The Communist Study Groups in France’s African colonies

Nathan Macé 21 May 2024 Intro­duc­tion The end of the Second World War inau­gu­ra­ted a new era of the 20th century: the old Euro­pean colo­nial powers had been greatly weak­ened, a new socia­list world system had emer­ged across Asia and Eastern Europe, and the natio­nal libe­ra­tion move­ments in Africa and Asia were invi­go­ra­ted with a new … Read more

East German weapons in the fight against fascist Portugal

How the DDR came to provide mili­tary support for the Mozam­bican libe­ra­tion struggle Mascha Neumann 25 April 2024 Today, the German Demo­cra­tic Repu­blic (GDR) is remem­be­red by many progres­sive forces around the world as a pioneer in support for the natio­nal libe­ra­tion move­ments of the 20th century. The GDR’s anti-impe­ria­­list soli­da­rity ranged from educa­tion program­mes, medi­cal … Read more

Interview: How Guinea-Bissau’s anti-colonial struggle influenced the Carnation Revolution

25 April 2024 Mamadu during our inter­view in Febru­ary 2023. Born in the mid-1950s, Mamadu grew up in Guinea-Bissau’s coas­tal region of Tombali under the long shadow of Portu­guese colo­nia­lism. As a child, he witnessed Portu­guese raids on his family’s village and the armed resis­tance of the Part­ido Afri­cano para a Inde­pen­dên­cia da Guiné e Cabo Verde … Read more

Portugal 1974: Remembering the Carnation Revolution 50 years on

John Green 25 April 2024 May Day in Lisbon, 1974 (Photo: John Green) John Green studied film and camera in the German Demo­cra­tic Repu­blic (GDR) during the 1960s. He retur­ned to his home coun­try, the United King­dom, in 1968 and began working for GDR tele­vi­sion as a foreign corre­spon­dent. Green and his colle­agues were part of what … Read more

A Marxist Glossary for the Study of Anti-imperialism

From left to right: “A Small Poli­ti­cal Diction­ary”, “Diction­ary of Marxist-Leni­­nist Socio­logy”, “Diction­ary of Scien­ti­fic Commu­nism”, “Diction­ary of Foreign Policy and Inter­na­tio­nal Law”, and “Basic ques­ti­ons of the anti-impe­ria­­list struggle of the peop­les of Asia, Africa and Latin America in the present day”. The follo­wing glos­sary is a coll­ec­tion of concepts and terms rela­ted to … Read more

Friendship through Ether Waves: Radio Berlin International and its Listening Publics in India

Dr. Anan­dita Bajpai 4 Octo­ber 2023 Down­load as PDF Intro­duc­tion Radio was a promi­nent tool of the ‘Cultu­ral Cold War’ for reaching out to people in ‘far away’ spaces, commu­ni­ca­ting world­views that prescri­bed to Cold War-divi­­des, and in forging ideo­lo­gi­cal affi­ni­ties and animo­si­ties alike. Seve­ral foreign broad­cas­ting stati­ons based in Europe, USA, and the Soviet Union were … Read more

Hope, Fear, and Solidarity

A Chilean emigrant and a former GDR citi­zen recount the victory of Salva­dor Allende and the Unidad Popu­lar in Chile, the 1973 coup d’état, and the escape from Chile to the GDR. 25 Septem­ber 2023 Espa­ñol The film poster for “I was, I am, I shall be” by the DDR-film­­ma­kers Heynow­ski & Scheu­mann (1974) Intro­duc­tion 53 years … Read more

Chile and Germany: Between Solidarity and Dependence

Over 50 years ago, Chile broke free from impe­ria­list domi­nance and plun­der. Germany too has a long history of exploi­ting Chile, but this tradi­tion was broken by the GDR’s exten­sive support for the sove­reig­nty of the Chilean people. The 1973 coup against Allende made these two oppo­sing histo­ri­cal tenden­cies clear.

50th Anniversary: X. World Festival of Youth and Students in Berlin, DDR

In July 1973, exactly 50 years ago, the 10th edition of the World Festi­val began in Berlin, the capi­tal of the German Demo­cra­tic Repu­blic (GDR). From 28 July to 5 August, 8 million parti­ci­pants, inclu­ding 25,600 guests from 140 count­ries, took part in a broad programme of over 200 poli­ti­cal and 1,000 cultu­ral events under the slogan “For anti-impe­ria­list Soli­da­rity, Peace, and Friendship”.