Right to bear arms, not commit murder

The "right of the people to keep and bear arms" is an essentially progressive concept, as far as communists are concerned, says Eddie Ford

Communists share the sense of horror at the killing of 33 people at Virginia Tech College - the largest ever school massacre in United States history. Such a grisly event instantly evokes memories of the Columbine High School murders of 1999, which saw two young men walk into the school, kill 12 fellow students and a teacher, and wound 24 others, before turning the guns on themselves.

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Letters

Safe and clean; Biddulph bias; String ’em up; Rocket science; Innocents’ blood; Veil of oppression; Christians; By example?; Numbers game; Vile trade; Consistent; Fence-sitters; No subs; Don’t believe it; Chuck out Chuck; Falklands U-turn

HOPI gains support

The Hands Off the People of Iran campaign staged an effective intervention at this week's Scottish Trades Union Congress in Glasgow. Marcila Gharib reports

Ken Loach's use of Irish history

US communist Jim Creegan revisits the controversy over a film that has at last reached New York

Call to work harder

Will Lindsey German split anti-Tory vote for London mayor? Simon Wells reports on the Respect meeting to select candidates for the Greater London Assembly elections

Dance of death

The US and its UK junior partner have proved unable to rebuild Iraq into a 'normal' society. But what happens now that the US-UK is staring defeat in the face? Will it mean peace? A massive airborne strike against Iran is becoming more and more likely, warns Jim Moody

Link in the chain

Dave Craig of the Revolutionary Democratic Group elaborates his theory of 'democratic permanent revolution'

Programme, or ad hoc reflections?

Mike Macnair replies to Phil Sharpe on the question of programme

Party standing on principle

Sajid Mehmood is the Respect candidate for Park ward in the metropolitan district council of Calderdale. Peter Manson spoke to him about his strange route into Respect - via Labour, the Tories and Labour again

Plans for activity

The April 14 aggregate of CPGB members discussed the threat of an imminent attack on Iran and the need to step up the profile of the Hands Off the People of Iran campaign. Mary Godwin reports

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