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Occupy Democracy holds Parliament Square despite police aggression

Occupy Democracy holds Parliament Square despite police aggression

Latest News October 20, 2014

Occupy digs in at Parliament Square despite huge police aggression and intimidation reports Matt Bonner

Iraq: Obama's sectarian allies won't defeat Islamic State

Iraq: Obama's sectarian allies won't defeat Islamic State

Analysis October 19, 2014

The sectarian legacy of the US occupation means Obama's strategy of air strikes in support of the Iraqi military cannot defeat the Islamic State argues Ady C...

Ebola: epidemics and imperialism

Ebola: epidemics and imperialism

Opinion October 16, 2014

This devastating epidemic reveals the warped priorities of imperialism argues Explo Nani-Kofi

Crisis and Control: The Militarisation of Protest Policing

Crisis and Control: The Militarisation of Protest Policing

Book Reviews October 15, 2014

In a period of social and economic crisis, Crisis and Control by Lesley J Wood, provides an understanding of the state logic that leads to increased police m...

Not if, but when‏ - the next crisis approaches

Not if, but when‏ - the next crisis approaches

Analysis October 13, 2014

James Meadway: reports from the last few weeks say that the world economy is on course for another financial crisis - with Britain dangerously exposed ...

A revolt of our own

A revolt of our own

Analysis October 12, 2014

Chris Nineham on why we need to lead the fight against inequality and for democracy

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Liveblog: #18oct protest - Britain Needs a Pay Rise

Liveblog: #18oct protest - Britain Needs a Pay Rise

Video, tweets and images from the TUC demonstration against austerity

October 18, 2014 Ady Cousins

Ten reasons to oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria

Ten reasons to oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria

This latest phase of terrorism is a product of the west's disastrous foreign policies, endless wars and backing of barbaric regimes in the Middle East ...

October 12, 2014 Lindsey German and Robin Beste

The scandal of private healthcare in UK immigration detention centres

The scandal of private healthcare in UK immigration detention centres

Four years ago G4S was involved in the unlawful killing of an immigration detainee called Jimmy Mubenga. Now they're winning NHS contracts to provide medical...

October 12, 2014 Phil Miller and Clare Sambrook

John Rees: Kobane can be saved if Turkey opens its border to Kurds

John Rees: Kobane can be saved if Turkey opens its border to Kurds

John Rees of Stop the War Coalition says the Kurds could defeat IS if Turkey allowed the PKK fighters to cross the border with Syria and join the defence of K...

October 12, 2014 John Rees

Mutual Defence Agreement: Cameron plans secret renewal of nuclear cooperation with US

Mutual Defence Agreement: Cameron plans secret renewal of nuclear cooperation with US

David Cameron is due to secretly renew the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA) on nuclear cooperation between the US and the UK writes Ellen Graubart

October 12, 2014 Ellen Graubart

John Rees: solidarity with resistance of Kobane

John Rees: solidarity with resistance of Kobane

John Rees speaking at the 'Support the resistance of Kobane against Isis attacks' protest in London's Parliament Square. Video by Shahrzad Shemirani ...

October 11, 2014 Shahrzad Shemirani

Turning back Ukip - some ideas for the movement

Turning back Ukip - some ideas for the movement

John Westmoreland concludes his series with eight ideas for halting Ukip’s surge and rebuilding the movement

October 9, 2014 John Westmoreland

Hate preacher: Theresa May and the demonisation of British Muslims

Hate preacher: Theresa May and the demonisation of British Muslims

Theresa May’s address to the Conservative Party Conference typified this government’s Islamophobia says Conan Doyle

October 8, 2014 Conan Doyle

Cameron’s tax cuts: a poorly disguised handout for the rich

Cameron’s tax cuts: a poorly disguised handout for the rich

David Cameron's 'middle-class tax giveaway' in reality means giving huge amounts of cash to the very richest argues James Meadway

October 8, 2014 James Meadway

Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work

Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work

The urgency of action on climate change is undeniable, but Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work, shows clearly why capitalism is the problem, argues Marienna ...

October 8, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Canada: the latest recruits to Obama's new 'Coalition of the Killing'?

Canada: the latest recruits to Obama's new 'Coalition of the Killing'?

As the Canadian Parliament votes to join the US-led war in Iraq and Syria, this editorial from the new left-wing website 'Ricochet' argues that big questions...

October 7, 2014 Jahanzeb Hussain & Derrick O'Keefe

Britain's crisis continues

Britain's crisis continues

Chris Bambery argues that, despite the No vote in the referendum last month, the British state remains mired in a deep crisis with no obvious way out ...

October 7, 2014 Chris Bambery

The revolution is just a t-shirt away

The revolution is just a t-shirt away

Twenty years after starting off, Philosphy Football exhibit an enjoyable selection of t-shirts about sports, politics and philosophy

October 6, 2014 Peter Stäuber

Hong Kong: an anatomy of the revolt

Hong Kong: an anatomy of the revolt

Lawrence Wong looks at the background, and prospects, for Hong Kong’s 'Umbrella Revolution'

October 6, 2014 Lawrence Wong

Why Obama's airstrike alliance is no friend of the Kurds

Why Obama's airstrike alliance is no friend of the Kurds

The governments of the US, Turkey, Britain, Israel and the rest of the alliance for Iraq War III are no real defenders of Kurdish rights

October 5, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

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Scotland: ten things the vote signifies

Scotland: ten things the vote signifies

Lindsey German looks at what impact the vote results will have on Britain and Scotland

September 18, 2014 Lindsey German

The unions and the people v austerity

The unions and the people v austerity

The unions are central to a major series of demonstrations, strikes and protests writes Sam Fairbairn

June 9, 2014 Sam Fairbairn

Day-Mer Statement: Support the resistance of Kobanê against Isis attacks!

Day-Mer Statement: Support the resistance of Kobanê against Isis attacks!

Turkish and Kurdish organisation Day-Mer have released the following statement condemning imperialist military intervention and calling for solidarity with t...

September 27, 2014 Day-Mer

Women's liberation: a class perspective

Women's liberation: a class perspective

Lindsey German wrote this review for Historical Materialism over a decade ago but it wasn't published. We are posting it now as part of a series of contribution...

February 2, 2013 Lindsey German

The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan - just what the US does not want

The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan - just what the US does not want

Western calls to arm the Kurds and bomb Iraq are both hypocritical and dangerous, argues John Rees

August 17, 2014 John Rees

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

David Jamieson provides a sober analysis of the hard truths and new opportunities following from a No vote in the independence referendum

September 23, 2014 David Jamieson

The crisis of the British regime: democracy, protest and the unions

The crisis of the British regime: democracy, protest and the unions

The British political regime faces a crisis of confidence. This report presents empirical evidence for the democratic deficit, growing protest, the state of ...

November 27, 2011 Adrian Cousins

The English Question: Democracy or jingoism?

The English Question: Democracy or jingoism?

Alastair Stephens: we need to democratise the state in all its aspects, but for now the battle lines are clear: we want democracy restored not jingoism reviv...

September 21, 2014 Alastair Stephens

The Suffragettes, Black Friday and two types of window smashing

The Suffragettes, Black Friday and two types of window smashing

‘The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics’, declared suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst

November 18, 2010 Katherine Connelly

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Cameron’s tax cuts: a poorly disguised handout for the rich

Cameron’s tax cuts: a poorly disguised handout for the rich

David Cameron's 'middle-class tax giveaway' in reality means giving huge amounts of cash to the very richest argues James Meadway

October 8, 2014 James Meadway

Who is Nigel Farage?

Who is Nigel Farage?

Nigel Farage should not be allowed to hijack the widespread disaffection with the Westminster elite argues John Westmorland

September 30, 2014 John Westmoreland

Hey Wilshaw! Leave them kids alone!

Hey Wilshaw! Leave them kids alone!

Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw’s ideas about ‘discipline’ have much in common with Victorian methods and little to do with real education writes John Westmo...

September 26, 2014 John Westmoreland

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

David Jamieson provides a sober analysis of the hard truths and new opportunities following from a No vote in the independence referendum

September 23, 2014 David Jamieson

The People’s Climate March: thousands demand action

The People’s Climate March: thousands demand action

Elaine Graham-Leigh: The People’s Climate March sent a clear message to the politicians - climate change remains an issue of central importance and we are wa...

September 21, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Scotland's vote and politics after the referendum

Scotland's vote and politics after the referendum

Lindsey German's take on the changed political landscape in the wake of the Scottish referendum result

September 19, 2014 Lindsey German

No to independence, but no confidence in the Union

No to independence, but no confidence in the Union

Chris Bambery: the British elite threw everything into stopping a Yes win, but the narrowness of the No vote adds to the crisis of the United Kingdom ...

September 19, 2014 Chris Bambery

Militarised racism and the Ferguson rebellion

Militarised racism and the Ferguson rebellion

Sean Ledwith looks at the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the rising against the racist machine

August 27, 2014 Sean Ledwith

French government falls - euro austerity cracks

French government falls - euro austerity cracks

James Meadway: Europe’s continuing economic woes are starting to pull apart the austerity consensus amongst its elites

August 25, 2014 James Meadway

The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan - just what the US does not want

The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan - just what the US does not want

Western calls to arm the Kurds and bomb Iraq are both hypocritical and dangerous, argues John Rees

August 17, 2014 John Rees

Opinion

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Ten reasons to oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria

Ten reasons to oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria

This latest phase of terrorism is a product of the west's disastrous foreign policies, endless wars and backing of barbaric regimes in the Middle East ...

October 12, 2014 Lindsey German and Robin Beste

Turning back Ukip - some ideas for the movement

Turning back Ukip - some ideas for the movement

John Westmoreland concludes his series with eight ideas for halting Ukip’s surge and rebuilding the movement

October 9, 2014 John Westmoreland

Hate preacher: Theresa May and the demonisation of British Muslims

Hate preacher: Theresa May and the demonisation of British Muslims

Theresa May’s address to the Conservative Party Conference typified this government’s Islamophobia says Conan Doyle

October 8, 2014 Conan Doyle

Canada: the latest recruits to Obama's new 'Coalition of the Killing'?

Canada: the latest recruits to Obama's new 'Coalition of the Killing'?

As the Canadian Parliament votes to join the US-led war in Iraq and Syria, this editorial from the new left-wing website 'Ricochet' argues that big questions...

October 7, 2014 Jahanzeb Hussain & Derrick O'Keefe

Britain's crisis continues

Britain's crisis continues

Chris Bambery argues that, despite the No vote in the referendum last month, the British state remains mired in a deep crisis with no obvious way out ...

October 7, 2014 Chris Bambery

Hong Kong: an anatomy of the revolt

Hong Kong: an anatomy of the revolt

Lawrence Wong looks at the background, and prospects, for Hong Kong’s 'Umbrella Revolution'

October 6, 2014 Lawrence Wong

Why Obama's airstrike alliance is no friend of the Kurds

Why Obama's airstrike alliance is no friend of the Kurds

The governments of the US, Turkey, Britain, Israel and the rest of the alliance for Iraq War III are no real defenders of Kurdish rights

October 5, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

Parliamentary change

Parliamentary change

There is a deep political crisis going on in Britain. New politics, institutions and forms of organisation are required to defeat austerity and secure its al...

October 4, 2014 Brian Heron

A breath of fresh air

A breath of fresh air

Mark Perryman reviews an exceptionally strong list of autumn political reading

October 3, 2014 Mark Perryman

Children's health - a casualty in Osborne's war on the poor

Children's health - a casualty in Osborne's war on the poor

As George Osborne promises fresh hardship for the working poor, Prof Michael Marmot and Dr Angela Donkin look at the impact of growing inequality on child he...

September 30, 2014 Michael Marmot and Angela Donkin

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Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work

Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work

The urgency of action on climate change is undeniable, but Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work, shows clearly why capitalism is the problem, argues Marienna ...

October 8, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South

The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South

Internationalism is not only possible, it is the necessary answer to the neoliberal assault analysed in Vijay Prashad’s, The Poorer Nations, argues Samir Dat...

October 1, 2014 Samir Dathi

The People. The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010

The People. The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010

Selina Todd’s The People is a very welcome and successful assertion of the centrality of working-class experience and power in the history of the twentieth c...

September 24, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

PolyluxMarx: An Illustrated Workbook for Studying Marx’s Capital

PolyluxMarx: An Illustrated Workbook for Studying Marx’s Capital

PolyluxMarx is an innovative and valuable introduction to Marx’s Capital, finds Sean Ledwith, despite a few disagreements in method and theory ...

September 18, 2014 Sean Ledwith

Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Towards a Unitary Theory

Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Towards a Unitary Theory

Lindsey German welcomes a new edition of a classic of Marxist Women’s Liberation theory, which opens up rich debates over the nature and origins of women’s o...

September 12, 2014 Lindsey German

An Impatient Life: A Memoir

An Impatient Life: A Memoir

Daniel Bensaïd’s memoir of a life as a socialist in France provides an engaging account of a revolutionary life during the 1960s and after, finds William Boo...

September 5, 2014 William Booth

Languages of the Unheard: Why militant protest is good for democracy

Languages of the Unheard: Why militant protest is good for democracy

A defence of the democratic function of militant protest in Stephen D’Arcy’s Languages of the Unheard provides rigorous and valuable arguments, argues Willia...

August 27, 2014 William Alderson

Hell’s Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggles and Progressive Reform in New York City

Hell’s Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggles and Progressive Reform in New York City

The history of the working class of Hell’s Kitchen, New York, explored through the prism of subjectivities of space, is a project that promises more than it ...

August 20, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land

Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land

Attempts by the likes of Ari Shavit to defend Israeli policy in Palestine wear ever thinner, as shown by Norman Finkelstein’s robust critique in Old Wine, Br...

August 15, 2014 Rohan J Bundell

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: the World Cup, the Olympics and the Fight for Democracy

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: the World Cup, the Olympics and the Fight for Democracy

It was perfectly fair to enjoy the World Cup and carry on fighting for a better future, argues Orlando Hill

August 6, 2014 Orlando Hill

Theory

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System Change Not Climate Change

System Change Not Climate Change

The recent international climate change talks and protests in Copenhagen have highlighted the issue of climate change. At the same time, leaked emails fr...

March 12, 2010 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Democratic revolution or socialist revolution?

Democratic revolution or socialist revolution?

In this chapter from his book Marxism at the Millennium, Tony Cliff, writes about the relationship between the struggle for democratic freedoms and socialism. ...

January 17, 2011 Tony Cliff

An introduction to Rosa Luxemburg’s The Mass Strike

An introduction to Rosa Luxemburg’s The Mass Strike

Marx 101 is a series of meetings to introduce the Marxist classics to activists in the twenty first century. Alastair Stephens continues the series with a look...

January 13, 2013 Alastair Stephens

Nakba: Tony Cliff on the roots of Israel’s violence

Nakba: Tony Cliff on the roots of Israel’s violence

In 1948 zionist militias launched a war that turned thousands of Palestinians into permanent refugees. Alex Snowdon introduces an account by Jewish socialist an...

May 24, 2010 Tony Cliff, Introduction by Alex Snowdon

Lukacs after Leninism

Lukacs after Leninism

Georg Lukacs was arguably the most important Marxist political philosopher since Marx. His theoretical work is a vital reference point in the 20th century revol...

June 27, 2010 Alex Snowdon

Climate change movements: where are we going?

Climate change movements: where are we going?

Since 2009, the climate change movement has been losing momentum. But failure should not be taken as the whole story of Copenhagen and its aftermath, argues Ela...

January 24, 2012 Elaine Graham-Leigh