The results of the Spanish elections on Sunday November 20 represented a massive defeat for the Socialist Party (PSOE) which had introduced austerity measures to make the workers pay for the capitalist crisis, rather than a victory for the right wing Popular Party (PP) which will now have to introduce even more savage austerity cuts in the face of the acute crisis of Spanish capitalism.
The figure of Leon Trotsky has created a new wave of interest among historians and writers of all types. Recently two new books about the Russian revolutionary have appeared; the first being the work of U.S. Professor Robert Service and the second of Bertrand M. Patenaude, a historian at California University. Both of them belong to that class of commercial literature typical of the bourgeoisie, full of factual errors, which tries to present Trotsky as an authoritarian politician who only lost to Stalin because he lacked tactical skills.
En el momento de escribir estas líneas, la revolución y la contrarrevolución están enfrentándose en las calles de Egipto. La Plaza Tahrir de El Cairo ha vuelto a ser el punto focal de la revolución. El fin de semana se produjeron enfrentamientos, una vez más, en la plaza Tahrir cuando la policía trató de dispersar a los activistas que exigían el fin del régimen militar.