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Putin’s gamble pays off, but he’s playing Russian roulette

Former KGB spook Vladimir Putin has ruled Russia through force and fraud for the last 18 years. He will firm up his rule for another six years after the Russian presidential elections on Sunday.

What does justice mean for Grenfell campaigners?

Almost nine months on from the devastating Grenfell fire, Alistair Farrow looks at what activists are fighting for, and the challenges that they face

Don’t trust landowners to fight the fracking bosses

Fracking companies are going on the offensive and taking the National Trust to court. We need a national fight to beat them back, writes Sarah Bates

How the crisis in Syria was caused by imperialist ambition

The Syrian regime’s horrific bombing in Ghouta is the legacy of a defeated revolution and a struggle for power over the Middle East

The history of foreign aid is steeped in imperialism

Right wingers are using revelations about Oxfam in Haiti for their own ends.

Have energy companies been forced onto the frack foot?

Councils have blocked frackers’ plans and investors are losing interest. With resistance from environmental campaigners, Sarah Bates asks if this could this be a turning point in the fight

After new pay figures released - bosses, not migrants, are to blame for lower wages

Right wingers have seized on figures for agricultural wages and immigration to say that migrants lead to lower wages. Alistair Farrow looks at the reality

Tories starve mental health services for Grenfell victims

More than 11,000 people could be suffering mental health problems as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire. But the Tories aren’t giving services the funding they need

Equalities report shows the institutional racism facing workers in the NHS

The latest equalities figures show that black workers in the NHS aren’t reaching the highest pay rates—and are more likely to be disciplined, explains Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Grenfell residents still homeless six months after fire

With the inquiry into the causes of the Grenfell Tower beginning this week, Alistair Farrow looks at how the evacuated residents are still searching for justice—and new homes to live in

Theresa May’s visit solidifies friendship with Saudi Arabia

Britain has backed Saudi Arabia since the kingdom’s birth because it wanted to maintain its influence in the Middle East. But its rulers are running into difficulties, writes Nick Clark

Vicious housing attack is on the rocks in Haringey

Plans for a regeneration project by a Labour-run council has split the local party—and campaigning has pushed back the right, says Alistair Farrow

Workers need a pay rise the budget won’t deliver

Chancellor Philip Hammond will likely claim that he’s scrapped the 1 percent public sector pay cap when he delivers his budget this week.

What kind of society could solve the climate crisis?

United Nations talks this month are the latest chapter in our rulers’ failure to deal with climate change. But there are still solutions, argues Dave Sewell

What are the odds of that? The Tories are in the pockets of the gambling bosses

A report on fixed odds betting terminals is completely toothless in the face of big bookies—and refuses to admit that poverty causes problem gambling, argues Sarah Bates

Celebrate the 1967 Act—and extend abortion rights too

Fifty years ago the 1967 Abortion Act marked a major breakthrough for working class women. Sarah Bates looks at what life was like before the Act—and why abortion rights are so crucial

Cutting post workers’ conditions - the real costs of privatising Royal Mail

As 110,000 postal workers prepare for a national strike for 48 hours from 19 October, Nick Clark rifles through the bosses’ mail to expose the excuses for worsening conditions

Ticking debt ‘time bomb’ may blast holes in weak recovery

Millions of people are scraping by in badly paid jobs and are being forced to take out loans. Ten years after the ‘credit crunch’, Sarah Bates looks at what’s behind the debt explosion

New report into Rotherham child abuse excuses top council officials and police

A new report says senior officials at Rotherham council knew of problems with child sexual exploitation—but none should be charged over failures.

War without end in Afghanistan

After sixteen years of occupation the US is preparing to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan. Nick Clark argues it could be the graveyard of empire

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