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60 propositions on the "Irish Question": a challenge to the left [1997]

Submitted by Matthew on Wed, 14/10/2009 - 17:41

Ireland is one of the most important issues facing the British labour movement. For a quarter of a century the Six Counties of north-east Ulster have been in a state of latent, and sometimes open, civil war.

In all this time, the left in Britain has been able to do nothing to help our working-class brothers and sisters, the majority of the people in both the Catholic and the Protestant communities, find a way out of the bloody cul-de-sac into which sectarianism, the conflict of national identities and an irrational partition have forced them.

1945: The Internationale in Buchenwald

Submitted by martin on Tue, 20/03/2007 - 15:05

While the Allied press does its utmost to whip up a poisonous lynch spirit against the entire German people, the prisoners of all nationalities released from the Nazi concentration camps express warmest solidarity with their German comrades who were the first victims to feel the barbaric whip of the Nazi oppressor.
At Buchenwald, one of the worst camps, the 15,000 prisoners organised an inspiring celebration of May Day, demonstrating the brotherhood of the world working class on this traditional holiday. Here is how PM’s correspondent [2 May] described it:

New Year in Spain (1938)

Submitted by dalcassian on Wed, 25/01/2017 - 18:45

The road ran downhill into Spain,
The wind blew fresh on bamboo grasses,
The white plane trees were bone naked
and the Issues plain:
We have come to a place in space where
shortly
All of us may be forced to camp in time:
The slender searchlights climb,
Our sins will find us out, even our sins of
omission.

Reflections of a Black American Soldier In World War Two

Submitted by dalcassian on Mon, 10/08/2015 - 15:20

I'm just a Negro soldier
Fighting for "Democracy,"
A thing I've often heard of
But very seldom see.

In the South I was just a "nigger"
On whom the boss man kept close track
To see that I grew no bigger
Than the clothes upon my back.

In the North, of course, it's different,
That is, they had a different name
For Jim-Crow it was segregation
But it amounts to just the same.

Yet I must be patriotic
Must not grumble or complain
But must fight for some "four freedoms"
On which I'll have no claim.

Pluto-democracy in America (2004)

Submitted by AWL on Thu, 09/11/2006 - 21:34

In ancient Athens the citizens gathered in the agora, the market place, to debate the affairs of the city state and vote on them. They did that with every issue that arose, including the appointment of military commanders. It has been called the “classic” democracy. In fact, only a fraction of those living in Athens could debate and vote.

Slaves, women and foreigners had neither voice nor vote. Those citizens who made up the Athenian democracy were therefore a narrow, privileged caste, consisting of, maybe, a fifth of the population, or less.

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