The Russian Revolution: An inspiration Then and Now

WHY should media, so apparently divided on key political issues, be united in viewing the October 1917 revolution in Russia as not worth celebrating?
Most reasons advanced boil down to a combination of secret police, state repression, lack of individual rights, an absence of democracy and mass bloodshed.
No state exists without a secret police. Tsarist security police infiltrated the Bolsheviks right up to central committee level. Their reports condemned revolutionaries to jail, exile and worse. Continue reading

Che’s Daughter Aleida calls for unity of the left

They had travelled to Denbigh Town Hall from as far as the Wirral, Anglesey and Aberystwyth to celebrate the Cuban revolution in music, song and verse and to hear Aleida Guevara talk about her father’s legacy and the current situation in her country. MEIC BIRTWISTLE reports.
The banner on the stage of Denbigh Town Hall on Tuesday night was trilingual — Welsh, English and of course Spanish — “Daw Dydd — Our Day Will Come — Venceremos!” Continue reading

It’s Time to get your Coat, Priti Patel

EVEN as Theresa May finally sees no real alternative but to sack Priti Patel, she still oozes weakness because everyone knows this isn’t her favoured option.
She has been reeling since her ill-judged bid to win a landslide parliamentary majority blew up in her face, leaving Jeremy Corbyn looking the winner.
Her billion-pound bung to the Democratic Unionist Party hasn’t made her administration any steadier in the face of instability following allegations of inappropriate behaviour and worse against ministers and MPs. Continue reading

Catalan Chiefs to face charge of Sedition

SPAIN’S chief prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza made clear yesterday that he intends to place charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement against members of Catalonia’s ousted government, which has been seeking independence for the region.

The rebellion, sedition and embezzlement charges carry maximum sentences of 30, 15 and six years in jail respectively. Continue reading

German Far Rights Gain Spark Protest

by Felicity Collier

ANTI-RACISM campaigners took to the streets of London last night to protest at the German far right’s recent electoral success.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD), an anti-EU party with a large fascist wing, attracted a shock 12.6 per cent share of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary election, winning seats in the lower house Bundestag for the first time. Continue reading

No one has the Divine Right to Rule

Calls to extend democracy are always met with derision, writes CHRIS WILLIAMSON

WHY is it that some people who claim to be advocates of democracy, who want to spread its influence throughout the world, seem more reticent about extending it when it might affect them personally?

I thought it was only tyrants and autocrats who would argue that they should not be subjected to democratic scrutiny by the people they purport to speak for. Continue reading

Sexual health and reproductive rights at a crossroad

The untimely death of Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), comes at a turbulent time for sexual and reproductive health and rights. The UNFPA’s mission is to deliver “a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled”. Last week, the USA rejected part of a UN resolution designed to help female victims of violence—particularly those in conflict zones, who are at increased risk of sexual assault and rape—because it included a statement that women should be given the option of a safe abortion. US representative Jason Mack told the UN Human Rights Council that President Donald Trump’s administration “does not recognise abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance”. It is one thing to contest the role of abortion in family planning, and another to deny that women are often unable to negotiate when or with whom they have sex or choose when and by whom they get pregnant.
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बिभाजित मनोबिज्ञान: चोक्टा खान कस्सिएकी बुढी ……….

बिगत १०३ बर्ष अघि १ अगस्तका दिन पहिलो बिश्वयुद्ध छेडियो भने १९३९ सेप्टेम्बरमा पोल्याण्डमाथि आक्रमण गरेर दोश्रो बिश्वयुद्ध शुरु गरेका थिए । अंकगणितीय हिसावले पहिलो युद्धको अन्य भएको एक सताब्दी पुरा हुन लागेको छ भने दोश्रो चाँही सत्तरी बर्ष पार गर्न लागेको छ । यी दुइ युद्धहरुले बिश्वमा कैयौं पविर्तनहरु ल्याए । अझ खास गरी यी युद्धहरुले युरोपको अनुहारमा सदाका लागि बिशेष परिर्वन ल्यायो । र अहिले सम्म पनि युरोपीयलीहरु (चाहे सत्तामा रहेका हुन् चाहे सत्ता बाहिर रहेका जनता हुन)माथी यी युद्धहरुका छापहरु प्रश्ट देखिन्छन् ।  Continue reading