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Ten reasons to get active and stop TTIP

Ten reasons to get active and stop TTIP

Opinion July 12, 2014

Marienna Pope-Weidemann on how TTIP is a direct assault on every legislative victory won by progressive forces since the Second World War

The agony of Gaza

The agony of Gaza

Analysis July 12, 2014

The brutality visited on Gaza flows from a simple fact; that Israel, the Arab dictators, and Western imperialism would all prefer that the Palestinians did n...

Britain's economy: one shock away from another crash

Britain's economy: one shock away from another crash

Analysis July 12, 2014

James Meadway writes on the growing danger of a new crash facing the debt laden British economy

Clare Solomon: #J10 strikes a blow against cuts, war and racism

Clare Solomon: #J10 strikes a blow against cuts, war and racism

Video July 12, 2014

Clare Solomon speaks on behalf of the People's Assembly from the platform at Trafalgar Square at a rally attended by striking public sector workers and their...

Gaza: killing scores of innocent people is not self defence

Gaza: killing scores of innocent people is not self defence

Opinion July 12, 2014

The Palestinians are always put in the position of being to blame for someone else occupying their land, and for then having the temerity to fight back write...

Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence

Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence

Book Reviews July 10, 2014

Neil Faulkner welcomes a powerfully argued case for a yes vote in the coming Scottish independence referendum

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Stand Up Against Austerity

Stand Up Against Austerity

Despite being one of the richest in the world, ours is a country where 1 in 6 children and 1 in 3 disabled people live in poverty writes Marienna Pope-Weidem...

July 12, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Thousands besiege Israeli embassy in protest at war on Gaza

Thousands besiege Israeli embassy in protest at war on Gaza

An emergency demonstration against Israel's illegal war on Gaza saw the streets outside the embassy blocked by 10,000 angry protestors. A national demonstrat...

July 12, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Video: Mobilise public opinion on the streets to free Palestine

Video: Mobilise public opinion on the streets to free Palestine

Chris Nineham of Stop the War speaking on a protest outside the Israeli embassy in London calls for a massive turnout on Saturday 19 July to protest against the...

July 12, 2014 Dan Poulton

Dazzled and humiliated: Leonardo Boff offers his analysis of the Brazil v Germany match

Dazzled and humiliated: Leonardo Boff offers his analysis of the Brazil v Germany match

Orlando Hill writes on the role of corporate contamination in Brazil's humiliating defeat in the World Cup

July 11, 2014 Orlando Hill

Thousands rally as public services are brought to a standstill

Thousands rally as public services are brought to a standstill

Thousands of public sector workers and supporters descended on Trafalgar Square in a protest over pay, pensions and living standards. Reuben Bard-Rosenberg r...

July 11, 2014 Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

#J10 liveblog

#J10 liveblog

The largest strike in years rocks the Tories - rolling coverage from around the country in pictures, videos, tweets and reports

July 10, 2014 Ady Cousins

#J10: the people strike back

#J10: the people strike back

As millions strike and march together, we need to develop the alliance between unions and the majority who are under attack argues Chris Nineham

July 9, 2014 Chris Nineham

Cameron's 'Growth Deal' - a begging bowl for the regions

Cameron's 'Growth Deal' - a begging bowl for the regions

Breaking the London bias of the UK economy requires a decisive break with the trickle-down economics that has accompanied London-centred growth writes James ...

July 9, 2014 James Meadway

New carriers, new wars

New carriers, new wars

The new aircraft carriers are designed for large scale war - with Britain acting as the junior partner of the US argues Alastair Stephens

July 8, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Counterfire.org relaunch: the virtual and the real

Counterfire.org relaunch: the virtual and the real

Today we launch a new upgraded Counterfire site. Editor Ady Cousins argues it can make a difference to the movement and the left - with your help

July 7, 2014 Ady Cousins

Five reasons to join Counterfire

Five reasons to join Counterfire

Our aim: an organisation dedicated to building the widest possible resistance to austerity and war and the system that creates them

July 6, 2014 Counterfire

Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Sean Ledwith looks at the radical politics of a celebrated Welsh poet and writer

July 6, 2014 Sean Ledwith

Staff and students protest in support of victimised UCU activist John Westmoreland

Staff and students protest in support of victimised UCU activist John Westmoreland

Protestors demonstrated outside York College in support of John Westmoreland. Reece Goscinski reports

July 4, 2014 Reece Goscinski

The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

As Western policy unravels across the Middle East, it is more important than ever to expose media complicity in interventions such as in Afghanistan, argues ...

July 4, 2014 Helen Redmond

Reading le tour

Reading le tour

Mark Perryman reviews books that can help frame our enjoyment of the Tour de France

July 1, 2014 Mark Perryman

Analysis

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#J10: the people strike back

#J10: the people strike back

As millions strike and march together, we need to develop the alliance between unions and the majority who are under attack argues Chris Nineham

July 9, 2014 Chris Nineham

Cameron's 'Growth Deal' - a begging bowl for the regions

Cameron's 'Growth Deal' - a begging bowl for the regions

Breaking the London bias of the UK economy requires a decisive break with the trickle-down economics that has accompanied London-centred growth writes James ...

July 9, 2014 James Meadway

New carriers, new wars

New carriers, new wars

The new aircraft carriers are designed for large scale war - with Britain acting as the junior partner of the US argues Alastair Stephens

July 8, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Iraq: three kinds of blowback and the threat of war stoked by western meddling

Iraq: three kinds of blowback and the threat of war stoked by western meddling

Western intervention has been the curse of the Middle East for over 100 years. The cure for the crisis in Iraq is not more intervention, says John Rees, but end...

June 15, 2014 John Rees

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

Inequality and the working class today

Inequality and the working class today

Today I spoke at the Dangerous Times festival in London alongside Selina Todd, author of ‘The People: the rise and fall of the working class’. This article is b...

June 2, 2014 Alex Snowdon

The other side of the Euro elections

The other side of the Euro elections

Talking up the defeat of mainstream parties, the mainstream media justifies the move rightwardsBut there is another side, writes Alastair Stephens

May 29, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Labour, Ukip and the local elections: myth and reality

Labour, Ukip and the local elections: myth and reality

The only way to challenge the rise of Ukip, the party that has made racism more respectable, is to offer a real alternative to austerity, argues Lindsey German ...

May 24, 2014 Lindsey German

Stopping Ukip's establishment populism

Stopping Ukip's establishment populism

Stopping Ukip will require an effective, populist left able to mobilise the anti-establishment mood currently being tapped by Farage argues James Meadway ...

May 21, 2014 James Meadway

Modi and BJP secure massive victory in India's elections

Modi and BJP secure massive victory in India's elections

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata party has won a landslide election victory - despite being implicated in mass murder. Sheena Sumaria rep...

May 20, 2014 Sheena Sumaria

The cost of living crisis rolls on

The cost of living crisis rolls on

April's rise in the CPI rate suggests that the cost of living is once again increasing faster than wage rises writes James Meadway

May 20, 2014 James Meadway

The Russians are coming! (or maybe not)

The Russians are coming! (or maybe not)

The US and its key allies in Nato are preparing militarily for confrontation with Russia, or any potential rivals - increasing the risk of future bloodshed writ...

May 15, 2014 Alsastair Stephens

A vanguard for change: the fast food workers movement goes global

A vanguard for change: the fast food workers movement goes global

On May 15, fast-food workers all across America will be joined by their counterparts across the globe in an international demand for fair wages and the right to...

May 14, 2014 Charlie Ebert

Eastern Ukraine: the logic of a revolt

Eastern Ukraine: the logic of a revolt

Boris Kagarlitsky on the background to Ukraine's growing revolutionary movement in the south east

May 5, 2014 Boris Kagarlitsky

SOAS fractional dispute: a moment of truth

SOAS fractional dispute: a moment of truth

Pay is falling, except for those at the top, and staff tensions at SOAS are a portent of what the whole sector can expect, writes Feyzi Ismail

May 5, 2014 Feyzi Ismail

Opinion

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Stand Up Against Austerity

Stand Up Against Austerity

Despite being one of the richest in the world, ours is a country where 1 in 6 children and 1 in 3 disabled people live in poverty writes Marienna Pope-Weidem...

July 12, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Dazzled and humiliated: Leonardo Boff offers his analysis of the Brazil v Germany match

Dazzled and humiliated: Leonardo Boff offers his analysis of the Brazil v Germany match

Orlando Hill writes on the role of corporate contamination in Brazil's humiliating defeat in the World Cup

July 11, 2014 Orlando Hill

Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Sean Ledwith looks at the radical politics of a celebrated Welsh poet and writer

July 6, 2014 Sean Ledwith

Reading le tour

Reading le tour

Mark Perryman reviews books that can help frame our enjoyment of the Tour de France

July 1, 2014 Mark Perryman

The meaning of the hacking trial: a free press would be a really good idea

The meaning of the hacking trial: a free press would be a really good idea

We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now writes Des Freedman

June 25, 2014 Des Freedman

The #NoMoreAusterity protest: a breakthrough for the movement

The #NoMoreAusterity protest: a breakthrough for the movement

The People's Assembly demonstration on 21 June 2014 was the biggest protest not organised primarily by the unions since the student protests in 2010 writes A...

June 24, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Waiting for the third republic, still!

Waiting for the third republic, still!

Sofia Typaladou on the crisis of the Spanish monarchy

June 24, 2014 Sofia Typaladou

Tour de Angleterre avec France

Tour de Angleterre avec France

Mark Perryman argues the case for Le Tour as a model of democratic sport

June 21, 2014 Mark Perryman

Making Parliament Square the People's Square

Making Parliament Square the People's Square

This Saturday the People's Assembly will be taking over Parliament Square. Merlin Fulcher writes of the need to democratise this symbolic public space ...

June 20, 2014 Merlin Fulcher

Stop the sell off of student loans, education and the next generation

Stop the sell off of student loans, education and the next generation

The students fought alone in 2010. But now there is a movement of resistance building a real national force and giving us the collective potential to take on...

June 17, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Five reasons why Ed Miliband’s flirtation with the Sun was a disaster

Five reasons why Ed Miliband’s flirtation with the Sun was a disaster

Ed Miliband's decision to pose with the Sun was a strategic blunder writes Des Freedman

June 17, 2014 Des Freedman

The chickens of western warmongering and intervention come home to roost in Iraq

The chickens of western warmongering and intervention come home to roost in Iraq

The development of a conflict which already involves Iran and Saudi Arabia, could foreshadow a full scale middle eastern war, with incalculable consequences for...

June 14, 2014 Lindsey German

A people’s history of the World Cup

A people’s history of the World Cup

Sean Ledwith takes a look at the history of the world cup

June 12, 2014 Sean Ledwith

What is TTIP?

What is TTIP?

The planned US-EU trade deal TTIP is about deregulating the market completely, regardless of the effects on society writes Ellen Graubart

June 12, 2014 Ellen Graubart

Anyone but England

Anyone but England

The World Cup is more than a soccer tournament; it's an occasion for all the nations of the world. Jack Brindelli looks at nationalism and the World Cup ...

June 12, 2014 Jack Brindelli

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The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

As Western policy unravels across the Middle East, it is more important than ever to expose media complicity in interventions such as in Afghanistan, argues ...

July 4, 2014 Helen Redmond

Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal

Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal

The role of debt in both maintaining our economies and creating huge inequalities is explored to good effect, despite some problems, writes Lindy Syson ...

June 28, 2014 Lindy Syson

Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual

Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual

Reclaiming Development, an important critique of neoliberal economics, has now been updated in the wake of the 2008 crash, and exposes the persistent myth of ne...

June 13, 2014 Peter Stauber

The Battle for Europe

The Battle for Europe

The alternatives are not restricted to neoliberalism in or out of the European Union. It is possible to fight for a radical left transformation of European inst...

June 6, 2014 Orlando Hill

The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror

The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror

Arun Kundnani’s The Muslims are Coming! lays bare the racist victimisation visited upon Muslims in the UK and the US as a result of state policies on terrorism...

May 31, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame

The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame

David Blacker makes a powerful case that in the present phase of capitalism, our rulers are abandoning the previous era’s principle of universal education ...

May 24, 2014 Sean Ledwith

The Leveller family chronicles

The Leveller family chronicles

New work on the Levellers and other radicals of the seventeenth century underlines the crucial role they played in the English Revolution, argues John Rees ...

May 18, 2014 John Rees

The Shadow of Recent Wars: Historians and the Origins of World War I

The Shadow of Recent Wars: Historians and the Origins of World War I

In denying imperialism as the cause of wars, works by recent mainstream academic historians effectively feed into the justifications of wars past and present ...

May 8, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class - the working class

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class - the working class

In the second part of the review of Socialist Register 2014, Alex Snowdon discusses the changing nature and position of the working class

May 4, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class

In the first of a two-part review, Alex Snowdon looks at Socialist Register discussions on the nature of the ruling class

April 24, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone & the World Economic Crisis

Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone & the World Economic Crisis

Crucible of Resistance examines the crisis in Greece, relating it to the problems of the European economy and discussing strategies for resistance, finds Myrto ...

April 20, 2014 Myrto Petsota

A Freedom Budget for All Americans

A Freedom Budget for All Americans

This imaginative telling of a lost gem of American history offers a practical challenge to the neoliberal agenda, writes Adam Tomes

April 11, 2014 Adam Tomes

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

The problems of Muslim women stem from capitalism not religion, finds Jacqueline Mulhallen, reviewing Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

April 3, 2014 Jacqueline Mulhallen

The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

Gilbert Achcar’s new analysis of society and revolution in the Arab world provides much of great interest, as well as some problems, argues Sam Dathi

March 28, 2014 Sam Dathi

The Dying Sahara: US Imperialism and Terror in Africa

The Dying Sahara: US Imperialism and Terror in Africa

The recent conflict in Mali had its origins in imperialist interference, argues Elaine Graham-Leigh reviewing Jeremy Keenan’s writing on US imperialism in the S...

March 22, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Theory

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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

Strategy and tactics: how the left can organise to transform society

Strategy and tactics: how the left can organise to transform society

Free to download or read online this short book by John Rees draws on the experience of recent mass movements and past revolutions to suggest ways in which the ...

April 20, 2011 John Rees

Clara Zetkin: oppression, class, and socialism

Clara Zetkin: oppression, class, and socialism

Lindsey German responds to John Riddell's article, 'Clara Zetkin in the Lion’s Den' ...

January 20, 2014 Lindsey German

Socialism and war: the war against war

Socialism and war: the war against war

In the final part of 'Socialism and War' John Rees argues that the only war that can end war is the class war

March 30, 2014 John Rees

The Tunisian Revolution in historical context

The Tunisian Revolution in historical context

All revolutions, said Frederick Engels, start as a ‘revolution of the flowers’ in which an isolated and unpopular regime faces a broad mass movement drawn from ...

January 19, 2011 John Rees

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

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

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

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

Global crisis and anti-capitalist revolution

Global crisis and anti-capitalist revolution

Faced with the crisis in Greece and the imminent cuts in Britain, Neil Faulkner argues for mass struggle from below to place control over the planet and its res...

May 5, 2010 Neil Faulkner

Sumit Sarkar - Marxian Social History of Modern India

Sumit Sarkar - Marxian Social History of Modern India

Sumit Sarkar is one of the foremost historians of modern India. In this video he introduces his paper Writing a Marxian Social History of Modern India: Problems...

July 23, 2010 Feyzi Ismail

Anti-capitalism ten years after Seattle

Anti-capitalism ten years after Seattle

In 1999 thousands of activists fought with riot police to close down the WTO conference in Seattle. Ten years on Chris Nineham looks at the future of the anti...

March 16, 2010 Chris Nineham

E P Thompson and The Making of the English Working Class

E P Thompson and The Making of the English Working Class

Dominic Alexander defends E P Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class - one the most debated and influential of all the books produced by British ...

April 9, 2010 Dominic Alexander

Gramsci, hegemony and the united front

Gramsci, hegemony and the united front

Antonio Gramsci was one of the 20th century's most original Marxists. Chris Nineham reviews a new study that argues his ideas matter for anyone fighting for a b...

February 11, 2010 Chris Nineham

Riots: the voice of the powerless

Riots: the voice of the powerless

The response to the wave of riots that swept England this week is finely balanced between those denouncing the rioters as hooligans and those talking about pov...

August 11, 2011 Neil Faulkner

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