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The Benn Heresy

The Benn Heresy

Book Reviews March 5, 2015

Alan Freeman’s classic analysis of Tony Benn and his role in the labour movement is sympathetic but critical, and remains highly relevant, argues James...

Investment down, profits up: a recovery living on borrowed time?

Investment down, profits up: a recovery living on borrowed time?

Analysis March 3, 2015

The 'recovery' has been very strong in company profits, and very weak in real wages - James Meadway looks at the weaknesses of the British economy ...

What are the choices? The left, the elections and how to get to a better place

What are the choices? The left, the elections and how to get to a better place

Analysis March 2, 2015

Establishment politics is fracturing, but the General Election outcome won't represent the anger with the elite. Chris Nineham outlines a strategy for po...

Love Newcastle, Hate Racism: 6 observations on the Newcastle Unites demonstration

Love Newcastle, Hate Racism: 6 observations on the Newcastle Unites demonstration

Analysis March 1, 2015

Pegida's attempt to launch an anti-muslim movement in the UK by holding a protest in Newcastle was massively outnumbered by a counter-mobilisation by New...

Confronting EU illusions

Confronting EU illusions

Opinion February 27, 2015

How can we voice opposition to the EU without sounding like Nigel Farage? Well the obvious answer is not to stay silent about the EU’s lack of democrac...

'Jihadi John': are the UK security services contributing to terror?

'Jihadi John': are the UK security services contributing to terror?

Opinion February 27, 2015

John Rees reflects on the 'Jihadi John' story and the role of the secret services in the fight against terrorism

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John Lilburne: free-born 400 years ago…and still the man of the hour

John Lilburne: free-born 400 years ago…and still the man of the hour

The Leveller leader should be remembered for many reasons, not least his commitment to building revolutionary organisation, says John Rees

March 5, 2015 John Rees

NHS Convention: Planning to save our NHS

NHS Convention: Planning to save our NHS

The Convention for the NHS saw delegates from local campaigns against NHS cuts, closures, and privatisation gather to plan action in the run up to the electi...

March 5, 2015 James Doran

3 police officers forcibly strip a vulnerable child without calling her mum. Is that acceptable?

3 police officers forcibly strip a vulnerable child without calling her mum. Is that acceptable?

A 14-year-old girl, who had been a victim of sexual abuse was arrested and forcibly stripped of all her clothes by police officers - It's not an isolated...

March 3, 2015 Shauneen Lambe and Paola Uccellari

Some joined-up thinking in Redcar: RMT union president to stand as Green party election candidate

Some joined-up thinking in Redcar: RMT union president to stand as Green party election candidate

Peter Pinkney, President of the RMT union spoke to Kevin Ovenden about his decision to stand for the Green Party in May's general election in the once La...

February 27, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Free to protest: police back down over planned charges after movement defiance

Free to protest: police back down over planned charges after movement defiance

After insisting that protestors pay for closing the roads the Metropolitan Police have now backed down in the face of defiance. We are stronger than we think...

February 27, 2015 Chris Nineham

Greek bailout: has Syriza capitulated?

Greek bailout: has Syriza capitulated?

Syriza central committee member Stathis Kouvelakis and economist James Meadway discuss the situation in Greece after the Syriza government's deal with th...

February 27, 2015 Clare Solomon

Brighton residents march against cuts

Brighton residents march against cuts

Cal Corkery reports from a protest against cuts in Brighton

February 26, 2015 Cal Corkery

Economics of the 1%

Economics of the 1%

Economics has been hijacked by ‘econfakers’ and it is up to the true economists to rescue it, argues Orlando Hill

February 26, 2015 Orlando Hill

Counterfire National Conference 2015

Counterfire National Conference 2015

A report and details of resolutions passed at Counterfire National Conference 2015

February 25, 2015 Counterfire

Rifkind, Straw and everyday corporate influence in Westminster

Rifkind, Straw and everyday corporate influence in Westminster

Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind can't see what they have done wrong because they swim in a sea of corporate influence

February 23, 2015 Adam Ramsay

Five urgent questions: radical left Syriza MP Costas Lapavitsas on Friday's deal

Five urgent questions: radical left Syriza MP Costas Lapavitsas on Friday's deal

Costas Lapavitsas was professor of economics at SOAS before his election as Syriza MP. Here he poses five urgent questions for the Syriza leadership followin...

February 23, 2015 Costas Lapavitsas

'Before it is too late': Resistance hero and Syriza MEP Manolis Glezos on the Syriza deal

'Before it is too late': Resistance hero and Syriza MEP Manolis Glezos on the Syriza deal

Greek Resistance hero and Syriza MEP has issued a statement urging opposition to the deal done by the party's leadership on Friday

February 23, 2015 James Meadway

No to Islamophobia: Newcastle unites to oppose Pegida

No to Islamophobia: Newcastle unites to oppose Pegida

German group Pegida is set to hold its first UK demonstration on Saturday, but will face concerted opposition. Alex Snowdon explains

February 22, 2015 Alex Snowdon

The Black Square: a starting point for questioning society and radical adventure

The Black Square: a starting point for questioning society and radical adventure

Adventures of the Black Square, Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London is reviewed by Paul Rohan

February 22, 2015 Paul Rohan

More Than a Score. The New Uprising against high-stakes testing

More Than a Score. The New Uprising against high-stakes testing

More Than A Score is a collection of articles that show the creative anger of those defending public education against the relentless, neoliberal, corporate ...

February 20, 2015 Adam Tomes

Taken for a Ride: has Mark Gardener been tricked by the pro-Israel lobby?

Taken for a Ride: has Mark Gardener been tricked by the pro-Israel lobby?

Ride frontman Mark Gardener has agreed to perform in Tel Aviv. Tommy Mack looks at the arguments around the cultural boycott of Israel

February 20, 2015 Tommy Mack

Greece is edging closer to decision time

Greece is edging closer to decision time

Greece's Syriza government must decide whether to surrender to the Troika’s demands or exit the Euro.The Nazi Golden Dawn are waiting in the wings ...

February 20, 2015 Joshua Tartakovsky

Destroying Libya to 'save it': David Cameron has no regrets

Destroying Libya to 'save it': David Cameron has no regrets

The anti-war movement's prediction that western interventions would set the Middle East on fire, have proved tragically true, but that will not stop poli...

February 19, 2015 Lindsey German

Newspaper in shock corruption scandal!

Newspaper in shock corruption scandal!

The chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph has resigned from the paper, for its coverage of HSBC and its Swiss tax-dodging scandal. Des Freedma...

February 19, 2015 Des Freedman

Academic survey: Blogs, Interactivity and Political Opinion Leadership

Academic survey: Blogs, Interactivity and Political Opinion Leadership

An appeal for assistance with an academic online survey into blogs, interactivity and political opinion leadership

February 18, 2015 Juan Sánchez-Villar

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Will there be an independent Kurdistan?

Will there be an independent Kurdistan?

A Kurdish state would raise the hopes of millions of Kurds, change the geopolitics of the region and challenge the integrity of the existing states writes Al...

November 1, 2014 Alastair Stephens

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

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

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

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

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

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 the...

November 27, 2011 Adrian Cousins

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

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Destroying Libya to 'save it': David Cameron has no regrets

Destroying Libya to 'save it': David Cameron has no regrets

The anti-war movement's prediction that western interventions would set the Middle East on fire, have proved tragically true, but that will not stop poli...

February 19, 2015 Lindsey German

Newspaper in shock corruption scandal!

Newspaper in shock corruption scandal!

The chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph has resigned from the paper, for its coverage of HSBC and its Swiss tax-dodging scandal. Des Freedma...

February 19, 2015 Des Freedman

Greece: this is democracy against the bankers

Greece: this is democracy against the bankers

The European Central Bank's decision to cut support to Greek banks may force the Syriza-led government to default and exit rather than abandon its anti-a...

February 5, 2015 James Meadway

Greece: a deal approaching?

Greece: a deal approaching?

With the German government's austerity mania losing them friends, it's looking increasingly likely that the new Syriza government will get a deal on ...

February 3, 2015 James Meadway

Syriza versus the Troika: the first week

Syriza versus the Troika: the first week

The Syriza government has begun to reverse austerity despite opposition from Europe's elites. James Meadway looks at the backround for the opening battle...

January 30, 2015 James Meadway

Graphic: Britain's Afghan balance sheet

Graphic: Britain's Afghan balance sheet

By 2020 Britain's Afghan operation will have cost over £40 billion according to figures compiled by journalist Frank Ledwidge in his book Investmen...

January 29, 2015 Ady Cousins

Syriza's victory: ours to celebrate, ours to defend

Syriza's victory: ours to celebrate, ours to defend

With Syriza's victory comes the potential to shake off the dead years of neoliberalism - years where the left had been ruled out of existence, which are ...

January 26, 2015 James Meadway

The Egyptian state shoots its young

The Egyptian state shoots its young

Two young women shot dead on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the revolution but, asks John Rees, how did 'order' come to rule in Cairo? ...

January 25, 2015 John Rees

The Green surge and the new politics in Britain

The Green surge and the new politics in Britain

The surge in membership of the Green party shows that British politics is not marching to the right - James Meadway looks at the implications for the Left ...

January 23, 2015 James Meadway

Will the ECB’s Quantitative Easing programme work?

Will the ECB’s Quantitative Easing programme work?

James Meadway looks at the European Central Bank's proposed quantitative easing scheme and why a debt write-off may be the only alternative to permanent ...

January 23, 2015 James Meadway

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Rifkind, Straw and everyday corporate influence in Westminster

Rifkind, Straw and everyday corporate influence in Westminster

Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind can't see what they have done wrong because they swim in a sea of corporate influence

February 23, 2015 Adam Ramsay

Taken for a Ride: has Mark Gardener been tricked by the pro-Israel lobby?

Taken for a Ride: has Mark Gardener been tricked by the pro-Israel lobby?

Ride frontman Mark Gardener has agreed to perform in Tel Aviv. Tommy Mack looks at the arguments around the cultural boycott of Israel

February 20, 2015 Tommy Mack

For the good of the game?

For the good of the game?

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football queries the worth of Football's latest TV deal

February 12, 2015 Mark Perryman

'Blame the Muslims' - Islamophobia is fuelled by the elite

'Blame the Muslims' - Islamophobia is fuelled by the elite

Muslims are caught in a 'clash of civilisations' narrative in which they are seen as backward while Western civilisation is portrayed as the saviour ...

February 11, 2015 Lindsey German

War inc: General Smedley Butler and modern corporate warfare

War inc: General Smedley Butler and modern corporate warfare

Corporate war profiteering - from the first world war to Iraq and Afghanistan - is examined by Behrooz Tavassolian

February 10, 2015 Behrooz Tavassolian

'Domestic Extremism' and the war on dissent

'Domestic Extremism' and the war on dissent

Joshua Virasami writes about the current state of affairs with policing and the use of the term 'Domestic Extremist'

February 8, 2015 Joshua Virasami

Israel’s attack in Syria: why now?

Israel’s attack in Syria: why now?

Israeli military support for Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and an attempt to derail talks on Iran's nuclear programme may be behind Israel's latest...

February 4, 2015 Joshua Tartakovsky

If I were Prime Minister: I'd order the arrest of Tony Blair for war crimes

If I were Prime Minister: I'd order the arrest of Tony Blair for war crimes

The convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, Lindsey German on what she would do if she was Prime Minister

February 3, 2015 Lindsey German

Lutfur Rahman Election Petition is an insult to democracy

Lutfur Rahman Election Petition is an insult to democracy

An 'Election Petition' - a legal challenge to Lutfur Rahman's mayoral election victory - begins this week. Sean Rillo Raczka explains why it...

January 31, 2015 Sean Rillo Raczka

Entering the Syriza age

Entering the Syriza age

Greek socialist Sofia Tipaldou gives her reaction to Syriza's vote and those of the other political parties in last Sunday's elections

January 29, 2015 Sofia Tipaldou

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Economics of the 1%

Economics of the 1%

Economics has been hijacked by ‘econfakers’ and it is up to the true economists to rescue it, argues Orlando Hill

February 26, 2015 Orlando Hill

More Than a Score. The New Uprising against high-stakes testing

More Than a Score. The New Uprising against high-stakes testing

More Than A Score is a collection of articles that show the creative anger of those defending public education against the relentless, neoliberal, corporate ...

February 20, 2015 Adam Tomes

The Burning Answer. A User’s Guide to the Solar Revolution

The Burning Answer. A User’s Guide to the Solar Revolution

The Burning Answer shows that all our energy could come from clean, renewable sources without much technical difficulty, but getting there is a political pro...

February 13, 2015 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Breaking the Magic Kingdom’s code

Breaking the Magic Kingdom’s code

Dan Hind's new book on the constitution of the British state makes the radical case for a republic. Socialists should take up the argument for democratis...

February 5, 2015 James Doran

Silvertown: The Lost Story Of A Strike That Shook London And Helped Launch The Modern Labour Movement

Silvertown: The Lost Story Of A Strike That Shook London And Helped Launch The Modern Labour Movement

John Tully’s history of the Silvertown strike reveals industrial and imperial connections, and the nature of the worker’s struggle against them a...

January 29, 2015 John Westmoreland

Lifting the curtain: Tom Engelhardt’s Shadow Government

Lifting the curtain: Tom Engelhardt’s Shadow Government

Tom Egelhardt’s account of the intertwined systems of the American National Security state presents a daunting picture, but also argues that it can be ...

January 22, 2015 Kit Klarenberg

The Contradictions of Media Power

The Contradictions of Media Power

Des Freedman shows how the media is neither a simple monolith of power, nor a free-market of ideas, but that its contradictions allow mass movements to exert...

January 15, 2015 Lindy Syson

Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System

Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System

Former detainee Nahlo Abdo's meticulous study reveals the hidden voices of Palestinian female political prisoners. Review by Ellen Graubart

January 8, 2015 Ellen Graubart

Romanticism and Caricature

Romanticism and Caricature

The tradition of political caricature in Britain, whose classic phase was 1790-1832, is revealed by Ian Haywood’s Romanticism and Caricature, finds Jacquelin...

January 1, 2015 Jackie Mulhallen

The past in the present

The past in the present

A Counterfire book reviews round-up for 2014, revisiting some and introducing others

December 18, 2014 Dominic Alexander and Elaine Graham-Leigh

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Syria: empire and revolution - Russian introduction

Syria: empire and revolution - Russian introduction

In this introduction to the Russian translation his of article 'Empire and revolution', John Rees argues that the events of the last year have confirmed the ana...

September 28, 2013 John Rees

Marx in a day: an introduction to the theory of revolution | 7 February

Marx in a day: an introduction to the theory of revolution | 7 February

A radical day school providing an essential introduction to the foundations of Marx's thought with sessions on the history, philosophy and economics of M...

January 28, 2015 Counterfire

System Change Not Climate Change

System Change Not Climate Change

The recent international climate change talks and protests in Copenhagen have highlighted the issue of climate change. At the same time, leaked emails fr...

March 12, 2010 Elaine Graham-Leigh

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

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

Daniel Bensaïd and the shape of socialist strategy

Daniel Bensaïd and the shape of socialist strategy

John Riddell looks at the work of Daniel Bensaïd and its relevance for Marxist strategy. ...

November 14, 2011 John Riddell

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