2014 Extraordinary Conference of the ICC
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At the beginning of May the ICC convoked an Extraordinary International Conference. For some time a crisis had been developing within the ICC. It was judged necessary to call this Conference in addition to the regular International Congresses of the ICC, in view of the urgency of fully understanding the crisis, and developing the means to overcome it.

All the international sections of the ICC sent delegations to this third extraordinary Conference and participated very actively in the debates. The sections which were not able to come physically (because of the Schengen fortress around Europe) sent statements to the conference on the different reports and resolutions submitted for discussion.

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Review

John Ball, as Melvin Bragg points out in his two-part documentary Radical Lives, was consciously written out of history for 300 years after the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Unfortunately the real message and meaning of the movement which John Ball gave voice to is also kept hidden in the present, and also in Melvin Bragg’s own programme.

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The Class Struggle in Spain

We originally published this article in Acción Proletaria, our publication in Spain. The struggles of the Indignados in Spain were one of the most developed expressions of the period of struggle that emerged during and after the economic crisis in 2007-8. The movement in Gamonal, described below, shows how the legacy of the Indignados movement has been adopted and adapted by present movements in Spain: particularly, the use of "assemblies" to organise struggles.

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Ferguson Unrest

The contribution that we are publishing below was posted on our online discussion forum by an ICC sympathiser in response to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in early August, and the subsequent protests and unrest.

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Correspondence

We are publishing some recent correspondence between the ICC and a member of the CPGB on the subjects of religion and the class distinction between what we call "leftism" (essentially, the expression of capitalist ideology with a working class veneer) and the communist left.

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"Communist University" talk

The Communist Party of Great Britain, which each summer hosts the “Communist University” in London, is different from the Socialist Workers Party. It’s extremely difficult for revolutionaries to speak at SWP meetings because they pack the floor with their own members who are pre-arranged to monopolise the brief period of debate that usually follows a lengthy introduction (or three). At the Communist University meeting titled ‘Left wing communism, an infantile disorder?’ the period of discussion was long enough and open enough for an ICC member to develop his argument.

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Russian Imperialism

When Poroshenko was elected president of Ukraine he promised to defeat the “separatist terrorists” in the Donbass region, and in the last month the combination of Kiev’s regular army and irregular militias has gained a lot of ground particularly around Luhansk, with increasing cost to life as the fighting moved into more populated cities with more civilians caught in the crossfire. Estimates of the dead are all above 2,000. To this can be added the 298 killed when flight MH17 was shot down when Russia put powerful antiaircraft guns in the hands of separatists without the ability, or even the concern, to recognise civilian transponder signals, compounded by capitalism’s way of balancing the risk of flying over a war zone against the cost of extra fuel to go round it.

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Imperialism, Islam and Decomposition

At the beginning of 2014, the ICC wrote: “Today, the phased withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is leaving those countries in an unprecedented state of instability, threatening to aggravate the instability of the whole region” (ICC 20th Congress International Situation Resolution, point 5). That is clearly the present situation and the present situation itself presages a further downward spiral of war and instability throughout the region and beyond. Our leaders have promised us years, a generation of war.

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US Imperialism

An axis of military chaos is engulfing a swathe of the planet, stretching from Nigeria, through Mali, Sudan, Libya to Iraq, Syria, and reaching up to Ukraine. Ancient cities such as Aleppo left in ruins, increasing military tensions on the borders of Europe as Ukrainian and Russian nationalists slaughter each other, millions uprooted by wars in Syria and Iraqi, hundreds of men, women and children killed in Gaza as Israeli and Palestinian imperialist gangsters fight it out, hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Humanity is naturally profoundly fearful for the future faced with this descent into hell.

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British Imperialism

In Iraq and Syria Britain condemns the advance of the Islamic State while insisting it will not take part in any military intervention; in Gaza it supports Israel’s right to self-defence while freezing export licences for military equipment in protest at the growing slaughter; while in the Ukraine it supports sanctions against Russia so long as the impact on its financial sector is not too great. Such apparent contradictions are often seen in the opaque and convoluted manoeuvres of participants in the ‘international community’. However, for the British state today they express not just the usual twists and turns of imperialist tactics but a growing incoherence at the level of imperialist strategy. This has its roots in the growing fragmentation and barbarism that has come to dominate the international situation since 1989 and in the long term decline of British power.

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