National Sections of the L5I:

Analysis by Country

Germany 1953 - "We are workers not slaves"

Richard Brenner describes the events of June 1953 when the workers of East Germany launched a mass struggle that ended in a general strike and an uprising against the Stalinist bureaucracy Read more...

Elections solve nothing

Under the auspices of the United Nations one of the world’s key “trouble spots”, Cambodia, has just witnessed elections designed to end the civil war. Chris Bryant looks at the background to these elections and explains why none of the alternatives on offer can bring a progressive solution to the conflict any nearer. Read more...

Should drugs be legalised?

Arguments for decriminalising drugs have found some unexpected backers. Dave Beech explains. Read more...

China: “socialism” with capitalist characteristics

On present trends China could be the biggest economy in the world by the year 2010. But will it be capitalist? Peter Main explores the contradictory dynamic of the present phase of economic development. Read more...

Irish republicanism at an impasse

It is twenty five years since the civil rights revolt gave birth to the modern IRA. Here, Matt Docherty assesses republicanism’s strategy for a united Ireland today in the light of the recent historic changes in world politics. Read more...

“Everything was possible”—May ’68

A quarter of a century after France was rocked by the biggest general strike in European history, Emile Gallet recalls the events and examines the actions of the left Read more...

The criminal core of Italian capitalism

By late May 700 politicians, bureaucrats and bosses were being investigated in the bribes for contracts scandal that has rocked Italian capitalism. Marco Zucci makes sense of this controlled purging of the Italian state Read more...

War and Peace in Bosnia. No imperialist solutions!

Dave Stockton assesses the west’s options after the Bosnian Serbs’ rejection of the Vance-Owen plan Read more...