David Miranda’s detention and the raid on Britain’s Guardian newspaper By Judy Hyland

24 August 2013 —WSWS

Events of the last week provide chilling confirmation of the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.” They demonstrate how invocations of “national security” are used to justify anti-democratic conspiracies against working people and intimidate and punish anyone who dares to reveal the truth.

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The Tremor in the Communist Party of China By Ahmet Devrim

8 November 2012The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 725

The Chinese <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Communist Party (<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>CCP) is holding a new congress, the 18th, due to start on November 8. The <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>CCP is at the helm of the single-party system of the People’s Republic. The nine-member Politbureau Standing Committee (PSC) acts as the supreme body that rules over this vast country with a population of 1.3 billion souls. The secretary general of the party, ranking number one in the PSC, automatically becomes the president of the country and the number three member the premier.

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Lenin on Freedom by Roland Boer

21 February 2012 — MRZine

“But see how quickly the slave of yesterday is straightening his back, how the spark of liberty is gleaming even in his half-dimmed eyes” (<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lenin 1905 [1963]: 541).

<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lenin and freedom — it is perhaps a jarring juxtaposition for many.  Was not <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lenin the harbinger of what is occasionally called the most dictatorial and authoritarian ‘regime’ in history?  Is not any discussion of freedom with regard to <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lenin a bad joke?

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Mothballed Playboy Dictator Recalled to Service By Kim Ives

13 July 2011 — haiti-liberte.com

The big question Haitians are asking is: who is behind Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s surprise arrival in Haiti with an expired Haitian passport on Jan. 16 aboard an Air France flight from Paris? “I have come here to see how I can help my country,” he announced, stepping off the plane.

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THE SPANISH MODEL By Isidro López & Emmanuel Rodríguez

New Left Review 69, May-June 2011

Prior to the debacle of 2008, Spain’s economy had been an object of particular admiration for Western commentators. [1] To reproduce the colourful metaphors of the financial press, in the 1990s and early 2000s the Spanish bull performed much better than the moping lions of ‘Old Europe’. In the decade following 1995, 7 million jobs were created and the economy grew at a rate of nearly 4 per cent; between 1995 and 2007, the nominal wealth of households increased threefold.

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