Stalinism

Ethiopia's Red Terror - Original Wolde Giorgis

An account by one of the survivors of Ethiopia's Red Terror carried out by the regime of Colonel Mengistu against rival left wing groups.

CW: for physical abuse and torture.

How the NKVD framed the POUM

POUM headquarters

An extract of the memoirs of Jesús Hernández, a leading member of the Spanish Communist Party and minister in the republican government during the Spanish civil war, explaining how Soviet secret police framed and persecuted the anti-Stalinist communist group the POUM during the conflict.

Revolutionary Bureaucracy – Solidarity

Revolutionary Bureaucracy – Solidarity

An article from Solidarity for Workers’ Power vol. 7, no. 11 on the nature of the bureaucratisation seen in the Russian Revolution.

Notes on Early Soviet Attitudes to Homosexuality

Fragments of information concerning the attitudes of the Bolshevik government in its early years to homosexuality.

Everything you ever wanted to know about tankies, but were afraid to ask

Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin

One of the stranger developments of the past five years has been the resurrection of the word tankie. It's time for an explainer.

North Korea: development of national capitalism

HERE IS THE WHOLE TEXT (not yet proofread).
All the quotations (Karl Marx, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Mao Zedong, Guy Sabatier...) are taken from "official" translations published on internet, except the second part of Sabatier's quote in note number 10 (still in Spanish).

After the Death of Stalin: The First Revolt- The Plovdiv Tobacco Workers’ Strike, May 1953

Plovdiv tobacco strike

A short history of the first revolt of East European workers after the death of Stalin, the Plovdiv Tobacco Wokers Strike of May 1953.

Chomsky and Pol Pot's genocidal regime in Cambodia

Pol Pot

Chomsky has repeatedly been criticised as an apologist for the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia in the 1970s. Understandably, a common reaction on the left is to dismiss such criticism as nothing more than a right-wing smear. But it is often forgotten that one of Chomsky's earliest critics on this issue was himself a leftist, the Marxist academic, Steven Lukes.

For anyone who wants to get a handle on this complex controversy, here's a pdf of the relevant chapter from Chomsky's 1979 book, 'After the Cataclysm', followed by the subsequent debate in the 'Times Higher Education Supplement':

Rojava: the fraud of a non-existent social revolution

Cult of personality - portrait of Öcalan

Text from Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti Kapitălu in response to recent myths propagated about the Rojava "revolution", with a detailed background about inter-imperial rivalries, the so-called "Kurdish question", national questions in general... To many leftists and anarchists, Rojava is a paradise on earth. We say: down with paradise!