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  • Conquer your future: join the YCL today! - We are approaching the halfway mark in the Young Communist League’s September Recruitment Month. Already significant numbers of young workers and students from across Britain are answering the call to join the Communists.

News

  • Scottish Parliament unanimously passes Period Poverty Bill - This evening, 24 November 2020, the Scottish Parliament unanimously voted to become the first country in the world to pass legislation making period products freely available to all. The Bill, which was proposed by Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour spokesperson for Health and Sport, is the result of years of campaigning from anti-poverty campaigners.
  • Guatemalan Congress burns amid growing budget protests - Hundreds of people broke into the Congress building in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Saturday and burned part of the building down as part of a 10,000 strong demonstration, the latest in a wave of intensifying protests in the Central American country. They were protesting the passing of a controversial new budget that increases the national debt, but cuts education, health, justice and human rights spending.
  • Socialist Vietnam’s economy set to grow despite COVID-19 - Vietnam’s astounding economic progress is set to continue into the new year despite COVID-19 and the general disruption in international economies and supply chains caused by worldwide lockdown this year. All the while having far fewer deaths than countries such as the UK even with a much larger population and sharing a massive land border with China, the outbreak's origin.

Culture & Sports

  • Britain & Germany’s Communists hold joint celebration of Engels’ 200th birthday! - The 28th of November 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the founding thinkers of Marxism-Leninism - Friedrich Engels! To mark the occasion, the Greater Manchester Branch of the Communists Party are hosting an Internationalist meeting along with comrades of the German Communist Party (DKP) to celebrate the the bicentenary of Engels' birth. Manchester holds a special significance as a place where Engels spent much time living and writing, including his book The Condition of the Working Class in England. Today the city features a statue of Engels which was saved from fascist vandals in Ukraine.
  • Poetry Corner: My Party is the Party of Aragon by Dorothy Hewett - My Party Is The Party Of Aragon by Dorothy Hewett. Dorothy Hewett was a renowned Australian poet, novelist and playwright, born in the Australian Wheat Belt. She was a member of the Communist Party of Australia for over two decades ultimately resigning over the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia in 1968. Her prolific career featured poetry on the lives of working people and the struggle for socialism as well as love and her own experiences. Here we feature her poem My Party Is The Party Of Aragon, a stunning tribute to working class struggle, art and history on every continent.
  • Poetry Corner: The Strangest Creature on Earth by Nâzım Hikmet - The Strangest Creature on Earth by Nâzım Hikmet, 1947 The Turkish communist poet Nazim Hikmet was noted to distinguish lyric poems, dedicated to love, from epic poems, dedicated to the action of the popular masses. Here we feature The Strangest Creature on Earth.

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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.

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