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Anti-Imperialist Camp leaders in Italy acquitted of terrorism charges

October 6, 2010

Statement by Moreno Pasquinelli, defendant in the case September 23rd, 2010 is a day we will not forget easily: “Under the article 530, first paragraph, the accused are acquitted because there is no case to answer.” It was a full victory, on a legal level in the first place, but also on a political and… Read more »

Murry Weiss on Portugal

Spring 1977

(Excerpts from a speech delivered in August, 1976, summarizing the views of Murry Weiss and Myra Tanner Weiss on the continuing Portuguese revolution and the serious divisions within the Fourth International between the major of world Trotskyism and the Socialist Workers Party in the U.S.) The first task of revolutionaries in the United States is… Read more »

Crisis of Leadership in Portugal

Fall 1977

Milton and Edith Zaslow, leaders of Trotskyist regroupment in this country and founding members of the new Committee for a Revolutionary Socialist Party, analyze the problems facing the Portuguese working class and the character of the Portuguese Communist Party. The Zaslows reside in Los Angeles, California. Their article is a counter-position to that of “Murry… Read more »

Letter from Italy: Poverty, Machismo and Madonnas

Fall 1977

I’m having an unforgettable time exploring ancient Roman ruins, renaissance art, and the contemporary marvels of Italian radical politics. Lavishly adorned churches loom everywhere, flaunting the vast wealth and power of the Vatican but impervious to the tremendous social problems confronting the people. Trigger-happy police routinely brandish submachine guns at worker and student demonstrators. And… Read more »

Paris: A split in the Union of the Left

Fall 1977

The workers’ mood here is one of demoralization since the split in the Union of the Left, a popular front composed of the Communist party, Socialist party, and the Left Radicals, a bourgeois liberal party seeking left cover. In the face of the government austerity program of speedups and wage freezes, the workers were awaiting… Read more »

International roundup: Iran, Cuba, Ireland, Namibia, Afghanistan

Fall 1979

Iran Save Iranian Trotskyists A tidal wave of repression launched by the Khomeini/Bazargan government of Iran has resulted in the executions of at least 70 Kurdish leaders and an unknown number of women and gays. Thousands of anti-Shah fighters, including 14 members of the Trotskyist Iranian Socialist Workers Party (HKS), have been imprisoned. Twelve of… Read more »

Northern Ireland: A political tour

Winter 1979

Wherever we traveled in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, we searched for revolutionary leaders, for Marxists in the tradition of the great labor organizer James Connolly who was executed by the British after the 1916 Uprising. And what we found was an amazing number of heroic women — determined, strong, young working women heavily… Read more »

International Roundup: Poland, El Salvador, Zimbabwe, Iran

Summer/Fall 1980

Poland Down with the privileges of the bureaucracy! Down with Stakhanovism! Down with the Soviet aristocracy and its ranks and orders! Greater equality of wages for all forms of labor! The struggle for the freedom of the trade unions and the factory committees, for the right of assembly and freedom of the press, will unfold… Read more »

Hyping the Great White Hope

Fall 1981

When Jack Johnson flattened Tommy Bums to win the heavyweight championship of the world, he knocked the boxing fraternity on its ear and kicked off the most turbulent era in modem sports history. Johnson was Black, the year was 1908, and the referee had barely started his 10-count over Bums when an international search for… Read more »

International Roundup

Fall 1981

France Capitalists cringed, the stock market plunged, and radicals celebrated in the streets of Paris on May 10, when French voters overwhelmingly rejected the 14-year incumbent president, conservative Giscard d’Estaing, and elected Socialist Party leader Francois Mitterand. In June, socialists were elected to 290 of 491 seats in the new French Parliament, giving the Left… Read more »