The October Revolution

General Overview: In 1917 Russia went through two revolutions: February 24 – 29 and October 24 – 25. The first revolution overthrew the tsarist government and replaced it with a Provisional Government of Duma members (mostly members of the Cadet party), who allowed a Contact Commission of the Petrograd Soviet to advise the government. Protests…

The Plight of the Rohingya: Sorting Through the Propaganda

Satya Vatti In recent weeks, the international corporate media has acutely focused on the Rohingya crisis and has propagated condemnations of Myanmar’s leader, Aung Saan Suu Ky. Yet, it remains silent on the decades long plight of the Palestinians, the Eelam Tamils of Sri Lanka, and the suffering of the Yemeni people who are being…

Black Bolsheviks and White Lies

Peta Lindsay A lot of nonsense has been written about the role of Putin’s Russia in subverting “our democracy.” As though our democracy had been functioning perfectly (even reasonably) well, until these shadowy Russian forces purchased a few Facebook ads that sent us all into the streets. It’s a laughable concept. I’m sorry, did Putin…

Mung Lao: A Portrait of The Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Morgan Artyukhina The Pathet Lao, antecedent of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and the architect of a successful decades-long struggle for socialism, celebrated its 67th anniversary last month. In August 1950, the Laotian section of the Indochinese Communist Party, led by Souphanouvong, formed a separate organization to struggle on behalf of Laotian independence and socialism….

The Early Years of the Russian Revolution

Richard Becker Red Army unit in the Russian Civil War The Russian revolution marked the beginning of a new period in human history. It was the first time that the oppressed were able to come to power – to take power and hold onto power. It truly had a transforming effect on the world. In…

Capitalism vs Socialism and the Absurd Logic of Political Centrism

Enrique Ubieta, editor of the journals Cuba Socialista and La Calle del medio, talked with Cubadebate about political centrism, neo-annexation, and the permanent clash between socialism and capitalism, as conflicting systems – all important issues in the ideological struggle underway around the world today. José Raúl Concepción | nacionales@granma.cu When the world had two political…