Diego Rivera’s Dirty Little Secret

Diego Rivera’s dirty little secret: His murals are magnificent celebrations of socialism; his friendship with Trotsky and his marriage to Frida Kahlo are leftist legend, but new evidence shows that he betrayed his comrades to his enemies. Phil Davison reports by Phil Davison Thursday 25 November 1993 In 1932, Diego Rivera was commissioned to paintContinue reading “Diego Rivera’s Dirty Little Secret”

Grover Furr reviews Robert Thurston’s “Life and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, 1934 -1941”

As always, the publication of an article does not necessarily imply an absolute endorsement of the entirety of its content. – Espresso Stalinist. by Grover Furr, from Cultural Logic, Volume 1, Number 2, Spring 1998 Robert W. Thurston, Life and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, 1934-1941. (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996). $30.00. Anti-Stalinism Hurts Workers, BuildsContinue reading “Grover Furr reviews Robert Thurston’s “Life and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, 1934 -1941””

William Blum on the Development of the Soviet Union

“History does not tell us what a Soviet Union, allowed to develop in a ‘normal’ way of its own choosing, would look like today. We do know, however, the nature of a Soviet Union attacked in its cradle, raised alone in an extremely hostile world, and when it managed to survive to adulthood, overrun byContinue reading “William Blum on the Development of the Soviet Union”

Bill Bland: The National Question in Britain

By W.B.Bland (“Communist League”, London UK) for The National Committee for Marxist-Leninist Unity (Britain). Introduction Geographically, the British Isles consists of two main islands: Great Britain and Ireland. Great-Britain consists of three communities: those of England, Wales and Scotland. There is general agreement among those who regard themselves as Marxist-Leninists that the people of Ireland constitute a nation,Continue reading “Bill Bland: The National Question in Britain”

Challenging Capitalism and Patriarchy: An Interview with bell hooks

THIRD WORLD VIEWPOINT: You have written extensively on feminist issues and on racial oppression in America, and your analyses are always thoughtful and incisive but, in terms of being an intellectual in the elitist sense of the word, does it bother you that the masses of African American women and men may, perhaps, not getContinue reading “Challenging Capitalism and Patriarchy: An Interview with bell hooks”

Thoughts on the George Zimmerman Verdict

“Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder.”  ― Syreeta McFadden I am deeply saddened and enraged beyond words at the news that Zimmerman has been acquitted of all charges and has therefore gotten away with murder, or rather a lynching. I am far too upset to giveContinue reading “Thoughts on the George Zimmerman Verdict”

When the CIA and MI6 tried to overthrow Enver Hoxha: 1949-1953

“The CIA dropped some of its agents here. Flew them in from Italy and dropped them by parachute. But we got them. They had some fine radio equipment. They were going to set up a base here in Albania. At that time my brother was in the Central Committee and said he thought we oughtContinue reading “When the CIA and MI6 tried to overthrow Enver Hoxha: 1949-1953”

The Spanish Gold and Financing Soviet Military Aid

The following text is from Daniel Kowalsky’s book Stalin and the Spanish Civil War. The selected excerpt is from chapter 11 of the book, “The Spanish Gold and Financing Soviet Military Aid.”  – E.S. The gold transfer is the best-documented aspect of Soviet-Spanish relations during the civil war, and thus need only be rapidly summarized here. AccordingContinue reading “The Spanish Gold and Financing Soviet Military Aid”

American Party of Labor: Insights into Socialist Albania from “Pickaxe and Rifle”

William Ash’s Pickaxe and Rifle: the Story of the Albanian People is a comprehensive, diversified, in-depth study and explanation of the experiences and the social system of the tiny, formerly Marxist-Leninist Balkan country. Ash was invited to travel to the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania in 1969. He visited again in 1971. He was given the opportunityContinue reading “American Party of Labor: Insights into Socialist Albania from “Pickaxe and Rifle””

Bruce Franklin’s Introduction to “The Essential Stalin”

Please note the posting of this introduction to the book “The Essential Stalin” does not necessarily imply support of Franklin’s political line.  — E.S. I used to think of Joseph Stalin as a tyrant and butcher who jailed and killed millions, betrayed the Russian revolution, sold out liberation struggles around the world, and ended upContinue reading “Bruce Franklin’s Introduction to “The Essential Stalin””

Why Yugoslavia was Expelled from the Cominform

“After prolonged discussion the Information Bureau adopted a resolution Concerning the Situation in the Communist Party of Yugoslavia which was made public by press and radio. The resolution contained a series of profound criticisms of the policy of the Yugoslav Communist leadership, and above all of the four figures who in a literal sense dominatedContinue reading “Why Yugoslavia was Expelled from the Cominform”

We Have Won! Hayat TV Is Not Being Silenced!

As a result of the meetings held with the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), the Council has withdrawn its decision to cease our broadcast. RTÜK has also stated that it will resolve the licence issue at the soonest possible date. Hayat Television has eliminated the threat of a blackout with intensive support from theContinue reading “We Have Won! Hayat TV Is Not Being Silenced!”

URGENT: Hayat TV to close down

Hayat TV, a progressive Turkish TV channel of the working people, the youth, women and the intellectuals is facing closure. We believe this is a blow to people’s freedom of information. The decision for the closure is made by the broadcasting regulator RTUK, Radio & Television High Commission with the pretext that Hayat TV hasContinue reading “URGENT: Hayat TV to close down”

The day the people of Turkey rose up — in pictures

Police forced to retreat from Istanbul’s Taksim square as protests against the authoritarian neoliberalism of Erdogan’s proto-Islamist government grow. For more background, read a solidarity statement here. For an update on the situation on the ground in Istanbul, check our latest article here.