Theory & History

Student sit-down in Donegall Square East, Belfast, N Ireland, as part of the civil rights campaign, the precursor to the N Ireland Troubles. The guy with microphone is Kevin Boyle, who went on to become a university law lecturer. Ref: Student_sit-down_CRA_Campaign_196810160240a.

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The real lessons of the civil rights movement

A public row has erupted since Sinn Féin National Chairman Declan Kearney claimed, in a series of newspaper articles in early February, that republican activists played the pre-eminent role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He has been challenged by prominent members of the SDLP such as Alban […]

With a show of hands a majority of Belfast, N Ireland's shipyard workers attending a 3rd May 1977 well-supported meeting, vote against supporting the UUAC promoted general strike. The meeting was addressed by shop steward Sandy Scott. 197706030111

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Reclaiming Our History: Common History, Common Struggle – Peter Hadden

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of what is commonly accepted to be the start of the “Troubles”. In a few brief months in 1968 and 1969, Northern Ireland changed forever. A chain of events mobilised tens of thousands of young people, both Catholic and Protestant, in a mass movement which challenged the Unionist government and briefly posed the possibility of a revolutionary transformation of society.

Movement of workers and youth challenges Iranian regime

Movement of workers and youth challenges Iranian regime

Sudden large scale nationwide protests have shaken Iran. Sections of the masses have shown utter defiance of the regime. Youth, facing unemployment estimated to be between 25% and 40%, have particularly been to the fore. The protests, initially against the rise in prices and corruption, almost immediately developed into fighting and clashes with security forces with a mounting death toll. In some cities, people attacked police stations, pro-regime paramilitary headquarters and religious seminaries. This rapid development seemed unbelievable even for the most optimistic political analysts and activists.

October 1917: When workers took power

October 1917: When workers took power

With monotonous predictability the centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile – not aimed in the main at the ‘acceptable’ February revolution – but at October. A cacophony of slander is attempting to drown out the real history of the October revolution.

The Single Market: a neo-liberal tool of the bosses

The Single Market: a neo-liberal tool of the bosses

Theresa May’s four-week holiday is drawing to a close. She is returning to an autumn of watching her party tear itself apart over the EU. Following her humiliating general election campaign she really is a ‘dead prime minister walking’; powerless to be more than a passive bystander in the Tories’ […]

Venezuela: Imperialist offensive sharpens following Assembly elections

Venezuela: Imperialist offensive sharpens following Assembly elections

On 30 July elections were held to elect members of the “National Constituent Assembly” (ANC). In the days prior to the election, US imperialism and the MUD (the coalition which unites the right and far-right in Venezuela) backed a campaign of threats and violence to stop them taking place.