Socialism From Below

The International Socialist Tendency (IST) is a current of revolutionary socialist organisations, based in different countries, which share a political outlook and seek to help each other by exchanging experience and practical support.

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Dogan Tarkan: A personal tribute

Sunday 29th December 2013

I first met Dogan Tarkan in the mid-1980s. He was then living in exile in London. He had been a leading figure in the Turkish far left during the 1970s, a period of intense class conflict that involved street warfare between the left groups and the extreme right. The military coup of 1980 sent Dogan into exile, along with many other Turkish revolutionaries.

It was during this period that he broke with the Third Worldist politics of his organization, Kurtulus, and began to develop a new understanding of Marxism centred on the self-activity of the working class. He and his comrades formed a new group, Sosyalist Isci (Socialist Worker), the origins of the contemporary Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party (DSIP).

The name Dogan chose for the group expressed a certain openness to the politics of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). Through Ronnie Margulies, he met Tony Cliff, the founder of ...

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The trial of Workers Solidarity was postponed

Thursday 12th December 2013

Today, the 12th of December 2013, the Athens One-Member Court for Misdemeanors, following the prosecutor’s suggestion, found itself incompetent to try the criminal lawsuit of Ioannis Andriopoulos, a supporter of the Golden Dawn Party, against Katerina Thoidou, Tassos Anastasiadis and Panos Garganas, journalist, editor and director of Workers Solidarity (“Ergatiki Allileghii”) newspaper, respectively. The case will be referred to the prosecutor’s office in order for a new trial date to be set within the next seven months before the competent Three-Member Court for Misdemeanors.

Hundreds of supporters rallied outside the court wth their banners ftom many university scools, KERRFA, ANTARSYA and the Union of Immigrant Workers. Inside the court, as witnesses of defence were the chairmen of the National Unions of Journalists and ERT, members of the Executive Comittee of the greek TUC, university teachers, a SYRIZA MP and a representative of Athens local counsil.

The fight against the procecution of Workers ...

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