By Kola Ibrahim On 20th August, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the co-leader with Vladimir Lenin of the Russian October 1917 Revolution, was murdered in Cocoayan, Mexico by Ramon Mercader, a Stalinist agent who disguised himself as a follower of Trotsky. This event marked a special mention in the working class movement globally, as Trotsky, after Lenin’s death, contributed majorly to the
ONLY A WORKERS AND POOR PEOPLES’ GOVERNMENT ON A SOCIALIST PROGRAMME CAN RESCUE THE COUNTRY AND ITS ECONOMY The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) salutes the workers and ordinary people of Mali over their steadfast struggle against the corrupt, anti-poor government of Ibrahim Keita which was removed eventually via a military coup on August 18, 2020. However, experience in other
On 21 August 1940, the revolutionary socialist Leon Trotsky died after being attacked by a Stalinist agent the previous day. Along with Lenin, Trotsky was the foremost leader of the October 1917 socialist revolution in Russia. With the advent of the Stalin-led counterrevolution in the Soviet Union, which also wrecked the international communist movement – the Third International (Comintern) –
Statement by the International Secretariat, Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) The words of W.B Yeats, from his poem ‘Easter 1916’, sum up the current world situation: “All changed, changed utterly.” 2020 is the opening of a new era, as we have explained in the previous CWI analysis. Fundamental changes are taking place in the world economy, geo-political relations, and
July 3, 2020 Report of CWI international meeting by Philip Stott (Socialist Party Scotland) CWI Leading representatives of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) met online over the weekend, 27/28 June. The International Executive Committee (IEC) meeting was attended by 70 comrades, from CWI sections from across the world. Those participating included IEC members and visitors from Sri Lanka,
SPN SUPPORTS THE MASS PROTEST IN US AND ACROSS THE WORLD SPN DEMANDS AN END TO POLICE BRUTALITY, RACIAL VIOLENCE AND ALL FORMS OF OPPRESSION The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemns the brutal killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man by Minneapolis Police officers on May 25, 2020, after he was arrested for allegedly buying cigarettes with a
By Jai Chavis and Nicholas Wurst, Independent Socialist Group (US) On 25 May, police in Minneapolis choked George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who subsequently died. His death was disturbingly reminiscent of the New York police Department (NYPD) killing of Eric Garner in 2014. A released video recorded by bystanders shows Floyd repeatedly pleading, “I can’t breathe”, as officer Derek
Only a socialist alternative offers a way forward Statement by the International Secretariat of the Committee for a Workers’ International The corona crisis has entered a new phase, in health, the economy and geo-political relations. It has confirmed the main trends outlined in previous statements produced by the CWI. A new era of capitalist turmoil and social upheaval now beckons,
Click to watch H T Soweto (Democratic Socialist Movement, Nigeria) and Weizmann Hamilton (Marxist Workers Party, South Africa) join members of the CWI’s International Secretariat to discuss the developing situation in and effects of Covid-19 on South Africa, Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa in general.
Build and organise in the communities as a foundation for mass campaigning Marxist Workers Party (South Africa) statement Two mile queues for food parcels. Corruption and patronage in their distribution. Shops being looted. Schools vandalised and burned. Collapsing household income. Confusion over accessing social grants. Tens-of-thousands of arrests and fines. Harassment, beatings, and even killings at the hands of state
The DSM is the Nigerian affiliate of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) Lenin once said that with the 1917 Russian revolution, “Imperialism broke at its weakest link”. Today, the deadly combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rapid development of an almost unprecedented worldwide economic catastrophe is producing potentially explosive social, economic and political situations around the world.
The following statement was agreed at a November meeting of European CWI sections and supporters, along with visitors from the USA and Nigeria, held in London. The world situation is marked by explosive social upheavals and turmoil. Even since the re-founding meeting of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), last July, there have been dramatic changes in the situation
HANNAH SELL, Deputy General Secretary of Socialist Party England and Wales, a sister organisation of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) in the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), reviews a recent book by left-wing author Aaron Bastani which is the latest to proclaim that new technology has the power to transform society, offering up fixes for global warming, poverty and
Zimbabwe under Mugabe and the need for the Working Masses to struggle for economic and political emancipation By Chinedu Bosah When the independence struggle was raging in Africa in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly when neighbouring countries like Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and Nyasaland (Malawi) gained independence in 1963, it was a matter of time for Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to gain
* Calls on the Buhari/APC Government to Provide Decent Jobs and Better Life in order to Curb Desperate Migration * Calls for the Unity of Nigerian and South African Working Masses to end Capitalism and Enthrone Socialism in both Countries and the African Continent The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) hereby condemns the raging xenophobic attacks in South Africa which
By Robert Bechert, Committee for a Workers’ International Mid-August saw tens of thousands of Sudanese come onto the streets to welcome the launch of the “sovereign council” and a transitional government. This was in relief at what they felt was an important step in ending the nightmare of living, since 1989, under the brutal military dictatorship, headed by Omar Hassan
CWI May Day greetings to workers and the oppressed fighting against capitalism worldwide The Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) sends revolutionary May Day greetings to all workers and oppressed people fighting against capitalism worldwide. We commemorate the struggles and sacrifices of past generations of fighters and martyrs in the struggles against bosses and dictators and for a socialist world.
Sudan: No to rule of the generals! CWI Reporter, from The Socialist (weekly paper of the Socialist Party England & Wales) After 30 years of dictatorship in Sudan, historic mass protests have achieved the fall of President Omar Al-Bashir in a forced ‘palace coup’ by the generals. Following this, a ‘transitional military council’ was established, with defence minister Amhed Awad
Algeria: Bouteflika is finished but not yet the Algerian revolution! Amar Benhamouche, Gauche Revolutionnaire (CWI France) Bouteflika, the hated president of Algeria, is gone! But the Algerian people are by no means giving up their struggle. This is despite the way the regime is constantly taunting the demonstrators, trying to frighten them and spread false information to tarnish the image
Algeria: Bouteflika quits – No trust in the old elite and the generals! Power to the revolutionary workers and youth! Serge Jordan, CWI Bowing to weeks of mass protests and a deluge of workers’ strikes, Algeria’s senile and octogenarian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, resigned on Tuesday 2 April. This news has been received with huge enthusiasm and scenes of celebration on