Music, not muddle: Re-examining Soviet sounds and the socialist project

This article re-examines Soviet music, demonstrating its revolutionary history and legacy, and how both can inform our struggles today.

Brian Becker on Empire Files: What the Russian Revolution proved possible

Nov. 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the seizure of power by workers and peasants in the Russian Revolution, regarded as the most world-altering event in the history of civilization.

Black Bolsheviks and white lies

A lot of nonsense has been written about the role of Putin’s Russia in subverting “our democracy.” As though our democracy had been functioning...

Why we continue to defend the Soviet Union

Some progressive people argue that given the fact that nearly two decades have passed, the issue of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is now an irrelevancy. We think otherwise.

Kyrgyzstan: The national question and imperialism

The Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan has been the scene of a bloody conflict since June 10. Estimates of the casualties vary widely, with the country's interim president estimating up to 2,000 deaths.

True and false in Obama’s D-Day speech

"So when the ships landed here at Omaha [Beach], an unimaginable hell rained down on the men inside," President Barack Obama said as he spoke in Normandy on June 6th, the 65th anniversary of "D-Day.

Socialism and the legacy of the Soviet Union

The single biggest event that shaped global politics in the 20th century was the Russian Revolution of 1917, which gave birth to the Soviet...

Why the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The following article first appeared in the August 2005 issue of Socialism and Liberation magazine . The 62st anniversaries of the U.S. nuclear bombings of Japan are Aug. 6 and 9 of this year. August 6 and 9 of this year mark the 60th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The real lessons of the 1956 uprising in Hungary

This article first appeared in the November 2006 issue of Socialism and Liberation magazine. On June 22, President Bush traveled to Hungary to join a commemoration of an uprising that occurred there 50 years ago, in October-November 1956.

Oil, imperialism and national conflict in the Caucasus

The September 3 massacre of at least 360 children and adults in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia, in the Caucasus region of Russia, shocked the world and brought the conflict in the area into the public eye again.