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The Clerkenwell explosion, and why the Fenians mattered


One hundred and fifty years ago, Irish revolutionaries carried out the largest terrorist attack in 19th century Britain.

Civil War laid the basis for the end of the Russian Revolution


The bloodshed of the civil war shows that the ruling class will do anything to stop revolution

Britain's colonial crimes in Zimbabwe


How the crimes of imperialists shaped Zimbabwe's history

The great ‘Trojan Horse’ hoax


A new book uncovers how the Tories used the Birmingham schools Trojan Horse ‘scandal’ to push an Islamophobic agenda

Workers needed to seize power in 1917 or risk defeat


Some critics argue that the Russian Revolution was ‘premature’—but there was no time to lose

Is Putin pulling the strings?


Politicians and commentators seem to think anything that goes wrong can be blamed on Russian spybots on Twitter. But the truth is scarier still, warns Tomáš Tengely-Evans

The Tories’ Brexit carry-on—a guide to the EU Withdrawal Bill


The big cheeses in the Tory party are in a pickle over their EU Withdrawal Bill. But what’s the fuss about—and what would the bill mean for workers and migrants? Dave Sewell investigates

Brest-Litovsk peace talks showed the generals' thirst for war


Ending the First World War was a major priority for the new soviet government after the October Revolution in Russia—but not everyone wanted peace

Has the fight against sexual harassment reached a tipping point?


Women are speaking out over sexual harassment and a discrimination. Sarah Bates argues it is capitalism’s failure to deliver on its promises of equality, and resistance by women, that lies behind this recharged fightback

Offshore Treasure Island


The latest leak of dodgy offshore tax documents from a company called Appleby, the Paradise Papers, isn’t just about celebrities dodging taxes—it’s about how capitalism survives, writes Simon Basketter

The Grenfell Tower fire and the anger that refuses to fade


Grenfell, and the treatment of victims that followed, exposes the contempt that those at the top have for working class people

Martin Luther and peasants' rebellion


500 years ago a preacher called Martin Luther sparked a movement which loosened the grip of the church on society. Dave Sewell argues this was about more than just theology

1917 - when workers shook the world


The Russian Revolution of October 1917 is the most important event in human history. For centuries ordinary people had dreamed of a world without the rule of emperors, kings, generals and the rich. Some gave their lives fighting for such change.

Seven things you should know about October


What caused the Russian Revolution—and what did it achieve?

How workers won in 1917


The Provisional Government assembled in the Winter Palace at 9pm on 25 October to “work out methods for the resolute and final liquidation of the Bolsheviks”.

The revolution was defeated - but it didn't have to be


Within a decade of the revolution a regime was taking shape in Russia that pushed back everything revolutionaries had fought for.

Bolsheviks —a crucial element


The October insurrection in Russia would not have succeeded had it not been for the Bolshevik party. The Bolsheviks are still the best model for how revolutionaries should organise.

The only way is insurrection


Lenin called the state “an organ for the oppression of one class by another”. The insurrection in October 1917 in Russia showed that one class can beat another.

Bloody Balfour’s century of oppression in Palestine


One hundred years ago Tory foreign secretary Arthur Balfour's declaration laid the basis for Palestinian oppression. Nick Clark looks at its legacy today

‘We will build a mass movement to stop racism,’ vow activists at 1,300-strong conference


As world leaders ramp up racism against Muslims and migrants, hundreds of anti-racists met in London last week to discuss building the resistance

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