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May's extremism - targeting Muslims in the name of 'British values'

May's extremism - targeting Muslims in the name of 'British values'

Opinion March 29, 2015

Attacked for their faith, their dress, their schools, their university societies and their politics, UK Muslims are scapegoated on a daily basis

Saudi Arabia, the war on Yemen and the crisis of US imperialism in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia, the war on Yemen and the crisis of US imperialism in the Middle East

Analysis March 29, 2015

The new war in Yemen, led by the most reactionary state in the Middle East, can only end in disaster, says John Rees

#OccupyUAL: only option is to escalate

#OccupyUAL: only option is to escalate

Latest News March 28, 2015

A series of student occupations against university cuts is underway and look set to escalate. Dan Poulton went along to Central St Martin's college where...

Ukraine: why the West is to blame for the crisis

Ukraine: why the West is to blame for the crisis

Book Reviews March 26, 2015

Chris Nineham reviews Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa

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

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

Analysis March 26, 2015

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? ...

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

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

Analysis March 20, 2015

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...

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Bloco de Esquerda: Portugal's Syriza

Bloco de Esquerda: Portugal's Syriza

Alice Brito reports from Portugal on the state of the Left Bloc

March 27, 2015 Alice Brito

Sweets Way: call for your support in fight against social cleansing

Sweets Way: call for your support in fight against social cleansing

Residents on London council estates are being evicted to make way for luxury housing - enriching private developers at the expense of the community ...

March 26, 2015 Janette Evans

Zero inflation: the good news and the bad news

Zero inflation: the good news and the bad news

After the longest sustained decline in living standards since the Industrial Revolution, average wages are finally rising faster than prices - no thanks to T...

March 24, 2015 James Meadway

Nation, class and battling Euro-austerity

Nation, class and battling Euro-austerity

Kevin Ovenden on the roles of nationalism and internationalism in Greece's struggle with European imposed austerity

March 24, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

What is going on in Brazil?

What is going on in Brazil?

Orlando Hill looks at the mass opposition demonstrations against President Dilma Rousseff just four months after her party's election victory

March 24, 2015 Orlando Hill

Blockupy in perspective

Blockupy in perspective

Thousands of demonstrators converged on Frankfurt on Wednesday to disrupt the opening ceremony of the European Central Bank. Mark Bergfeld reports

March 24, 2015 Mark Bergfeld

Temporary victory for Sweets Way Campaign

Temporary victory for Sweets Way Campaign

Occupiers celebrated as they were granted a week to prepare their case against repossession, reports Peter Stäuber

March 23, 2015 Peter Stauber

Athens marches against racism and fascism

Athens marches against racism and fascism

In Athens thousands joined the Greek leg of the international day of action against racism and fascism. Kevin Ovenden reports

March 22, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Why We Can’t Afford the Rich

Why We Can’t Afford the Rich

Why We Can’t Afford the Rich is a compelling condemnation of the current global elite for its destructive impact upon society and the planet, as well a...

March 21, 2015 Sean Ledwith

Confronting Islamophobia – why everyone should demonstrate against racism on Saturday

Confronting Islamophobia – why everyone should demonstrate against racism on Saturday

Islamophobia has become an institutional norm - we need to stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslim communites and oppose military interventions and wars argue...

March 20, 2015 Chris Nineham

Budget 2015: more cuts, more inequality, more spin

Budget 2015: more cuts, more inequality, more spin

The government is failing to address any of the British economy's deep-rooted economic issues, instead it's following the same path that led to the l...

March 19, 2015 James Meadway

Podcast: the Levellers and John Lilburne

Podcast: the Levellers and John Lilburne

A podcast by Londonist Out Loud discussing the Levellers with John Rees

March 18, 2015 The Londonist

Revolution in a day: an introduction to the theory and practice of radical change | London 18 April

Revolution in a day: an introduction to the theory and practice of radical change | London 18 April

A radical day school providing an essential introduction to the theory and practice of radical change

March 17, 2015 Counterfire

Two announcements, one crisis

Two announcements, one crisis

Two big announcements on economic policy are due this week - one from New York and one from Whitehall. James Meadway looks at how they will shape the future ...

March 17, 2015 James Meadway

A punch in the right places: Operation Protective Edge seven months on

A punch in the right places: Operation Protective Edge seven months on

As Israel goes to the polls Elliot Murphy looks at the ongoing cost of last year's assault on Gaza

March 16, 2015 Elliot Murphy

'Whose school? Our school!'

'Whose school? Our school!'

Hundreds of protesters marched through Norwich city centre to show their opposition to a prominent high school becoming an academy.  Nick O’Brien ...

March 16, 2015 Nick O’Brien

Cameron’s Free School scam

Cameron’s Free School scam

Cameron’s announcement of 500 free schools was a blatant attempt to take the focus off his cuts to education argues John Westmoreland

March 13, 2015 John Westmoreland

Gramsci the revolutionary, in his own words

Gramsci the revolutionary, in his own words

Gramsci is claimed by many different left currents, but a new volume of his letters shows his commitment to revolutionary politics pursued through united mas...

March 12, 2015 Chris Nineham

Greece: reparations and the politics of austerity‏

Greece: reparations and the politics of austerity‏

The political symbolism behind Alexis Tsipras' speech on reparations is explored by  Kevin Ovenden in his latest dispatch from Athens

March 11, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Democracy threatened by 'counter extremism'

Democracy threatened by 'counter extremism'

The government's new 'counter extremism' strategy is an attack on the very democratic values it claims to defend argues Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayo...

March 11, 2015 Oliur Rahman

Editors picks

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

System change not climate change: ultimately revolutionary change is needed. This is the message of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, argues Elain...

December 4, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

November 27, 2011 Adrian Cousins

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Zero inflation: the good news and the bad news

Zero inflation: the good news and the bad news

After the longest sustained decline in living standards since the Industrial Revolution, average wages are finally rising faster than prices - no thanks to T...

March 24, 2015 James Meadway

What is going on in Brazil?

What is going on in Brazil?

Orlando Hill looks at the mass opposition demonstrations against President Dilma Rousseff just four months after her party's election victory

March 24, 2015 Orlando Hill

Confronting Islamophobia – why everyone should demonstrate against racism on Saturday

Confronting Islamophobia – why everyone should demonstrate against racism on Saturday

Islamophobia has become an institutional norm - we need to stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslim communites and oppose military interventions and wars argue...

March 20, 2015 Chris Nineham

Budget 2015: more cuts, more inequality, more spin

Budget 2015: more cuts, more inequality, more spin

The government is failing to address any of the British economy's deep-rooted economic issues, instead it's following the same path that led to the l...

March 19, 2015 James Meadway

Two announcements, one crisis

Two announcements, one crisis

Two big announcements on economic policy are due this week - one from New York and one from Whitehall. James Meadway looks at how they will shape the future ...

March 17, 2015 James Meadway

Cameron’s Free School scam

Cameron’s Free School scam

Cameron’s announcement of 500 free schools was a blatant attempt to take the focus off his cuts to education argues John Westmoreland

March 13, 2015 John Westmoreland

Ten reasons to stand up to Islamophobia and the 'war on terror'

Ten reasons to stand up to Islamophobia and the 'war on terror'

As anti-Muslim racism spreads and intensifies, here's ten reasons why we must stand up to Islamophobia and break the cycle of endless war

March 8, 2015 Chris Nineham & Ady Cousins

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

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

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 ...

March 3, 2015 James Meadway

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

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

March 2, 2015 Chris Nineham

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

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

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...

March 1, 2015 Alex Snowdon

Opinion

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Bloco de Esquerda: Portugal's Syriza

Bloco de Esquerda: Portugal's Syriza

Alice Brito reports from Portugal on the state of the Left Bloc

March 27, 2015 Alice Brito

Nation, class and battling Euro-austerity

Nation, class and battling Euro-austerity

Kevin Ovenden on the roles of nationalism and internationalism in Greece's struggle with European imposed austerity

March 24, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Blockupy in perspective

Blockupy in perspective

Thousands of demonstrators converged on Frankfurt on Wednesday to disrupt the opening ceremony of the European Central Bank. Mark Bergfeld reports

March 24, 2015 Mark Bergfeld

A punch in the right places: Operation Protective Edge seven months on

A punch in the right places: Operation Protective Edge seven months on

As Israel goes to the polls Elliot Murphy looks at the ongoing cost of last year's assault on Gaza

March 16, 2015 Elliot Murphy

Greece: reparations and the politics of austerity‏

Greece: reparations and the politics of austerity‏

The political symbolism behind Alexis Tsipras' speech on reparations is explored by  Kevin Ovenden in his latest dispatch from Athens

March 11, 2015 Kevin Ovenden

Democracy threatened by 'counter extremism'

Democracy threatened by 'counter extremism'

The government's new 'counter extremism' strategy is an attack on the very democratic values it claims to defend argues Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayo...

March 11, 2015 Oliur Rahman

Rock against what?

Rock against what?

Mark Perryman welcomes the release of the Orgreave Justice Double CD of rebel music, old and new ...

March 9, 2015 Mark Perryman

The European Left and the Euro

The European Left and the Euro

The Left must ensure that the case against Europe is about transforming social and economic conditions, rather than as a basis for ultra-nationalist solution...

March 5, 2015 Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

Football’s Minority Movement

Football’s Minority Movement

In the face of  the Premier League’s conspicuous consumption Mark Perryman wonders where the fans’ fury might end up?

March 5, 2015 Mark Perryman

Confronting EU illusions

Confronting EU illusions

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...

February 27, 2015 Chris Bambery

Books

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Why We Can’t Afford the Rich

Why We Can’t Afford the Rich

Why We Can’t Afford the Rich is a compelling condemnation of the current global elite for its destructive impact upon society and the planet, as well a...

March 21, 2015 Sean Ledwith

Gramsci the revolutionary, in his own words

Gramsci the revolutionary, in his own words

Gramsci is claimed by many different left currents, but a new volume of his letters shows his commitment to revolutionary politics pursued through united mas...

March 12, 2015 Chris Nineham

The Benn Heresy

The Benn Heresy

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...

March 5, 2015 James Doran

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

Theory

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Lukács: Reification and the Class Consciousness of the Proletariat

Lukács: Reification and the Class Consciousness of the Proletariat

Georg Lukács made a large contribution to Marxist theory, but especially significant are the series of essays he wrote under the title History and Class...

August 9, 2010 Tony McKenna

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

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

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

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

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

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