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Is Akon City Black Power forever?


Rapper Akon plans to build a new city where black people can escape racism. But, as Yuri Prasad writes, any system based on riches for a few means oppression will remain

Frantz Fanon—a vital defence of violence by the oppressed


Every struggle that confronts the violence of the system by throwing back some of its own faces the accusation that resistance itself is the problem. In response many turn to the ideas of Frantz Fanon—the anti-colonial writer and activist.

Carlota Lucumi—when Spanish slave owners cowered in fear


Waves of rebellions—from on ships to at plantations—were central to ending slavery.

Chile 1970—why the hope was broken


50 years ago Salvador Allende was elected Chile’s president. A US-backed coup overthrew him three years later. But, writes Sophie Squire, there were deeper problems than the US and the military that helped turn hope into horror

Cruel Britannia—the bloody truth about the British Empire


Isabel Ringrose tells the terrible truth about the British Empire that Boris Johnson expects us to salute

Trump campaign tries to stamp on postal service


The White House hopes that suppressing postal voting will deliver victory for Donald Trump in November’s presidential election.

Crash on the streets—how cruel Tory plans will fuel homeless crisis


Sackings and benefits sanctions have left ever more people struggling to pay their rent. The Tories’ plan to end a ban on evictions in September—meaning thousands could be thrown out

Trespass, capitalism and land


Simon Basketter looks at a new book examining how the rich have stolen huge swathes of public land—and passed centuries of laws keep everybody else out

Iran 1953—Britain’s role in coup for oil and profit


Coup 53 tells a story from Britain’s shameful history in the Middle East, says Isabel Ringrose

Pritilata Waddedar - demanding equality in the struggle for Indian freedom


She said, 'Today if our brothers can enlist in the war of independence, we too the women should be allowed to do the same'

Is it inevitable there will be a rise in unemployment?


Job losses aren’t just about coronavirus. Sarah Bates says we need to fight for jobs and against a system that destroys them

William Cuffay - a fighter to the end against the rich ‘vermin’


William Cuffay was one of the most prominent leaders of the working class movement in 19th century Britain.

Scottsboro—A case that put racism on trial


When nine black teenagers were falsely accused of raping two white women in the US Deep South in 1931, most expected they’d suffer the death sentence. But, says Judy Cox, they’d reckoned without the Communist Party

Futures ruined by Tories’ rigged results


Class is trashing the lives of hundreds of thousands of students. The ­downgrading of swathes of A-Level students’ grades in England and Wales has exposed how the system operates to keep working class people in check. 

Women’s lives are forgotten in pandemic


As schools are forced to close and childcare becomes less available the pressure on women as primary caregivers to children has greatly increased.Sarah Bates looks at why this is and talks to those bearing the brunt of this crisis

Stokely Carmichael —‘What we gonna start saying is Black Power’


 He said, “This is the twenty-seventh time I have been arrested. I ain’t going to jail no more. What we gonna start saying now is ‘Black Power’.”

The legacy of empire behind Lebanon’s explosion


The devastating blast in Beirut highlighted Lebanon’s rotten political system. This sectarian set-up was built by Western imperialism, writes Nick Clark

Thomas Sankara—Goal of liberation couldn’t come from above


Thomas Sankara is ­sometimes referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”. 

The NHS workers leading a grassroots pay revolt say—‘we’ve had enough!’


Health workers across Britain are taking the pay fight into their own hands

Why the right hate our parties


Moral panic over ‘illegal raves’ is nothing new. Sarah Bates looks at how the state tries to police ordinary people come together—and says it’s our job to repetitively beat them back

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