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Analysis by Country

Peace talks fail

For the past six months in Sri Lanka political attention has been fixed on the fate of discussions between the various Tamil guerrilla groups and the United National Party (UNP) government. Also involved in these talks was Rajin Ghandi’s government in India. Neither the ‘ceasefire’ that accompanied the discussions, nor the discussions themselves were a success from the Tamils’ point of view. Read more...

Bolivian workers resist new austerity

Within six weeks of his inauguration as President, Victor Paz Estenssoro has given notice to the Bolivian working class of what it can expect from his new government. Declaring a ’state of siege’ on 19 September, Paz arrested thousands of trade unionists involved in a general strike against government austerity measures. Read more...

Guerillarism: a flawed strategy

Ranged against Jayawardene are the organisations of the Tamils, many of which have taken up the armed struggle. How should revolutionaries assess the role of the guerrilla organisations in the present struggle? What has the last twelve months revealed about their petit bourgeois nationalism? Read more...

The first world war - Labour recruits for carnage h

Part three of a history of the Labour Party Read more...

The halting march of Labour forwards? - Labour's liberal years

Part two of a History of the Labour Party by Jon Lewis and Dave Stocking Read more...

Class war in Minneapolis

Fifty years ago the American city of Minneapolis was a battlefield in the class war between workers and bosses. Three strikes in 1934 shook the city and American society to their foundations. The feature of these strikes by the Teamster Union Local 574 was that they were led by Trotskyists. Read more...

Bolivian Revolution of 1952 - polemic with the POR

Bolivian Revolution of 1952 - polemic with the POR

by Stuart King Read more...

A.J. Cook –The ‘King Arthur’ of the 1920s

Arthur Scargill has justly been compared with Arthur J. Cook, the secretary of the Miners Federation of Great Britain (MFGB) from 1924 until 1931. During the miners’ great struggle of 1926 no figure came to represent the anger and determination of the miners more than A.J. Cook. He was adored by the militants in every coalfield as a tireless and selfless fighter for the cause of the miners. He was hated by the right wing trade unions leaders. He was pilloried in the bosses’ press. Read more...

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