• Whither Catalonia?

    Dan La Botz, a co-editor of New Politics, interviewed Josep María Antentas, teacher of Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and anticapitalist activist. First published on New Politics website. Dan La Botz (DL): The Catalan independence movement and its suppression by the Spanish state have garnered the attention of the world. What has … Keep reading »

  • New Mass Resistance as Spanish State Jails Catalan Ministers

    Judge Carmen Lamela of Spain’s National High Court – direct descendant of the fascist Franco-era Court of Public Order – took the war of the Spanish state against the Catalan pro-independence government to a new level of judicial violence on November 2. It was not enough that the two leaders of the Catalan mass pro-independence … Keep reading »

  • Balfour at 100: A Legacy of Racism and Propaganda

    The coming months mark the centennial of Palestine’s forcible incorporation into the British Empire. In November 1917, British foreign secretary Lord Arthur Balfour declared his government’s support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”; in December, Jerusalem fell to British troops. One hundred years later, the effects of these … Keep reading »

  • Communiqué on the Situation in Catalonia

    Following the Catalan Parliament’s declaration of independence on October 27, Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias tweeted: “We are against repression and for a negotiated referendum [which the Madrid government refused to Catalonia] but the declaration of independence is illegitimate and favours the strategy of the PP [People’s Party, headed by Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy].” However, the … Keep reading »

  • 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

    They Dared: The Legacy of the October Revolution

    A hundred years later, the question of the historical legacy of the October Revolution is not an easy one for socialists, given that Stalinism took root within less than a decade after that revolution and the restoration of capitalism seventy years later met little popular resistance. One can, of course, point to the central role … Keep reading »

  • A New Stage Opens in the Spanish State’s War on Catalan Self-Rule

    Spanish PM Rajoy reacts to declaration of independence by launching assault on Catalonia’s government, parliament and other institutions. The Spanish government’s war on Catalan autonomy and democracy is now in full offensive mode, following the Catalan parliament’s October 27 decision to proclaim their nation’s independence of the Spanish state. In the following article, Dick Nichols, … Keep reading »

  • 1917: The October Revolution

    It is now 100 years since the Great October Revolution of 1917, one of the most remarkable events of the 20th century. An autocratic monarchy governing over an emergent capitalist economy was swept aside, in a series of revolutionary ruptures between February and October, and replaced by a socialist state under the leadership of the … Watch video »

  • Rally for Catalan independence

    Catalonia’s Paradox

    October 1 has passed, closing a period of the shared history between Catalonia and the Spanish state and beginning an uncertain future. It was a day when all the tension building over the five-year independence process came to a head. The numbers speak volumes. 2,262,424 votes cast. With an electoral roll of approximately 5.3 million … Keep reading »

  • German Federal Elections:Chauvinistic Identity Policies Outperform Left Economic Alternatives

    Conservatives: Overestimating their Popularity “For a Germany in which we live well and happily.” Maybe it was just this less than catchy campaign slogan that cost Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU so dearly at the polls; leaving the party at a record low of 26.8 per cent of the total vote. What is more likely, though, is … Keep reading »

  • Norwegian Elections: Another Right-Wing Victory, and a Serious Labour Defeat

    The centre-left failed in getting rid of the so-called ‘blue-blue’ government at the parliamentary elections in Norway on 11 September. The Labour Party was the main loser, while small parties on the centre-left advanced slightly. However, the parliamentary basis of the right-wing government has started to unravel. A deeper political crisis may be looming in … Keep reading »

  • Quebec in Solidarity with Catalonia

    Prison vs. Ballot Boxes in Spain: A Toxic Cocktail in a Democracy (Signatories listed at conclusion) As democrats, we feel an obligation to protest strongly to the government of Mariano Rajoy. After having deployed in 2010 the arsenal of the Constitutional Court to block an agreement that granted further autonomy to Catalonia within Spain, this government is … Keep reading »

  • Catalonia Referendum: Resisting the Spanish Government Siege

    In 1713-14, it took the troops of Spain’s Borbon monarchy 14 months of siege before taking Barcelona and ending Catalan self-rule. In September 2017, Catalonia is again under siege, this time from the central Spanish People’s Party (PP) government. Under prime minister Mariano Rajoy the Spanish state is concentrating all its firepower on stopping the … Keep reading »