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Revolution


1956 a year of revolt and revolution

07 January 2006
There are years when everything changes at once. Conflicts built up over a decade or more suddenly explode and the entire political landscape is transformed. For the British left, 1956 was one of those years.

Venezuela: children of the revolution

03 December 2005
A Venezuelan school taken over by parents, students and teachers is the exciting subject of a new photographic exhibition.

Letters

26 November 2005
Letters

Chavez and the Venezuelan revolution

12 November 2005
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has become a focus across Latin America for resistance to George Bush, writes Hugh O’Shaughnessy

Rubens — his brush was the sword of counter revolution

05 November 2005
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a great painter. Anyone who enjoys painting or is interested in the history of art will gain pleasure, and perhaps inspiration, from the exhibition of his work, Rubens: A Master in the Making, now showing at the National Gallery in London.

When midnight struck in Moscow

22 October 2005
By December 1905, Russia was gearing itself up for a full-scale counter-revolution.

TUC votes for solidarity with Bolivarian Revolution

24 September 2005
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) meeting last week passed a motion to oppose the attempts of the US administration and Venezuelan bosses to overthrow Hugo Chavez.

The need for working class organisation

24 September 2005
The First World War precipitated an international revolutionary crisis. That the climax had already occurred in the Bolshevik revolution of October 1917 was far from apparent during the immediate post-war years.

Class, ideology and revolution in the West

03 September 2005
In order for ideas to gain popular acceptance, Antonio Gramsci argued, those ideas have to be carried down into society by layers of individuals.

Two visions at the heart of the Bolivarian revolution

27 August 2005
In the seven years since he was first elected to Venezuela’s presidency, Hugo Chavez’s government has faced three direct challenges.

Popular power in the Philippines

20 August 2005
In 1986 tens of thousands of Filipinos demonstrated on a busy thoroughfare in the Philippine capital of Manila, in an event that soon became known as the "people power revolution". The mass protests ended over 20 years of corrupt and brutal dictatorship under Ferdinand Marcos, restoring liberal democracy to the country.

Revolution lives on in the 21st century

09 July 2005
Who talks of revolution today? The mainstream social democratic left — re-branded as the "centre left" — has long given up talking about socialism, let alone revolution.

Letters

02 July 2005
Letters

Portuguese revolutionaries found solidarity in Britain

25 June 2005
British workers were very active in providing solidarity for Portuguese workers before and during the revolution. Bruno Ponte and Clara Queiroz were Portuguese exiles from fascism living in Edinburgh before the 1974 revolution.

Working class people shook themselves free from repression

25 June 2005
The industrial district of Setubal was one of the most militant parts of Portugal during the revolution.

Timeline of the Portuguese revolution

25 June 2005
25 April 1974Officers overthrow the Caetano dictatorship. General Spinola appointed president.1 May 1974100,000 people march through Lisbon to celebrate May Day.27-28 September 1974Right plans coup. Spinola calls for demonstration of the "silent majority". Workers build barricades and block bridges. Right wingers arrested. Spinola resigns.11 March 1975Right wing, led by Spinola, attempt coup by attacking left wing soldiers in Lisbon. Workers besiege police barracks and surround the paratroopers attacking the soldiers, arguing with them. Coup peters out and Spinola flees to Brazil.</l

Portugal’s 1974-5 revolution — ‘Everything was possible’

25 June 2005
ON 25 April 1974 army officers overthrew the 50 year old fascist dictatorship in Portugal. They were disgusted at the wasteful and brutal colonial wars being waged by the Portuguese state in Mozambique, Angola and Guinea-Bissau.

Goya and the folly of the ‘impossible revolution’

25 June 2005
Goya: The DisparatesHayward Gallery touring exhibition

The myth of Mao

18 June 2005
Many people on the left once saw the Chinese leader Mao Zedong as a great revolutionary — in the same league as Marx, Engels and Lenin. They carried Mao’s portrait on many of the demonstrations across the world in the late 1960s.

Good sense versus common sense in the Bolivan uprising

18 June 2005
Bolivia was in the grip of a classic revolutionary situation last week. Popular assemblies spread across working class areas. Mass strikes combined with peasant rebellions. Insurrection was in the air and sections of the police fraternised with the insurgents.

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