National Sections of the L5I:

Issues

Masses storm capital to halt austerity drive

On Friday 21 January thousands of indigenous Indians stormed Ecuador’s parliament building in the capital Quito.

A state of emergency was announced on 5 January to try to forestall planned strikes and demonstrations. But the mass of protesters ignored the government’s decree. Sweeping aside the troops guarding the building they occupied the parliamentary chamber and demanded the resignation of the country’s President, Jamil Mahuad. Read more...

1929: the Wall Street crash

Bill Jenkins remembers the Wall Street crash of 1929, seventy years ago this month, which plunged the world economy into recession, and punctured capitalism’s dreams of an endless golden future Read more...

Schools for socialism – Bolsheviks and education

Kate Foster looks at education in Russia in the first years after the revolution Read more...

Nato's "messy peace" in Kosova

What has been the outcome of the war in Kosova? The bosses' magazine, The Economist, euphemistically calls it a "messy peace". Read more...

International Left Opposition, 1928-33; forging an international leadership

Battered but unbroken by his fight inside the USSR with Stalin, Trotsky began his foreign exile in 1929 by creating an international opposition (ILO). Dave Stockton reveal the obstacles that had to be overcome by the ILO in building unity around political principle, a trusted international leadership and disciplined practice Read more...

Hitler 1889-1936: hubris

It is a fair bet that Hitler would be on most people’s top ten list of twentieth century figures who were “mad, bad and dangerous to know”. Kershaw’s excellent first volume of Hitler’s life tells us why they’d be right. Read more...

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...