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Who is Nigel Farage?

Who is Nigel Farage?

Analysis September 30, 2014

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

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

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

Latest News September 27, 2014

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

Made in Britain: how the Tories armed both sides in the Iran-Iraq war

Made in Britain: how the Tories armed both sides in the Iran-Iraq war

Opinion September 26, 2014

Kit Klarenberg looks at how the Thatcher government secretly armed both sides in the war between Iran and Iraq

Ten reasons to reject Cameron's plan to bomb Iraq

Ten reasons to reject Cameron's plan to bomb Iraq

Opinion September 25, 2014

Chris Nineham outlines why Parliament should reject Cameron's call for a third Iraq war

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

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

Book Reviews September 24, 2014

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...

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

10 thoughts on Scotland after the vote

Analysis September 23, 2014

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

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Cassetteboy's latest video: Cameron's conference rap

Cassetteboy's latest video: Cameron's conference rap

Based on David Cameron's speeches, this video by Cassetteboy accurately sums up Conservative policy - contains swearing

October 1, 2014 Cassetteboy

Black and dangerous? Listening to patients’ experiences of mental health services in London

Black and dangerous? Listening to patients’ experiences of mental health services in London

Why are black people with mental health problems still more likely than whites to be heavily medicated, restrained and detained against their will? ...

September 30, 2014 Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi

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

Doncaster stands up to Ukip

Doncaster stands up to Ukip

Hundreds of demonstrators have protested against Ukip outside Doncaster racecourse, where their party conference is being held. John Westmoreland reports ...

September 29, 2014 John Westmoreland

Hong Kong: Occupy Central with love and peace

Hong Kong: Occupy Central with love and peace

Joe Meadway reports from Hong Kong, where thousands have occupied the area outside the government headquarters in protest at plans to restrict candidates in ...

September 28, 2014 Joe Meadway

Soas students join international hunger strikes in solidarity with Egyptian detainees

Soas students join international hunger strikes in solidarity with Egyptian detainees

Activists from the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) stage 1,000 hours of hunger in solidarity with Egyptian detainees

September 27, 2014 Alice Finden

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

Scottish Labour: living on borrowed time

Scottish Labour: living on borrowed time

Following Yes majorities in party heartlands Chris Bambery examines a Scottish Labour under threat of annihilation

September 24, 2014 Chris Bambery

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 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

UK undead: 10 reasons democracy is dying

UK undead: 10 reasons democracy is dying

Alastair Stephens looks at how democracy in the UK is dying at the hands of the neoliberal ruling elite

September 20, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Devolution, democracy and the fight to end austerity

Devolution, democracy and the fight to end austerity

James Doran, a socialist activist in north-east England, considers some repercussions of the Scottish referendum for the anti-austerity movement

September 19, 2014 James Doran

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

Scotland's vote and the labour movement - 3 observations

Scotland's vote and the labour movement - 3 observations

Brian Heron: The new 'powers' granted to Holyrood do nothing to reduce poverty, to reign in inequality, to remove Trident or to save the health service ...

September 19, 2014 Brian Heron

The Scottish referendum and the English Left – a contribution to debate

The Scottish referendum and the English Left – a contribution to debate

Counterfire’s Alex Snowdon replies to two recent articles by Mark Perryman discussing the implications of the Scottish independence referendum for socialists...

September 19, 2014 Alex Snowdon

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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 th...

November 27, 2011 Adrian Cousins

They’re both as bad as each other. This is not a moment to pick sides*

They’re both as bad as each other. This is not a moment to pick sides*

The narrative of equals is a sham. Only in the realms of superb fantasy can a child killer be measured in the same breath as the child he killed writes Charl...

August 1, 2014 Charles B. Anthony

Capitalism and Class Consciousness: the ideas of Georg Lukács

Capitalism and Class Consciousness: the ideas of Georg Lukács

Free to read or download online, Chris Nineham's short book looks at the ideas of Georg Lukács the Hungarian revolutionary whose work explored the hold of capit...

August 24, 2010 Chris Nineham

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

Interview with People's March for the NHS organiser Rehana Azam

Interview with People's March for the NHS organiser Rehana Azam

Mark Tyers speaks to Rehana Azam, co-founder and organiser of the People's March for the NHS at the march stopping point outside The Church Mouse pub on Ches...

August 17, 2014 Mark Tyers

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 Holocaust and Israel

The Holocaust and Israel

It is one of the most tragic cases in history that an oppressed nation like the Jews, have imposed oppression and barbarism on another nation – the Palestini...

July 29, 2014 Tony Cliff

Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution

Palestine: the only solution is now the one-state solution

John Rees on how the latest Israeli war on Gaza demonstrates where the solution to the conflict lies

July 23, 2014 John Rees

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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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

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

What's next for Turkey?

What's next for Turkey?

Erdogan has won Turkey's first presidential elections. But what is the future for Turkey with Erdogan as the nation's leader, and what do these elections sig...

August 12, 2014 Volkan Aran

Can Hamas Liberate Palestine?

Can Hamas Liberate Palestine?

Sean Ledwith looks at the origins of Hamas and its role as an expression of popular Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation

August 9, 2014 Sean Ledwith

The rise and rise of the Islamic State

The rise and rise of the Islamic State

The rapid advance across Iraq by militant fighters from the Islamic State, widely known as Isis, has thrown the country into chaos

August 8, 2014 Sami Ramadani

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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

Doncaster stands up to Ukip

Doncaster stands up to Ukip

Hundreds of demonstrators have protested against Ukip outside Doncaster racecourse, where their party conference is being held. John Westmoreland reports ...

September 29, 2014 John Westmoreland

Scottish Labour: living on borrowed time

Scottish Labour: living on borrowed time

Following Yes majorities in party heartlands Chris Bambery examines a Scottish Labour under threat of annihilation

September 24, 2014 Chris Bambery

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

UK undead: 10 reasons democracy is dying

UK undead: 10 reasons democracy is dying

Alastair Stephens looks at how democracy in the UK is dying at the hands of the neoliberal ruling elite

September 20, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Devolution, democracy and the fight to end austerity

Devolution, democracy and the fight to end austerity

James Doran, a socialist activist in north-east England, considers some repercussions of the Scottish referendum for the anti-austerity movement

September 19, 2014 James Doran

Scotland's vote and the labour movement - 3 observations

Scotland's vote and the labour movement - 3 observations

Brian Heron: The new 'powers' granted to Holyrood do nothing to reduce poverty, to reign in inequality, to remove Trident or to save the health service ...

September 19, 2014 Brian Heron

The Scottish referendum and the English Left – a contribution to debate

The Scottish referendum and the English Left – a contribution to debate

Counterfire’s Alex Snowdon replies to two recent articles by Mark Perryman discussing the implications of the Scottish independence referendum for socialists...

September 19, 2014 Alex Snowdon

After Scotland, turning into the English Left?

After Scotland, turning into the English Left?

Guest contributor Mark Perryman offers a personal contribution to debates about the implications of the Scottish referendum

September 19, 2014 Mark Perryman

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

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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

Corporate Europe: How big business sets policies on food, climate and war

Corporate Europe: How big business sets policies on food, climate and war

Richard Allday welcomes David Cronin’s devastating critique of the corporate interests driving EU policy, including the new ultra-neoliberal TTIP proposals, ...

July 31, 2014 Richard Allday

Austerity Bites: A journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK

Austerity Bites: A journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK

Mary O’Hara’s Austerity Bites brings us first-hand accounts of the damage done by austerity measures to people across Britain. It is an invaluable resource f...

July 25, 2014 Ellen Graubart

The Land Grab: Africa and Imperialism

The Land Grab: Africa and Imperialism

Africa’s subordinated position in global capitalism has made its agriculture vulnerable to imperialist land-grabbing, in which the West, not China, takes the...

July 16, 2014 Dan Poulton

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Trotsky: The Lessons of October | 70th Anniversary

Trotsky: The Lessons of October | 70th Anniversary

On the 70th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky, a leading figure in the 1917 Russian revolution, Alex Snowdon introduces a key chapter from the radical ...

August 20, 2010 Alex Snowdon

Brian Pearce: Some Past Rank-and-File Movements

Brian Pearce: Some Past Rank-and-File Movements

Alex Snowdon introduces Brian Pearce's classic article about the history of rank and file movements in the trade unions and looks at the lessons for today. ...

October 28, 2010 Brian Pearce | Introduction by Alex Snowdon

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

Another China rising

Another China rising

As a rising labour movement gains strength in China, the reprint of Harold Isaac's classic Marxist history of the Chinese revolution provides both inspiration ...

August 5, 2010 Chris Nineham

Alexandra Kollontai: Class and women’s oppression

Alexandra Kollontai: Class and women’s oppression

When will someone make a film about the incredible life of Alexandra Kollontai? Born into a rich family, she rebelled with an 'unsuitable' marriage, was radic...

May 29, 2010 Alexandra Kollontai, introduced by Tansy E Hoskins

What do we mean by a General Strike?

What do we mean by a General Strike?

Chris Harman, in this article from 1985, summarises the history of general strikes and analyses different forms of mass working class resistance. He also outlin...

June 20, 2011 Chris Harman