Solidarity 285, 8 May 2013

Bangladesh unrest grows as death toll rises

Submitted by Matthew on 8 May, 2013 - 6:16

The death toll from the Rana Plaza factory collapse has now passed 700. It is one of the worst industrial disasters in recent history, and the worst ever in Bangladesh.

A government building inspector has confirmed that the building, which housed five factories, was built with inadequate, weak materials that could not withstand vibrations caused by electricity generators on the top floor. The building’s architect has said it was intended to house residential or light commercial properties rather than heavy industry.

Turkey: workers' centres nourish new culture

Submitted by Matthew on 8 May, 2013 - 5:56

In mid-April 2013, I visited Istanbul to meet a group of socialist activists involved in building a workers’ support group, Uluslararası Işçi Dayanışması Derneği (Association of International Workers’ Solidarity, UID DER).

My visit co-incided with feverish campaigns to prepare for May Day celebrations.

Chen Duxiu: Trotskyist critic of Stalinism

Submitted by Matthew on 8 May, 2013 - 5:46

Chen Duxiu (1879-1942) was a founder of Chinese Communism and, later, a Trotskyist critic of Stalinism and Maoism.

Born into a wealthy family in Anhui, Chen participated in the Xinhai Revolution in 1911 which overthrew the Qing Dynasty and established the Republic of China. Like many intellectuals, he was dissatisfied with the dictatorial rule of President Yuan Shikai and was part of a new generation who proclaimed the need for profound cultural renewal in China.

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