THE STRUGGLE FOR GENUINE DEMOCRACY IN ARMENIA

By Khatchatur I. Pilikian

What is happening in Armenia is essentially the conflict between Representative Democracy and Direct Democracy. Representative Democracy is, as always, masterfully manipulated especially by Capitalism to camouflage Democracy, sometimes to the extreme — dragging it to cover-up mafia oligarchy – as in Armenia, now a ‘free, democratic’ Third Republic… Long last, Direct Democracy of the vast majority of the population of Armenia is trying to change the situation to acquire genuine democracy, hoping to scrap mafia infested capitalism of the republic. Read on ...

AGM and May meeting

Socialist History Society Public Meeting
Labour and Communist Politics in the City of Oxford Between the Wars
Speaker: Duncan Bowie

May 12th 2pm till 4pm for the talk, preceded by the AGM at 1pm.

Duncan Bowie is a research associate at UCL. He is a member of the executive committees of the the Socialist History Society and the London Labour Housing Group. Read on ...

TREASON

London Socialist Historians’ Workshop on
Internationalist Renegades and Traitors

Saturday 19th May, 12 – 5pm
Wolfson Room, Institute of Historical Research
Senate House, WC1E 7HU
Admission free, with a collection to cover expenses
Registration required
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/treason-tickets-44281819113

Programme:
12 – registration
12.15 Welcome / Introduction
12.20-1pm – Rebel Warriors (chair Christian Høgsbjerg]
Soldiers of Misfortune: Napoleon’s Polish Deserters in the West Indies – Jonathan North [with a contribution from Christian Høgsbjerg]
The Saint Patrick’s Battalion – David Rovics [recorded]
-1pm – Break –
1.30-2.30 – Anti-Fascism (chair: Keith Flett)
Organised Resistance to the Nazis from within the German Workers’ Movement from 1933-1945 – Merilyn Moos
Italians and Germans in the French Resistance – Steve Cushion
3pm-4pm Anti-Imperialism (chair Keith Flett)
The India and Burma Empire: Michael Carritt and Arthur Attwood – Richard Saville
Betraying the Moribund Empire: France 1946-1962 – Ian Birchall
4pm Opening the Debate – Steve Cushion (chair: Christian Høgsbjerg)

For more details of the London Socialist Historians Group
see the website londonsocialisthistorians.blogspot.com/
or Twitter @LSHGofficial

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‘Cowie Miners, Polmaise Colliery and the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike’

Scottish Labour History Society’s new publication
Reproduced in this new 146-page book are two pamphlets by the late Steve McGrail, reporting from the white heat of struggle by Stirlingshire miners during the 1984-85 miners’ strike. Jim Phillips, author of ‘Collieries, Communities and the Miners’ Strike in Scotland, 1984-5′ and co-editor of Scottish Labour History Journal, provides a trenchant retrospective commentary,
and victimised miner Jim O’Hare an afterword. Read on ...