The Communist League: The Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War

‘Non-Intervention’? Between ourselves, it’s the same thing as profitable intervention – but profitable only for the other side’. Charles-Maurice Talleyrand (1754-1838) INTRODUCTION In January 1996, the Association of Communist Workers and the Association of Indian Communists held an extremely interesting meeting in the Conway Hall, London, devoted to exposing the slanderous misrepresentation of the Republican forcesContinue reading “The Communist League: The Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War”

Alliance Marxist-Leninist: The Cominform Documents

THE COMINFORM DOCUMENTS INTRODUCTION (by N. Steinmayr); For Alliance and Communist League. Published on web June 13th 1999. The Cominform documents have been published – in their original versions in both Russian and English – in The Cominform: Minutes of the Three Conferences 1947/48/49 (edited by Giuliano Procacci, in Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Annali, 1994, FeltrinelliContinue reading “Alliance Marxist-Leninist: The Cominform Documents”

Resolution of the Information Bureau Concerning the Communist Party of Yugoslavia, June 28, 1948

  The Information Bureau, composed of the representatives of the Bulgarian Workers’ Party (Communists), Rumanian Workers’ Party, Hungarian Workers’ Party, Polish Workers’ Party, The Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks), Communist Party of France, Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and the Communist Party of Italy, upon discussing the situation in the Communist Party of YugoslaviaContinue reading “Resolution of the Information Bureau Concerning the Communist Party of Yugoslavia, June 28, 1948”

V.I. Lenin on the International and World War I

“An International does not mean sitting at the same table and having hypocritical and pettifogging resolutions written by people who think that genuine internationalism consists in German socialists justifying the German bourgeoisie’s call to shoot down French workers, and in French socialists justifying the French bourgeoisie’s call to shoot down German workers in the nameContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on the International and World War I”

Labour Party (EMEP): Current Developments and the Kurdish Question

April 2006 Introduction Different Paths in the Kurdish Movement The US invasion of Iraq has had, among other things, a profound effect on the Kurdish question itself. New alignments, new developments and dissociations are evident and three years after the invasion, there is a need to summarise new factors in this century-old ‘big game’. OfContinue reading “Labour Party (EMEP): Current Developments and the Kurdish Question”

Grover Furr: Did the Soviet Union Invade Poland in September 1939? (The answer: No, it did not.)

by Grover Furr Introduction Did the Soviet Union Invade Poland on September 17, 1939? Why ask? “We all know” this invasion occurred. “You can look it up!” All authoritative sources agree. This historical event happened. Here’s a recent article in The New York Review of Books (April 30, 2009, p. 17) by Timothy Snyder, Yale University professor, academicContinue reading “Grover Furr: Did the Soviet Union Invade Poland in September 1939? (The answer: No, it did not.)”

Bill Bland: The German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939

by Bill Bland Introduction One of the many stories which circulate about Stalin is that, while the Soviet government was negotiating for a collective security pact with Britain and France directed against German aggressive expansion, he initiated the signing of a pact with Germany which precipitated the Second World War. Of course, not everything thatContinue reading “Bill Bland: The German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939”

Guy Endore on the French Revolution

“The whole famous Reign of Terror [of the 1790s] in fifteen months guillotined 2,596 aristos. The Versaillists [the anti-Communards of 1871] executed 20,000 before their firing squads in one week. Do these figures represent the comparative efficiency of guillotine and modern rifle or the comparative cruelty of upper and lower class mobs?” – Guy Endore,Continue reading “Guy Endore on the French Revolution”

Further Material on the Affair of Marshal Tukhachevsky

“The Moscow press announced that they [the primary Generals on trial] had been in the pay of Hitler and had agreed to help him get the Ukraine. This charge was fairly widely believed in foreign military circles, and was later substantiated by revelations made abroad. Czech military circles seemed to be especially well informed. CzechContinue reading “Further Material on the Affair of Marshal Tukhachevsky”

Alexander Werth on the Military Purges and Tukhachevsky

“I am also pretty sure that the purge in the Red Army had a great deal to do with Stalin’s belief in an imminent war with Germany. What did Tukhachevsky stand for? People of the French Deuxieme Buereau told me long ago that Tukhachevsky was pro-German. And the Czechs told me the extraordinary story ofContinue reading “Alexander Werth on the Military Purges and Tukhachevsky”

The Tukhachevsky Conspiracy

Yuri Yemelianov On the 70th Anniversary of the Treason Trials On the 11th of June 1937 Moscow radio announced the arrest of the former chief of the Red Army General Headquarters Marshal M. Tukhachevsky and 7 other Soviet leading military figures. The arrested were put to trial before the military branch of the USSR Supreme Court.Continue reading “The Tukhachevsky Conspiracy”

Karl Marx on the June Revolution

“The February revolution was the nice revolution, the revolution of universal sympathies, because the contradictions which erupted in it against the monarchy were still undeveloped and peacefully dormant, because the social struggle which formed their background had only achieved an ephemeral existence, an existence in phrases, in words. The June revolution is the ugly revolution,Continue reading “Karl Marx on the June Revolution”

Maximilien de Robespierre on Terror and the French Revolution

TERROR IS JUSTIFIED If virtue be the spring of a popular government in times of peace, the spring of that government during a revolution is virtue combined with terror: virtue, without which terror is destructive; terror, without which virtue is impotent. Terror is only justice prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation ofContinue reading “Maximilien de Robespierre on Terror and the French Revolution”

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?”

V.I. Lenin on Imperialism and Opportunism in Developed Countries

“Here we must ask: how is the persistence of such trends in Europe to be explained? Why is this opportunism stronger in Western Europe than in our country? It is because the culture of the advanced countries has been, and still is, the result of their being able to live at the expense of aContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on Imperialism and Opportunism in Developed Countries”