A new path for socialism? Revolutionary renewal in the Soviet Union and Cuba

Revolutionary Communist Group pamphlet from 1989, featuring articles from
Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!

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Introduction

Gorbachev's new path for Soviet Socialism

1. A return to Leninist principles?

2. The limits of co-existence

3. Disarmament and human rights: Gorbachev at the United Nations

4. Gorbachev in Havana and London

Castro and the Cuban road to socialism

5. Castro deepens the revolution

6. Cuba's transition to socialism

7. In defence of socialism

Afghanistan

8. Soviet troops leave Afghanistan

9. Afghanistan turns tables on Washington

Afghanistan turns tables on Washington

A new path for socialism? Revolutionary renewal in the Soviet Union and Cuba – from FRFI 87, June 1989

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When the last Soviet troops left Afghanistan on 15 February there was a great deal of crowing in the US and British press about 'the defeat of communism', 'freedom on the march' and such like. Afghanistan was about to fall into the hands of the counter-revolutionary Mojahedin. So, on 6 March the Mojahedin attacked Jalalabad, 'the gateway to Kabul', intending to establish their 'provisional government' in this city close to the Pakistan border. It would fall 'in a few days'. Nine weeks later the siege of Jalalabad was broken by the Afghan army and patriotic volunteers; the news-vendors sang a different tune: 'These days nobody talks of capturing Kabul. The snows have thawed and excuses run out.' (Financial Times, 15 May 1989)

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Soviet troops leave Afghanistan

A new path for socialism? Revolutionary renewal in the Soviet Union and Cuba – from
FRFI 85, March 1989

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The withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, which was completed on 15 February 1989, represents a serious setback for the country's democratic and progressive forces. It has substantially reduced the ability of the PDPA (People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan) to resist the counter-revolutionary Mojahedin.

The imperialists are gloating. They are predicting and, indeed, working to bring about the collapse of President Najibullah's government. As Soviet troops withdrew, British and US imperialists, hoping to whip up popular opposition to the government, prevented desperately needed UN food aid reaching Kabul. In breach of the Geneva agreements, President Bush has just advanced the Mojahedin another $200m to continue its reactionary war against the Afghan government.

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In defence of socialism

A new path for socialism? Revolutionary renewal in the Soviet Union and Cuba – from
FRFI 85, March 1989

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‘Less than 75 years after it officially began, the contest between capitalism and socialism is over: capitalism has won.' (New Yorker 23 January 1989)

‘We face a tremendous historical challenge. Who will win? Who will prevail? The selfish, chaotic and inhumane capitalist regime? Or the more rational and humane socialist system? This is the challenge which now faces not just Cuban youth and the Cuban people, but the youth and people of all the socialist countries.’ (Fidel Castro Granma 29 January 1989)

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Cuba's transition to socialism

A new path for socialism? Revolutionary renewal in the Soviet Union and Cuba – from
FRFI 82, November/December 1988

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Recent issues of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! have dealt with the debate on the transition to socialism. This debate so far has been dominated by the dramatic changes underway in the Soviet Union under perestroika and glasnost. Capitalist ideologists have seen in the Soviet reforms a vindication of capitalist principles and social norms. The left in Britain, politically and ideologically retreating before Thatcherism, has been unable and unwilling to attempt a serious defence of Marxism-Leninism. Cuba has been engaged in a process of 'rectification' since 1986. This has provided Fidel Castro with the material for assessing the transition to socialism in a third world country. His analysis, however, has produced conclusions that have a more general validity. They represent a major defence of Marxism-Leninism in the face of the systematic retreat widespread in the communist movement today. That is why so far his ideas have either been ridiculed or ignored in Britain. Here we reprint extracts from Castro's speeches with a commentary.

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