Weekly Worker issue 939 - November 22 2012

April theses: Before and after April 1917

The April theses represented Bolshevik continuity rather than a break, argues Lars T Lih. This is an edited version of a speech given to a London Communist Forum

As a provisional title for this talk I put forward something like ‘Bringing back Bolshevism to the Bolshevik revolution’, and I am going to try to explain what I mean by that. I must say that preparing this talk has been very good for me, in that it has helped me put my thoughts in order - and express them in a positive way rather than in the form of a polemic.

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Letters

Left unity; Live in a field; G4S occupied; War is great; No joke;

Gaza: Masters of the Goebbels lie

The mainstream narrative of Israel, Palestine and the middle east is a Big Lie, writes Tony Greenstein

Kurdistan: Victory, but no solution

Despite the ending of the prisoners’ hunger-strikes, the Kurdish question remains unresolved, writes Esen Uslu

November 14 strikes: Europe unites to resist austerity

As the EU slips into recession, November 14 gave us a taste of what is possible, argues Eddie Ford

UTR: Sectarian and philistine

The SWP’s fear of genuine debate was on grisly display throughout the day. Peter Manson reports on the Unite the Resistance conference

LRC AGM: No short cuts to rebuilding

The November 10 AGM of the Labour Representation Committee was on balance positive. But the left is still painfully weak both organisationally and politically. Andy Gunton of Labour Party Marxists gives his assessment

Police: Hundred-million facelift disaster

As expected, voters wanted nothing to do with last week’s PCC elections, writes Jim Moody

Ireland abortion scandal: Scrap the eighth amendment

The current storm that has erupted over abortion rights shows no sign of abating, writes Anne Mc Shane

BBC crisis: Child abuse and desperate diversions

Sections of the bourgeois press are attempting to conceal their own crisis by hammering the BBC, writes Paul Demarty

Paradox

Who says print is a dead medium? Not Robbie Rix, that's for sure

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