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Factory and university occupations in France. US civil rights and rage at the Vietnam war. Upheavals in Italy, Pakistan and Northern Ireland. Revolt in Stalinist Czechoslovakia. Repression in Mexico. Events in 1968 sent shockwaves around...

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May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France By Mitchell Abidor AK Press, $15 Fifty years have not dulled the excitement of the general strike in France in May 1968 which...

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Two hundred years since Karl Marx was born and 170 years since his most famous work, The Communist Manifesto, was published, Eddie McCabe looks at Marx’s theory of class struggle and assesses its relevance for...

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Marxist ideas more relevant than ever Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI in England and Wales) general secretary The 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Karl Marx is on 5 May. Marx, together with...

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In today’s world, preoccupied with talk of “a new Cold War” between major powers, the events of half a century ago in a European country far from the U.S. may seem of little relevance. But...

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Alex Rouillard, Gauche Révolutionnaire (CWI in France) On October 15, 1987, Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso, was assassinated. Two months earlier, at the conference of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in...

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Weizmann Hamilton, Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) Executive Committee member, South Africa With the passing of Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela, the African National Congress lost arguably the most beloved and certainly one of the greatest of...

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Striking analysis in heat of 1917 will deepen any reader’s understanding Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party (CWI in England and Wales) ‘Trotsky in 1917’ is the most complete collection in English of some of the...

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A new women’s movement is emerging in response to the election of the misogynist Donald Trump, starting with the 2017 women’s marches and now with the #MeToo campaign. The potential power of the #MeToo moment...

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Robin Clapp, Socialist Party (CWI in England and Wales) national committee The year 1968 was tumultuous with workers’ accumulated frustrations igniting rebellion against capitalism and non-capitalist Stalinist regimes alike. Brewing discontent in France spilled over...

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