Annals of American Imperialism: The U.S. Invasion of Grenada

On this day in 1983, U.S. armed forces attacked the small Caribbean island nation of Grenada, intent on restoring a pro-imperialist government like the one that had been ousted by the New Jewel Movement. The Cold War was still on, and there would be no abiding another “communist” country in the U.S. backyard.

The Saigon Commune: Against Imperialism and Stalinism

On this day in history, the Saigon Commune was created. With the end of World War II and Japan’s surrender to the Allies, the Japanese occupation of Vietnam also ended. Soon thereafter, revolutionary workers in various parts of Vietnam rose up in an insurrection against reoccupation by French imperialism — but also against Stalinist repression. Trotskyists played a central role.