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DVLA strike shifts up a gear - News from the Frontline

DVLA strike shifts up a gear - News from the Frontline

Latest News May 7, 2021

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

Is it good night Sir Keir after Labour’s bad night?

Is it good night Sir Keir after Labour’s bad night?

Opinion May 7, 2021

Labour's Hartlepool loss and poor performance in the local elections is a decisive rejection of Starmer, and blaming the left won't save him, argues Shabbir Lak...

Culture under capitalism: Why art is alienated – The Dialectics of Art review

Culture under capitalism: Why art is alienated – The Dialectics of Art review

Book Reviews May 6, 2021

Art is not a reflection of society but is shaped by social production and cannot escape the alienation of capitalist conditions, argues Chris Nineham ...

How dangerous is Marine Le Pen?

How dangerous is Marine Le Pen?

Opinion May 6, 2021

John Mullen assesses the prospect of electoral success for Marine Le Pen and argues that she must be countered by national anti-fascist initiatives from the lef...

The dangerous victory for the Spanish right in Madrid

The dangerous victory for the Spanish right in Madrid

Opinion May 5, 2021

Chris Bambery analyses the Popular Party’s success in Madrid’s elections, and the increased power of the far right Vox party

Independence rallies on eve of Scottish elections, but will Holyrood challenge Westminster?

Independence rallies on eve of Scottish elections, but will Holyrood challenge Westminster?

Opinion May 3, 2021

Scottish independence will be a major challenge for parties on both sides of the border, argues Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

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The Colombian uprising: mass protests rage on despite deadly repression

The Colombian uprising: mass protests rage on despite deadly repression

Jonathan Maunders reports on the mass protests across Colombia in response to police brutality and planned government austerity measures

May 6, 2021 Jonathan Maunders

Super Thursday elections: Starmer and Labour's continuing decline - CounterBlast

Super Thursday elections: Starmer and Labour's continuing decline - CounterBlast

Polling suggests Labour is set to do badly in the elections this week, dispelling myths of the electability of Sir Keir, argues Terina Hine

May 4, 2021 Terina Hine

The left and the Unite election

The left and the Unite election

The upcoming election in Unite the Union is a test for the left at a critical time

May 4, 2021 Counterfire

Don’t be confused by complexity: defending Julian Assange is defending democracy

Don’t be confused by complexity: defending Julian Assange is defending democracy

On Press Freedom Day, Erik Sandberg argues that defending Assange is crucial to protecting human rights and free speech in the West and beyond

May 3, 2021 Erik Sandberg

Manchester May Day march takes aim at fire and rehire

Manchester May Day march takes aim at fire and rehire

A large contingent turned out to march up to the Go North West bus garage in solidarity with the striking bus bus drivers, reports Martin Hall

May 3, 2021 Martin Hall

‘Arm the Protestants’: a state born in sectarian violence

‘Arm the Protestants’: a state born in sectarian violence

One hundred years since the partition of Ireland into north and south, Chris Bambery looks at the determination by government, police and big business to hold o...

May 3, 2021 Chris Bambery

“How can they treat key workers like this?” – interview with a Thurrock Council striker

“How can they treat key workers like this?” – interview with a Thurrock Council striker

Frontline refuse workers in Thurrock are striking back against attacks on pay and conditions.  Yonas Makoni interviews one of the strikers.

May 2, 2021 Yonas Makoni

Round 3: Kill the Bill protesters take to the streets across the country

Round 3: Kill the Bill protesters take to the streets across the country

On International Workers' Day, protesters marched for a third national day of action against the impending expansion of police powers. Counterfire reports from ...

May 1, 2021 Counterfire

Theory

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

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

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

August 11, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Books

Tell the Bosses We’re Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the 21st Century - book review

Tell the Bosses We’re Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the 21st Century - book review

Richman’s Tell the Bosses We’re Coming provides a valuable discussion of the challenges facing trade unions and offers a range of solutions to be debated, finds...

April 29, 2021 John Westmoreland

The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology - book review

The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology - book review

Bellamy Foster’s Return of Nature shows that ecological science and socialism have developed together from Marx and Engels’ writings, finds Dominic Alexander ...

April 22, 2021 Dominic Alexander

The Caduca - book review

The Caduca - book review

Richard Allday defends science fiction, and enjoys Elaine Graham-Leigh’s The Caduca, a novel for the disregarded

April 15, 2021 Richard Allday