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Banks propped up by states a decade on


The 2007-8 financial crash continues to overshadow the world economy. The big economic news last week was the decision of the US central bank, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed), not to increase interest rates.

What’s behind the hard border debate in Ireland?


Tomáš Tengely-Evans unpacks the arguments around the “backstop” agreement and what it means for ordinary people

We're cut as the rich prosper


Working class people everywhere have been hit hard by Tory cuts.

Labour’s shameful betrayal of migrants


 Labour had a chance to stop a major racist Tory attack on migrants this week. It failed

Class was the key for Erik Olin Wright


The Marxist sociologist Erik Olin Wright died of leukaemia last week. He was 71 years old.

Engines of Privilege—Dismantling an education system for the powerful


Public schools help to entrench an unequal society. We can build something better, writes Miriam Scharf

The first Dail—when Ireland defied Westminster


The story of the first Dail shows it’s possible to break the rule of Westminster, writes Simon Basketter

Textile workers in Bangladesh don’t wannabe exploited


The Spice Girls have come under fire this week for commissioning T-shirts that are made by women earning just 35p an hour.

Media bias is business as usual


Diane Abbott’s disgraceful treatment on the BBC’s Question Time programme shone a light on media bias.

Jeremy Corbyn can break the impasse over Brexit if he backs free movement


After the crushing House of Commons defeat for her deal with the European Union (EU), Theresa May has been going through the motions of talking to opposition parties.

The Carillion collapse and capital


Carillion, a former giant firm in construction, outsourcing and privatisation, went bust one year ago. It was one of the go-to firms to get rid of public services, first with New Labour and now with the Tories.

US school strikes are the best way to fight Trump


The arrogant, racist bigot US president Donald Trump can seem immune to opposition.

Struggle can break paralysis on Brexit


A thin ray of light shone through the Brexit tangle last week. Two government defeats in the House of Commons marked the moment when Theresa May definitively lost control of the parliamentary process governing Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU).

Big food business sells veganism to mask its crimes


From October, when Christmas apparently begins, capitalists spend a fortune creating a bubble of unreality—worries can wait, cheese and Baileys have no calories.

Fight for the soul of the yellow vests


The liberal centre is disintegrating—and a battle is raging about whether the left or right gains.

Defend our right to protest outside parliament


Nazis harassing people around parliament has led to calls for more curbs on protests in the area.

Grenfell fire showed how the system fails ordinary people


The past year has seen all the people and organisations responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire disgracefully attempt to pass the buck.

Israeli elections promise a campaign of repression and racism


During the past decade Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has overseen two major wars on Gaza. But he's denounced for being 'soft'.

We can win on Palestine


It is possible to stand up for the right to criticise Israel—as a victory for a Palestine solidarity activist last month showed.

Turn the tide on Tories and racists in 2019


These are urgent times. Political and economic crises are accelerating, and racists and fascists are seeking to grow amid the chaos.

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