The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Wilhelm Pieck

Pieck, Wilhelm  Born Jan. 3, 1876, in Guben; died Sept. 7, 1960, in Berlin. Prominent figure in the German and international workers’ movements and in the party and state organizations of the German Democratic Republic. The son of a worker, Pieck was a carpenter by trade. He joined the woodworkers’ union in 1894 and theContinue reading “The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Wilhelm Pieck”

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Klement Gottwald

Gottwald, Klement  Born Nov. 23, 1896, in the village of Dedidocz. Moravia; died Mar. 14, 1953, in Prague. Figure in the Czechoslovak and international workers’ movement. Czechoslovak politician and statesman. The son of a poor peasant, Gottwald began to work when he was 12 years old. Beginning in 1912 he participated in the social democraticContinue reading “The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Klement Gottwald”

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Georgii Dimitrov

Dimitrov, Georgii Mikhailovich  Born June 18, 1882, in the village of Kovachevtsi, Pernik District, Bulgaria; died July 2, 1949, in Barvikha, near Moscow. Leader of the Bulgarian and international workers’ movement. Son of a craftsman. At 12 years of age, Dimitrov went to work as an apprentice typesetter; he was elected secretary of the printers’Continue reading “The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Georgii Dimitrov”

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Enver Hoxha

It should be noted that this article was written in the 1970’s under Soviet revisionism and therefore bears the ideological markings of social-imperialism in its evaluation of Comrade Enver. It mentions nothing of the titanic struggle of the Albanian Marxist-Leninists against revisionism and limits itself to mention of positions Hoxha held. It is through thisContinue reading “The Great Soviet Encyclopedia on Enver Hoxha”

American Party of Labor: Who Started the War?

Anti-Communist Hysteria on the Rise It seems that once again a specter is haunting Europe, if not the world. Yes, the specter of communism, which was supposedly totally discredited, debunked and rendered wholly irrelevant since 1989. The ruling classes of Europe and the industrialized imperialist world are again putting all their efforts into exorcising thisContinue reading “American Party of Labor: Who Started the War?”

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””

Anasintaxi on the Restoration of Capitalism in the Soviet Union (Part 5): The capitalist reforms in the Soviet Union and the bourgeois theories of “socialism”

The capitalist reforms in the Soviet Union and the bourgeois theories of “socialism” The character of capitalist economic reforms in the Soviet Union and the other Eastern countries during the Khrushchev-Brezhnev period (1953-1965) – that completely restored by mid-late 60’s, capitalism in these countries – were based on the theories of “socialism” promulgated by theContinue reading “Anasintaxi on the Restoration of Capitalism in the Soviet Union (Part 5): The capitalist reforms in the Soviet Union and the bourgeois theories of “socialism””

On the deaths in Stalin’s USSR

In the West, when Stalin’s name is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the “millions of deaths” under his “ruthless regime”. For decades, fascist and capitalist propagandists alike perpetuated this vision of Stalin as a monster, employing the best World War 2 and Cold War propagandists to slander Stalin’s role as aContinue reading “On the deaths in Stalin’s USSR”

Left Anticommunism: the Unkindest Cut

BY MICHAEL PARENTI Despite a lifetime of “shaming” the system, NOAM CHOMSKY, America’s foremost “engagé” intellectual, remains an unrepentant left anticommunist. In the United States, for over a hundred years, the ruling interests tirelessly propagated anticommunism among the populace, until it became more like a religious orthodoxy than a political analysis. During the Cold War,Continue reading “Left Anticommunism: the Unkindest Cut”

Forever in Chains: The Tragic History of Congo

FRIDAY 28 JULY 2006 The most blighted nation on earth goes to the polls this weekend – more in hope than expectation that stability and peace might result. In Congo, mass suffering has been a way of life ever since the Belgian King Leopold enslaved millions in the 19th century. Paul Vallely traces the storyContinue reading “Forever in Chains: The Tragic History of Congo”

Privatization in Ex-Communist Countries Killed Over One Million People

As many as one million working-age men died due to the economic shock of mass privatisation policies followed by post-communist countries in the 1990s, according to a new study published in The Lancet. The Oxford-led study measured the relationship between death rates and the pace and scale of privatisation in 25 countries in the formerContinue reading “Privatization in Ex-Communist Countries Killed Over One Million People”

Democracy, East Germany and the Berlin Wall

The GDR was more democratic, in the original and substantive sense of the word, than eastern Germany was before 1949 and than the former East Germany has become since the Berlin Wall was opened in 1989. It was also more democratic in this original sense than its neighbor, West Germany. While it played a roleContinue reading “Democracy, East Germany and the Berlin Wall”

What You Should Know About the Wall

Newspapers, radio and television report daily about Berlin and West Berlin in many languages throughout the world. They often speak or write of a state frontier, or of a wall. It may be very difficult for you to form a valid picture from all these reports which frequently contradict each other. We want to helpContinue reading “What You Should Know About the Wall”

Liberal Holocaust: Imperialism and the Democratic Party

This is a good article from a website that is now down. I disagree with several parts, particularly the labeling of North Korea as a “Stalinist dictatorship,” referring to the Soviet Union as an “empire,” saying that Titoite Yugoslavia was a “Leninist revolution” and denying the genocidal actions of the Milošević government. Regardless, this article makesContinue reading “Liberal Holocaust: Imperialism and the Democratic Party”

VI Congress of Emek Partisi

From En Marcha # 1562 January 5 to 13, 2012 Resolution We support the peoples who have rebelled for their rights and their freedom; we condemn the imperialist conspiracies against Syria and Iran. Throughout 2011, the Arab peoples of North Africa and the Near East have risen one after another. They do not want toContinue reading “VI Congress of Emek Partisi”