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28 September: Don’t break the #UberStrike - News from the Front Line

28 September: Don’t break the #UberStrike - News from the Front Line

Latest News September 24, 2021

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

Chartist Revolution - book review

Chartist Revolution - book review

Book Reviews September 23, 2021

Chartist Revolution, an important history of the world’s first working-class political movement, shows its relevance to later revolutionary struggles, finds Dom...

Gas and greed: Why Britain faces a special crisis

Gas and greed: Why Britain faces a special crisis

Analysis September 22, 2021

As the UK's energy crisis deepens, Chris Nineham looks at the roots of the gas shortage in the neoliberal economic system

NHS strikes on the table as health workers decisively reject pathetic Tory pay deal

NHS strikes on the table as health workers decisively reject pathetic Tory pay deal

Latest News September 21, 2021

GMB organiser Helen O'Connor explains why NHS workers have voted overwhelmingly to reject the 3% pay offer and are determined to fight back

Does Starmer's Labour have a problem with trade unionists? - Interview with Ian Hodson

Does Starmer's Labour have a problem with trade unionists? - Interview with Ian Hodson

Video September 20, 2021

Counterfire's Shabbir Lakha spoke to Ian Hodson, the National President of the BFAWU, who has been threatened with expulsion from the Labour Party

Did someone say austerity was over? – weekly briefing

Did someone say austerity was over? – weekly briefing

Opinion September 19, 2021

Alex Snowdon on universal credit crimes and building the Cop26 protests

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Humiliated: Starmer’s attack on democracy postponed

Humiliated: Starmer’s attack on democracy postponed

Keir Starmer's anti-democratic electoral college plan is dead in the water in a humiliating defeat for the Labour leader, writes John Westmoreland

September 25, 2021 John Westmoreland

'We need to move fast': Ken Loach on Starmer, socialism and building a new left - interview

'We need to move fast': Ken Loach on Starmer, socialism and building a new left - interview

Ken Loach speaks to Chris Nineham about his expulsion from the Labour Party and the next steps for the left

September 24, 2021 Chris Nineham

Recovery positions:  A Labour Party Conference reading guide

Recovery positions:  A Labour Party Conference reading guide

As Labour Conference gathers in Brighton, Mark Perryman reviews books that seek to describe what the party’s recovery might look like

September 24, 2021 Mark Perryman

Germany’s election: shattering the illusion of stability

Germany’s election: shattering the illusion of stability

As Germany prepares to go to the polls, Kevin Ovenden assesses the fragmentation of German politics

September 23, 2021 Kevin Ovenden

The US, Afghanistan and the Second Cold War

The US, Afghanistan and the Second Cold War

Dragan Plavšić considers the consequences of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan as another Cold War looms

September 23, 2021 Dragan Plavšić

Unite and the politics of Labour

Unite and the politics of Labour

It is not putting workers’ interests first to ignore politics, argues John Westmoreland, as Unite Leader, Sharon Graham, absents herself from Labour Conference ...

September 22, 2021 John Westmoreland

Canadian election deepens Trudeau's crisis of legitimacy

Canadian election deepens Trudeau's crisis of legitimacy

John Clarke analyses Justin Trudeau's cynical election gamble in which he fell short of securing a parliamentary majority

September 21, 2021 John Clarke

Gas shortages ignite Tory crisis - CounterBlast

Gas shortages ignite Tory crisis - CounterBlast

The UK's gas crisis is one part of what looks like a major political storm for the Tories, writes Terina Hine

September 21, 2021 Terina Hine

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

Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties - book review

Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties - book review

Set the Night on Fire is a monumental history of radical movements in 1960s Los Angeles, which holds lessons for global resistance movements today, finds Sean L...

September 16, 2021 Sean Ledwith

Stigma: The Machinery of Inequality - book review

Stigma: The Machinery of Inequality - book review

Sociology and its limits: an ambitious new study of stigma falls short on a number of counts, argues Susan Ram

September 9, 2021 Susan Ram

The World Turned Upside Down - book review

The World Turned Upside Down - book review

The World Turned Upside Down, a speculative fiction novel, is a compelling story of global exploitation and resistance driven by a complex protagonist, finds Ha...

September 2, 2021 Hannah Cross