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Looking back over the ruins

15 Jul 2021

The final withdrawal of American troops must be put in the context of the April 1978 revolution and the subsequent reaction. The USA and Saudi Arabia armed, financed and promoted a counterrevolution, which included Osama bin Laden and al Qa’eda and ended in the triumph of the Taliban. This is an edited version of an article written by Jack Conrad and first published in June 2003. Its main target is Sean Matgamna, patriarch of the social-imperialist Alliance for Workers’ Liberty. Nowadays, the AWL describes the Taliban as “Islamo-fascist”; back then, though, they were “our kind of people”

Cowboys and Indians

22 Apr 2021

The AWL’s attempt to claim the legacy of Shapurji Saklatvala is poorly executed and theoretically incoherent, argues Lawrence Parker

No end in sight

29 Oct 2020

Will a Biden victory break the far-right wave? Paul Demarty thinks the Covid-19 economic downturn will fuel irrationality

No longer part of left

14 Mar 2019

The AWL is clearly in alliance with Tom Watson and the Labour right, argues Tony Greenstein

Left tails of liberal bourgeoisie

29 Nov 2018

He who pays the AEIP piper calls the AEIP tune, says Jack Conrad

Free-trade tailism

22 Nov 2018

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty has enlisted a clipped version of Marx and Engels to serve its political agenda. In the first of two articles Mike Macnair looks at the claims of free trade and protectionism

People’s Vote: Establishment fights back

25 Oct 2018

Saturday's demonstration carried more than a whiff of a post-Brexit national government about it, writes Eddie Ford

Despicable participants in an ongoing witch-hunt

11 Oct 2018

The AWL social-imperialists have constituted themselves as allies of the Labour right, the mainstream media and the Israeli political establishment, writes Carla Roberts

Liberal playthings

27 Sep 2018

Mike Macnair assesses the AWL’s second conference document, on Europe

Oppose siren calls

05 Jul 2018

Some on the ‘left’ insist on running with People’s Vote and its call for a second EU referendum. Once again Jack Conrad argues that Marxists ought to condemn referendums. We favour representative democracy and working class political independence

Cold war nostalgia

17 May 2018

Mike Macnair looks at the AWL’s version of ‘socialism’ and finds it wanting

When chickens come home

15 Feb 2018

Jeremy Newmark is in trouble, Ann Black has been dropped and AWL members have been declared ‘unwelcome’, reports Carla Roberts of Labour Party Marxists

No to unprincipled alliances

25 Jan 2018

Iranian workers should be careful about who they associate with, argues Yassamine Mather

Quoting Nazis to damn ‘the Zionists’

16 Nov 2017

From Solidarity November 8 2017

Self-deception and apologetics

08 Jun 2017

The AWL cannot bring itself to condemn imperialist interventions in principle, writes Mike Macnair

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