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May Day in Russia, 1917 - a beacon to workers across the world


May Day 1917 saw massive celebrations in Russia—but tension was brewing against the provisional government

New Labour—things only got worse


New Labour swept into office 20 years ago this week. Nick Clark explains how the party is still being punished today for Blair’s attempts to sideline the working class

After seven years of Tory rule—seven reasons to end it


Tory governments have waged war on ordinary people since 2010, helped until 2015 by their Lib Dem allies. Of the countless reasons to kick them out, Eleanor Claxton-Mayer and Alistair Farrow explain seven of the key ones

How the West wrecked Libya


Libya in North Africa is being torn apart by a grinding civil war stoked by competing imperial powers. The horror there is a painful lesson in why military intervention should be opposed, writes Alistair Farrow

Taking the fight to the Nazis in Wood Green


Forty years ago this week thousands of anti-fascists partly broke up a Nazi National Front (NF) march in north London.

Stalin was the embodiment of a counter-revolution


Joseph Stalin wrote to his Bolshevik party comrade Lev Kamenev in 1912, “I kiss you on the nose, Eskimo-fashion. Dammit! I miss you something awful. I miss you like hell, I swear. I have no one, not a soul to have a proper talk with, damn you.”

Marine Le Pen's front for fascism


Front National (FN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is riding high in the polls. Dave Sewell argues she remains a committed Nazi despite attempts to detoxify the brand

Welcome to America: our vicious border controls just got nastier


Border guards and immigration cops, boosted by Donald Trump's election, are sowing terror and wrecking lives in south western US states. Migrants and campaigners spoke to Alistair Farrow

Who James Baldwin was and why you should see I Am Not Your Negro


Elizabeth Grant-Campbell reviews I Am Not Your Negro, a new film about radical writer and activist James Baldwin, and Dave Sewell looks at the work and politics of a unique fighter against oppression

Organising at work helped to protect the Russian Revolution


Workers flocked to join unions during the Russian Revolution—but as they grew bigger, so did their contradictions

The Labour Party and the 'national interest'


Nothing good can come of putting nation before class

The fat cat controllers who stole the railways


As the fight to stop bosses pushing the dangerous driver only operation throughout the rail network spreads, Raymie Kiernan lifts the lid on the private interests at work behind the scenes in the train industry

How Lenin won the Bolshevik party to fight for workers’ power


A sharp argument within the Bolshevik party stopped it from supporting imperialist war—and helped push the revolution forward

Power in a union—Unite's warring bureaucrats and their rank and file challenger


As the Unite general secretary election gets underway, Dave Sewell looks at the politics behind the battle for Britain’s biggest union

How war created famine


Famine is part of a system where access to food can be a weapon and millions can die for the profits and power of the ruling class

School bullies meet their match—how resistance to school funding cuts is spreading


Theresa May and her education secretary Justine Greening may have bitten off more than they can chew

South Korea - a state built for empires


After a corrupt president, a mystic adviser and a giant firm were all humbled by revolt, Simon Basketter looks at how US imperialism, profit and dictatorship shaped South Korea

Lenin sought to unite workers in struggle


Our rulers caricature the Bolsheviks who led the Russian Revolution because they are afraid of a repeat

Here to stay, here to fight. Muslims and migrants on how they're fighting racism


Ten activists from around Britain who will be marching on Saturday told Socialist Worker why they will not be moved

Simmering Petrograd was ready to boil over


Rapid capitalist development in Russian cities gave birth to a working class that dug the Tsar and capitalism’s grave

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