Unemployment rate


The bigger the lie... · The capitalist state and its henchmen are always crowing about their so-called success in the battle against unemployment: “Unemployment is falling! We're on the road to full employment...” · Leaving workers to wonder where the windfall of this steady bombast of “good economic news” has blown.

Seattle: the WTO is a symptom


The disease is capitalism - Declaration of the IBRP on the Seattle Summit · The World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Seattle has become the focus for what the Financial Times has called a... · "worrying level [of] public unease with capitalism and globalisation." (27.11.1999) · Protestors include Friends of the Earth and Christian Aid, trades unions, anarchists and left wingers, as well as...

Capitalism's Global Crisis Kills


Only the Working Class Holds the Solution for Humanity · Comrades and friends, · Ontario workers, employed or unemployed, are presently under attack. The all-out state offensive against the living and working conditions of our class has no recent precedent and is sowing growing poverty, insecurity and death amongst us.

On the Chechen war


Written by IBRP sympathizers in different regions of Russia, where our documents are also been translated and circulated · The War in Chechnya is an aggressive war of Russian imperialism. Its goal is to re-establish its control over the North Caucasus with its key oil pipelines. It seeks to lure the Russian proletariat into the trap of national unity and strengthen the arm of the bourgeois state...


In sharp contrast to the millennium hullabaloo which ushered in the year 2000, this issue of Internationalist Communist is a stark reminder of the real situation facing humanity at the turn of the century. · Far from heralding an era of universal peace and prosperity, over a decade after the end of the Cold War capitalism is still exacting its toll of human misery.

Control Over the Oil Market in an Epoch Where Finance Dominates

Translated from Prometeo 17, June 1999 · During 1998 the price of oil fell by 29.7% compared to 1997. This is the fifth largest drop since 1921 and means the period 1986 to date has experienced the biggest price reduction in recent times (-51.1%). Despite this, however, the economic analysts still maintain that the market is afflicted by an excess supply of around 1.5 million barrels per day.

The WTO is a Symptom, the Disease is Capitalism

(On the WTO Millenium Round in Seattle, Nov. 27, 1999 - Statement of the IBRP)

War and Revolutionary Politics


Translated from Prometeo 17, June 1999 · NATO’s war in the Balkans (which in effect meant bombarding the Yugoslav Federation from a height of ten thousand metres) proved far more than anything else recently just what an enormous gulf separates the Marxist minority from the whole of the left bourgeoisie, however radical, which still dominates the political scene.

Revolutionaries Faced With the Prospect of War

... and the Current Situation of the Working Class - Statement of the IBRP · The fact that the recent war in the Balkans took place in Europe itself plus the way it was fought (both during and after the NATO bombings) shows that we have taken a significant step towards generalised imperialist war. The wars which have broken out in Daghestan and other former Soviet Republics are yet another step.

ICC - Idealism or Marxism

Once Again on the Fatal Flaws of the ICC · Introduction · The following article is from an ex-ICC member who has been in close contact with the Bureau since 1995. Unlike other ex-members of the International Communist Current, he has not resorted to the comforting theory that the working class will liberate itself without political organisation (or even worse, that all political organisations are...

Sylvia Pankhurst: The Real Meaning of the Revolutionary Years

A review article of Sylvia Pankhurst: Sexual Politics and Political Activism by Barbara Winslow (published by UCL Press). · For anyone espousing communist politics today the appearance of a book which deals seriously with Sylvia Pankhurst’s political progression from militant reformist (suffragette) to revolutionary and left-wing communist is of more than passing interest.


Preface · The present period · The collapse of the USSR brought an end to the Cold War. It did not bring an end to capitalist exploitation nor to imperialism and the threat of global war. · On the contrary, the demise of the USSR was due to factors fundamental to the operation of the capitalist system itself. First, the global crisis of the world economy.


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