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How runaway train profits derail safety

Private train firms are wreaking chaos on the railways and making passengers’ lives a misery. Now they want to ram through even more attacks—but a series of strikes to defend safety could stop them in their tracks, writes Raymie Kiernan

As the Rio Olympics loom - the brutal reality of Brazil's eviction games

A city planned for the rich and ‘slavery’ for workers while the poor are cleansed for being in the way. Andy Brown and Simon Shaw expose the Rio Olympic Games

Surface tension—the battle against the North Sea oil bosses

Offshore oil workers have a tough life—and to keep up profits bosses are out to make it even tougher. But a new wave of strikes could put a stop to that. Raymie Kiernan spoke to trade unionists organising on the North Sea rigs

You can’t change the cops

The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in the US, and Mzee Mohammed in Britain, have inspired a wave of protest.

Why Lenin said Communists must try to affiliate to Labour

How to relate to members of the Labour Party has always been one of the most important questions for revolutionaries in Britain. In 1920, when the Communist Party of Great Britain was founded, it was a central debate.

China crisis - could island strife lead to world war?

A recent dispute over islands in the South China Sea is a sign of how imperialist tensions between the US and China could set the region ablaze, writes Dave Sewell

Big Bill Haywood - a fighter against the bosses and revolutionary trade unionist

Big Bill Haywood was a giant of the US workers’ movement. John Newsinger has edited a new collection of Haywood’s journalism and writes on the life of the revolutionary

The Independent Labour Party - prioritising parliament gave more power to the right

Charlie Kimber looks at the Independent Labour Party (ILP), one of the founding organisations of the Labour Party

Our fury matters - black activists speak out

Thousands of people protested across Britain in recent weeks to insist that “Black Lives Matter”. Called in response to a series of police killings in the US, the protests have struck a chord with many young people angry at racism in Britain too. Black activists in London told Socialist Worker about why they are marching—and how to win

How lies created the case for the Iraq war

Tony Blair did not go to war in Iraq because of ‘mistakes’ or ‘honestly held beliefs’—evidence given to the Chilcot inquiry exposes a deliberate process of lies to justify intervention

Revolution and war in Spain in 1936 - a battle that could have been won

This month marks 80 years since fascist General Franco’s coup in Spain sparked resistance that quickly turned to revolt. Socialist Worker looks at how it could have won

Putting our class on the screen - an interview with Tony Garnett

Tony Garnett, producer of Cathy Come Home, talks to Sadie Robinson about battling BBC bosses, representing working class life and why we need socialist change

Anti-war movement was right on Iraq

The Chilcot report into the Iraq war was set to be published this Wednesday. It is expected to expose the lies the West used to wage war on Iraq in 2003. But millions of people at the time saw through the lies and joined one of the biggest movements Britain has ever seen. Judith Orr tells the story

Don’t give racists the credit for the Leave vote

Caricaturing the EU vote abandons half the working class to the racist right

Brexit vote was a revolt against the rich

The vote to leave the European Union last week defied the establishment and revealed a deep disaffection towards a system that has failed working class people, argues Charlie Kimber

Slaughter at the Somme—100 years on

One of the most horrific battles of the First World War began 100 years ago this week. Michael Bradley looks back at the causes of the carnage

Convoy to Calais - solidarity and anger as French authorities clamp down

Hundreds of vehicles set out to give solidarity to refugees in Calais last Saturday. But the convoy was banned by the French authorities, reports Dave Sewell, pictures Guy Smallman

How can we win sexual liberation?

On the first Pride demonstration in London in 1972 cops openly shouted homophobic abuse and were aggressive towards the 2,000 marchers.

An anti-racist, anti-austerity and socialist case to vote Leave

The EU is racist and beyond reform. A Leave vote would mean a double crisis—for the Tories and the ruling class

The children that rocked apartheid—forty years since the Soweto Uprising

Forty years ago this week the South African township of Soweto, near Johannesburg, exploded in revolt. School students defied the might of the apartheid state .

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