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A Tribute to the Revolution’s Blue Blouse Movement Heroes

First published in the Morning Star on March 7th 2017 MARCH 8 was designated International Women’s Day in 1910 by the German communist Clara Zetkin to promote equal rights for women. Women’s Day in 1917 was a momentous occasion. Women from the factories thundered onto the streets of Petrograd. They surged up the Nevsky Prospekt Read more about A Tribute to the Revolution’s Blue Blouse Movement Heroes[…]

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The October Revolution and internationalism: 1917 – 2017

By John Foster ‘Capital is an international force. To vanquish it, an international workers’ alliance, an international workers’ brotherhood, is needed. We are opposed to national enmity and discord, to national exclusiveness. We are internationalists.’ Lenin,Letter to the Workers and Peasants of the Ukraine(1919) Peace, Bread and Land ‘Peace, Bread and Land’ was the slogan Read more about The October Revolution and internationalism: 1917 – 2017[…]

Time to Challenge Capitalism Again

First published in the Morning Star on Saturday/Sunday December 31-January 1 2016/17 IN THIS centenary year of the Russian Revolution books will be published, op-eds written and programmes broadcast about the dramatic events of 1917 and their impact on the 20th century. In the mainstream media few are likely to look at whether the “10 days Read more about Time to Challenge Capitalism Again[…]

The Origins of International Women’s Day

Mary Davis Within the last 10-15 years many thousands of women worldwide have begun to recognise and to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). It is, however, unfortunate that that its origins are not more widely known given that its foundation almost 100 years ago and subsequent history is truly inspirational. The motivation for IWD came Read more about The Origins of International Women’s Day[…]

Marking 100 Years Since the Revolution

by Ralph Gibson   “TEN days that shook the world.” Journalists are often prone to exaggeration. But few would argue with that description of the events of October/November 1917 by US reporter John Reed, an eyewitness to the Russian revolution. The centenary of that global “earthquake” will be marked next year, and two British organisations Read more about Marking 100 Years Since the Revolution[…]