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Workers in grip of the economic crisis speak out—millions face jobs misery

Workers in grip of the economic crisis speak out—millions face jobs misery With the future of the government’s furlough scheme in doubt, and with hundreds of firms axing jobs, a wave of fear is spreading

No Fixed Abode—why homelessness isn’t inevitable

No Fixed Abode—why homelessness isn’t inevitable The solution to ­homelessness in Britain is “almost laughably simple” according to Maeve McClenaghan, author of a new book on the issue.

The crimes of Captain Kimber

The crimes of Captain Kimber In 1791 an atrocity so hideous occurred on a slave ship in the Atlantic that its captain was brought to a British court. The verdict was a damning indictment of both the ruling class and the way it got its riches

Rebelling against the system

XR Extinction Rebellion September 2020 As Extinction Rebellion takes to the streets of London, Manchester and Cardiff, Sarah Bates looks at the movement demanding urgent action on climate change

Is Akon City Black Power forever?

Akon City, Senegal, Africa, Black Power, Akon, anti-racism, liberation 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

Put people before profit to protect us from coronavirus

Put people before profit to protect us from coronavirus The bosses and their backers are screaming for a return to “business as usual”. They say if we don’t accept this, we will be stuck with lockdown measures that get in the way of profits—known as “the economy”.

Sylvia Pankhurst - a rebel in the fight for votes


Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst is well known as a fighter for votes for women. But a new book describes how struggles turned her into a revolutionary

Olive Morris—a tragically short life dedicated to struggle


Teenager Olive Morris was hanging out at Desmond’s Hip City record shop in Brixton, south London, on a Saturday afternoon in November 1969 when it happened.

James Baldwin—a lifetime issuing an anti-racist call to arms


When James Baldwin was born in Harlem, New York, he was “set down in a ghetto” where society “intended you should perish”.

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.

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