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Alexander Hamilton—an enemy of the working class

02 January 2018
As the hit musical gets rave reviews in the West End, Anthony Hamilton looks at the truth behind the other Hamilton—a racist and a capitalist class fighter

Human Flow brings out the human stories behind the refugee crisis

12 December 2017
Behind the numbers which dominate the refugee crisis lie millions of untold stories. Artist Ai Weiwei’s film Human Flow brings them out, writes Sally Kincaid

Bjork’s album Utopia is based on struggle, not escapist fantasy

11 December 2017
In her 30 years in the music industry, Bjork has always pushed boundaries.

Nae Pasaran—Scots who defied Pinochet

11 December 2017
In 1974 workers at the Rolls-Royce engine factory in East Kilbride refused to work on engines used by the Chilean air force.

Art auction paints a picture of capitalism's warped priorities

16 November 2017
Some £340 million for a painting by Leonardo da Vinci—and possibly a fake one at that—may seem a touch steep. But it’s a small price to pay for billionaires keen to hide away their cash.

Electrical Gaza—the hope and terror in a siege city

10 October 2017
If Rosalind Nashashibi doesn’t win the Turner arts prize, then something’s gone wrong.

Reviews round-up: The Sparsholt Affair

03 October 2017
Also: Prophets of Rage, The Fred Hampton Appreciation Society

Wry hitman fantasy shows wheelchair users’ reality in Kills on Wheels

12 September 2017
It’s no secret that disabled film roles tend to be played by able-bodied actors.

Imagine a police state that can read your thoughts in Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams

12 September 2017
Channel 4’s new series promises to go deeper than most adaptations into the cult science fiction writer’s nightmarish world, writes Ken Olende

Levar Burton Reads—fantastic tales of past and future

05 September 2017
Three months in, this new podcast is proving a reliably delightful source of short stories with a twist of fantasy.

Patti Cake$ shows poverty and escapism from the wrong side of the tracks

01 September 2017
A working class white woman finds her voice through hip hop in a provocative new film that’s tipped for awards

Hiraeth documents the beauty and ugliness of South Wales’ industrial past

28 August 2017
Photographer Ceres spoke to Alistair Farrow about the influences behind his new book Hiraeth

New Ghostpoet album is best when it’s most political

28 August 2017
London lyricist and musician Ghostpoet’s fourth album Dark Days and Canapes takes a more explicitly, and welcome, political direction than his previous work.

Coriolanus—‘People aren’t satisfied as pedestrians in the system’

18 August 2017
Sope Dirisu, who takes the lead role in Royal Shakespeare Company’s Coriolanus this autumn, spoke to Lois Browne about a play debating power and the people

Sexism has undermined Game of Thrones’ wide appeal

01 August 2017
The seventh season of Game of Thrones is well underway and has been met with much rejoicing from fans.

Tragedy rubs shoulders with controversy at Edinburgh Festival

01 August 2017
This year’s Edinburgh Festival has been caught up in political controversy before it has even begun.

Exhibitions in Middlesbrough that inspire radicalism

11 July 2017
The Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art (Mima) is far from having million pound paintings hanging on sterile walls.

Prodigy 1974-2017

27 June 2017
US rapper Prodigy died on Wednesday of last week.

These Trees are Made of Blood—a jarring cabaret of state oppression and resistance

27 June 2017
This horrifying cabaret pays tribute to the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo—women who never stopped searching for their children “disappeared” by Argentina’s dictatorship.

The Place is Here—exhibition celebrates our unity against the racists

27 June 2017
An art exhibition in London and Middlesbrough shows black artists taking on racism and empire but it falls short on class politics, says Antony Hamilton

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