News of Radical Communists of Ukraine

(In early summer the IBRP received the following letter from a group hitherto unknown to us, Radical Communists of Ukraine. We are publishing it with our reply, not only as testimony to the emergence of a range of groups striving for revolutionary clarity in the ex-USSR, but also to extend a warm welcome to the comrades who have since translated the IBRP Platform into Russian and Ukrainian - see...

Public Sector Strike or Sapping of the Workers’ Movement

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(From Colombia) · Background to New Bourgeois Measures, Reaction of the Masses and Imperialist Promises · In Colombia a process of insurrection has been unleashed by capitalism as the conflict between the two bourgeois military fronts is extended and exacerbated. This flare-up also involves a struggle for total control over the drugs business in an exceptional situation where the imperialist...

Peyke Anternasionalisti - Communists, the Working Class and the Election Issue

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IBRP Introduction · This article is translated from Peyke Anternasionalisti nos. 8 and 9, December 1999. It was written prior to the elections held later that month and which brought a landslide reformist victory. The response of the powerful Council of Guardians was to declare that there had been irregularities in the vote counting for some areas in Tehran and it was doubtful whether some of the...

World March of Women - Reform or Revolution?

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After centuries of fighting for freedom and equality, what have we got? · 1. We still earn less than men for the same work - globally we earn 40% less; · 2. Equal Pay legislation has failed. In those countries which introduced legislation - some more than 30 years ago - women still earn 75% of male wages (in the US it’s more like 58% if you’re not white); · 3.

The new electoral trap

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Editorial · As sure as the thaw, as is the tradition in Quebec, each spring brings us some new conference or meeting heralding some kind of new left alternative. This year again, at the end of May, a high mass was celebrated in Montreal bringing together hundreds of the faithful in hopes of uniting “the political left and progressive forces” in preparation for the next electoral rendez-vous.

Librairie Alternative

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Long live the dictatorship of the proletariat · In our March edition, we told you about the ban of Internationalist Notes from Montreal's Librairie Alternative. This “collective” act by the bookstore included other publications claiming to come out of Left Communism, under the pretext that these groups defend the perspective of worker's power as a transitional phase towards communism, in other...

Abdullah Öcalan - The Life Work of a “Liberator”...

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About a year ago on June 29, 1999, the leader of the Workers Party of Kurdistan (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, was condemned to death for treason and separatism by the Turkish state on his island prison of Imrali, on the Marmara Sea. Since then, ostensibly under the pressures of the European Human Rights Tribunal, the threat to the life of the man also known as Apo seems to have passed for now.

Vietnam - The Last Remnants of “Real Socialism”

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(From Battaglia Comunista 5 - May 2000) · 25 years after the end of the Vietnamese conflict, little remains of the mythology so lauded by the official and the extra-parliamentary left. Now the bourgeois press is reflecting on those events, ironically recalling the old illusions in order to attack the intellectuals of that time.

Chronicles of the Prehistoric

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All About Crime I · "Make money! If possible do it honestly, if not, by any means, make money." · Over 2,000 years later, the bourgeoisie have made this Horace quotation their scripture, the indisputable word. Yet the ruling class, itself established on a system of legal organized theft, rants all the time about the so-called rise in the rate of crime! The press in their pay makes a big fuss about...

Towards a New international

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Introduction · In May 1999, the members of Internationalist Notes / Notes Internationalistes (Canada) voted and publicised a motion expressing our political solidarity with the International Bureau for the Revolutionary Party (IBRP). · This decision was based on the proximity of our positions to those of a tendency already existing in the proletarian political camp.

Class war in Toronto

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The anger of the unemployed · (I.N. statement prepared for the Toronto June 15 March on Queens Park) · Last June 15th, members of Internationalist Notes took part in an important demonstration of the unemployed in Toronto. Around 1,500 people assembled in a downtown park to march on the Legislature. The purpose of this action was to denounce the most recent Ontario state measures against workers...

Preface

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The disappearance of the Russian bloc at the end of the 1980s, culminating in the collapse of the Moscow regime and the disintegration of the USSR, marked a turning point in the history of the world. More specifically it marked a turning point in the history of capitalism in its imperialist phase. · The underlying global relationships which had crystallised in the years following the Second World...

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