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Catalonia: a year of turbulence and struggle
In a special podcast episode of IMTV, Arturo Rodriguez - activist from Lucha de Clases and editor of the Catalan paper Revolucio - discusses the dramatic events that have taken place in Catalonia and the rest of Spain over the past 12 months. The movement for independence has erupted onto the scene in Catalonia, but has been temporarily been beaten back as a result of political repression and a lack of revolutionary leadership. Nevertheless, the mood across Spain is now one of polarisation...
What the Trump is going on in the USA?
In this special podcast episode of IMTV, we interview Antonio Balmer and Tom Trottier of Socialist Revolution, the US section of the International Marxist Tendency. Antonio and Tom explain the factors that have led to the election of Donald Trump in the USA, as well as describing the explosive political situation in Washington that now exists as a result. Above all, the American comrades discuss how to fight Trump: not through the Democrats, but through the creation of a mass socialist...
IMTV #6: From abortion rights to feminist strike
In the latest episode of IMTV radio, activists from Socialist Appeal discusses the fight for women's liberation: from the struggles of the Suffragettes 100 years ago, to the #MeToo movement today. The last year has seen a massive explosion of struggle for women's rights. The Harvey Weinstein case cast a light on the issue of sexual harassment and exploitation in the workplace. The landslide vote to repeal the 8th Amendment in Ireland struck an enormous blow against the conservative bastion...
IMTV #5: Students and workers - unite and fight
In the latest episode of IMTV - the International Marxist Television channel, hosted by Socialist Appeal - our guests looks back over a busy year for activists on UK campuses. Earlier this year we saw the largest ever strike by academic staff in the UCU, who took action over cuts to pensions. Their struggle was widely supported by students, who came out in large numbers on picket lines and protests across the country. But despite this wave of militancy, the UCU strike ended up with a...
IMTV #4: Grenfell, one year on - still no justice
On 14th June 2017, disaster struck as the Grenfell tower in west London was engulfed in flames. 72 people died in the fire, according to official reports. But the real number could be even higher. One year on, and the inquiry into the Grenfell fire is underway. Revelations are coming to light indicating that a whole range of guilty figures are complicit in this murder: from the Tory council and Tenant Management Organisation, to the cladding manufacturer and architects. In this latest...
IMTV #3: Israel and Palestine - a Marxist perspective
In the third episode of IMTV - the International Marxist Television channel, hosted by Socialist Appeal - Francesco Merli provides a Marxist analysis of the situation in Israel and Palestine. On 14th May 1948, the state of Israel was officially founded. It was accompanied by a mass, forceful eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, who were forced to flee from their own lands. This exodus is known amongst Palestinians as the "Nakba" 70 years later, large demonstrations have taken...
IMTV #2: Venezuela - between imperialist aggression and economic crisis
In the second episode of IMTV, Jorge Martin of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign joins host Josh Holroyd to discuss the political situation, ahead of presidential elections on 20th May. As Jorge explains, Venezuela is being bombarded from all sides by imperialist intervention and the impacts of the world crisis of capitalism. But the current leadership of Maduro and co. are not offering a way forward. The Bolivarian revolution needs a new leadership, forged from the mass movement of workers...
Alan Woods: Oh! What a Lovely Peace
Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the North Korean peace talks, which US President Donald Trump has been quick to claim credit for. A year ago, the media was alight with hysterical warnings about the imminent threat of a Third World War, involving mutually assured nuclear destruction. Now, suddenly, it seems as though an unfathomable peace is on the cards, with North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong-Un, going on a charm offensive with his South Korean counterparts....
IMTV #1: Marx 200 - Why Marx was right
IMTV is a new audio-video channel, hosted by Socialist Appeal - the British section of the International Marxist Tendency. Follow IMTV on the Socialist Appeal YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo_Moc4DU_WbHpA3q5SKoSQ In our debut episode, we celebrate the 200th birthday of the main man himself: Karl Marx. After a decade of capitalist crisis, it is clear that Marx got it right. Get your ticket now for our upcoming event, 'Marx in a Day' - Saturday 5th May in UCL, London. --...