Latin America: from Revolution to Counter-Revolution?
In this video from the LSEsu Marxist Society, Jorge Martin - editor of the Marxist magazine America Socialista and secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign - discusses the political developments in Latin America over the last two decades.
Jorge explains the factors that lay behind the Bolivarian Revolution and other mass social movements in Latin America, examines why the Venezuelan revolution has now stalled, and explores whether there has been a shift to the Right across the continent in recent years.
In this video from the recent national conference of Socialist Appeal activists and supporters, Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the political earthquakes that have shattered the status quo and shaken the Establishment in country after country: from the victory of Donald Trump, to the Brexit vote, and the prospect of a Le Pen win in the French elections.
"All that is solid melts into air" - and all the old certainties are now being questioned, with the future of the European Union and the Middle East hanging in the balance. Wars, terrorism, and crisis: all of these are symptoms of the death agony of capitalism and the birth pangs of revolution.
Hamid Alizadeh, editor of In Defence of Marxism, discusses the impending fall of Aleppo to Syrian loyalist forces, and highlights the hypocrisy of the Western imperialists and media, who draw attention to the tragic events in Aleppo whilst failing to mention the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Yemen at the hands of the Saudis and their US & British allies.
What are the real motivations behind Western governments' calls for intervention? And what is the way forward in ending the crisis in Syria and the Middle East?
Renzi referendum rejection: European instability increases
On Sunday 4th December, the Italian people rejected the constitutional referendum being proposed by the Renzi government.
This defeat for the government, and the sudden announcement of prime minister Renzi’s resignation, have sent shockwaves throughout Europe.
A victory for the No vote was expected, but the scale of the defeat for Renzi - with almost 60% voting against the proposed changes - is yet another blow to the European Establishment in this epoch of instability.
Francesco Merli of the In Defence of Marxism (www.marxist.com) Editorial Board analyses the factors of mass anger and discontent lying behind the rejection of Renzi's referendum, and discusses the implications of this latest chapter in the crisis of European capitalism.
In this recording from a recent meeting of Socialist Appeal supporters, Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the sharp turning point in the world situation marked by the election of Donald Trump in the US elections.
As Alan explains, Trump's victory is a symptom of the fundamental breakdown in the global capitalist system. The status quo has failed, and it is the task of the Marxists to show the way forward along the lines of international socialist revolution.
Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections has delivered the biggest political upset in history; a political earthquake that has shattered the entire global Establishment, making Brexit look like a minor tremor in comparison.
In reality, however, Trump is not the problem, but a symptom of a more general malaise in society. The system has broken, and the American Dream has become a nightmare for millions, with rising inequality and continuing racial oppression.
Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the anti-establishment mood lying behind Trump's win and the implications for America and the rest of the world.
Britain after Brexit: the crisis and the Corbyn revolution
In this recording from the recent REVOLUTION! Marxist festival, Fred Weston - editor of www.marxist.com - discusses the crisis in Britain following the political earthquake of the Brexit vote, analysing the tensions within the Tories over Europe and the ongoing civil war within the Labour Party.
It is increasingly clear to many that the system is broken; we need a revolution. As Fred explains, the task for Marxists is to defend Corbyn and fight for socialism.
In this video from the recent World Congress of the International Marxist Tendency in July 2016, Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the main processes taking place in terms of global political and economic developments.
Above all, Alan highlights the extreme turbulence and instability of the situation, as exemplified by the Britain's vote to leave the EU, the crisis in the Middle East, and the political polarisation occurring on both sides of the Atlantic.
As another Labour leadership contest gets underway, Rob Sewell - editor of Socialist Appeal - discusses the class divisions within the Labour Party and the way forward for the movement that has developed around Jeremy Corbyn.
How to we defeat the Blairite coup? And how can we fight the Tories and their austerity?
Labour's Civil War: Defend Corbyn! Fight for Socialism!
As another Labour leadership contest begins, Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the rapidly changing political situation in Britain, which finds its most acute expression in the civil war that has opened up within the Labour Party.
On the one side are the Blairite careerists of the Parliamentary Labour Party who are intent on removing the democratically elected leader; on the other side are Corbyn and the hundreds of thousands of workers and youth who support him.
The struggle between these two forces is now plain to see - a battle for the future of the Labour Party and of British society.
Bernie or Bust? The way forward for the US revolution
John Peterson, editor of Socialist Appeal USA, discusses the polarised and radicalised political situation in America.
With the demagogic Donald Trump growing in popularity on one side, and Bernie Sanders now officially backing Hillary Clinton for president on the other, what is the way forward for workers and youth in the USA in the fight for socialism?
In this meeting of Socialist Appeal supporters in London, Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the political earthquake of the Brexit vote, which has sent shockwaves across Britain, Europe, and the whole world.
The vote to Leave was, in part, a vote against the Establishment and their failed status quo. As a result, it has become increasingly clear to thousands - if not millions - that the system has broken down.