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Balkans war

Introduction

The Balkans are being torn apart by two wars. The first, waged by NATO with laser-guided missiles from over 700 fighter planes, is designed to bomb Serbia into submission. The second is being mercilessly fought by Serbian army and militia against the Kosovar Albanians with the aim of driving them from their homeland; in a word, genocide. Read more...

East Asia: crisis spurns revolution

East Asia was hailed as the most dynamic region of the capitalist world in the early 1990s showing the rest of the "emerging markets" the shape of their own future. Now, as Michael Proebsting reports, that future is likely to be rather different as slump provokes misery and revolutionary crises. Read more...

American capitalism on the edge of a nervous breakdown

The last ten years have seen US stock markets boom as the country experienced its longest post war economic upturn. Keith Harvey asks, will the coming stock market crash push the world's superpower into steep decline? Read more...

Crisis theory and modern capitalism

As the profit system peers over the edge of the abyss Colin Lloyd and Keith Harvey explain why mainstream economics is powerless to assist Read more...

The murder of Luxemburg and Liebknecht

Eighty years ago, on the night of 15 January 1919, two great socialist revolutionaries died. Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were brutally murdered by paramilitaries, acting on the orders of the German social democratic government. Lesley Day commemorates the anniversary of Luxemburg and Liebknecht’s death by analysing their contribution to the Marxist tradition. Read more...

Clara Zetkin and the struggle for a working class women's movement

The period of the 1880's and 1890's in Germany was a period of rapid industrialisation carried through under the guidance of the repressive German state. It saw the birth and growth of German Social Democracy as the mass workers party. It drew women, and children, into industry on a large scale.

It was in this situation that women within the SPD-particularly Clara Zetkin struggled to lay the basis for a socialist led, working class based women's organisation. In 1891 the first issue of Die Gleicheit, subtitled 'for the interests of working women' appeared. It was an independent paper, with its own editorial board, led and coordinated by Social Democratic women, themselves disciplined party members. Read more...

Against the market: Planning the future

If "deregulation" was the buzz word of the 1990s boom, "supervision" looks set to be the received wisdom of the turn of the 21st century recession. Whether it is the European Union trying to make its economies converge for monetary union or the G7 responding to the Asian crisis by suggesting that the World Bank and International Monetary Fund should oversee international flows of capital, the need to control the anarchy of the market is evident to big business and bourgeois politicians alike. Read more...

Trotsky and the Fourth International: Turn to the masses

The final split with the Communist International (Comintern) brought home a brutal fact: the International Left Opposition (ILO) was tiny. Read more...