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Iran - US tightens the noose

US tightens the nooseBlair's appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry, where he repeatedly raised the issue of Iran and US plans for a further round of sanctions, have once again raised the prospect of military action.

Cries Unheard - Why kids kill kids

Jon VenablesThe readmission to prison of Jon Venables, convicted at the age of 10 for murdering toddler James Bulger and a call for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 12 has caused a storm. Lindsey German writes on the issues obscured by the media response.

  • Written by Lindsey German
  • Category: Opinion

Message from Michael - ‘Speed it Up’

Capitalism: A Love StoryCapitalism: A Love Story reveals the hidden realities of capitalist exploitation. Sam Fairbairn admires Michael Moore’s call for a mass movement against the bankers.

  • Written by Sam Fairbairn
  • Category: Film Review

Sadism, Nazis and Swedish Trotskyism

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo clipWhat connects these three things? The answer is Stieg Larsson's novel 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. The film version opens in UK cinemas this Friday.

  • Written by Alex Snowdon
  • Category: Book Reviews

Evolutionary chains: The Romantic Novel

romantic novel coverRomantic novels continue to be extremely popular - making it important to avoid any dismissive analysis of romance readers as passive recipients of sexist ideology whilst maintaining a critical approach to the genre.

All in the genes? Book choices and "mating strategies"

genesA recent study asserts that women prefer books that emphasise children, physical or financial resources, stability in relationships and protection because of their evolved “sex-specific mating strategies”

  • Written by Elly Badcock
  • Category: Science
Teachers on the march in London, 2013. Photo: Anne Koerber

A Feminist Manifesto for the 21st Century

Five years ago Counterfire was launched as an organisation on International Women's Day 2010, with the publication of A Feminist Manifesto for the 21st Century. It remains a timely analysis of the challenges that face us in the struggle for women's liberation

Fighting unemployment in the 1930s

National Unemployed Workers Movement

The 1930's saw the National Unemployed Workers Movement organise a series of huge marches that defied government, police and trade union leaders.

  • Written by Neil Faulkner
  • Category: Analysis

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