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Tories fail, Starmer flails - weekly briefing

Tories fail, Starmer flails - weekly briefing

Opinion June 21, 2021

Lindsey German on the Chesham and Amersham result and the forthcoming Unite leadership election  

Caledonian Sleeper: strikers and passengers wide awake to Serco lies - News from the Frontline

Caledonian Sleeper: strikers and passengers wide awake to Serco lies - News from the Frontline

Latest News June 18, 2021

Counterfire's weekly digest with the latest on strikes and workplace struggles

Unite election: a welcome step towards unity

Unite election: a welcome step towards unity

Latest News June 18, 2021

Howard Beckett's withdrawal brings the left one step closer to a united candidate, essential to win the election in Unite.

Israel’s new far right leader will double down on apartheid and racism - CounterBlast

Israel’s new far right leader will double down on apartheid and racism - CounterBlast

Opinion June 18, 2021

Israel’s incoming prime minister Naftali Bennett makes clear that the extreme oppression of the Palestinians has always been deeper than Netanyahu, writes Sean ...

The Ratline and The Good Germans - book review

The Ratline and The Good Germans - book review

Book Reviews June 17, 2021

Lindsey German reviews two case studies of the Nazi period, which, from above and from below, reveal the class nature of the regime and the resistance to it ...

Counting the cost of Coyne

Counting the cost of Coyne

Analysis June 15, 2021

Don’t underestimate what would change in the labour movement if Gerard Coyne led Unite the Union, warns John Rees

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Serco strikers serve up a storm at the Royal London Hospital

Serco strikers serve up a storm at the Royal London Hospital

Catering workers at the Royal London Hospital are standing together against Serco, reports Jamal Elaheebocus from the picket line

June 22, 2021 Jamal Elaheebocus

What even is Great British Railways?

What even is Great British Railways?

The Tories' idea of renationalising rail isn't quite what it's being packaged as. Kieran Crowe dissects what we know of the plans for Great British Railway...

June 22, 2021 Kieran Crowe

Class not culture: why white working class kids are really being let down

Class not culture: why white working class kids are really being let down

The government is trying to stoke a culture war with its latest report looking everywhere but its own anti-working-class policies for disparities in education, ...

June 22, 2021 Terina Hine

Why I’m joining the People’s Assembly demonstration for Palestine

Why I’m joining the People’s Assembly demonstration for Palestine

Boris Johnson’s government must be held to account for its mishandling of Covid and its complicity in Israel’s war crimes, argues Fatimah Ahmed

June 21, 2021 Fatimah Ahmed

Friendship’s Death – film review

Friendship’s Death – film review

Peter Wollen’s newly restored feature film reminds us of a time when theory and practice came together in the cinema, argues Martin Hall

June 20, 2021 Martin Hall

Iran election: hardliners return under US stranglehold

Iran election: hardliners return under US stranglehold

The landslide victory of Ebrahim Raisi, facilitated by inept US policy and international sanctions, spells an end to eight years of reformism, writes Susan Ram ...

June 20, 2021 Susan Ram

Chesham and Amersham: Cracks in the blue wall, curtains for Starmer?

Chesham and Amersham: Cracks in the blue wall, curtains for Starmer?

Labour’s dreadful showing in the Chesham and Amersham by-election deepens a crisis for Labour to which Starmer has no answer, argues Terina Hine

June 19, 2021 Terina Hine

Mahmoud Darwish: Poet of the Palestinian Resistance - video

Mahmoud Darwish: Poet of the Palestinian Resistance - video

Michael Lavalette launches his new book Palestinian Cultures of Resistance with a discussion about the life, politics and poetry of Mahmoud Darwish ...

June 17, 2021 Michael Lavalette

Theory

Tony Cliff: Roots of Israel’s violence

Tony Cliff: Roots of Israel’s violence

We repost Tony Cliff's 1982 article on Zionism and the foundations of the state of Israel, introduced by Alex Snowdon

June 6, 2021 Tony Cliff, Introduction by Alex Snowdon

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Alex Snowdon dissects the root of Labour's failures as a party that's meant to represent working people

October 27, 2020 Alex Snowdon

What is imperialism? - explainer

What is imperialism? - explainer

In the tenth part of a series of explainers, Dragan Plavšić examines the roots of imperialism and how to oppose it

September 8, 2020 Dragan Plavšić

Is revolution possible in the twenty-first century? – explainer

Is revolution possible in the twenty-first century? – explainer

In the ninth part of our explainer series, Katherine Connelly looks at the continuing possibility of revolution for transforming society today

August 25, 2020 Katherine Connelly

What went wrong in Russia? - explainer

What went wrong in Russia? - explainer

In the eighth part of a series of socialist explainers, Vladimir Unkovski-Korica analyses what went wrong in post-revolution Russia

August 18, 2020 Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

Books

32 Counties: The Failure of Partition and the Case for a United Ireland - book review

32 Counties: The Failure of Partition and the Case for a United Ireland - book review

In 32 Counties, Kieran Allen shows that Irish unity is back on the agenda, if an anti-sectarian socialist politics can transform south and north, finds Chris Ba...

June 10, 2021 Chris Bambery

The Railway: An Adventure in Construction - book review

The Railway: An Adventure in Construction - book review

The post-war experiences of the young E.P. Thompson working on a railway in Tito’s Yugoslavia cannot be taken at face value, finds Dragan Plavšić

June 3, 2021 Dragan Plavšić

Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations - book review

Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations - book review

Prashad’s Washington Bullets details the global economic and military interventions of the US, showing why anti-imperialist movements are vital, argues Jamal El...

May 27, 2021 Jamal Elaheebocus