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2014: Twelve things that shaped this year’s politics

2014: Twelve things that shaped this year’s politics

Analysis December 19, 2014

Lindsey German looks at twelve features of last year that will shape politics in the year ahead

The past in the present

The past in the present

Book Reviews December 18, 2014

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

Internet security or the preparation for a new gagging law?

Internet security or the preparation for a new gagging law?

Opinion December 17, 2014

New internet security legislation is being presented as child protection, in reality it's an attempt to further restrict freedom of expression for the wider ...

Homelessness: the scandal that's become part of the Christmas festival

Homelessness: the scandal that's become part of the Christmas festival

Analysis December 15, 2014

Norbert Lawrie looks at why each Christmas thousands of homeless people - including children - endure things that no one should have to experience in this da...

Five reasons why Jim Murphy's election is bad for the labour movement

Five reasons why Jim Murphy's election is bad for the labour movement

Opinion December 13, 2014

He’s been elected by a big majority as the new Scottish Labour leader. Reviled by the Left, distrusted by Miliband…but how bad is Jim Murphy? Very bad argues...

Homes for people, not profit

Homes for people, not profit

Analysis December 12, 2014

The pro-market policies of successive governments have caused a growing housing crisis - we need to start building council houses again in large numbers argu...

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Prisons in meltdown

Prisons in meltdown

Tory policy is leading to a growing crisis in UK prisons reports Peter Stauber

December 19, 2014 Peter Stauber

‘All Together Now’ - how should we remember the 1914 Christmas truces?

‘All Together Now’ - how should we remember the 1914 Christmas truces?

Britain seems to have gone truce-mad. But this extraordinary moment in World War One is interpreted in very different ways. Nick Megoran explains why it matt...

December 17, 2014 Nick Megoran

Video: Captain SKA - War Crime

Video: Captain SKA - War Crime

Captain Ska couldn't wait any longer for the Chilcot enquiry to be released, so he's published his own verdict

December 13, 2014 Captain Ska

Not much peace, plenty of ill will, a good seasonal read needed please

Not much peace, plenty of ill will, a good seasonal read needed please

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football offers his top ten books to buy to make somebody’s Christmas

December 12, 2014 Mark Perryman

Frederic Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism

Frederic Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism

Robert Tally's study provides a crisp and coherent guide to the thought of a figure future generations, hopefully, will look back on as one of the prophets o...

December 12, 2014 Sean Ledwith

The Establishment: And how they get away with it

The Establishment: And how they get away with it

Owen Jones’ The Establishment is a valuable dissection of the networks of power and ideology, but the concept of the ruling class adds a needed dimension, ar...

December 11, 2014 Sean Ledwith

'Management out, cleaners in!' - campaigners step up pressure at SOAS

'Management out, cleaners in!' - campaigners step up pressure at SOAS

Bringing cleaners in-house at SOAS university, London, is back on the table after protesters crashed a management meeting, reports SOAS student Clare Bi...

December 11, 2014 Clare Birkett

The CIA torture report - and America's shocking response to it

The CIA torture report - and America's shocking response to it

The architects of the War on Terror, like George W Bush and Dick Cheney, have launched a counter offensive against the CIA report claiming that torture saved...

December 10, 2014 Lindsey German

Why the double standards on terrorism?

Why the double standards on terrorism?

There’s a double standard where Islamist terror is met with hysteria, while far-right terror is met with indifference, writes Lindsey German

December 8, 2014 Lindsey German

Teesside marchers oppose punitive cuts to benefits

Teesside marchers oppose punitive cuts to benefits

Protesters in Middlesbrough voiced opposition to the government's scapegoating and cuts on Saturday

December 8, 2014 James Doran

Greatcoats for goalposts: celebrating the Christmas Truce of 1914

Greatcoats for goalposts: celebrating the Christmas Truce of 1914

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football considers different ways of marking the centenary of World War One ...

December 5, 2014 Mark Perryman

Video: The Crisis of the British Regime

Video: The Crisis of the British Regime

Chris Bambery, Lindsey German, Liz Fekete and Danny Dorling discuss the crisis of the British regime, inequality and broken politics

December 5, 2014 Paul Hanes

White Hole: antidote to Black Friday?

White Hole: antidote to Black Friday?

Tyneside Cinema and Film London Artists' Moving Image Network present the UK premiere of White Hole, a new work by John Smith. Mike Quille reviews ...

December 5, 2014 Mike Quille

Tariq Ali on Afghanistan: the legacy of American failure

Tariq Ali on Afghanistan: the legacy of American failure

The US has failed in Afghanistan. The next phase will be trying to keep their bases in perpetuity as they leave, so they can return again as in Iraq ...

December 5, 2014 Tariq Ali

Montreal Massacre, feminism and hate crimes against women

Montreal Massacre, feminism and hate crimes against women

Those who accuse feminists of 'hijacking' the memory of the Montreal Massacre, in which 14 women were killed, couldn't be more wrong, argues Canadian wr...

December 5, 2014 Toula Drimonis

Russell Brand and The Sun: who are the real hypocrites?

Russell Brand and The Sun: who are the real hypocrites?

Media attempts to discredit Russell Brand should be exposed and rejected, argues Charles Brown

December 5, 2014 Charles Brown

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 Elaine Grah...

December 4, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Housing justice means council housing - New Era tenants take on the profiteers

Housing justice means council housing - New Era tenants take on the profiteers

Private rented accommodation holds no answers, the New Era Tenants are right, we need council housing argues homeless worker Norbert Lawrie

December 4, 2014 Norbert Lawrie

5 things you need to know about Osborne's Autumn Statement

5 things you need to know about Osborne's Autumn Statement

James Meadway gets behind the spin with five insights about Osborne's Autumn statement

December 3, 2014 James Meadway

Hong Kong: the students have already made history

Hong Kong: the students have already made history

An illegal, mass, civil disobedience movement has fought the Hong Kong government to a draw writes Lawrence Wong

December 3, 2014 Lawrence Wong

Editors picks

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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

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

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

Austerity isn't working, and here's why

Austerity isn't working, and here's why

James Meadway: you can’t have consistently rising debts, and consistently falling incomes. The two must collide at some point. That means a crisis

October 22, 2014 James Meadway

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

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

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

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Why the double standards on terrorism?

Why the double standards on terrorism?

There’s a double standard where Islamist terror is met with hysteria, while far-right terror is met with indifference, writes Lindsey German

December 8, 2014 Lindsey German

5 things you need to know about Osborne's Autumn Statement

5 things you need to know about Osborne's Autumn Statement

James Meadway gets behind the spin with five insights about Osborne's Autumn statement

December 3, 2014 James Meadway

Hong Kong: the students have already made history

Hong Kong: the students have already made history

An illegal, mass, civil disobedience movement has fought the Hong Kong government to a draw writes Lawrence Wong

December 3, 2014 Lawrence Wong

Korea at a turning point: beautiful solidarity or ugly defeat?

Korea at a turning point: beautiful solidarity or ugly defeat?

The South Korean government has launched a new political offensive to overturn hard won job securities, Clive Tilman looks at what's at stake

December 2, 2014 Clive Tilman

Will George Osborne make austerity the law?

Will George Osborne make austerity the law?

George Osborne is considering introducing reduction of the budget deficit into law - constraining the ability of a future government to break with a failed p...

December 2, 2014 James Meadway

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

Pessimism and rage in the higher education pensions dispute

Pessimism and rage in the higher education pensions dispute

We have seven weeks in which to raise the temperature and to inject some hope into the battle to defend pensions says Des Freedman

November 27, 2014 Des Freedman

The return of the Party member?

The return of the Party member?

The membership of mainstream parties is plummeting, but people are joining parties if they look as if they are going to take on the elite, argues John Rees ...

November 26, 2014 John Rees

Radical Independence: a mass, united left is possible

Radical Independence: a mass, united left is possible

'On a different level to anything else organised by the left in Britain' - Alex Snowdon reports from the Radical Independence Campaign conference in Glasgow ...

November 23, 2014 Alex Snowdon

No, Channel 4, the rich getting richer doesn’t help the poor

No, Channel 4, the rich getting richer doesn’t help the poor

Adam Tomes challenges the right-wing myths peddled by Spectator editor Fraser Nelson in his Dispatches program

November 21, 2014 Adam Tomes

Opinion

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‘All Together Now’ - how should we remember the 1914 Christmas truces?

‘All Together Now’ - how should we remember the 1914 Christmas truces?

Britain seems to have gone truce-mad. But this extraordinary moment in World War One is interpreted in very different ways. Nick Megoran explains why it matt...

December 17, 2014 Nick Megoran

Not much peace, plenty of ill will, a good seasonal read needed please

Not much peace, plenty of ill will, a good seasonal read needed please

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football offers his top ten books to buy to make somebody’s Christmas

December 12, 2014 Mark Perryman

Montreal Massacre, feminism and hate crimes against women

Montreal Massacre, feminism and hate crimes against women

Those who accuse feminists of 'hijacking' the memory of the Montreal Massacre, in which 14 women were killed, couldn't be more wrong, argues Canadian wr...

December 5, 2014 Toula Drimonis

Russell Brand and The Sun: who are the real hypocrites?

Russell Brand and The Sun: who are the real hypocrites?

Media attempts to discredit Russell Brand should be exposed and rejected, argues Charles Brown

December 5, 2014 Charles Brown

Housing justice means council housing - New Era tenants take on the profiteers

Housing justice means council housing - New Era tenants take on the profiteers

Private rented accommodation holds no answers, the New Era Tenants are right, we need council housing argues homeless worker Norbert Lawrie

December 4, 2014 Norbert Lawrie

Warmongers and spin doctors: Iraq and the NHS

Warmongers and spin doctors: Iraq and the NHS

The parallels between the politics of the invasion of Iraq and the dismantling of the NHS could not be more blatant writes Iain Wilson

December 2, 2014 Iain Wilson

Extreme ways: US led airstrikes bolster the Islamic State

Extreme ways: US led airstrikes bolster the Islamic State

Far from weakening the Islamic State there is evidence that US led airstrikes are actually having the reverse effect argues Elliot Murphy

December 2, 2014 Elliot Murphy

Newcastle's council cuts and the myth of the heroic civic leader

Newcastle's council cuts and the myth of the heroic civic leader

Alex Snowdon looks at what's wrong with the Guardian article about Nick Forbes and Newcastle's council cuts ...

November 27, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Patriotism in black and white

Patriotism in black and white

Gus John: the use of flags to send a message to immigrants and their offspring about who really belongs to Britain should be condemned by Ed Miliband ...

November 25, 2014 Gus John

The British establishment: demonising Muslims, attacking civil liberties

The British establishment: demonising Muslims, attacking civil liberties

Lindsey German: Muslims in Britain could be forgiven for thinking that even when they do the right thing, it’s wrong

November 25, 2014 Lindsey German

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The Establishment: And how they get away with it

The Establishment: And how they get away with it

Owen Jones’ The Establishment is a valuable dissection of the networks of power and ideology, but the concept of the ruling class adds a needed dimension, ar...

December 11, 2014 Sean Ledwith

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 Elaine Grah...

December 4, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine

Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine

Leninism, so frequently misunderstood, is shown to be of vital relevance for contemporary politics in Paul Le Blanc, Unfinished Leninism, argues Alex Snowdon...

November 28, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Inequality and the 1%

Inequality and the 1%

Inequality and the 1%, Danny Dorling’s new book, demonstrates the harm done to the whole of society by rising inequality, finds Orlando Hill ...

November 20, 2014 Orlando Hill

Movements can make history - but revolutions don’t just happen

Movements can make history - but revolutions don’t just happen

Chris Nineham argues that two new Marxist books about social movements reflect a common tendency to downplay the conscious, organised element in the way chan...

November 14, 2014 Chris Nineham

The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain’s Rush to War, 1914

The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain’s Rush to War, 1914

A new account of the weeks before the outbreak of World War I explodes the myth that Britain played an in any way commendable role in the events that led to ...

November 7, 2014 Dominic Alexander

A Marxist History of the Second World War

A Marxist History of the Second World War

Chris Bambery’s account of World War II shows how imperialist schemes and interests meant that it was far from a simple story of a heroic struggle against fa...

October 29, 2014 Peter Stäuber

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Arundhati Roy’s essays depict Indian society in all its extreme inequality, but also show how some of the poorest people in the world have been fighting back...

October 22, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Crisis and Control: The Militarisation of Protest Policing

Crisis and Control: The Militarisation of Protest Policing

In a period of social and economic crisis, Crisis and Control by Lesley J Wood, provides an understanding of the state logic that leads to increased police m...

October 15, 2014 Adam Tomes

Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work

Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work

The urgency of action on climate change is undeniable, but Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work, shows clearly why capitalism is the problem, argues Marienna ...

October 8, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Theory

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Paths to Sustainability: the case of Deep Ecology

Paths to Sustainability: the case of Deep Ecology

The urgency of creating an ecologically sustainable form of human economy is plain. While Deep Ecology may appear to be a radical alternative, it fails to focus...

December 8, 2010 Dominic Alexander

Socialism and war: capitalism and war

Socialism and war: capitalism and war

In the first part of 'Socialism and War' John Rees looks at capitalism and war

March 30, 2014 John Rees

Gramsci’s Leninism

Gramsci’s Leninism

Chris Walsh explores Antonio Gramsci as a Leninist, the originality of his thinking and the relevance of Gramsci today ...

June 22, 2012 Chris Walsh

Lukacs after Leninism

Lukacs after Leninism

Georg Lukacs was arguably the most important Marxist political philosopher since Marx. His theoretical work is a vital reference point in the 20th century revol...

June 27, 2010 Alex Snowdon

Leon Trotsky on the United Front - 1922

Leon Trotsky on the United Front - 1922

Text of a speech delivered by Trotsky to French Communists during the debates in the Communist International on the question of the united front. ...

June 20, 2010 Leon Trotsky

Counterforum: Lenin & Lukacs

Counterforum: Lenin & Lukacs

Video from this month's Counterforum which examined the role of two leading Marxist revolutionaries. ...

June 23, 2010

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