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Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries Who Got Away with War Crimes - book review

Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries Who Got Away with War Crimes - book review

Book Reviews August 13, 2020

Keenie Meenie exposes, with thorough research, the activities of a booming, highly lucrative outsourced industry, and its intimate ties with the British State, ...

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

Theory August 11, 2020

In the seventh part of a series of socialist explainers, Elaine Graham-Leigh analyses where oppression comes from and if it can be overcome

Corbyn’s right to fight back, the Labour right sabotaged him

Corbyn’s right to fight back, the Labour right sabotaged him

Opinion August 10, 2020

Now is the time to expose, explain and defend our legacy, writes Terina Hine

NHS Crisis: a result of Tory cruelty and incompetance

NHS Crisis: a result of Tory cruelty and incompetance

Opinion August 9, 2020

Privatisation and underfunding of the NHS has exacerbated the Tories' mishandling of the pandemic, argues Caitlin Southern. 

Ten years of Counterfire books: on sale now

Ten years of Counterfire books: on sale now

Books August 6, 2020

Celebrating a decade of books published by Counterfire

Political trade unionism in the twenty-first century: a discussion paper

Political trade unionism in the twenty-first century: a discussion paper

Analysis August 6, 2020

In this discussion paper, Kevin Ovenden focuses on trade unionism now and in history, with a particular emphasis on rank and file organisation

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A-Levels fiasco reflects deeper problems with exam factory schooling

A-Levels fiasco reflects deeper problems with exam factory schooling

The government's shambolic handling of A-level results should prompt a rethink of how our education system works, writes Roy Wilkes

August 14, 2020 Roy Wilkes

Covid-19 in Modi-ruled India: 2.3 million cases and counting

Covid-19 in Modi-ruled India: 2.3 million cases and counting

A far-right government and its ‘muscular’ leader provide an object lesson in how not to fight the pandemic, writes Susan Ram

August 14, 2020 Susan Ram

Sunak’s ‘hard times’ – choice not necessity

Sunak’s ‘hard times’ – choice not necessity

The chancellor’s plans work for his class, not ours, writes Chris Nineham

August 13, 2020 Chris Nineham

Failing our kids: the Tory exams fiasco

Failing our kids: the Tory exams fiasco

Students, particularly those from working class backgrounds, are the victims of the government’s exam shambles, argues John Westmoreland

August 13, 2020 John Westmoreland

Tower Hamlets workers are striking and they need your support

Tower Hamlets workers are striking and they need your support

Counterfire's Chris Nineham interviewed Amina Patel on the picket line in the latest round of strike action by Tower Hamlets workers

August 13, 2020 Chris Nineham

Johnson is bullying schools back into unsafe reopening - CounterBlast

Johnson is bullying schools back into unsafe reopening - CounterBlast

The moral duty of the government should be to save lives not risk them, argues Sean Ledwith

August 12, 2020 Sean Ledwith

Stop blaming individuals for Coronavirus spikes

Stop blaming individuals for Coronavirus spikes

The drive to get people back to work is responsible for a rise in infections, not individual behaviour, argues Kevin Potter

August 12, 2020 Kevin Potter

Refugee crisis is one of the major legacies of Britain’s recent interventions

Refugee crisis is one of the major legacies of Britain’s recent interventions

'Wars are welcome, refugees not' seems to be the only mantra the media and politicians want to repeat, says Lindsey German

August 11, 2020 Lindsey German

Engels 200

Engels' contribution to Marxism

Engels' contribution to Marxism

As part of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, we repost Tony Cliff's 1996 speech on Engels

June 28, 2020 Tony Cliff

Engels was right, class society and women's oppression aren't inevitable or irreversible

Engels was right, class society and women's oppression aren't inevitable or irreversible

As part of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, Elaine Graham-Leigh looks at Engels' The Origins of the Fami...

May 17, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Engels on nature and humanity

Engels on nature and humanity

In the third of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, we repost this excerpt from an upcoming short book on E...

April 4, 2020 Michael Roberts

Theory

Why class matters - explainer

Why class matters - explainer

In the fifth part of a series of socialist explainers, David McAllister explains what the working class is and why it's central to transforming society ...

July 28, 2020 David McAllister

Does a biased media make change impossible? - explainer

Does a biased media make change impossible? - explainer

In the fourth of a series of socialist explainers, Des Freedman looks at the possibilities for change in the face of a hostile media establishment

July 21, 2020 Des Freedman

Can economic planning work? - explainer

Can economic planning work? - explainer

In the third of a series of socialist explainers, Dominic Alexander takes on the idea that a planned economy cannot work

July 14, 2020 Dominic Alexander

Does human nature make socialism impossible? - explainer

Does human nature make socialism impossible? - explainer

In the second of a series of socialist explainers, Lucy Nichols dissects the idea that humans are inherently selfish

July 7, 2020 Lucy Nichols

What is socialism? - explainer

What is socialism? - explainer

In the first of a series of socialist explainers, Chris Nineham looks at the concept of socialism itself

June 30, 2020 Chris Nineham

Books

Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World - book review

Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World - book review

Todd Miller, on US imperialism extending its border-policing worldwide, has particular relevance as the violence turns inevitably inward, finds Richard Allday ...

August 6, 2020 Richard Allday

Beyond the Blockade: Education in Cuba - book review

Beyond the Blockade: Education in Cuba - book review

Beyond the Blockade: Education in Cuba shows how a country with scarce resources, under an economic blockade, can build an excellent education system, finds Orl...

July 30, 2020 Orlando Hill

More Than a Left Foot - book review

More Than a Left Foot - book review

Bob Williams-Findlay’s account of a lifetime’s involvement in the disabled people’s movement and left activism impresses fellow campaigner, Judy Hunt ...

July 23, 2020 Judy Hunt