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A new threat of war - and why the Corbyn campaign can help prevent it

A new threat of war - and why the Corbyn campaign can help prevent it

Analysis July 2, 2015

John Rees looks at the political calculation behind the Tories new attempt to get us into a bombing campaign in Syria

The Rise of Islamic State

The Rise of Islamic State

Book Reviews July 2, 2015

Patrick Cockburn’s The Rise of Islamic State shows how and why the West bears responsibility for the crisis, argues Sean Ledwith

Battle lines drawn in Athens

Battle lines drawn in Athens

Latest News July 1, 2015

The forces which want to bury January's election outcome are regrouping through the Yes campaign. They may be using a democratic mechanism, but their met...

David Cameron is making political capital out of carnage

David Cameron is making political capital out of carnage

Opinion June 30, 2015

David Cameron describes the threat of terrorism in Britain as an ‘existential threat’. This is preposterous, and he knows it

Counter-extremism or full spectrum idiocy?

Counter-extremism or full spectrum idiocy?

Opinion June 30, 2015

The government’s ‘counter-extremism’ crackdown won't reduce the threat, and is more likely to increase marginalization of British Musli...

Greek workers should say No to Euro austerity - and so should we

Greek workers should say No to Euro austerity - and so should we

Analysis June 27, 2015

There is a stark choice facing us all: allow the elites to ruin the lives of millions, or build mass resistance across the continent writes Lindsey German ...

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Stop the War condemns Michael Fallon's 'strikes on Syria' speech

Stop the War condemns Michael Fallon's 'strikes on Syria' speech

Stop the War Coalition has released the following statement in response to the Defence Secretary's call for air strikes on Syria

July 2, 2015 Stop the War

From dreamers to builders

From dreamers to builders

Mark Perryman argues that Labour's '45 Landslide should remain a cause to celebrate 70 years on

June 30, 2015 Mark Perryman

Greece: No to the deal, No to the political order

Greece: No to the deal, No to the political order

The following is a letter to the Turkish and Kurdish organisation Day Mer by Kevin Ovenden regarding the situation in Greece and the lessons for the Left ...

June 29, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Tunisian terror atrocity: Isis is a product of Western wars in the Middle East

Tunisian terror atrocity: Isis is a product of Western wars in the Middle East

A decade of invasion, occupation and bombing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere has been the seed bed of Isis and other terrorist groups

June 27, 2015 Lindsey German

How Corrupt is Britain?

How Corrupt is Britain?

Lindy Syson finds that neoliberal capitalism extends corruption across society and the economy, reviewing the collection of studies, How Corrupt is Britain ...

June 25, 2015 Lindy Syson

Breaking up is hard to do

Breaking up is hard to do

Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that he will stand for Labour leader has bolstered the anti-austerity movement. But will the trade unions back him, too? ...

June 24, 2015 Richard Allday

Why Marx's Manifesto is still a revolutionary bestseller

Why Marx's Manifesto is still a revolutionary bestseller

The new Penguin edition of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto was an immediate bestseller. It’s even on sale in Tesco’s. Katherine Connell...

June 24, 2015 Katherine Connelly

Code pink and black

Code pink and black

Medea Benjamin talks to Counterfire about the prospects of American foreign policy, the anti-war sentiment in the US, and the Black Lives Matter movement ...

June 24, 2015 Counterfire

Here comes the summer of sport

Here comes the summer of sport

Mark Perryman reviews the best of this Summer’s Sports Books

June 24, 2015 Mark Perryman

Lies, damned lies, and austerity

Lies, damned lies, and austerity

Even IMF research now warns against imposing austerity on the UK, yet our political mainstream and the media agree it is necessary. Why is this?

June 22, 2015 James Meadway

A people's campaign for Corbyn

A people's campaign for Corbyn

A mass campaign with meetings up and down the country, drawing on the whole of the left, could seriously shake up politics in Britain

June 22, 2015 Lindsey German

Radical: what’s in a word?

Radical: what’s in a word?

No solution can be really radical that attempts to avoid, diminish or circumvent the direct participation of the masses argues John Rees

June 22, 2015 John Rees

Reclaiming the spirit of Pride

Reclaiming the spirit of Pride

Nick O'Brien argues that the success of the Pride movie gives us a unique opportunity to reclaim the spirit of Pride this summer

June 22, 2015 Nick O’Brien

On Saturday we became a movement - now we must organise to defeat the government

On Saturday we became a movement - now we must organise to defeat the government

Saturday's march demonstrated that the People's Assembly is now a genuine mass movement, now we have to take it to a higher stage writes Lindsey Germ...

June 21, 2015 Lindsey German

Counterfire Freesheet June 2015

Counterfire Freesheet June 2015

Counterfire's new free sheet edition 002, June 2015

June 21, 2015 Counterfire

This is only the beginning

This is only the beginning

The massive End Austerity Now demonstration must be a springboard for more activity, locally and nationally

June 21, 2015 Counterfire

David Cameron: scapegoating Muslims to hide failure at home and abroad

David Cameron: scapegoating Muslims to hide failure at home and abroad

Western governments try to justify their failure to secure the Middle East militarily by blaming the Muslim community as a whole

June 19, 2015 Lindsey German

Live blog: End Austerity Now protest

Live blog: End Austerity Now protest

Rolling coverage from the build up and the day - submit your reports, images and videos using the hashtag #EndAusterityNow on Facebook and Twitter

June 19, 2015 Counterfire

Rabina Khan joins Dangerous Times Festival line-up

Rabina Khan joins Dangerous Times Festival line-up

Anti-austerity Tower Hamlets politician Rabina Khan is the latest addition to the Dangerous Times Festival

June 18, 2015 Counterfire

Corbyn is in the leadership race – don't just celebrate, organise!

Corbyn is in the leadership race – don't just celebrate, organise!

Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign gives us all an opportunity to profile socialist ideas and rebuild popular left organisation on the ground argues Chr...

June 17, 2015 Chris Nineham

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Stopping climate change: what do we mean by system change?

Stopping climate change: what do we mean by system change?

To address climate change, many people agree we have to change the system. But what does ‘changing the system’ mean, and how can we do it? ...

March 26, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Muslim opinion and the myth of 'tacit support' for terrorism

Muslim opinion and the myth of 'tacit support' for terrorism

Attempts to smear the entire Muslim population on the basis of dubious opinion polls should be seen for what they are – unfounded and dangerous bigotry...

March 20, 2015 Ady Cousins

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

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

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 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

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

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Tunisian terror atrocity: Isis is a product of Western wars in the Middle East

Tunisian terror atrocity: Isis is a product of Western wars in the Middle East

A decade of invasion, occupation and bombing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere has been the seed bed of Isis and other terrorist groups

June 27, 2015 Lindsey German

Breaking up is hard to do

Breaking up is hard to do

Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that he will stand for Labour leader has bolstered the anti-austerity movement. But will the trade unions back him, too? ...

June 24, 2015 Richard Allday

Why Marx's Manifesto is still a revolutionary bestseller

Why Marx's Manifesto is still a revolutionary bestseller

The new Penguin edition of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto was an immediate bestseller. It’s even on sale in Tesco’s. Katherine Connell...

June 24, 2015 Katherine Connelly

Lies, damned lies, and austerity

Lies, damned lies, and austerity

Even IMF research now warns against imposing austerity on the UK, yet our political mainstream and the media agree it is necessary. Why is this?

June 22, 2015 James Meadway

A people's campaign for Corbyn

A people's campaign for Corbyn

A mass campaign with meetings up and down the country, drawing on the whole of the left, could seriously shake up politics in Britain

June 22, 2015 Lindsey German

Radical: what’s in a word?

Radical: what’s in a word?

No solution can be really radical that attempts to avoid, diminish or circumvent the direct participation of the masses argues John Rees

June 22, 2015 John Rees

On Saturday we became a movement - now we must organise to defeat the government

On Saturday we became a movement - now we must organise to defeat the government

Saturday's march demonstrated that the People's Assembly is now a genuine mass movement, now we have to take it to a higher stage writes Lindsey Germ...

June 21, 2015 Lindsey German

This is only the beginning

This is only the beginning

The massive End Austerity Now demonstration must be a springboard for more activity, locally and nationally

June 21, 2015 Counterfire

Corbyn is in the leadership race – don't just celebrate, organise!

Corbyn is in the leadership race – don't just celebrate, organise!

Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign gives us all an opportunity to profile socialist ideas and rebuild popular left organisation on the ground argues Chr...

June 17, 2015 Chris Nineham

Jeremy Corbyn or Blairism Mark 2: a turning point for the Labour left?

Jeremy Corbyn or Blairism Mark 2: a turning point for the Labour left?

The fate of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership bid should mark a turning point for the Labour left writes Lindsey German

June 11, 2015 Lindsey German

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From dreamers to builders

From dreamers to builders

Mark Perryman argues that Labour's '45 Landslide should remain a cause to celebrate 70 years on

June 30, 2015 Mark Perryman

Greece: No to the deal, No to the political order

Greece: No to the deal, No to the political order

The following is a letter to the Turkish and Kurdish organisation Day Mer by Kevin Ovenden regarding the situation in Greece and the lessons for the Left ...

June 29, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Here comes the summer of sport

Here comes the summer of sport

Mark Perryman reviews the best of this Summer’s Sports Books

June 24, 2015 Mark Perryman

Reclaiming the spirit of Pride

Reclaiming the spirit of Pride

Nick O'Brien argues that the success of the Pride movie gives us a unique opportunity to reclaim the spirit of Pride this summer

June 22, 2015 Nick O’Brien

David Cameron: scapegoating Muslims to hide failure at home and abroad

David Cameron: scapegoating Muslims to hide failure at home and abroad

Western governments try to justify their failure to secure the Middle East militarily by blaming the Muslim community as a whole

June 19, 2015 Lindsey German

The Tories won't listen. Should we bother protesting?

The Tories won't listen. Should we bother protesting?

The bigger the turnout the better, as people who may otherwise feel disillusioned and powerless suddenly feel significant – they have agency

June 14, 2015 Jonny Dale

Liberté, Égalité, Vélocité

Liberté, Égalité, Vélocité

Mark Perryman makes the case for a two-wheeled revolution

June 12, 2015 Mark Perryman

The Met documentary - an exercise in mass deception

The Met documentary - an exercise in mass deception

Lee Jasper takes issue with the BBC's new 'fly on the wall' documentary about the Metropolitan Police

June 11, 2015 Lee Jasper

The smear campaign against Rabina Khan

The smear campaign against Rabina Khan

Charlotte Gerada writes on the smear campaign against Rabina Khan that the media won't discuss

June 11, 2015 Charlotte Gerada

Why FIFA's not got a leg to stand on

Why FIFA's not got a leg to stand on

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football is unconvinced by English football’s occupation of any moral high ground vs FIFA corruption ...

May 28, 2015 Mark Perryman

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How Corrupt is Britain?

How Corrupt is Britain?

Lindy Syson finds that neoliberal capitalism extends corruption across society and the economy, reviewing the collection of studies, How Corrupt is Britain ...

June 25, 2015 Lindy Syson

Labour in the Global Digital Economy

Labour in the Global Digital Economy

Capitalism has used new technologies to fuel an intensified wave of commodification, but faces contradictions too, argues Mike Quille, reviewing Huws, Labour...

June 17, 2015 Mike Quille

Everyday sexism and capitalism

Everyday sexism and capitalism

With the feminist movement on the rise, Elaine Graham-Leigh appraises contrasting approaches to challenging sexism and the place of women in today’s sy...

June 11, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

A Diet of Austerity

A Diet of Austerity

A Diet of Austerity argues that to fight climate change, we need system change, and the blame must not be shifted onto individuals, finds Orlando Hill ...

June 4, 2015 Orlando Hill

Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow

Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow

The interwoven history of racism and liberation in Cuba and the United States in Race to Revolution illuminates a new historical narrative, argues William Bo...

May 29, 2015 William Booth

E. P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left: Essays and Polemics

E. P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left: Essays and Polemics

Enduring problems of class, class consciousness and political organisation are illuminated in this important new collection of E. P. Thompson’s essays...

May 22, 2015 Dominic Alexander

Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune

Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune

Communal Luxury is an effective account of the 1871 Paris Commune, and how understanding it aids our struggle for freedom within a decaying capitalism, argue...

May 15, 2015 John Westmoreland

A People’s History of the French Revolution

A People’s History of the French Revolution

Eric Hazan’s A People’s History of the French Revolution is an attempt to provide a new narrative, but fails to show the importance of the revolu...

May 7, 2015 William Alderson

Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-First Century

Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-First Century

The contradiction between capitalism and democracy, and the need for independent media, is well explored in McChesney’s Blowing the Roof off the 21st C...

May 1, 2015 Peter Stauber

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

Tariq Ali’s The Extreme Centre is a timely polemic against the establishment’s stranglehold on politics, but new energies are beginning to break ...

April 24, 2015 Dan Poulton

Theory

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The Middle East at the Crossroads: Tony Cliff on Israel

The Middle East at the Crossroads: Tony Cliff on Israel

Shortly after leaving Palestine in 1945, Tony Cliff wrote this seminal article about the foundations of Israel and Western imperial intervention in the Middl...

January 19, 2011 Tony Cliff

The workers, the unions, and the crisis

The workers, the unions, and the crisis

The working class is central to any project for revolutionary change. Yet today strikes are at an historical low. How do we help transform the bitterness at the...

March 29, 2010 Neil Faulkner

Socialism and war: Labour and war

Socialism and war: Labour and war

In the second part of 'Socialism and War' John Rees looks at the record of the Labour Party and imperialism

March 30, 2014 John Rees

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

Leninism for Dangerous Times

Leninism for Dangerous Times

What can we learn from Lenin about how we organise to transform society? Paul Le Blanc provides some answers in this text of his talk presented at Dangerous Ide...

June 2, 2013 Paul Le Blanc

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

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