously proposed U.S. tariff hike on Chinese goods of … Keep reading »

  • The “New Turkey”

    Permanent State of Emergency and the Dream of Absolute Power After declaring a state of emergency in the country, the decree laws of the government have replaced the law and therefore the constitution (already suspended partially) in Turkey. The main aim of the government since the failed coup attempt is quickly avoiding the cases slowing down … Keep reading »

  • Thirty-Five Years of Comintern Publishing: A Balancesheet

    In June 1983, after returning home from my shift in a machine shop in Brampton, Ontario, I received a visit from two leaders of the New York-based socialist publisher Pathfinder Press, Mary-Alice Waters and Barry Sheppard. They asked me to head up a full-time project to translate, edit, and publish the record of world revolutionary … Keep reading »

  • Madrid Repression of the Catalan Movement: Call for International Solidarity

    The Spanish state’s repression against Catalonia’s democratic rights gets worse every day. There are at this moment 10 leading politicians and activists in prison, without having been condemned of any crime. Keep reading »

  • Workers Need an Industrial Policy Not Tariffs

    Meeting in Chicago on Friday, March 9, the UE General Executive Board issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement about steel and aluminum tariffs. Keep reading »

  • Elections in Russia, 2018: Managed Democracy?

    This article examines the bases of popular support for recently re-elected Russian president Vladimir Putin. Although this support is strenuously “cultivated” by the regime by various illicit means, it nevertheless has a genuine basis that needs to be understood by people on the left who are trying to develop an enlightened position in the escalating confrontation between the “West” and Russia. Keep reading »

  • Why did the German SPD membership vote for the coalition?

    The decision to join the government throws up big questions for the left and for the movements. Keep reading »

  • The Iran Protests: A Third Path to Political Change?

    An Alternative to the Politics of “National Security” Emerges Days of protests in Iran have caught statesmen, analysts and observers by surprise, even though the anti-austerity and anti-establishment sentiments behind this primarily working-class revolt have been brewing for years. All the same, surprise is not a common reaction across the media. An early analysis offered in … Keep reading »

  • Another Europe is Needed

    Since the end of World War II, tribal rivalries and xenophobic sentiment in Europe have never been as strong as they are today. And this is but one of the European Union’s ‘successes’. Not to mention the resurrected warmongering vocation that led the Union to feed conflicts in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and, when the Union … Keep reading »

  • The Rage of the Poor in Iran

    The protests against the high cost of living in the cities of Khorasan province on December 28th soon spread to many cities of Iran incredibly quick and almost turned into a revolt within a week. The protests primarily targeted the high cost of living, financial difficulties and corruption. However, they quickly became politicized and began to target the foundations of the Islamic Republic (IR), namely the religious autocracy. The slogans quickly turned from “death to high cost of living” to “death to the dictator.” Keep reading »