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Is university online teaching an inferior form of learning?

Is university online teaching an inferior form of learning? Does online learning leave students short-changed? As more and more virus-hit universities suspend face to face teaching, it can seem like students are getting a worse education.

Fighting fascism—remembering the International Brigades

Fighting fascism—remembering the International Brigades A new book tells the remarkable stories of the International Brigades who fought fascism in Spain. It’s a fascinating part of the Civil War

How billionaires grab our money

How billionaires grab our money The world’s billionaires have amassed a fortune of £7.8 trillion through tax scams, inherited wealth—and the hard work of others.

The Gardner's occupation—a jobs fight that won

The Gardners occupation—a jobs fight that won Forty years ago this month a workers’ occupation of Gardner’s factory in Eccles, Salford, showed it’s possible to stop mass redundancies. Geoff Brown tells the story. Pictures by John Sturrock

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti—Defying colonialism for women’s liberation

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti—Defying colonialism for women’s liberation British rulers of Nigeria had hoped that Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti could be an emblem of their “benevolent imperialism”.

Hilarius Gilges—black German communist who fought Nazis

Hilarius Gilges, Communist, Black Lives Matter The long-feared knock at the door finally came at around 10pm. Outside the Nazi Gestapo, together with a dozen SS soldiers, barked and cheered knowing that they had got their man.

The trial of the Chicago Eight: when ruling class revenge backfired


With a new film, The Trial of the Chicago 7, now in cinemas, Yuri Prasad examines how the events were a blow for the US establishment set on crushing an anti-war movement

Herded to our deaths?


Some scientists are debating whether herd immunity is the best way to control coronavirus spread. But Dr Jonathan Fluxman told Sadie Robinson that this method means sacrificing the vulnerable

Chinua Achebe—a pioneering writer who skewered colonialism


Chinua Achebe transformed African writing. He was born in 1930 in Nigeria, at the time a British colony.

Donald Trump's four years of horror


Isabel Ringrose looks at Donald Trump’s four years in the White House, and examines the way in which his every move has been met with a fight from below

Oil workers say the system is rigged against green jobs


Large numbers of offshore workers want green industries and jobs. They can deliver change—but they are ignored by those at the top, reports Sarah Bates 

How British imperialism split Cyprus


With Turkey and Greece the closest to conflict than they have been in years Nick Clark explains why Cyprus has been such a focus point for imperialist powers, especially Britain

Damning report exposes racist school discipline measures


An Institute of Race Relations report published last week showed how school sets up poorer black boys in particular for a life of exclusion.

Frank Crichlow— taking an inspiring stand against the establishment


Frank Crichlow “first came into contact with Notting Hill police station” after he opened a cafe in west London in 1959. He was to become an icon of ­resistance to the cops’ repression for the rest of his life.

Udham Singh—revolutionary who took revenge for empire


As Sir Michael O’Dwyer left the speakers’ table after his lecture for the East India Association in London 80 years ago, an Asian man rushed from the audience as if to greet him.

The ugly face of Labour


​​​​​​​Keir Starmer is pushing a renewed right wing direction for Labour. Nick Clark looks at why that is, and examines how it’s old hat for the party that’s built on appeasement

Students locked in at universities as system profits


Thousands of people are isolating in student accommodation after a spate of virus outbreaks at universities. Students told Sophie Squire that they are being left without support—and slammed the ‘entirely predictable’ crisis

Handling of the virus has made mental distress worse


The virus has meant that mental health services are in crisis—Isabel Ringrose spoke to two health workers on the frontline  

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

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

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