John Updike: A Tribute

By David Walsh wsws.org American novelist John Updike died January 27 in Danvers, Massachusetts, at the age of 76. The cause of death was cancer. A major figure in American literature for the past half-century (his first full-length novel, The…

Mirror to Stalin’s Terror

Stalin’s Terror of 1937-1938: Political Genocide in the USSR, by Vadim Rogovin By Andrea Peters wsws.org The late Marxist historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin ‘s book presents a compelling and uncompromisingly political interpretation of the the Stalin had unleashed in…

Essence of Prayer

What constitutes the essence of prayer? Many prayers to God are current among the lovers of God, arising as they do from diverse cultural contexts. Some of the prayers invariably contain an element of asking something from God, either material…