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Now is the time to Stop Trident

Now is the time to Stop Trident

Latest News February 13, 2016

The Tories' plans to renew the Trident missile system are causing a revival of the anti-nuclear movement, writes Kate Hudson

Stock markets plunge: there may be trouble ahead

Stock markets plunge: there may be trouble ahead

Analysis February 11, 2016

As stock markets tumble again, the recovery Osborne was boasting about rests on shaky foundations

Debt or Democracy: Public Money For Sustainability and Social Justice

Debt or Democracy: Public Money For Sustainability and Social Justice

Book Reviews February 11, 2016

Mainstream economics mystifies the nature of money. Mellor’s Debt or Democracy explodes the myths, and provides the social alternative, argues Phil Arm...

Feeling the Bern: can Sanders beat Clinton?

Feeling the Bern: can Sanders beat Clinton?

Opinion February 9, 2016

In challenging the corporatist and status quoist politics of Clinton, Sanders has become an electoral lightning rod for the movements, argues Sean Ledwith ...

Where next, after Syriza? A view from the left in South-Eastern Europe

Where next, after Syriza? A view from the left in South-Eastern Europe

Analysis February 8, 2016

Vladimir Unkovski-Korica analyses some of the challenges faced by activists trying to re-build the radical left in the Balkans and Eastern Europe since 1989 ...

Key texts: Rosa Luxemburg on parliament and political power

Key texts: Rosa Luxemburg on parliament and political power

Theory February 3, 2016

Our 'key texts' series continues with Vladimir Unkovski-Korica introducing a chapter from Reform or Revolution by Polish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg...

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No to Fortress Europe: solidarity with refugees and migrants

No to Fortress Europe: solidarity with refugees and migrants

While the War on Terror has destroyed the Middle East, it has also been the source of racism across Europe

February 13, 2016 Counterfire

The Tories tear up social housing

The Tories tear up social housing

The Tories want to end social housing in this country, writes Cameron Panting

February 12, 2016 Cameron Panting

Sexual assault allegations exacerbate German racism

Sexual assault allegations exacerbate German racism

Sexism and racism have to be challenged without bowing to the far right, who are using sexual assaults to attack refugees, argues Kaveh Yazdani

February 12, 2016 Kaveh Yazdani

The inconvenient truth about the massacre of the Kurdish people in Turkey

The inconvenient truth about the massacre of the Kurdish people in Turkey

Western governments have ignored the breaches of human rights by the current government of Turkey

February 11, 2016 Day-Mer

Beyonce, black lives and the Super Bowl

Beyonce, black lives and the Super Bowl

Musician Dave Randall looks at the furore surrounding Beyonce's performance at the Super Bowl

February 10, 2016 Dave Randall

Junior doctors strike again: Health Secretary torpedos last minute deal

Junior doctors strike again: Health Secretary torpedos last minute deal

As junior doctors strike across the country, Mark Tyers reports from Sunderland

February 10, 2016 Mark Tyers

Junior doctors' strike live!

Junior doctors' strike live!

Live reports, photos and videos from the junior doctors strike

February 9, 2016 Cameron Panting

Junior doctors: they thought we would be easy targets - podcast

Junior doctors: they thought we would be easy targets - podcast

Junior doctor Mona Kamal argues that the government is attacking doctors as a means to further undermine the NHS

February 9, 2016 Yasmin Dahnoun

Nato's dangerous game in the Balkans

Nato's dangerous game in the Balkans

Dragan Plavšić examines the drivers behind Nato expansion in the Balkans and the implications for the left in the region

February 6, 2016 Dragan Plavšić

Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement

Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement

Charlotte Cooper’s Fat Activism explores a long-standing social movement, revealing complex relationships with feminism, class and capitalism, argues E...

February 4, 2016 Elaine Graham-Leigh

The Sanders surge: Occupy hits the ballot box

The Sanders surge: Occupy hits the ballot box

The Iowan Democrat caucus photo finish reveals a major fault line in the US political consensus, reports Mark Dee Smith

February 3, 2016 Mark D Smith

Home Rule and the roots of the Easter Rising

Home Rule and the roots of the Easter Rising

As the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising approaches, Counterfire is running a new 3-part series by Chris Bambery on the struggle for Irish independe...

February 2, 2016 Chris Bambery

The restoration of the house of Murdoch

The restoration of the house of Murdoch

As Rupert Murdoch's son gets appointed as Chairman of BSkyB, Des Freedman takes a look at the ethics of the media industry as a whole

January 30, 2016 Des Freedman

Hollywood takes on the bankers? Review of The Big Short

Hollywood takes on the bankers? Review of The Big Short

Mckay's film exposes the greed at the core of the system, but fails to tell the story of those most affected by the crisis

January 30, 2016 Jim Aindow

Solidarity against racism at Bristol Mosque

Solidarity against racism at Bristol Mosque

We need to understand the sources of Islamophobia and stand with Muslims when they are under attack, argues Zara Nelson

January 29, 2016 Zara Nelson

Key texts: Is Marxism still relevant?

Key texts: Is Marxism still relevant?

The 'S' word is back. Counterfire is re-running a series of key socialist texts. Here Chris Nineham introduces a brilliant short defence of Marxism ...

January 28, 2016 Tony Cliff

 Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists

Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists

Danny Dorling's Injustice demonstrates that social inequality is bad for everyone, and that its justifications can all be shown to be entirely incor...

January 28, 2016 Orlando Hill

Cameron’s outburst shows Colonel Blimp lives on

Cameron’s outburst shows Colonel Blimp lives on

The Prime Minister's denigrating language about migrants is true to his class, says Alastair Stephens

January 28, 2016 Alastair Stephens

Portugal: election victory for the media-austerity candidate

Portugal: election victory for the media-austerity candidate

Whilst the left has been strengthened, social mobilisations will have to be intensified in Portugal, writes João Camargo ...

January 26, 2016 João Camargo

Don’t just watch: The logic of Corbyn’s rise revealed

Don’t just watch: The logic of Corbyn’s rise revealed

Corbyn's rise is only the most recent expression of a long term trend towards a more radical and left-wing politics, argues Chris Nineham

January 25, 2016 Chris Nineham

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The principles of liberation: how Lenin rescued Marx

The principles of liberation: how Lenin rescued Marx

Chris Nineham reviews 'Reconstructing Lenin. An intellectual biography' by Tamas Krausz

August 19, 2015 Chris Nineham

Labour: a party always divided

Labour: a party always divided

As support for Jeremy Corbyn has grown so has the determination of those who have run Labour for years to hang on to as much power as they can - this is not ...

September 20, 2015 Lindsey German

Another Europe is necessary

Another Europe is necessary

We cannot be neutral with regard to the upcoming referendum on EU membership. If Britain votes to stay in, we will be effectively signing up to all of Europe...

September 20, 2015 Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

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

Corbyn and confronting media power

Corbyn and confronting media power

Corbyn may be right not to respect a media establishment that has shown little signs of respecting him but he urgently needs a strategy with which to confron...

September 17, 2015 Des Freedman

Marx for Today

Marx for Today

This new book by Counterfire provides an essential and accessible summary of the foundations of Marx’s thought

April 21, 2015 Counterfire

 Lenin and the Labour Party - lessons for today?

Lenin and the Labour Party - lessons for today?

As Jeremy Corbyn's campaign for Labour leader gains seemingly unstoppable momentum, John Rees looks at some of the debates on the left at the time of the...

August 9, 2015 John Rees

Anti-union bill is an attack on us all

Anti-union bill is an attack on us all

The Tories are planning the biggest assault on rights at work since the 1980s. Peter Stauber spoke to Richard Allday of Unite the Union’s National Exec...

October 18, 2015 Peter Stauber

The end of Blairism: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and the left

The end of Blairism: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and the left

New Labour orthodoxies, dominant in the Labour Party for at least two decades, are crumbling writes Alex Snowdon

August 27, 2015 Alex Snowdon

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The restoration of the house of Murdoch

The restoration of the house of Murdoch

As Rupert Murdoch's son gets appointed as Chairman of BSkyB, Des Freedman takes a look at the ethics of the media industry as a whole

January 30, 2016 Des Freedman

Don’t just watch: The logic of Corbyn’s rise revealed

Don’t just watch: The logic of Corbyn’s rise revealed

Corbyn's rise is only the most recent expression of a long term trend towards a more radical and left-wing politics, argues Chris Nineham

January 25, 2016 Chris Nineham

Corbyn and the contradictions of Labour

Corbyn and the contradictions of Labour

The last week in British politics has perfectly captured the contradictions of a Corbyn-led Labour Party, explains Alex Snowdon

January 17, 2016 Alex Snowdon

Why is the BBC biased? Podcast

Why is the BBC biased? Podcast

We talked to Des Freedman, Media Professor at Goldsmiths University about the contradictions of the media, and the supposedly neutral BBC

January 16, 2016 Yasmin Dahnoun

A troubled relationship: the UK and the EU

A troubled relationship: the UK and the EU

Chris Bambery takes a look at the UK's troubled relationship with the EU, both in the past and in the present

January 9, 2016 Chris Bambery

Political-media elite celebrate a successful year

Political-media elite celebrate a successful year

As the political and media establisment cosy up for Christmas drinks, Des Freedman takes a look at a successful year for Murdoch & Co

December 31, 2015 Des Freedman

How the left can move forward in 2016

How the left can move forward in 2016

As a tumultuous year in British politics comes to an end, Alex Snowdon takes a look at the implications for the year ahead

December 29, 2015 Alex Snowdon

Saudi Arabia: a major part of Cameron's war

Saudi Arabia: a major part of Cameron's war

As the west pushes on with the 'war on terror' Saudi Arabia moves centre stage, writes Kevin Ovenden

December 19, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Start The War versus Stop The War: McCarthyism returns

Start The War versus Stop The War: McCarthyism returns

Stop the War has been attacked by every part of the establishment recently, but the smears are blatant hypocrisy

December 18, 2015 Media Lens

After the Paris climate talks: stay in the streets

After the Paris climate talks: stay in the streets

A turning point in human history? Elaine Graham-Leigh takes a closer and more critical look at what the Paris talks really mean for our planet

December 14, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

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Sexual assault allegations exacerbate German racism

Sexual assault allegations exacerbate German racism

Sexism and racism have to be challenged without bowing to the far right, who are using sexual assaults to attack refugees, argues Kaveh Yazdani

February 12, 2016 Kaveh Yazdani

Beyonce, black lives and the Super Bowl

Beyonce, black lives and the Super Bowl

Musician Dave Randall looks at the furore surrounding Beyonce's performance at the Super Bowl

February 10, 2016 Dave Randall

Nato's dangerous game in the Balkans

Nato's dangerous game in the Balkans

Dragan Plavšić examines the drivers behind Nato expansion in the Balkans and the implications for the left in the region

February 6, 2016 Dragan Plavšić

Cameron’s outburst shows Colonel Blimp lives on

Cameron’s outburst shows Colonel Blimp lives on

The Prime Minister's denigrating language about migrants is true to his class, says Alastair Stephens

January 28, 2016 Alastair Stephens

Portugal: election victory for the media-austerity candidate

Portugal: election victory for the media-austerity candidate

Whilst the left has been strengthened, social mobilisations will have to be intensified in Portugal, writes João Camargo ...

January 26, 2016 João Camargo

We can be heroes: remembering David Bowie with a purpose

We can be heroes: remembering David Bowie with a purpose

Philosophy Football's Bowie shirts are a fitting memorial for the late artist, writes Mark Perryman

January 22, 2016 Mark Perryman

Education targets: the need for a radical rethink

Education targets: the need for a radical rethink

A culture of target-chasing has become all pervasive in our schools. Phil Armstrong looks at the issues

January 22, 2016 Phil Armstrong

Insulting Muslims won't help integration

Insulting Muslims won't help integration

David Cameron has further stigmatised the Muslim community - suggesting that those who do not learn English may have to leave the country - Rabina Khan respo...

January 18, 2016 Rabina Khan

Stop the War: strengthening the movement in 2016

Stop the War: strengthening the movement in 2016

The anti-war position of the radical left inside the Labour Party needs to be consolidated in the coming months, writes Kevin Ovenden

January 10, 2016 Kevin Ovenden

Labour reshuffle: Britain's political crisis

Labour reshuffle: Britain's political crisis

Brian Heron places Corbyn's reorganisation of his shadow cabinet in the wider political context

January 8, 2016 Brian Heron

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Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement

Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement

Charlotte Cooper’s Fat Activism explores a long-standing social movement, revealing complex relationships with feminism, class and capitalism, argues E...

February 4, 2016 Elaine Graham-Leigh

 Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists

Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists

Danny Dorling's Injustice demonstrates that social inequality is bad for everyone, and that its justifications can all be shown to be entirely incor...

January 28, 2016 Orlando Hill

A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism

A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism

A World To Build shows us alternatives to neoliberalism in recent movements in Latin America, where political strategies have claimed important victorie...

January 21, 2016 Ian Richardson

The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

This angry but eloquent account of the politics of water exposes the savagery of the neoliberal strain of marauding capitalism

January 14, 2016 Adam Tomes

The New War on the Poor: The Production of Insecurity in Latin America

The New War on the Poor: The Production of Insecurity in Latin America

The New War on the Poor shows how neoliberal security regimes produce insecurity, and worse, for poor citizens, while protecting rich interests, finds E...

January 7, 2016 Ellen Graubart

The Encyclopedia of the Dead

The Encyclopedia of the Dead

Yugoslav author Danilo Kiŝ is celebrated for his opposition to authoritarianism, but his politics of the individual fail to offer real liberation, finds Domi...

December 30, 2015 Dominic Alexander

We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age

We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age

Laurie Calhoun’s We Kill Because We Can argues that drone warfare is illegal under international law, and only increases terrorism, finds Lindy Syson ...

December 17, 2015 Lindy Syson

Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism

Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism

An extract from Alfie Bown's new book, Enjoying It

December 15, 2015

Hungry Bengal: War, Famine and the End of Empire

Hungry Bengal: War, Famine and the End of Empire

Hungry Bengal demonstrates the central role of imperialism and racism in creating the wartime Bengal famine which killed millions and divided the country, ar...

December 10, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

How to Dismantle the NHS in Ten Easy Steps

How to Dismantle the NHS in Ten Easy Steps

The extent of the threat to the NHS is revealed in clear, concise detail in El-Gingihy’s short book, finds Cameron Panting

December 3, 2015 Cameron Panting

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Lukács, Lenin, the vanguard party and the working class

Lukács, Lenin, the vanguard party and the working class

It is the Russian Revolution and its achievements that gives Lenin his place in history. But it is also the degradation of the original revolutionary spirit und...

May 29, 2010 György Lukács, introduction by Alex Snowdon

The crisis in Europe and the response of the Left

The crisis in Europe and the response of the Left

In this article, which will appear in Spanish in the Chilean journal Revista Materialismo Histórico, John Rees looks at the prospects for the left ...

April 2, 2013 John Rees

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

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

Jesus Christ: revolutionary

Jesus Christ: revolutionary

In this edited extract from his book The Jewish Revolt Neil Faulkner argues that Jesus was a revolutionary. ...

October 28, 2011 Neil Faulkner

Gramsci’s Leninism

Gramsci’s Leninism

Chris Walsh explores Antonio Gramsci as a Leninist, the originality of his thinking and the relevance of Gramsci today ...

June 22, 2012 Chris Walsh

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