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Refugees, solidarity and anti-racism

Refugees, solidarity and anti-racism

Opinion September 2, 2015

Tens of thousands of refugees have organised and triggered a wave of social solidarity which in some countries is unprecedented writes Kevin Ovenden ...

Western wars and the new generation of refugees

Western wars and the new generation of refugees

Opinion September 2, 2015

The West's wars have played a central part in the refugee crisis, says Lindsey German

Time is tight: the challenges to Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign

Time is tight: the challenges to Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign

Analysis August 31, 2015

The political challenges to a Jeremy Corbyn leadership of the Labour Party will come thick and fast…and long before a 2020 election, argues John Rees ...

Syria Burning: Isis and the Death of the Arab Spring

Syria Burning: Isis and the Death of the Arab Spring

Book Reviews August 27, 2015

Peter Stauber reviews Syria Burning by Charles Glass

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

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

Analysis August 27, 2015

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

 Lenin and the Labour Party - lessons for today?

Lenin and the Labour Party - lessons for today?

Theory August 9, 2015

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...

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Lebanon: the reek of discontent

Lebanon: the reek of discontent

Nesreen Salem was in Beirut when the ‘You Stink’ protests began. Here she reflects on the causes and consequences of the movement

August 31, 2015 Nesreen Salem

Marshland: Life, death, redemption

Marshland: Life, death, redemption

A recently released Spanish thriller casts light on the country’s compromised transition to democracy. Marshland by Alberto Rodríguez ...

August 29, 2015 Jim Aindow

Jeremy Corbyn, feminism and the Labour leadership

Jeremy Corbyn, feminism and the Labour leadership

If the women candidates are unlikely to be successful in the Labour leadership election race it's down to politics not patriarchy argues Lindsey German ...

August 26, 2015 Lindsey German

Stop the War: bombing Syria won't stop Isis

Stop the War: bombing Syria won't stop Isis

'Britain needs to break with the idea that proxy wars and western bombs, drones and tanks can solve the problems in the Middle East'

August 26, 2015 Stop the War

Cosmopolitan Fortunes: Imperial Labour and Metropolitan Wealth in Dickens’s Great Expectations | Part 2

Cosmopolitan Fortunes: Imperial Labour and Metropolitan Wealth in Dickens’s Great Expectations | Part 2

In the second extract from Ignoble Displacement, Stephanie Polsky outlines the continuities of racism and imperialism from Dickens’ London to the prese...

August 25, 2015 Stephanie Polsky

Cosmopolitan Fortunes: Imperial Labour and Metropolitan Wealth in Dickens’s Great Expectations | Part 1

Cosmopolitan Fortunes: Imperial Labour and Metropolitan Wealth in Dickens’s Great Expectations | Part 1

In the first of two extracts from Ignoble Displacement, Stephanie Polsky outlines the connections between Dickens’ writing and imperialist political ec...

August 25, 2015 Stephanie Polsky

No talking in class: Prevent in schools

No talking in class: Prevent in schools

Nick O'Brien on how the Prevent strategy has already started to make our schools places where students are afraid to discuss important and topical issues...

August 25, 2015 Nick O’Brien

China crisis: questions and answers

China crisis: questions and answers

James Meadway answers some questions about the financial crisis unfolding in China

August 24, 2015 David Jamieson

Zimmerwald 1915: A new socialist resistance against war

Zimmerwald 1915: A new socialist resistance against war

John Riddell on how a small gathering held in Switzerland 100 years ago, on September 5-8, 1915, marked a turning point in the world socialist movement ...

August 24, 2015 John Riddell

Classic texts 2: a summary of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism - an infantile disorder

Classic texts 2: a summary of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism - an infantile disorder

The question for Lenin was: do you stand on the side lines, or engage in joint activity, including electoral activity, in order to break the hold of those wh...

August 24, 2015 Paul Vernell

Podemos backs Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy for Labour leader

Podemos backs Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy for Labour leader

Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos have issue the following statement backing Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader

August 22, 2015 Podemos

Brian Eno: Labour's widening witch hunt

Brian Eno: Labour's widening witch hunt

Claims of 'far left infiltration' are being used to justify the Labour machine's purge of new members but, as musician Brian Eno makes clear in t...

August 22, 2015 Brian Eno

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

Exquisite and hard hitting: 'Working from Home' by Julie McCalden

Exquisite and hard hitting: 'Working from Home' by Julie McCalden

Sue Tate reviews Working from Home by Julie McCalden at The Museum of Bath at Work ...

August 17, 2015 Sue Tate

Classic texts: a summary of Lenin’s State and Revolution

Classic texts: a summary of Lenin’s State and Revolution

Can the state be taken over because it is a neutral space or does it have to be overthrown? Paul Vernell looks at Lenin's answer

August 17, 2015 Paul Vernell

Iraq war opponent Jeremy Corbyn has Blair running scared

Iraq war opponent Jeremy Corbyn has Blair running scared

Labour leadership frontrunner Corbyn has the advantage over many of his detractors in that he always opposed the Iraq war, and the War on Terror

August 17, 2015 Lindsey German

The establishment campaign against Cage - smeared for defending human rights

The establishment campaign against Cage - smeared for defending human rights

The attack on Cage is part of the more general assault on politically active Muslims and an attempt to push Muslim organisations to the margins of public lif...

August 15, 2015 Tom Mills, Narzanin Massoumi, and David Miller

Corbyn's enemies are panicked, will they pounce?

Corbyn's enemies are panicked, will they pounce?

As the vote gets underway and particularly if Corbyn wins, what the movement does remains crucial argues Chris Nineham

August 14, 2015 Chris Nineham

Shellshocked. On the ground under Israel’s Gaza assault

Shellshocked. On the ground under Israel’s Gaza assault

This first-hand account of life on the ground under Operation Protective Edge shows the suffering, resilience and dignity of the people of Gaza, finds Adam T...

August 13, 2015 Adam Tomes

 Jeremy Corbyn: anti-war protests have shaken British politics

Jeremy Corbyn: anti-war protests have shaken British politics

Jeremy Corbyn discusses the impact of the anti-war movement on British politics with Stop the War Coalition convenor Lindsey German

August 12, 2015 C-20-6

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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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Iraq war opponent Jeremy Corbyn has Blair running scared

Iraq war opponent Jeremy Corbyn has Blair running scared

Labour leadership frontrunner Corbyn has the advantage over many of his detractors in that he always opposed the Iraq war, and the War on Terror

August 17, 2015 Lindsey German

The establishment campaign against Cage - smeared for defending human rights

The establishment campaign against Cage - smeared for defending human rights

The attack on Cage is part of the more general assault on politically active Muslims and an attempt to push Muslim organisations to the margins of public lif...

August 15, 2015 Tom Mills, Narzanin Massoumi, and David Miller

25 years of waging war in the Middle East

25 years of waging war in the Middle East

On the anniversary of the Gulf War, Stop the War convenor Lindsey German examines a quarter of a century of wars and occupations in the Middle East ...

August 5, 2015 Lindsey German

What's behind the Corbyn surge and why it matters

What's behind the Corbyn surge and why it matters

As underdog becomes front-runner Chris Nineham looks at the factors behind the Corbyn surge

July 30, 2015 Chris Nineham

Labour resigns as the Opposition

Labour resigns as the Opposition

Yesterday’s vote could well be a milestone in the decline of the Labour Party. It was a shameful spectacle to see Labour's majority abstaining writ...

July 21, 2015 John Westmoreland

Cameron speech: demonising Muslims, escalating war

Cameron speech: demonising Muslims, escalating war

It's no surprise that David Cameron's five year plan to deal with Islamic extremism at home pins all the blame on the Muslim community

July 20, 2015 Chris Nineham

Greek deal: a second Versailles

Greek deal: a second Versailles

The chances of the deal agreed between Greece and the 'Institutions' actually being enforced seem low - this is, by no means, over writes James Meadw...

July 15, 2015 James Meadway

Confronting TTIP means confronting the undemocratic EU

Confronting TTIP means confronting the undemocratic EU

If we want to fight TTIP we need to confront the undemocratic and unaccountable European Union argues Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

July 14, 2015 Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

They have created a desert and called it Europe

They have created a desert and called it Europe

The capitulation of the Syriza government is complete. The only way a disaster can be averted is for the left and the movements to take mass action quickly a...

July 13, 2015 James Meadway

Cameron turns up the war rhetoric at home and abroad

Cameron turns up the war rhetoric at home and abroad

Cameron plans to extend UK involvement in the wars raging in Iraq and Syria, while mounting an hysterical attack on British Muslims

July 13, 2015 Chris Nineham

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Lebanon: the reek of discontent

Lebanon: the reek of discontent

Nesreen Salem was in Beirut when the ‘You Stink’ protests began. Here she reflects on the causes and consequences of the movement

August 31, 2015 Nesreen Salem

Jeremy Corbyn, feminism and the Labour leadership

Jeremy Corbyn, feminism and the Labour leadership

If the women candidates are unlikely to be successful in the Labour leadership election race it's down to politics not patriarchy argues Lindsey German ...

August 26, 2015 Lindsey German

No talking in class: Prevent in schools

No talking in class: Prevent in schools

Nick O'Brien on how the Prevent strategy has already started to make our schools places where students are afraid to discuss important and topical issues...

August 25, 2015 Nick O’Brien

Zimmerwald 1915: A new socialist resistance against war

Zimmerwald 1915: A new socialist resistance against war

John Riddell on how a small gathering held in Switzerland 100 years ago, on September 5-8, 1915, marked a turning point in the world socialist movement ...

August 24, 2015 John Riddell

Brian Eno: Labour's widening witch hunt

Brian Eno: Labour's widening witch hunt

Claims of 'far left infiltration' are being used to justify the Labour machine's purge of new members but, as musician Brian Eno makes clear in t...

August 22, 2015 Brian Eno

What about the kids? Race, austerity and the closure of Kids Company

What about the kids? Race, austerity and the closure of Kids Company

The sudden and controversial closure of Kids Company - in London, Bristol and Liverpool - has generated widespread concern and debate. Ibn Yayha offers his p...

August 6, 2015 Ibn Yahya

5 reasons why we should vote to leave the EU

5 reasons why we should vote to leave the EU

John Westmoreland argues that the European Union cannot be reformed and calls for a ‘No’ vote in the EU referendum

August 3, 2015 John Westmoreland

Jeremy Corbyn can't win - say Labour's losers

Jeremy Corbyn can't win - say Labour's losers

Jeremy Corbyn, the candidate who 'can't win an election', is currently winning the Labour leadership election observes Charles B Anthony ...

July 24, 2015 Charles B. Anthony

Corbyn: six reasons why he could win a General election

Corbyn: six reasons why he could win a General election

The Westminster bubble was wrong about Corbyn’s candidacy, and it’s wrong about how the left might win the next general election writes James Mea...

July 23, 2015 James Meadway

Cameron's response to radicalism: we need cooperation not McCarthyism says Rabina Khan

Cameron's response to radicalism: we need cooperation not McCarthyism says Rabina Khan

The government must accept that military intervention in foreign lands is not part of the solution

July 19, 2015 Rabina Khan

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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

Shellshocked. On the ground under Israel’s Gaza assault

Shellshocked. On the ground under Israel’s Gaza assault

This first-hand account of life on the ground under Operation Protective Edge shows the suffering, resilience and dignity of the people of Gaza, finds Adam T...

August 13, 2015 Adam Tomes

The Anthropocene. The human era and how it shapes our planet

The Anthropocene. The human era and how it shapes our planet

Our effect on the planet may well mean that we’re entering a new geological epoch, but what really matters is organising to fight for the world we need...

August 6, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Fatal Fortnight: Arthur Ponsonby and the Fight for British Neutrality in 1914

Fatal Fortnight: Arthur Ponsonby and the Fight for British Neutrality in 1914

Duncan Marlor in Fatal Fortnight shows that Britain’s rulers took the country to war in 1914 through deceit and manipulation, finds Dominic Alexander ...

July 30, 2015 Dominic Alexander

Friends of Alice Wheeldon

Friends of Alice Wheeldon

Alice Wheeldon was an anti-war activist during World War I who was unjustly imprisoned by a vindictive and repressive government, writes Jacqueline Mulhallen...

July 24, 2015 Jacqueline Mulhallen

Marxism and Feminism

Marxism and Feminism

Marxism and Feminism explores the connections between capitalism and women’s oppression through a range of serious and perceptive arguments, finds Lind...

July 16, 2015 Lindsey German

Killing Hope. US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II

Killing Hope. US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II

William Blum’s Killing Hope serves as a formidable compendium of US foreign invasions and interference since 1945, finds Ralph Graham-Leigh ...

July 10, 2015 Ralph Graham-Leigh

The Rise of Islamic State

The Rise of Islamic State

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

July 2, 2015 Sean Ledwith

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

Theory

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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

Classic texts 2: a summary of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism - an infantile disorder

Classic texts 2: a summary of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism - an infantile disorder

The question for Lenin was: do you stand on the side lines, or engage in joint activity, including electoral activity, in order to break the hold of those wh...

August 24, 2015 Paul Vernell

Organising tomorrow's revolution today

Organising tomorrow's revolution today

Alex Snowdon provides some answers to the question ‘why build revolutionary organisation today?’

November 15, 2014 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

The case for revolutionary organisation

The case for revolutionary organisation

This article aims to answer two questions. First, why build a revolutionary socialist organisation? Second, what is required to build such an organisation? ...

May 25, 2011 Alex Snowdon

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

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