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Editorial

  • Our Congress! Our Struggle! Our Future! - Greetings and solidarity to all of the delegates attending the YCLโ€™s historic 50th Congress this weekend at Ruskin House and to all the comrades and branches who have participated in Congress debate and discussion this year from the length and breadth of Britain. Our Congress meets at a time when the stakes for our class and for humanity could not be higher.

News

  • Police Inspectorate releases report on police response to violence against women and girls - The Policing Inspectorate (HMICFRS) have today announced the release of their keenly awaited review of the policing response to violence against women and girls, announced in response to the murder of Sarah Everard in March of this year.
  • As inflation rises, working class families are hit the hardest - The UK inflation rate hit 3.2% this August - the biggest increase since records began in 1997. Unsurprisingly, this inflation hike will disproportionately affect working class families.
  • Young Communist League: New Central Committee elected - Following on from our biggest and most successful Congress since re-foundation, the election of this new Central Committee is more evidence of the exciting growth and progress the YCL is making across Britain. Each of the comrades elected to serve is a credit to their branch and the YCL as a whole. The tasks identified by our 50th Congress are as challenging as they are important but with comrades such as ours, in a militant and disciplined organisation, our success is guaranteed. Forward together on all fronts, comrades.

Culture & Sports

  • The Struggle for the Soul of Celtic - On a rather wet Glasgow afternoon, youโ€™d be forgiven for thinking that any attendees of Celticโ€™s home match with Dundee would want to dart from the car and into the dry safety of the stadium, however for many this presented an opportunity to protest the regime at the club that allowed them to stagnate and fail so spectacularly last season. The Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou and his charges were met with rapturous cheers, and the full back catalogue of songs from a support who had been desperate to cheer on their men for the best part of 18 months.
  • Welsh Communists mark 85th anniversary of Spanish Civil War and legacy of International Brigaders - A range of speakers contributed to the event at at the Welsh International Brigades Memorial earlier this month (21 July 2021) in Cathays Park Cardiff including Will Barton, secretary of the Cardiff branch of the Communist Party (whose speech is published in full below), Robert Griffiths General Secretary of Communist Party and Marc Bilbao Asensio from the Communist Party of Spain. There were revolutionary songs from Cor Cochian Caerdydd and a poem and reading from International Brigades Cymru. Keeping alive the memory of the Welsh international brigaders: Yn cadwโ€™r cof am y brigadwyr rhyngwladol o gymru yn fyw.
  • Mark Cavendish equals all-time Tour de France stage victories record - Mark Cavendish won his 34th stage of the Tour de France yesterday, equalling the all-time record held by Belgian cycling legend, Eddy Merckx, since 1975.

Contributions

  • Disrupting the DSEI Arms Fair: workers take action - ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ด, ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ ๐˜Š๐˜“ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ โ€” ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜•๐˜ˆ๐˜›๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜• ๐˜Š๐˜ก๐˜ˆ๐˜—๐˜•๐˜๐˜’ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ต.
  • The communist alternative: Glasgow City Council budget - The Glasgow YCL branch are delighted to announce the release of our Glasgow City Council Alternative Budget for 2021/22.
  • A year of campaigns:ย Manchester students secure historic rent strike win – but the fight doesn’t end here - In this Challenge article from last November, Hannah Phillips writes on the Manchester University student rent strike, arguing that the success must be a call to action for students across Britain to fight against sky-high fees, extortionate accommodation and inadequate courses.

Back2Basics

  • Introduction - Back2Basics is the Young Communist Leagueโ€™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: Ayelรฉn Biegbeder (la Fede, Argentina) on the femicide of Florencia Gomez - On the 12 October in the town of San Jorge, Buenos Aires, Marรญa Florencia Gรณmez Pouillastrou (known as Florencia Gรณmez) 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 โ€“ 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, Ayelรฉn Beigbeder, for ChallengeTV to find out more, and to explore the endemic violence against women in Argentina that led to her death. #JusticiaPorFlorencia