There will be a number of sessions dealing with the crisis of capitalism and, of course, the Arab Revolution. Highlights include:
- On Saturday August 13 (2pm) Moshe Machover (Israeli socialist) and Mohammed Reza Shalgouni (Organisation of Revolutionary Workers in Iran) will open our school with a session on ‘The Arab Revolution’.
- Owen Jones (author of ‘Chavs: The demonisation of the working class’)
- Anne McShane (Irish socialist) will be speaking on ‘The economic crisis and the growth of the left in Ireland’
- Mark Fischer (CPGB): Unity is strength? Why the left keeps splintering
- Camilla Power is addressing the issue: ‘Our Neanderthal cousins and the human revolution’
- Jack Conrad, (CPGB, author of Fantastic Reality. Marxism and the politics of religion) is speaking on ‘Visions of Communism’
- Mike Macnair – CPGB, author of Revolutionary Strategy will be speaking on ‘The CPGB’s Draft programme and our differences with the left. What programmes are, how they should be organised and why they are so important’
- Chris Knight on ‘Visions of Communism’ and ‘On matriarchy’
- Yassamine Mather (chair, Hands Off the People of Iran) will be speaking on ‘Explaining the longevity of the Iranian theocratic regime’
- Yassamine is an Iranian socialist in exile in Scotland. Her political activities on the Iranian left started in the 1980s in Tehran and later in Kurdistan. In exile, she has been a member of the coordinating committee of Workers Left Unity Iran. She is a member of the Centre for Socialist Theory and Movements (Glasgow University), the deputy editor of the journal Critique. As chair of Hands Off the People of Iran she is in daily contact with workers, women and students in Iran who are fighting against the threats of imperialism and their own theocracy.