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Gaza: a letter to Obama from a doctor in Shifa

Gaza: a letter to Obama from a doctor in Shifa

Latest News July 21, 2014

Mads Gilbert, a surgeon working in Shifa hospital in Gaza, wrote the following letter after the bloodiest day so far in Israel's onlsaught

MH17 and Gaza: atrocity and hypocrisy

MH17 and Gaza: atrocity and hypocrisy

Opinion July 21, 2014

To see the extent of David Cameron's hypocrisy, contrast his call for action on the plane shot down in Ukraine to his government's complicity in Israel's bru...

Liveblog: #GazaJ19 protest against Israel's invasion

Liveblog: #GazaJ19 protest against Israel's invasion

Latest News July 19, 2014

Many thousands protest against Israel's brutal invasion of Gaza - images, video and tweets from the demonstrations

Israel's invasion: a pre-planned atrocity

Israel's invasion: a pre-planned atrocity

Opinion July 18, 2014

The politicians and the media may look the other way as Israel commits its atrocities, but there is now a huge global movement against Israeli aggression say...

The Land Grab: Africa and Imperialism

The Land Grab: Africa and Imperialism

Book Reviews July 16, 2014

Africa’s subordinated position in global capitalism has made its agriculture vulnerable to imperialist land-grabbing, in which the West, not China, takes the...

Social trade unionism can break the corporate juggernaut

Social trade unionism can break the corporate juggernaut

Analysis July 15, 2014

For trade unions to fight back and win we need to tap into the massive political anger and idealism that is running right across society argues John Westmore...

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MH17 and the threat of a world war

MH17 and the threat of a world war

The downing of Flight MH17 has fuelled the dangerous dynamic of global conflict that is leading the world towards the violent chaos we witnessed one hundred ...

July 22, 2014 Matt Carr

Demonstrate: Stop the massacre in Gaza - Saturday 26 July

Demonstrate: Stop the massacre in Gaza - Saturday 26 July

Assemble 12 noon at the Israeli embassy for march to parliament

July 21, 2014 Ady Cousins

Serbia: workers resist neoliberal attack on their rights

Serbia: workers resist neoliberal attack on their rights

Workers in Serbia have taken to the streets to defend their rights in the largest protest movement since the beginning of the global financial crisis writes ...

July 21, 2014 Pavle Ilic

999 call for the NHS People's March: a 21st century Jarrow Crusade

999 call for the NHS People's March: a 21st century Jarrow Crusade

700 mothers will join forces on the 16th August and march from Jarrow to London in protest at the destruction of the NHS. Ellen Graubart reports

July 18, 2014 Ellen Graubart

Fenland People's Assembly action on disability rights

Fenland People's Assembly action on disability rights

Jackie Mulhallen reports on the activities of the Fenland People's Assembly around disabled people's rights   ...

July 16, 2014 Jackie Mulhallen

Selling our schools - Gove's Trojan Horse

Selling our schools - Gove's Trojan Horse

Gove may have gone but the covert privatisation of schools he initiated continues writes Clare Sambrook

July 16, 2014 Clare Sambrook

Strike action brings victory for Tyneside Safety Glass workers!

Strike action brings victory for Tyneside Safety Glass workers!

Three week strike wins the reinstatement of a sacked colleague and a 2.8% pay rise, with further above-inflation rises for the next two years

July 16, 2014 Tony Dowling

Gaza: Today we blocked the street. On Saturday we'll block the city

Gaza: Today we blocked the street. On Saturday we'll block the city

The BBC was blockaded by thousands of protestors tonight - part of a mass popular upsurge against the Israeli onslaught on the Palestinians and Britain's sup...

July 15, 2014 Chris Nineham

Gove's last lesson

Gove's last lesson

John Rees looks at the meaning of the Cabinet reshuffle

July 15, 2014 John Rees

Gaza National Demonstration: Stop the Killing Stop the Bombing | 19 July 2014

Gaza National Demonstration: Stop the Killing Stop the Bombing | 19 July 2014

Assemble 12 noon at Downing Street, London - march to Israeli Embassy

July 15, 2014 Ady Cousins

Stand Up Against Austerity

Stand Up Against Austerity

Despite being one of the richest in the world, ours is a country where 1 in 6 children and 1 in 3 disabled people live in poverty writes Marienna Pope-Weidem...

July 12, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Ten reasons to get active and stop TTIP

Ten reasons to get active and stop TTIP

Marienna Pope-Weidemann on how TTIP is a direct assault on every legislative victory won by progressive forces since the Second World War

July 12, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The agony of Gaza

The agony of Gaza

The brutality visited on Gaza flows from a simple fact; that Israel, the Arab dictators, and Western imperialism would all prefer that the Palestinians did n...

July 12, 2014 Neil Faulkner

Britain's economy: one shock away from another crash

Britain's economy: one shock away from another crash

James Meadway writes on the growing danger of a new crash facing the debt laden British economy

July 12, 2014 James Meadway

Clare Solomon: #J10 strikes a blow against cuts, war and racism

Clare Solomon: #J10 strikes a blow against cuts, war and racism

Clare Solomon speaks on behalf of the People's Assembly from the platform at Trafalgar Square at a rally attended by striking public sector workers and their...

July 12, 2014 Paul Hanes

Editors picks

The struggle to free Palestine - Timeline with John Rees

The struggle to free Palestine - Timeline with John Rees

Stop the War officer John Rees provides a short history of imperial intervention in the middle east and the ongoing struggle of the Palestinians to regain their...

May 31, 2010 John Rees

The Middle East at the Crossroads: Tony Cliff on Israel

The Middle East at the Crossroads: Tony Cliff on Israel

Shortly after leaving Palestine in 1945, Tony Cliff wrote this seminal article about the foundations of Israel and Western imperial intervention in the Middl...

January 19, 2011 Tony Cliff

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 th...

November 27, 2011 Adrian Cousins

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The agony of Gaza

The agony of Gaza

The brutality visited on Gaza flows from a simple fact; that Israel, the Arab dictators, and Western imperialism would all prefer that the Palestinians did n...

July 12, 2014 Neil Faulkner

Britain's economy: one shock away from another crash

Britain's economy: one shock away from another crash

James Meadway writes on the growing danger of a new crash facing the debt laden British economy

July 12, 2014 James Meadway

#J10: the people strike back

#J10: the people strike back

As millions strike and march together, we need to develop the alliance between unions and the majority who are under attack argues Chris Nineham

July 9, 2014 Chris Nineham

Cameron's 'Growth Deal' - a begging bowl for the regions

Cameron's 'Growth Deal' - a begging bowl for the regions

Breaking the London bias of the UK economy requires a decisive break with the trickle-down economics that has accompanied London-centred growth writes James ...

July 9, 2014 James Meadway

New carriers, new wars

New carriers, new wars

The new aircraft carriers are designed for large scale war - with Britain acting as the junior partner of the US argues Alastair Stephens

July 8, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Iraq: three kinds of blowback and the threat of war stoked by western meddling

Iraq: three kinds of blowback and the threat of war stoked by western meddling

Western intervention has been the curse of the Middle East for over 100 years. The cure for the crisis in Iraq is not more intervention, says John Rees, but end...

June 15, 2014 John Rees

The unions and the people v austerity

The unions and the people v austerity

The unions are central to a major series of demonstrations, strikes and protests writes Sam Fairbairn

June 9, 2014 Sam Fairbairn

Inequality and the working class today

Inequality and the working class today

Today I spoke at the Dangerous Times festival in London alongside Selina Todd, author of ‘The People: the rise and fall of the working class’. This article is b...

June 2, 2014 Alex Snowdon

The other side of the Euro elections

The other side of the Euro elections

Talking up the defeat of mainstream parties, the mainstream media justifies the move rightwardsBut there is another side, writes Alastair Stephens

May 29, 2014 Alastair Stephens

Labour, Ukip and the local elections: myth and reality

Labour, Ukip and the local elections: myth and reality

The only way to challenge the rise of Ukip, the party that has made racism more respectable, is to offer a real alternative to austerity, argues Lindsey German ...

May 24, 2014 Lindsey German

Stopping Ukip's establishment populism

Stopping Ukip's establishment populism

Stopping Ukip will require an effective, populist left able to mobilise the anti-establishment mood currently being tapped by Farage argues James Meadway ...

May 21, 2014 James Meadway

Modi and BJP secure massive victory in India's elections

Modi and BJP secure massive victory in India's elections

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata party has won a landslide election victory - despite being implicated in mass murder. Sheena Sumaria rep...

May 20, 2014 Sheena Sumaria

The cost of living crisis rolls on

The cost of living crisis rolls on

April's rise in the CPI rate suggests that the cost of living is once again increasing faster than wage rises writes James Meadway

May 20, 2014 James Meadway

The Russians are coming! (or maybe not)

The Russians are coming! (or maybe not)

The US and its key allies in Nato are preparing militarily for confrontation with Russia, or any potential rivals - increasing the risk of future bloodshed writ...

May 15, 2014 Alsastair Stephens

A vanguard for change: the fast food workers movement goes global

A vanguard for change: the fast food workers movement goes global

On May 15, fast-food workers all across America will be joined by their counterparts across the globe in an international demand for fair wages and the right to...

May 14, 2014 Charlie Ebert

Opinion

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MH17 and the threat of a world war

MH17 and the threat of a world war

The downing of Flight MH17 has fuelled the dangerous dynamic of global conflict that is leading the world towards the violent chaos we witnessed one hundred ...

July 22, 2014 Matt Carr

Selling our schools - Gove's Trojan Horse

Selling our schools - Gove's Trojan Horse

Gove may have gone but the covert privatisation of schools he initiated continues writes Clare Sambrook

July 16, 2014 Clare Sambrook

Gove's last lesson

Gove's last lesson

John Rees looks at the meaning of the Cabinet reshuffle

July 15, 2014 John Rees

Stand Up Against Austerity

Stand Up Against Austerity

Despite being one of the richest in the world, ours is a country where 1 in 6 children and 1 in 3 disabled people live in poverty writes Marienna Pope-Weidem...

July 12, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Ten reasons to get active and stop TTIP

Ten reasons to get active and stop TTIP

Marienna Pope-Weidemann on how TTIP is a direct assault on every legislative victory won by progressive forces since the Second World War

July 12, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Gaza: killing scores of innocent people is not self defence

Gaza: killing scores of innocent people is not self defence

The Palestinians are always put in the position of being to blame for someone else occupying their land, and for then having the temerity to fight back write...

July 12, 2014 Lindsey German

Dazzled and humiliated: Leonardo Boff offers his analysis of the Brazil v Germany match

Dazzled and humiliated: Leonardo Boff offers his analysis of the Brazil v Germany match

Orlando Hill writes on the role of corporate contamination in Brazil's humiliating defeat in the World Cup

July 11, 2014 Orlando Hill

Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle: The politics of Dylan Thomas

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Sean Ledwith looks at the radical politics of a celebrated Welsh poet and writer

July 6, 2014 Sean Ledwith

Reading le tour

Reading le tour

Mark Perryman reviews books that can help frame our enjoyment of the Tour de France

July 1, 2014 Mark Perryman

The meaning of the hacking trial: a free press would be a really good idea

The meaning of the hacking trial: a free press would be a really good idea

We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now writes Des Freedman

June 25, 2014 Des Freedman

The #NoMoreAusterity protest: a breakthrough for the movement

The #NoMoreAusterity protest: a breakthrough for the movement

The People's Assembly demonstration on 21 June 2014 was the biggest protest not organised primarily by the unions since the student protests in 2010 writes A...

June 24, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Waiting for the third republic, still!

Waiting for the third republic, still!

Sofia Typaladou on the crisis of the Spanish monarchy

June 24, 2014 Sofia Typaladou

Tour de Angleterre avec France

Tour de Angleterre avec France

Mark Perryman argues the case for Le Tour as a model of democratic sport

June 21, 2014 Mark Perryman

Making Parliament Square the People's Square

Making Parliament Square the People's Square

This Saturday the People's Assembly will be taking over Parliament Square. Merlin Fulcher writes of the need to democratise this symbolic public space ...

June 20, 2014 Merlin Fulcher

Stop the sell off of student loans, education and the next generation

Stop the sell off of student loans, education and the next generation

The students fought alone in 2010. But now there is a movement of resistance building a real national force and giving us the collective potential to take on...

June 17, 2014 Marienna Pope-Weidemann

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Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence

Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence

Neil Faulkner welcomes a powerfully argued case for a yes vote in the coming Scottish independence referendum

July 10, 2014 Neil Faulkner

The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

As Western policy unravels across the Middle East, it is more important than ever to expose media complicity in interventions such as in Afghanistan, argues ...

July 4, 2014 Helen Redmond

Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal

Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal

The role of debt in both maintaining our economies and creating huge inequalities is explored to good effect, despite some problems, writes Lindy Syson ...

June 28, 2014 Lindy Syson

Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual

Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual

Reclaiming Development, an important critique of neoliberal economics, has now been updated in the wake of the 2008 crash, and exposes the persistent myth of ne...

June 13, 2014 Peter Stauber

The Battle for Europe

The Battle for Europe

The alternatives are not restricted to neoliberalism in or out of the European Union. It is possible to fight for a radical left transformation of European inst...

June 6, 2014 Orlando Hill

The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror

The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror

Arun Kundnani’s The Muslims are Coming! lays bare the racist victimisation visited upon Muslims in the UK and the US as a result of state policies on terrorism...

May 31, 2014 Elaine Graham-Leigh

The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame

The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame

David Blacker makes a powerful case that in the present phase of capitalism, our rulers are abandoning the previous era’s principle of universal education ...

May 24, 2014 Sean Ledwith

The Leveller family chronicles

The Leveller family chronicles

New work on the Levellers and other radicals of the seventeenth century underlines the crucial role they played in the English Revolution, argues John Rees ...

May 18, 2014 John Rees

The Shadow of Recent Wars: Historians and the Origins of World War I

The Shadow of Recent Wars: Historians and the Origins of World War I

In denying imperialism as the cause of wars, works by recent mainstream academic historians effectively feed into the justifications of wars past and present ...

May 8, 2014 Dominic Alexander

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class - the working class

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class - the working class

In the second part of the review of Socialist Register 2014, Alex Snowdon discusses the changing nature and position of the working class

May 4, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class

Socialist Register 2014: Registering Class

In the first of a two-part review, Alex Snowdon looks at Socialist Register discussions on the nature of the ruling class

April 24, 2014 Alex Snowdon

Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone & the World Economic Crisis

Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone & the World Economic Crisis

Crucible of Resistance examines the crisis in Greece, relating it to the problems of the European economy and discussing strategies for resistance, finds Myrto ...

April 20, 2014 Myrto Petsota

A Freedom Budget for All Americans

A Freedom Budget for All Americans

This imaginative telling of a lost gem of American history offers a practical challenge to the neoliberal agenda, writes Adam Tomes

April 11, 2014 Adam Tomes

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

The problems of Muslim women stem from capitalism not religion, finds Jacqueline Mulhallen, reviewing Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

April 3, 2014 Jacqueline Mulhallen

The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

Gilbert Achcar’s new analysis of society and revolution in the Arab world provides much of great interest, as well as some problems, argues Sam Dathi

March 28, 2014 Sam Dathi

Theory

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Nepal and Thailand: revolution postponed?

Nepal and Thailand: revolution postponed?

The uprisings in Nepal and Thailand have radicalised millions in both countries, but unless social and economic questions are raised, their potential will be lo...

July 11, 2010 Feyzi Ismail

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

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

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

Lenin: Class Society and the State

Lenin: Class Society and the State

The violent centralised nature of the modern political state has been on display recently both on the streets of Arab cities and Britain. How should socialists...

April 10, 2011 V. I .Lenin introduction by Alex Snowden

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

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

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

Where next for the student revolt?

Where next for the student revolt?

The student revolt of the past few weeks has changed the face of British politics, creating tensions in the fragile Con-Dem coalition government, confronting po...

December 23, 2010 James Meadway

Duncan Hallas: The Comintern and the united front

Duncan Hallas: The Comintern and the united front

Writing in 1975, revolutionary socialist Duncan Hallas stressed the need for what is often called the united front method. ...

May 9, 2010 Duncan Hallas - Intro by Alex Snowden

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

The Tunisian Revolution in historical context

The Tunisian Revolution in historical context

All revolutions, said Frederick Engels, start as a ‘revolution of the flowers’ in which an isolated and unpopular regime faces a broad mass movement drawn from ...

January 19, 2011 John Rees

Global crisis and anti-capitalist revolution

Global crisis and anti-capitalist revolution

Faced with the crisis in Greece and the imminent cuts in Britain, Neil Faulkner argues for mass struggle from below to place control over the planet and its res...

May 5, 2010 Neil Faulkner

Towards a Marxist critique of ‘privilege theory’

Towards a Marxist critique of ‘privilege theory’

A contribution by Tad Tietze to an ongoing debate on Marxism and 'privilege theory' originally published on the US Socialist Worker website. Tad blogs at Left F...

January 20, 2014 Tad Tietze

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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