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'One struggle, one fight': RMT and Aslef march with striking St George's Hospital cleaners

'One struggle, one fight': RMT and Aslef march with striking St George's Hospital cleaners

Latest News June 26, 2022

Cici Washburn reports on the incredible solidarity between striking rail workers and striking hospital cleaners in London on Saturday

Catching fire: posties next in line for national strike action

Catching fire: posties next in line for national strike action

Latest News June 24, 2022

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

Mao Zedong Thought - book review

Mao Zedong Thought - book review

Book Reviews June 23, 2022

A Chinese Trotskyist during the country’s revolution, Wang Fanxi’s Mao Zedong Thought shines valuable light on the nature of the Chinese state, finds Sean Ledwi...

Starmer’s picked his side: against the unions – CounterBlast

Starmer’s picked his side: against the unions – CounterBlast

Opinion June 22, 2022

Keir Starmer has chosen to side with the Tories against the RMT, but for all his forensic electoralism, the public are broadly backing the workers, writes Terin...

Day one of the biggest rail shutdown in a generation

Day one of the biggest rail shutdown in a generation

Latest News June 21, 2022

As RMT members on National Rail and London Underground went on strike, Counterfire reports from picket lines around the country

A chance to derail the Tories – weekly briefing

A chance to derail the Tories – weekly briefing

Opinion June 19, 2022

Lindsey German on the RMT’s national strike and reaction from Paul Mason

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Revolution! begins Saturday with 'NATO, Ukraine and the New World Disorder'

Revolution! begins Saturday with 'NATO, Ukraine and the New World Disorder'

Join the Revolution! Festival this weekend to discuss the pressing issues for the left ...

June 24, 2022 Counterfire

By-election blow: Boris' bad days are just beginning

By-election blow: Boris' bad days are just beginning

Following Tory defeats in Wakefield and Tiverton, Boris Johnson's already-numbered days just got fewer, writes Shabbir Lakha

June 24, 2022 Shabbir Lakha

The old is dying and new is struggling to be born: Join Revolution! this weekend

The old is dying and new is struggling to be born: Join Revolution! this weekend

As the crisis deepens and working people are fighting back, join the Revolution! Festival this weekend to discuss the pressing issues for the left ...

June 23, 2022 Counterfire

Day two of the national rail strike: bigger, livelier and even more determined

Day two of the national rail strike: bigger, livelier and even more determined

On the second day of the RMT's National Rail strike that's bringing the Tory government to its knees, Vladimir Unkovski-Korica reports from the Glasgow Central ...

June 23, 2022 Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

Interest rates, class war and ‘creative destruction’

Interest rates, class war and ‘creative destruction’

John Clarke on capitalism’s unfolding crisis and the attempts to rescue it ...

June 22, 2022 John Clarke

Ten points on the rail strike

Ten points on the rail strike

Lindsey German on the rail strikes, the Tory crisis and class politics

June 22, 2022 Lindsey German

Danièle Obono: A leading voice of the French left joins Revolution! this weekend

Danièle Obono: A leading voice of the French left joins Revolution! this weekend

Following the breakthrough for the left in the French legislative elections, we are looking forward to hearing from Danièle Obono at Revolution! Festival this w...

June 20, 2022 Counterfire

Petro's triumph: A seismic victory for Colombian left

Petro's triumph: A seismic victory for Colombian left

Left-wing Gustavo Petro's historic victory in the Colombian elections ends decades of neoliberal rule but the left must be prepared for the challenges ahead, ar...

June 20, 2022 Jonathan Maunders

Theory

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: a short introduction

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: a short introduction

Ahead of Counterfire's discussion on Lenin on Imperialism, we repost Morgan Daniels' introduction to Lenin's 1917 pamphlet, Imperialism: The Highest S...

May 12, 2022 Morgan Daniels

Duncan Hallas: Socialism and war

Duncan Hallas: Socialism and war

This article originally written by the revolutionary Marxist Duncan Hallas to explain the position on war at the time of the Falklands/Malvinas war in 1982. It ...

March 17, 2022 Duncan Hallas

Alexandra Kollontai on International Women's Day

Alexandra Kollontai on International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, we republish Russian revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai's writing on the history and importance of the day

March 7, 2022 Alexandra Kollontai

Will racism always be with us? - explainer

Will racism always be with us? - explainer

Yonas Makoni explains the socialist perspective on where racism comes from and how we can eradicate it

January 28, 2022 Yonas Makoni

Why is the labour theory of value so important? - explainer

Why is the labour theory of value so important? - explainer

Dominic Alexander explains the Marxist theory of where value comes from and why it's central to understanding how capitalism functions

January 17, 2022 Dominic Alexander

Books

Stuck Nation - book review

Stuck Nation - book review

Robert Hennelly’s Stuck Nation is a vigorous and well-researched analysis of the exploitative and racist nature of US capitalism, but falls short of a convincin...

June 16, 2022 John Clarke

Brigadistes: Lives for Liberty - book review

Brigadistes: Lives for Liberty - book review

Chris Bambery welcomes Brigadistes, a wonderful collection of portraits of international volunteers for the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War ...

June 9, 2022 Chris Bambery

How the right took back control of Labour: The Starmer Project review

How the right took back control of Labour: The Starmer Project review

Oliver Eagleton’s The Starmer Project shows the Labour leader to be a devious, self-interested defender of the conservative establishment, finds Terina Hine ...

June 2, 2022 Terina Hine