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Syriza's victory: ours to celebrate, ours to defend

Syriza's victory: ours to celebrate, ours to defend

Analysis January 26, 2015

With Syriza's victory comes the potential to shake off the dead years of neoliberalism - years where the left had been ruled out of existence, which are ...

Syriza victory: secure this bridgehead

Syriza victory: secure this bridgehead

Opinion January 26, 2015

Syriza should internationalise its struggle to deprive the European elite the power to manoeuvre. John Rees on a stunning victory

The Egyptian state shoots its young

The Egyptian state shoots its young

Analysis January 25, 2015

Two young women shot dead on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the revolution but, asks John Rees, how did 'order' come to rule in Cairo? ...

The Green surge and the new politics in Britain

The Green surge and the new politics in Britain

Analysis January 23, 2015

The surge in membership of the Green party shows that British politics is not marching to the right - James Meadway looks at the implications for the Left ...

Danielle Obono: the French left after the Charlie Hebdo attacks

Danielle Obono: the French left after the Charlie Hebdo attacks

Interview January 22, 2015

Danielle Obono, a leading member of the French Left, speaks about the impact of the recent attacks and the dangers of Islamophobia

Lifting the curtain: Tom Engelhardt’s Shadow Government

Lifting the curtain: Tom Engelhardt’s Shadow Government

Book Reviews January 22, 2015

Tom Egelhardt’s account of the intertwined systems of the American National Security state presents a daunting picture, but also argues that it can be ...

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Alex Tsipras: 'History knocking on our door'

Alex Tsipras: 'History knocking on our door'

An excerpt from Alex Tsipras' final election rally speech at Heraklion, in Crete

January 25, 2015 Counterfire

Tom Crawford vs the banks and bailiffs

Tom Crawford vs the banks and bailiffs

For the second time in a year an attempt to evict Tom Crawford from his Nottingham home has been foiled by a mobilisation of hundreds of supporters. Stewart ...

January 25, 2015 Stewart Halforty

Letter to Le Monde: We say no to the 'Sacred Union'

Letter to Le Monde: We say no to the 'Sacred Union'

A call by public figures in France to reject pressures for 'unity' with world leaders guilty of violence and repression

January 25, 2015 Counterfire

Greek lesson: let's show some initiative on the Left

Greek lesson: let's show some initiative on the Left

What initiatives can the European Left take to deliver practical solidarity to the people of Greece? Kevin Ovenden provides some suggestions

January 24, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Voices from Syriza central campaign hub

Voices from Syriza central campaign hub

In central Athens the Syriza organising hub is packed with activists, campaigners and journalists. Jonathan Shafi spoke to some of the people who have been c...

January 24, 2015 Jonathon Shafi

Greek Election Liveblog

Greek Election Liveblog

Rolling coverage of the Greek General Election on 25th January by journalist Kevin Ovenden. Practical solidarity funded by Philosophy Football ...

January 24, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Greece: voices from Syriza's left

Greece: voices from Syriza's left

Kevin Ovenden speaks to three members of Syriza who are associated with the AnalyzeGreece! website ...

January 23, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Will the ECB’s Quantitative Easing programme work?

Will the ECB’s Quantitative Easing programme work?

James Meadway looks at the European Central Bank's proposed quantitative easing scheme and why a debt write-off may be the only alternative to permanent ...

January 23, 2015 James Meadway

Charlie Hebdo: 5 problems with the Media picture

Charlie Hebdo: 5 problems with the Media picture

Everyone agrees the Muslim community must make amends for Charlie Hebdo, right? Well, no, not really. Here’s five facts the media tends to overlook. ...

January 22, 2015 David Jamieson

The Iraq Inquiry: ten things to remember about the Chilcot report

The Iraq Inquiry: ten things to remember about the Chilcot report

The farce continues, as yet another delay means we still don't know if war criminals like Tony Blair will be incriminated by the Iraq war inquiry ...

January 21, 2015 Lindsey German

Graphic: large increase in anti-Muslim hate crime in London

Graphic: large increase in anti-Muslim hate crime in London

Figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request to the Metropolitan Police show a 60% increase in the monthly average compared to period prior to Lee Rigby...

January 21, 2015 Ady Cousins

Greek election dispatch: Everyone has their rationality – that’s the problem

Greek election dispatch: Everyone has their rationality – that’s the problem

With an impending Syriza government its opponents are debating their options. Kevin Ovenden's tenth dispatch from Greece

January 20, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

The Government is blaming Muslims and attacking civil liberties

The Government is blaming Muslims and attacking civil liberties

Opposition to war, Islamophobia and attacks on civil liberties are all connected, says Lindsey German, and we have to campaign against all three

January 20, 2015 Lindsey German

Let's talk about Britain's other deficit

Let's talk about Britain's other deficit

The Coalition insists the government deficit is the UK's biggest economic problem, but it's our current account deficit they should be concerned about argues...

January 19, 2015 James Meadway

Counterfire national conference 2015

Counterfire national conference 2015

Our conference is where we lay plans for the year to come, elect our steering committee and more and is open to all members who join before 13 February 2015 ...

January 19, 2015 Counterfire

Je suis Cantona

Je suis Cantona

Next Saturday is the 20th anniversary of Eric’s Selhurst Park Kung Fu kick assault on a supporter. Philosophy Football's Mark Perryman celebrates a night whe...

January 19, 2015 Mark Perryman

Welcome to dodgy Dave’s second-hand democracy sale!

Welcome to dodgy Dave’s second-hand democracy sale!

Richard Allday responds to the latest Tory attacks on democracy, from curtailing trade union rights to eroding the powers of local authorities

January 18, 2015 Richard Allday

Graphic: minority of fatalities from terrorism in Europe due to Islamist attacks

Graphic: minority of fatalities from terrorism in Europe due to Islamist attacks

Publicly available data show that almost 80% of terrorism fatalities in EU countries between 1968 and 2013 were not caused by Islamist attacks

January 18, 2015 Ady Cousins

Greece: after the election, the deluge?

Greece: after the election, the deluge?

Kevin Ovenden makes a foray into the economic labyrinth in his ninth dispatch from Greece

January 18, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Shehzad Luqman zindabad! Fighting racism in Greece

Shehzad Luqman zindabad! Fighting racism in Greece

Two years ago today supporters of the fascist Golden Dawn stabbed 26-year-old Pakistani retail worker Shahzad Luqman to death. Kevin Ovenden writes on the fi...

January 17, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Dispatches from Greece

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Greek election dispatch: Everyone has their rationality – that’s the problem

Greek election dispatch: Everyone has their rationality – that’s the problem

With an impending Syriza government its opponents are debating their options. Kevin Ovenden's tenth dispatch from Greece

January 20, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Greece: after the election, the deluge?

Greece: after the election, the deluge?

Kevin Ovenden makes a foray into the economic labyrinth in his ninth dispatch from Greece

January 18, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Shehzad Luqman zindabad! Fighting racism in Greece

Shehzad Luqman zindabad! Fighting racism in Greece

Two years ago today supporters of the fascist Golden Dawn stabbed 26-year-old Pakistani retail worker Shahzad Luqman to death. Kevin Ovenden writes on the fi...

January 17, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Greek election: by their infomercials, ye shall know them

Greek election: by their infomercials, ye shall know them

Kevin Ovenden looks at the party election broadcasts and what they say about the parties in his sixth dispatch from Greece

January 14, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Greece: bread, education, freedom… and roses too

Greece: bread, education, freedom… and roses too

Kevin Ovenden looks at street culture in this, his fifth dispatch from Greece, and argues that our survival in this crisis decade cannot be through bread alo...

January 13, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Greece: when fear meets a movement of hope

Greece: when fear meets a movement of hope

In the coming weeks expect the most unlikely of voices to claim that they were with Syriza all along, or at least prepared to give them a chance. Kevin Ovend...

January 11, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

The Right in Greece: cornered, but fighting for its life

The Right in Greece: cornered, but fighting for its life

In his second dispatch from Greece, Kevin Ovenden looks at the extremism of the mainstream Right

January 10, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Greece: every cook is debating

Greece: every cook is debating

The battle lines in Athens today are about more than the conventional politics of who will form a government, its policies and prospects, but of the transfor...

January 9, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Dispatches from hope: a primer on the Greek election

Dispatches from hope: a primer on the Greek election

The fight is on for an alternative to neoliberalism. In the first of a regular series of reports from Greece, Kevin Ovenden explains the significance of this...

January 8, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Editors picks

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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

Tower Hamlets: it's the establishment versus the people

Tower Hamlets: it's the establishment versus the people

Following the British establishment's undemocratic attempt to undermine the twice-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets it's clear whose side we should be on argues...

November 6, 2014 Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

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 the...

November 27, 2011 Adrian Cousins

A graphic account of terrorism

A graphic account of terrorism

John Rees takes a look behind the propaganda at the facts about terrorism

December 1, 2014 John Rees

A history of struggle: race and class in the East End

A history of struggle: race and class in the East End

Kevin Ovenden looks at the history of race and class in London's East End and the current battle to beat back the Tory attack on Tower Hamlets

November 14, 2014 Kevin Ovenden

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

Meltdown in Scotland: Labour's organic crisis

Meltdown in Scotland: Labour's organic crisis

Johann Lamont's sudden departure as Scottish Labour leader has brought Labour's crisis in Scotland - and beyond - into sharp relief

October 29, 2014 Jonathon Shafi

Will there be an independent Kurdistan?

Will there be an independent Kurdistan?

A Kurdish state would raise the hopes of millions of Kurds, change the geopolitics of the region and challenge the integrity of the existing states writes Al...

November 1, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Ten lies told about World War I

Ten lies told about World War I

Dominic Alexander debunks ten myths used to justify the slaughter of the First World War

November 9, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Analysis

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Will the ECB’s Quantitative Easing programme work?

Will the ECB’s Quantitative Easing programme work?

James Meadway looks at the European Central Bank's proposed quantitative easing scheme and why a debt write-off may be the only alternative to permanent ...

January 23, 2015 James Meadway

Graphic: large increase in anti-Muslim hate crime in London

Graphic: large increase in anti-Muslim hate crime in London

Figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request to the Metropolitan Police show a 60% increase in the monthly average compared to period prior to Lee Rigby...

January 21, 2015 Ady Cousins

The Government is blaming Muslims and attacking civil liberties

The Government is blaming Muslims and attacking civil liberties

Opposition to war, Islamophobia and attacks on civil liberties are all connected, says Lindsey German, and we have to campaign against all three

January 20, 2015 Lindsey German

Let's talk about Britain's other deficit

Let's talk about Britain's other deficit

The Coalition insists the government deficit is the UK's biggest economic problem, but it's our current account deficit they should be concerned about argues...

January 19, 2015 James Meadway

Graphic: minority of fatalities from terrorism in Europe due to Islamist attacks

Graphic: minority of fatalities from terrorism in Europe due to Islamist attacks

Publicly available data show that almost 80% of terrorism fatalities in EU countries between 1968 and 2013 were not caused by Islamist attacks

January 18, 2015 Ady Cousins

Inflation figures: is the UK headed for deflation?

Inflation figures: is the UK headed for deflation?

Despite Chancellor George Osborne's claims, improvements in most people’s standards of living require sustained increases wages not price reductions argues J...

January 13, 2015 James Meadway

European elites menaced by the danger of debt deflation

European elites menaced by the danger of debt deflation

Unless the nettle of debt write-offs is grasped, we are entering a second, more serious round of the European crisis argues James Meadway

January 12, 2015 James Meadway

The limits of liberalism

The limits of liberalism

Liberal responses to the Paris killings are fuelling a cycle from which both the right and the terrorists will gain, argues John Rees

January 11, 2015 John Rees

Paris massacre: backlash and blowback

Paris massacre: backlash and blowback

The latest attack will lead to a greater backlash and greater levels of Islamophobia. But it is not Muslims who are the problem but the foreign policies that...

January 7, 2015 Lindsey German

Syriza: the Greek road to socialism?

Syriza: the Greek road to socialism?

Europe's neoliberal elite are alarmed at the prospect of a Syriza government - the left needs to be equally clear about the possibilities and limitations wri...

January 6, 2015 Sean Ledwith

Opinion

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Letter to Le Monde: We say no to the 'Sacred Union'

Letter to Le Monde: We say no to the 'Sacred Union'

A call by public figures in France to reject pressures for 'unity' with world leaders guilty of violence and repression

January 25, 2015 Counterfire

Greek lesson: let's show some initiative on the Left

Greek lesson: let's show some initiative on the Left

What initiatives can the European Left take to deliver practical solidarity to the people of Greece? Kevin Ovenden provides some suggestions

January 24, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Voices from Syriza central campaign hub

Voices from Syriza central campaign hub

In central Athens the Syriza organising hub is packed with activists, campaigners and journalists. Jonathan Shafi spoke to some of the people who have been c...

January 24, 2015 Jonathon Shafi

Greece: voices from Syriza's left

Greece: voices from Syriza's left

Kevin Ovenden speaks to three members of Syriza who are associated with the AnalyzeGreece! website ...

January 23, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Charlie Hebdo: 5 problems with the Media picture

Charlie Hebdo: 5 problems with the Media picture

Everyone agrees the Muslim community must make amends for Charlie Hebdo, right? Well, no, not really. Here’s five facts the media tends to overlook. ...

January 22, 2015 David Jamieson

The Iraq Inquiry: ten things to remember about the Chilcot report

The Iraq Inquiry: ten things to remember about the Chilcot report

The farce continues, as yet another delay means we still don't know if war criminals like Tony Blair will be incriminated by the Iraq war inquiry ...

January 21, 2015 Lindsey German

Greek election dispatch: Everyone has their rationality – that’s the problem

Greek election dispatch: Everyone has their rationality – that’s the problem

With an impending Syriza government its opponents are debating their options. Kevin Ovenden's tenth dispatch from Greece

January 20, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Je suis Cantona

Je suis Cantona

Next Saturday is the 20th anniversary of Eric’s Selhurst Park Kung Fu kick assault on a supporter. Philosophy Football's Mark Perryman celebrates a night whe...

January 19, 2015 Mark Perryman

Welcome to dodgy Dave’s second-hand democracy sale!

Welcome to dodgy Dave’s second-hand democracy sale!

Richard Allday responds to the latest Tory attacks on democracy, from curtailing trade union rights to eroding the powers of local authorities

January 18, 2015 Richard Allday

Greece: after the election, the deluge?

Greece: after the election, the deluge?

Kevin Ovenden makes a foray into the economic labyrinth in his ninth dispatch from Greece

January 18, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Books

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The Contradictions of Media Power

The Contradictions of Media Power

Des Freedman shows how the media is neither a simple monolith of power, nor a free-market of ideas, but that its contradictions allow mass movements to exert...

January 15, 2015 Lindy Syson

Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System

Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System

Former detainee Nahlo Abdo's meticulous study reveals the hidden voices of Palestinian female political prisoners. Review by Ellen Graubart

January 8, 2015 Ellen Graubart

Romanticism and Caricature

Romanticism and Caricature

The tradition of political caricature in Britain, whose classic phase was 1790-1832, is revealed by Ian Haywood’s Romanticism and Caricature, finds Jacquelin...

January 1, 2015 Jackie Mulhallen

The past in the present

The past in the present

A Counterfire book reviews round-up for 2014, revisiting some and introducing others

December 18, 2014 Dominic Alexander and Elaine Graham-Leigh

The Establishment: And how they get away with it

The Establishment: And how they get away with it

Owen Jones’ The Establishment is a valuable dissection of the networks of power and ideology, but the concept of the ruling class adds a needed dimension, ar...

December 11, 2014 Sean Ledwith

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

System Change not Climate Change: ultimately revolutionary change is needed. This is the message of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, argues Elaine Grah...

December 4, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine

Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine

Leninism, so frequently misunderstood, is shown to be of vital relevance for contemporary politics in Paul Le Blanc, Unfinished Leninism, argues Alex Snowdon...

November 28, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Inequality and the 1%

Inequality and the 1%

Inequality and the 1%, Danny Dorling’s new book, demonstrates the harm done to the whole of society by rising inequality, finds Orlando Hill ...

November 20, 2014 Orlando Hill

Movements can make history - but revolutions don’t just happen

Movements can make history - but revolutions don’t just happen

Chris Nineham argues that two new Marxist books about social movements reflect a common tendency to downplay the conscious, organised element in the way chan...

November 14, 2014 Chris Nineham

The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain’s Rush to War, 1914

The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain’s Rush to War, 1914

A new account of the weeks before the outbreak of World War I explodes the myth that Britain played an in any way commendable role in the events that led to ...

November 7, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Theory

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Duncan Hallas: The Comintern and the united front

Duncan Hallas: The Comintern and the united front

Writing in 1975, revolutionary socialist Duncan Hallas stressed the need for what is often called the united front method. ...

May 9, 2010 Duncan Hallas - Intro by Alex Snowden

Gramsci on spontaneity, organisation and leadership

Gramsci on spontaneity, organisation and leadership

Chris Bambery explores the relationship between "spontaneous" working class struggle and revolutionary organisation through the work of Antonio Gramsci ...

August 30, 2012 Chris Bambery

Daniel Bensaïd and the shape of socialist strategy

Daniel Bensaïd and the shape of socialist strategy

John Riddell looks at the work of Daniel Bensaïd and its relevance for Marxist strategy. ...

November 14, 2011 John Riddell

Women’s history

Women’s history

Lindsey German looks at the history of the women's movement, the massive changes to the lives of women and the theoretical responses to women's oppression ...

February 7, 2013 Lindsey German

Nepal and Thailand: revolution postponed?

Nepal and Thailand: revolution postponed?

The uprisings in Nepal and Thailand have radicalised millions in both countries, but unless social and economic questions are raised, their potential will be lo...

July 11, 2010 Feyzi Ismail

Meltdown in Scotland: Labour's organic crisis

Meltdown in Scotland: Labour's organic crisis

Johann Lamont's sudden departure as Scottish Labour leader has brought Labour's crisis in Scotland - and beyond - into sharp relief

October 29, 2014 Jonathon Shafi

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