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Afghanistan—first the Russians, then the US

20 August 2021
Afghanistan has suffered through 43 years of war as a result of a series of imperialist interventions. Revulsion at that is the central reason why Kabul and the country’s other major cities were captured by the Taliban in such a short space of time.

Lessons of the US strike in the skies 40 years ago

07 August 2021
It’s forty years since the US air traffic controllers’ strike— and its terrible defeat. Socialist Worker looks back at the dispute and assesses prospects for US unions today

Occupy! The Clyde work-in

27 July 2021
Fifty years ago shipbuilders in Scotland led a battle to save their jobs. Sam Ord looks at how workers fought back against a brutal Tory government

A mistake of Olympic proportions in Tokyo

05 July 2021
The Tokyo Olympic Games is set to start this month. Sam Ord investigates the scale of the Covid health crisis ignored by officials, and the reality of how the event build profits and nationalism for rulers

How the Corn Laws split the ruling class

19 June 2021
It has been 175 years since the repeal of the Corn Laws. Isabel Ringrose explores how the bosses’ arguments over trade can open the door for working class resistance

Peru—a radical history of resistance

14 June 2021
Pedro Castillo’s election win in Peru has cheered the left. Sophie Squire looks at the country’s history of struggle but also sounds some warnings for the future

The Peasants’ Revolt—when people fought corruption

05 June 2021
In 1381 thousands of peasants stormed London and demanded change from the king. Nick Clark explains why the Peasants’ Revolt holds important lessons 640 years on

Middle East’s ‘pillar of democracy’ was a racist endeavour from the start

16 May 2021
Following the annexation of land and Israeli independence, Palestinians were forced into neighbouring nations’ refugee camps.

How sectarian divides helped Britain rule in Northern Ireland

25 April 2021
Throughout its existence, Northern Ireland has been a political slum characterised by repression, sectarianism and poverty.

How workers battled to kill the bill in 1971

11 April 2021
In 1971, workers fought against an authoritarian Tory law, chanting, ‘Kill The Bill’. Isabel Ringrose argues we need the same spirit of militancy to kill the Tory police bill today

Ahoy, matey! Pirate series treasures truth of high seas

23 March 2021
Gabby Thorpe urges Socialist Worker readers to get beyond this docudrama’s corny characters and misshapen plots, and embrace their inner raider

Struggles to tear out the roots of sexism

23 March 2021
United class struggle can undermine sexism and offer hope of liberation. But that doesn't mean sidelining the battle against oppression, writes Isabel Ringrose

The Paris Commune—a workers’ democracy

15 March 2021
The Paris Commune, where workers briefly took power and created the first workers’ government, was born 150 years ago this month.

Rosa Luxemburg—reform is not enough

27 February 2021
Rosa Luxemburg, born 150 years ago this week, fought reformist ideas to argue for revolution. Isabel Ringrose looks at what her economic writings contributed to Marxist ideas

Why the protests in Russia?

09 February 2021
Huge demonstrations in Russia are a challenge to Vladimir Putin’s regime. They reflect decades of failures by neoliberal and Stalinist regimes—and deserve much better leadership

Alexandra Kollontai—a fighter from the struggle

16 January 2021
Writings From The Struggle contains new translations of Alexandra Kollontai’s work. Isabel Ringrose looks at a revolutionary committed to liberation and socialism

Engels—200 years on

28 November 2020
Two centuries after the birth of revolutionary and socialist theorist Frederick Engels, Sarah Bates examines a life and legacy that goes beyond collaborating with Karl Marx

Mary Wollstonecraft—fighting for women to be free

15 November 2020
The erection of a statue of Mary Wollstonecraft in north London has sparked controversy, Sarah Bates goes beyond the headlines to explore her life and legacy

The Alabama miners strike of 1920—striking a blow at racism

07 November 2020
One hundred years ago miners went on strike in Alabama, in the US Deep South. Tomáš Tengely-Evans spoke to historian Brian Kelly about how their action helped to challenge the hold of racial segregation

The Gardner’s occupation—a jobs fight that won

24 October 2020
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

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