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Mursi cracks down on Egypt's masses

15 March 2013
Egypt’s activists entered the third year of their revolution in a mood of anger and determination last week. Furious at a new round of killings by police and state gangs, they have confronted the government and its attempt to reverse the gains of the mass movement.

Experience of workers' power forged Orwell's early politics

15 January 2013
George Orwell wrote one of the most important celebrations of revolution–Homage to Catalonia.

Reviews round-up

15 January 2013
Why did the Industrial Revolution happen here? Why was Britain the first country to industrialise and why did it begin in the 18th century?

Gil Scott-Heron: a revolutionary who began with empathy

31 December 2012
Gil’s music and poetry have always been popular in Britain, despite them being about conditions that are far removed from here. Why is that?

Tunisia: two years on

11 December 2012
The Tunisian revolution began two years ago this month—and set in motion a wave of revolt across North Africa and the Middle East.

How Victor Serge kept the flame of the Russian Revolution alive

04 December 2012
Victor Serge was a revolutionary anarchist who went to Russia in 1919 and joined the communists. His articles, books and novels capture the revolutionary experience in the first half of the 20th century.

Gaza shows impact of Arab revolts

27 November 2012
Frederick Engels wrote in 1854, "We must not forget that there is a sixth power in Europe, which at given moments asserts its supremacy over the whole of the five so-called ‘Great Powers’ and makes them tremble, every one of them. That power is the Revolution."

Argo channels US terror at revolt in the Middle East

27 November 2012
It must have taken a lot of searching to find an episode of Iran’s 1979 revolution where the US state could come off as the good guy.

No to dictatorship, no to trading on the revolution and the martyrs

24 November 2012
Today all the masks fell from Mohamed Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood organisation, who trade in revolution and for whom the revolution is nothing but a means to reach the seat of power. They and the remnants of the old regime are two sides of the same coin, which is tyranny and enmity towards the people.

Getting Egypt's second revolution

20 November 2012
Great revolutions in the modern era take years to ebb and flow. They usually begin with temporary and superficial unity between all the opponents of the old regime.

The Pre-Raphaelites: painters who rewrote the rules

20 November 2012
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood began in 1848—a year of revolutions across Europe. The movement’s name was a rejection of the establishment Royal Academy’s idea that Renaissance artists such as Raphael had set ideal standards for how artists should paint.

Czechs protest against cuts on anniversary of Velvet Revolution

19 November 2012
More than 25,000 people gathered in Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Saturday to protest against austerity measures being pushed through by the Czech Republic’s right wing coalition government.

The Sapphires: drama that sets out racism faced by Aborigines

13 November 2012
1968. Riots and revolution. Vietnam. Soul music. The elements that make up director Wayne Blair’s film The Sapphires have been done before—but never in quite this way.

Unease over Syrian National Initiative's links to the West

06 November 2012
The launch of a new Syrian umbrella organisation to replace the discredited Syrian National Council (SNC) has created deep uncertainty inside the revolution.

Julie Leadbetter (1957-2012)

16 October 2012
Julie Leadbetter, a lifelong workplace activist and revolutionary socialist, has died at the tragically early age of 55.

'Egyptian trade unionists have broken the barrier of fear'

16 October 2012
I became active before the revolution, organising demonstrations and sit-ins at my workplace early in 2010.

The Syrian revolution poses a severe test for Turkey's rulers

09 October 2012
The first real sign that the civil war in Syria could spill over into a wider conflict came last week. A series of mortar and artillery exchanges took place across the border between Syria and Turkey.

Chavez re-elected in Venezuela despite mounting problems for his Bolivarian revolution

08 October 2012
Hugo Chavez has been re-elected as president of Venezuela with just under 55 percent of the total vote—the lowest since he first took the presidency in 1998.

West wants to control our revolution, says Syrian activist

04 October 2012
"The spotlight is now on Turkey, which is firing artillery rounds into Syria. But I don’t think Turkey is going to escalate. It’s not in their interests, and none of the Arab countries have shown support for this.

Peggy Purdy (1930-2012)

18 September 2012
We lost a revolutionary socialist and a class fighter when Peggy died last week.

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