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 March 19 marks 15 years since the U.S.-U.K invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the American and British people still have no real idea of the enormity of the calamity the invasion unleashed. Millions of human beings have been butchered, maimed, displaced and undone in those 15 years since the 2003 invasion and occupation. We simply don't talk about it. General Tommy Franks, the man in charge of
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Glasgow Branch MeetingWednesday, 21 March
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Maryhill Community Central Halls,
304 Maryhill Road,
Glasgow G20 7YE

 Brian Gardner will give an introductory talk on the “Centenary of the Russian Revolution.”

The centenary of the Russian Revolution has just passed - with more of a whimper than a bang. From 1917 the SPGB has had a unique perspective on the Bolshevik misadventure. So, 100 years on, is there anything of value to be learned from the whole sorry event? Would it all have been different without the challenges of World War then Civil War? Was belated industrial development the problem? Did Lenin advance Marx's materialist view of history? What was the nature of the Soviet system? Did the Soviet Union not inspire workers around the world? The speaker will open on these and other questions for general discussion

The Left sees the Russian Revolution as a model to follow and have appointed themselves as the heirs of the Bolsheviks to lead "the masses". The Russian Revolution as a model? No thank you. It only led to state-capitalism, and most people understandably don't want to go down that path again. When the Socialist Party was told that socialism had been obtained in Russia without the long, hard and tedious work of educating the mass of workers in the ideas and principles of socialism, we not only deny it but referred our critics to Lenin's own confessions.  His statements prove that even though a vigorous and small minority may be able to seize power for a time, they can only hold it by modifying their plans to suit the ignorant majority. The minority in power in an economically backward country are forced to adapt their programme to the undeveloped conditions and make continual concessions to the capitalist world around them.  We have often stated that because of a vast population lacking socialist consciousness, Russia was a long way from accomplishing socialism. We were not proven wrong. 

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Some 200,000 Kurds have fled from Afrin over the past few days.  They will join the six million Syrians displaced since 2011 and a similar number who have become refugees outside the country.  Given that the Syrian population in that year was about 23 million people, more than half have lost their homes in seven years of violence.
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In most developed European countries, there is now a widespread belief that young adults will be worse off than their parents – with the French the most pessimistic. Only 10% of French people think young people will be better off than their parents, while 71% believe they will be worse off. The UK was fourth from bottom in the survey, with 22% believing young adults will be better off, and 50%
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Transport Minister Humza Yousaf and Labour MSP Anas Sarwar have told BBC Scotland that racism and Islamophobia are getting worse in Scotland. They both said they frequently received violent death threats via social media and in emails.The MSPs said members of the Muslim community and other faiths had reported increasing levels of abuse. This included on the street and while engaged in work.Yousaf said the "vile abuse" targeted at him was on a weekly and, at times more frequent, basis. The minister, who encountered racial abuse growing up, said what shocked him now was the level of violence in the messages sent to him. He said: "People will constantly refer to taking a bullet to me. I think 99% of them are probably mouth and no trousers, but that being said if the 1% take up that threat it is very, very serious indeed." Yousaf added: "What is worrying is that young people are seeing this face to face now. We are are hearing more Islamophobic and racist remarks right to our faces, and people are feeling emboldened post-Brexit and because of other factors too."Sarwar said he had received threats on social media, in emails and in message left on his office phone. They included threats to burn down his offices. Other abuse included questions about his loyalties to Scotland and the UK and that he was part of an "undercover mission to impose Sharia law". He said that while he and Mr Yousaf were "blessed in a way" of having a platform to highlight and challenge the abuse, the majority of people who were targeted in the same way were too frightened to their experiences in public. Sarwar said: "In wider society, it is the 'dinosaurs' who will say stupid things and crass, offensive things, but we shouldn't pretend it will be phased out with age and time." He said not just Muslims, but people of other faiths, including Sikhs, were encountering the same types of abuse. Yousaf added that unlike previous generations who felt they had suffer their abuse in silence, people today were prepared to bring it out in the open in an effort to tackle it.
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