Breaking with Pinochet’s terrorist and neoliberal regime of the past in Chile

On 25 October 2020, Chileans will have the right to vote for a new constitution and a new constituent assembly of representatives. Lautaro Carmona, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Chile, told Nuevo Mundo on 27 August that October’s referendum will be “decisive for the future of the country” and “for conquering a societyContinue reading “Breaking with Pinochet’s terrorist and neoliberal regime of the past in Chile”

‘Sovereign’: Cuba’s potential vaccine against COVID-19

On 27 August 2020, the Finlay Vaccine Institute in Cuba reported that the first 20 volunteers for clinical trials of the newly developed “Sovereign 01” vaccine were in perfect health, with the only side effect being a small amount of pain in the area of injection.

President of Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth: “As I talk to you now, Beirut is burning”

Following the devastating Beirut explosion, Robin Talbot and Ewan Simpson speak to Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth president Adnan Al-Mokdad about his organisation’s response and the fast-moving political situation in Lebanon.

Venezuela demands release of gold kept by Bank Of England to help fight COVID-19

Venezuela’s Central Bank (BCV) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) agreed to use part of the country $1.02 billion with of gold deposited in the Bank of England to acquire food and medicine to face the Covid-19 pandemic, BCV President Calixto Ortega declared on Wednesday (27 May 2020).

The Latin American country and United Nations will seek to release the gold held by the Bank of England with Venezuelan authorities appearing at an expedited court hearing in London today (28 May 2020).

Liberation: the bedrock of anti-colonial struggles in Britain

Robin Talbot talks about the historic anti-imperialist campaign Liberation (formerly the Movement for Colonial Freedom) – and how YCLers can fulfil their own historic role.

Today, Liberation is a small campaign that runs from an office in the ASLEF trade union building not far from the Marx Memorial Library in London. But Liberation, which was known as the Movement for Colonial Freedom until the seventies, has been the bedrock of anti-imperialist and anti-colonial struggles in Britain since its founding conference in 1954. Even before then, its predecessor COPAI organised ruthlessly against British meddling abroad, including its bribery and intimidation of the founder of modern-day Botswana noted in the 2016 film “A United Kingdom”.

2020 NEU Left and Chicago Teachers Union bilateral discussion

On Wednesday 26 February, members of the NEU Left – the broad left-wing alliance within the National Education Union (NEU) – met in the Marx Memorial Library in London with Debby Pope, representative of the Executive Board of the Chicago Teachers Union.

The aim of this meeting was simple: to discuss common challenges, possibilities, and most importantly, how the rank and file members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) had managed to successfully build a broad left-wing alliance that achieved power in the union structures and made a difference, including many successful grassroots campaigns.