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  • Philip Mountbatten dead at 99 - Buckingham Palace announced this afternoon (9 April 2021) that the Philip, so-called 'Duke of Edinburgh', had died. The BBC's stations all took a moment of silence before a rendition of God Save the Queen was broadcast throughout the country. Flags will be flown at half mast, and testimonials will follow from across the political spectrum.
  • Belfast Riots: what caused the violence? - It has been the seventh night of unrest in Belfast after hundreds of Loyalist youth, beginning on 2 April 2021, held a protest on in South Belfast after it was advertised on Facebook. The protest quickly turned violent after clashes with the police with petrol bombs and bricks thrown. 
  • WFDY: capitalism is incompatible with health for the youth & people of the world - The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) has released a statement marking World Health Day highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the struggle for proper healthcare for the youth and working people.

Culture & Sports

  • CP to hold online feminist festival on ‘Sisterhood, Socialism & Struggle’ on 8 May 2021 - The Communist Party is organising a one day Marxist feminist festival celebrating ‘Sisterhood, Socialism & Struggle’ in Britain and across the world on 8 May 2021. The event aims to put women’s liberation at the heart of class struggle and explore how we should respond to the intensification of women’s oppression under modern capitalism. 
  • Poetry Corner: Ballad of Aun, King of Sweden by Hugh MacDiarmid - Ballad of Aun, King of Sweden by Hugh MacDiarmid Dr Christopher Murray Grieve, who wrote under the pen-name of Hugh Macdiarmid, was the greatest Scottish poet of the twentieth century. Best-known for what he called “Lallans”, a literary form of the Lowland Scots language that he developed, he also made use of English. At different stages of his life he was a supporter of Scottish nationalism and communism. Famously, he stood for the Communist Party against Tory Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, in the Kinross & West Perthshire constituency in the 1964 general election, as part of an unsuccessful bid to get television time for the Party. His A Sprig of White Heather in the Future’s Lapel, written for former Communist MP Willie Gallacher on the occasion of the latter’s 80th birthday, is particularly famous among Britain's Communists. Here we feature Ballad of Aun, King of Sweden, one of McDiarmid's strongly political poems.
  • Review: Agent Sonya by Ben Macintyre - The biography on Ursula Kuczynski (aka Agent Sonya) by Ben McIntyre is an exciting account of a woman who took many risks as a spy for the Soviet Union whilst being a mother of three children.

Contributions

  • Althusser’s epistemological break and modern China - ‘Socialism with Chinese characteristics’ is not just a justification for market economics, but the recognition of the economic, social and cultural relativity that obviously exists in the world, but more importantly, between socialist nations.
  • Communist Party of Cuba prepares for Eighth Congress - The 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, to be held 16 - 19 April 2021, will focus on core issues of the political, economic and social life of the country, as well as the role of the Party and steps taken to improve its work.
  • The Tories’ attack on democracy - James McLelland calls for the Left to unite against the Tories and their new Police Bill.

Back2Basics

  • Introduction - Back2Basics is the Young Communist League’s series on Marxist concepts made easy. Its aim is to provide a starting point for those interested in learning about communist theory and a foundation for further reading and study.
  • 1. Materialism - The philosophical underpinning of Marxism-Leninism is often referred to as "dialectical materialism". Parts 1 and 2 of this series set out what that actually means; materialism in this issue and dialectics in the next issue.

Digital

  • Challenge TV Interview: Ayelén Biegbeder (la Fede, Argentina) on the femicide of Florencia Gomez - On the 12 October in the town of San Jorge, Buenos Aires, María Florencia Gómez Pouillastrou (known as Florencia Gómez) was murdered, and her body was abandoned in a field in the local area. The 35-year-old woman was an active feminist who had recently become a city councillor. Florencia was a comrade of la Fede – the Communist Youth Federation of Argentina. She was a militant socialist and member of the Communist party in San Jorge. Jessica Duggan spoke with her close friend and comrade, Ayelén Beigbeder, for ChallengeTV to find out more, and to explore the endemic violence against women in Argentina that led to her death. #JusticiaPorFlorencia