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1905: The 1917 Revolution's dress rehearsal

1905: The 1917 Revolution's dress rehearsal

History January 14, 2017

The Russian Revolution of 1917 was led by a working class who, in 1905, had already tasted their own power and experienced bitter defeat

Medieval Europe

Medieval Europe

Book Reviews January 12, 2017

Chris Wickham’s analysis of the European Middle Ages is a rich introduction to the development of Europe up to the 15th Century, argues Chris Bambery ...

NHS: close to breaking point

NHS: close to breaking point

Opinion January 12, 2017

There will always be forces that seek to destroy the NHS, so the fight to defend it must be one that every generation takes on, writes junior doctor Mona Kam...

Exit Obama: the strange death of American liberalism

Exit Obama: the strange death of American liberalism

Analysis January 12, 2017

After eight years of Democratic rule, the American brand of liberalism that accompanied the country’s rise to global hegemony looks exhausted ...

Defend free movement: migrants don't drive down wages

Defend free movement: migrants don't drive down wages

Opinion January 10, 2017

It is a mistake for Corbyn to suggest dropping the principle of free movement, argues Chris Nineham

Revolution - Russia 1917: One Hundred Years On - event

Revolution - Russia 1917: One Hundred Years On - event

Latest News January 5, 2017

On 25 February, Counterfire is hosting an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, taking a closer look at the key questions of the...

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Must revolution always mean catastrophe?

Must revolution always mean catastrophe?

Neither Cromwell, nor Robespierre, nor Lenin, could become an icon or avatar for the reactionary regimes they helped to overthrow, but Stalin was different argu...

January 16, 2017 Bill Bowring

Art review: ‘Exhibit A’

Art review: ‘Exhibit A’

Hugh Tisdale and Dan Murrell present a thoughtful blend of reflection, comment and protest, writes Sanjiv Sachdev

January 16, 2017 Sanjiv Sachdev

The spy who came in from the shadows

The spy who came in from the shadows

Compare the Trump spy scandal and the Israeli spy scandal and it tells us a lot about the media and the political establishment, argues Kara Bryan

January 15, 2017 Kara Bryan

Goodbye Tristram Hunt, you won't be missed

Goodbye Tristram Hunt, you won't be missed

As the Labour MP announces his resignation, Cameron Panting takes a look at the man and what he stood for

January 14, 2017 Cameron Panting

Theory

The Jews, Israel and the Holocaust - key texts

The Jews, Israel and the Holocaust - key texts

The Blairites' crocodile tears are about defending empire, writes David Moyles in this introduction to The Jews, Israel and the Holocaust  ...

May 3, 2016 David Moyles

The Communist Manifesto - key texts

The Communist Manifesto - key texts

The Communist Manifesto is a pamphlet that refuses to die. As incendiary as the day it was published, Paul Vernell unpacks this founding document

April 8, 2016 Paul Vernell

Rosa Luxemburg’s The Mass Strike - key texts

Rosa Luxemburg’s The Mass Strike - key texts

Rosa Luxemburg argued that the majority of people would be won to socialism through struggle, writes Paul Vernell in this introduction to The Mass Strike ...

April 3, 2016 Paul Vernell

Editors picks

5 novels every revolutionary should read

5 novels every revolutionary should read

Some of the best pieces of fiction ever written about revolutionary experience are outlined by writer and historian John Rees

November 30, 2016 John Rees

Southern Rail: playing politics for profit

Southern Rail: playing politics for profit

As half a million would-be passengers endure another day of frustration, they are being encouraged to blame fellow workers for their misery, instead of the r...

December 14, 2016 Richard Allday

The state, capital and predictions for the global economy

The state, capital and predictions for the global economy

Amidst the festive season Chris Bambery asks what 2017 holds in terms of what affects us most directly: jobs, housing, income - in other words the economy ...

December 20, 2016 Chris Bambery

Books

Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection

Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection

Medea Benjamin unravels the toxic relationship between the West and the oppressive regime in Saudi Arabia, in Kingdom of the Unjust, finds Jonathan Maunders ...

January 5, 2017 Jonathan Maunders

Red Rosa. A graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg

Red Rosa. A graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg

Kate Evans’ graphic biography, Red Rosa, is an entertaining, innovative and perceptive account of Rosa Luxemburg, finds Elaine Graham-Leigh ...

December 22, 2016 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Christmas 1641: 'the maddest Christmas that I ever saw'

Christmas 1641: 'the maddest Christmas that I ever saw'

John Rees depicts one of the great popular mobilisations of the English Revolution, described by one eye-witness as ‘the maddest Christmas that ever I ...

December 20, 2016 John Rees

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