Friday, 02 September 2011
The IMT World School that was held in Italy between 31 July and 5 August was a tremendous success. About 225 comrades from many different countries and continents travelled to the Italian seaside resort of Marina de Massa in order to attend a week of intense but enjoyable and educational meetings.
There were comrades present from Britain, France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Greece, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, USA, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. There were apologies from a number of countries who were unable to attend either for financial or visa problems (Serbia, Morocco, Nigeria etc.). However, a link was established to the Nigerian comrades through Skype, which enabled them to follow at least the main sessions as they were taking place.
This year the central theme was Revolution. The School was taking place under the shadow of awesome historical events: first the great Arab Revolution, which is unfolding in one country after another, then the colossal upheavals in Spain, Greece and other countries.
Day one of the School got off to a good start with a very lively discussion on the general world situation, which was introduced by comrade Alan Woods. This was a very wide-ranging discussion, covering the world economic crisis, the Arab Revolution, perspectives for the Venezuelan Revolution, and above all the revolutionary developments taking place in Europe. We then broke up into smaller commissions to discuss different subjects.
On the morning of day 4 there were sessions on the Chinese Revolution 1925-7 and 1949 (Fred Weston) and the Spanish Revolution 1931-37 (Jorge Martín). This was followed by the traditional free afternoon, when comrades had an opportunity to do some tourism in the beautiful Tuscan area, or just lie on the beach and relax in the sun. Given the extremely intensive nature of the School, this was a necessary break, allowing the comrades to return refreshed to the serious business of Revolution.
The final day, Friday Aug 5, began with two morning commissions: on the Iranian Revolution 1979 (Hamid Alizadeh) and the Arab revolution (Erik Demesteer), and ended in the afternoon with plenary session dedicated to a general report on the work of the International Marxist Tendency given by Fred Weston.
The mood throughout the School was enthusiastic both inside and outside the sessions. In addition to the commissions and plenary sessions there were numerous discussions and small commissions in which comrades from different countries could exchange experiences and learn from each other.
London, 2nd September, 2011.
All the lead-offs will be reproduced in the audio and video section of our website during the autumn.