• 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 »

  • Defensem el referendum

    In Defence of Democratic Rights in Catalonia

    In Catalonia an important process of independence is taking place against Spain. At the request of the Popular Party (PP), the Spanish Constitutional Court declared the Catalan Statute of 2010, unconstitutional. This statute was negotiated between the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and later endorsed by the Spanish Parliament. Since then, the number of … Keep reading »

  • Rally for Catalan independence

    Catalonia: The Referendum and its Previous Lives

    In June 2017 a referendum on Catalan independence was announced by the Government of Catalonia, formed by members of the Junts pel Sí coalition, supported by the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), for October 1 2017. The Spanish state government opposes any regional self-determination referendum, maintaining that the Spanish Constitution does not allow for a vote … Keep reading »

  • Envisioning a Democratic and Sustainable Energy System

    Korean Unions Call for a Just Energy Transition

    In a series of landmark statements following the May 2017 election of the pro-reform President Moon Jae-in, Korean energy, transport and public service workers have called for “a just energy transition” allowing the sector to “function as a public asset under public control.” Unions support the new government’s decision to close the country’s aging coal-fired … Keep reading »

  • Questions and Implications of the French Elections: Mélenchon, La France Insoumise, Populism

    Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s presidential and legislative campaign this year was different from the previous ones. There was a huge change in the relationship to political parties in general and to his former Left Front allies in particular. It’s important to understand the reasons for this change, as well as the implications and the specific context in … Keep reading »

  • ‘All Power to the Soviets!’ Biography of a Slogan

    “All power to the Soviets!” is surely one of the most famous slogans in revolutionary history. It is right up there with “Egalité, liberté, fraternité” as a symbol of an entire revolutionary epoch. In this essay and others to follow, I would like to examine the origin of this slogan in its original context of … Keep reading »