Cold War

Blake Escape: book reviews

Peace activists Pat Pottle and Michael Randle outside the Old Bailey

Reviews of books by Geroge Blake and the two libertarian activists who helped him to escape from prison in 1966.

The Blake Escape: Michael Randle Interview

Randle (left) and Pottle outside Wormwood Scrubs Prison in February 1989.

Black Flag interviews Mike Randle, one of the activists who freed George Blake from Wormwood Scrubs in 1966. (Interview from 1989)

The Life and Times of Jimmy Hoffa

There appears not to be a thorough, fair-minded history of Jimmy Hoffa anywhere on the internet. So here's one. Hoffa was far from perfect, but he did a lot of good.

El Salvador: Another Popular Front - What about revolution?

A critical article on the strategy and composition of national liberation movement of El Salvador.

1980-1: Class Struggle in Poland

As a follow up to our recent article about Solidarność (see: leftcom.org) we are republishing three of the leaflets that the CWO and Battaglia Comunista distributed in 1980-1 among workers in Britain, Italy, France, and the USA on the events unfolding in Poland.

Solidarność: Trade Unionism or Self-Organisation?

Political and economic crises led to the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc. The downturn in the post-war accumulation cycle, the Cold War, the USSR’s disastrous intervention in Afghanistan, as well as the popular revolts in Central and Eastern Europe all played a role. But it is the class struggles of 1980s Poland to which we turn our eye here.

El Salvador, Another Vietnam?

A documentary made during the US backed civil war in El Salvador, documenting the social conditions of the country and many of the atrocities.

“I saw the bright ones arrive”: Idealism, alienation, and persistence in the personal legacies of Australian involvement in the Spanish Civil War

This article explores the little-acknowledged story of Australians who volunteered in the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. Specific focus is placed on understanding how the experience affected their later years, particularly in the historical context of the Cold War society in which they lived out the remainder of their lives.