Daragh O’Neill considers Nigel Farage’s latest venture following on from the Brexit Party and what it means for politics in Britain.
President of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), Aritz Rodríguez, heralds the approaching 75th anniversary of this unique internationalist movement that now rallies in support of Lebanon.
Anti fascists across the globe have paid tribute to Alexey Markov, Russian communist and commander of the Ghost Brigade, a dedicated anti-fascist fighting force in the Donbass conflict primarily made up of Ukrainian and Russian communist volunteers, who has sadly passed away in a car accident this October.
Chair of the Communist Party, Liz Payne, shines a light on communist attitudes to global class struggle.
Full Moon at Tierz: Before The Storming of Huesca by John Cornford.
John Cornford from a relatively privileged families and attended Cambridge University. It was at Cambridge that he met and fell in love with Margot Heinemann and where they both joined the Communist Party. John’s mother, Frances Crofts Cornford, was a poet, and he himself was already writing poems at school.
After gaining a BA first-class honours in History, he became the first Englishman to enlist against Franco in the Spanish Civil War and was killed in battle on the Andujar and Cordoba Front on 27 or 28 December 1936.
Cornford wrote just a few poems in Spain, including A Letter from Aragon and the poem featured here Full Moon at Tierz: Before The Storming of Huesca.
Last weekend (3/4 October 2020), young communists conducted home to home leafleting on estates in Cable Street scene of a famous battle against fascism in 1936. The three day campaign included a street stall, giant projection of a film on the Battle and postering, with a banner display on the Sunday.
Yesterday (7 October 2020), after a monumental 5-year-long trial, it was announced that 68 members of the Greek Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have been sentenced for a multitude of criminal offences.
The famous victory in 1936 is still felt today far beyond the East End, says Liz Payne.
As we approach the 84th Anniversary of the legendary Battle of Cable Street on 4 October, Joe Weaver discusses its historical importance and living legacy. Make sure you get along to the Communist Party’s Cable Street Forever! online celebration next month!
The Eyes of Sutyeska by Vasko Popa
Vasko Popa was a Serbian poet of Romanian descent. Born in modern day Romania, Popa spent his life between Serbia and Romania studying in both Belgrade and Bucharest. His poetic life was often concerned with Socialist Realism, an artistic form which focuses primarily on celebrating socialist life or uplifting the role of ordinary folk in contrast to romantic ideas of aloof heroes and divinely given gifts.