- Challenge: voice of Britain’s youth – yesterday, today and tomorrow - The essential purpose and the central task of Challenge in this regard is not an easy one. Our magazine, like our organisation, is addressed with nothing less than winning mass support among young workers and students for revolutionary socialism, the Communist Party and our programme, Britain’s Road to Socialism.
- Should schools be reopening despite Covid? - British schools reopened to all students this week, following a winter break in which Covid-19 cases rose by over 127,000. While the Tories believe this is the best option for students, the YCL argues that properly supported remote learning will promote greater student well-being, and slow the spread of Covid-19.
- Charity warns a further four million homes could face fuel poverty in Britain - A fuel poverty charity has warned that due to an incoming record high energy price increase this spring, millions of UK homes could face fuel poverty for the first time this year.
- Russia calls for de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine - Russia has called for an end to military escalation by NATO along its border with Ukraine, ahead of talks with US and NATO representatives later this month.
Culture & Sports
- The Struggle for the Soul of Celtic - On a rather wet Glasgow afternoon, you’d be forgiven for thinking that any attendees of Celtic’s home match with Dundee would want to dart from the car and into the dry safety of the stadium, however for many this presented an opportunity to protest the regime at the club that allowed them to stagnate and fail so spectacularly last season. The Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou and his charges were met with rapturous cheers, and the full back catalogue of songs from a support who had been desperate to cheer on their men for the best part of 18 months.
- Welsh Communists mark 85th anniversary of Spanish Civil War and legacy of International Brigaders - A range of speakers contributed to the event at at the Welsh International Brigades Memorial earlier this month (21 July 2021) in Cathays Park Cardiff including Will Barton, secretary of the Cardiff branch of the Communist Party (whose speech is published in full below), Robert Griffiths General Secretary of Communist Party and Marc Bilbao Asensio from the Communist Party of Spain. There were revolutionary songs from Cor Cochian Caerdydd and a poem and reading from International Brigades Cymru. Keeping alive the memory of the Welsh international brigaders: Yn cadw’r cof am y brigadwyr rhyngwladol o gymru yn fyw.
- Mark Cavendish equals all-time Tour de France stage victories record - Mark Cavendish won his 34th stage of the Tour de France yesterday, equalling the all-time record held by Belgian cycling legend, Eddy Merckx, since 1975.
- Sudanese Communist Party: The political situation in Sudan - January 1st marked Sudan’s Independence Day, but there was nothing to celebrate in the country at the moment.
- Turkish Cypriots in the grip of the status quo - It is a fact that lately we have been witnessing this unexpected and longstanding "scaremongering" propagating the idea that "The day will come when Turkish Cypriots will move to the south of the island and leave Turkey on its own in the north".
- Tony Blair: A well deserved knighthood! - Joe Weaver states that the left should recognise the moral bankruptcy of the British monarchy rather than pleaing to the Queen for the removal of Blair's knighthood
- Introduction - Back2Basics is the Young Communist League’s series on Marxist concepts made easy. Its aim is to provide a starting point for those interested in learning about communist theory and a foundation for further reading and study.
- 1. Materialism - The philosophical underpinning of Marxism-Leninism is often referred to as "dialectical materialism". Parts 1 and 2 of this series set out what that actually means; materialism in this issue and dialectics in the next issue.
- Challenge TV Interview: Ayelén Biegbeder (la Fede, Argentina) on the femicide of Florencia Gomez - On the 12 October in the town of San Jorge, Buenos Aires, María Florencia Gómez Pouillastrou (known as Florencia Gómez) was murdered, and her body was abandoned in a field in the local area. The 35-year-old woman was an active feminist who had recently become a city councillor. Florencia was a comrade of la Fede – the Communist Youth Federation of Argentina. She was a militant socialist and member of the Communist party in San Jorge. Jessica Duggan spoke with her close friend and comrade, Ayelén Beigbeder, for ChallengeTV to find out more, and to explore the endemic violence against women in Argentina that led to her death. #JusticiaPorFlorencia
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