Tom Devine, the Highland Clearances, black chattel slavery and statues

EL&SD is posting two articles about Scotland’s leading historian, Sir Tom Devine.   In the first, Barry Biddulph takes issue with Devine’s earlier opposition to the removal for the statue of the Duke of Sutherland on Ben Bhraggie near Golspie. He and his wife, the Countess of Sutherland, were responsible for some of the worst…

‘Greenwashing’ by Biden’s Democrats and the SNP

The first  article  posted here was written by Robert Belano of Left Voice (USA). It examines the role of Biden and the Democrats in the light of Cop26. The second article is a section of a blog from opendemocracy written by Laurie MacFarlane which  highlights the role of the SNP government in paving the way…

Ukraine, Marxism and the National Question

In September Marko Bojcun’s book, The Workers Movement and the National Question in Ukraine, 1897-1918, was published. The Republican Socialist Platform co-hosted a Zoom meeting on 22nd September, at which Marko and others spoke and the issues raised by the book were discussed.   Chis Ford of the Ukraine Solidarity campaign wrote the following introduction…

Repression of migrants at the Poland-Belarus border: a humanitarian crisis created by imperialism

This article by Frankie Levine was first posted by Left Voice (USA). Not mentioned, but also significant is the UK government’s commitment of British armed forces to back Poland (and undermine the EU leadership). The British Tory Party has the same international affiliation as the racist Polish Law and Justice Party. At the same time…

The Rittenhouse verdict is green light for right wing vigilantism

The following article by James Dennis Hoff, written for Left Voice (USA,) highlights the real nature of the Us state as a white imperial republic.  The Wisconsin court’s support for Kyle Rittenhouse’s white fascist vigilantism  did not occur in the South, with its Jim Crow/Ku Klux Klan legacy, or under the racist authoritarian populist ,…

A victory for workers at Glen Dimplex, Portadown

This article, first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) is about a recent victorious strike by  by  electronic appliance workers employed  Glen  Dimplex at Portadown.   A VICTORY FOR WORKERS AT GLEN DIMPLEX, PORTADOWN  All workers must prepare to fight!   Workers on the picket line at the Glen Dimplex factory on Portadown. Glen Dimplex, a highly…

Two views of COP-26

We are posting the following two artciles on Cop26. The most recent, Six sides of COP26, is from Christopher Silver, writing for bella caledonia. This provides an overview of  Cop26 at the end of the conference. The second, Financing the climate, is from the Michael Roberts blog. It examines the claims made by corporations and capitalist…

British politics is an oligarchs’ cocktail party – Tory ministers are the waiters

The following article on sleaze and corruption in British politics by Adam Ramsay was first posted by OpenDemocracy. BRITISH POLITICS IS AN OLIGARCHS’ COCKTAIL PARTY – TORY MINISTERS RE THE WAITERS The recent onslaught of government sleaze shows once again why the UK has been called ‘the most corrupt country in the world’. With the…

Loyalist bus hijackings in Belfast

The following article on Loyalist bus hijackings in Belfast was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) LOYALIST BUS HIJACKINGS IN BELFAST Following a second bus burning by the Protestant Action Force, a cover name for the UVF, bus drivers staged a protest at City Hall in Belfast and refused to drive into areas where the…

Police intimidation at Cop26

We are posting two pieces concerning the police intimidation and kettling of the Young Communist League contingent on the Cop26 demonstration in Glasgow on November 6th.  The first is by Mike Small of bella caledonia; the second is a statement from the YCL Central Committee.    1. POLICE INTIMIDATION AT COP-26 Saturday saw one of…