October 2017


Burning witches and banning abortions made capitalism possible

31 October 2017 Our economic system depends on a long and bloody history of controlling women's bodies, writes Eleanor Penny.

We’re risking prison to stop air pollution killing Londoners

31 October 2017 We need drastic action on air pollution now, writes Roger Hallam

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ for migrants endangers victims of trafficking.

30 October 2017 Theresa May claims to be tackling 'modern slavery' - but her immigration policies put vulnerable people further at risk, writes Zoe Gardner.

If Labour wants to save the NHS, it needs to cut out Big Pharma

27 October 2017 The NHS is being used as a cash cow by a profit-hungry pharmaceutical industry, writes Nick Dearden

As London City Airport turns 30, let’s imagine a world without it

26 October 2017 London City Airport has faced resistance for its entire lifetime, writes Ali Tamlit – and some day soon we will win

The first world war sowed the seeds of the Russian revolution

26 October 2017 An excerpt from 'October', China Mieville's book revisiting the story of the Russian Revolution

Academies run ‘on the basis of fear’

25 October 2017 Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) was described in a damning report as an organisation run 'on the basis of fear'. Jon Trickett MP examines an education system in crisis.

Anything is possible when the multitude assembles

25 October 2017 Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s new book Assembly re-examines what Left power could look like - not just winning elections, but overhauling the way we organise society. Review by Ben Trott.

Trans and gender-queer prisoners face a double punishment.

24 October 2017 For trans prisoners, abuse isolation and poor medical care are routine parts of incarceration. By 'ASBO', a former inmate.

‘There is no turning back to a time when there wasn’t migration to Britain’

23 October 2017 David Renton reviews the Migration Museum's latest exhibition

#MeToo is necessary – but I’m sick of having to prove my humanity

18 October 2017 Women are expected to reveal personal trauma to be taken seriously, writes Eleanor Penny

Universal credit isn’t about saving money – it’s about disciplining unemployed people

18 October 2017 The scheme has cost a fortune and done nothing but cause suffering. So why does it exist at all? Tom Walker digs into universal credit’s origins in Tory ideology

The police are not here to protect you

17 October 2017 The police spend little of their time making arrests, and most crimes are not solved, writes Alex Vitale – their real purpose is social control

Meet the digital feminists

14 October 2017 We're building new online tools to create a new feminist community and tackle sexism wherever we find it, writes Franziska Grobke

The Marikana women’s fight for justice, five years on

13 October 2017 Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets Sikhala Sonke, a grassroots social justice group led by the women of Marikana

Forget ‘Columbus Day’ – this is the Day of Indigenous Resistance

12 October 2017 By Leyli Horna, Marcela Terán and Sebastián Ordonez for Wretched of the Earth

Uber and the corporate capture of e-petitions

11 October 2017 Steve Andrews looks at a profit-making petition platform's questionable relationship with the cab company

You might be a centrist if…

10 October 2017 What does 'centrist' mean? Tom Walker identifies the key markers to help you spot centrism in the wild

Black Journalism Fund Open Editorial Meeting in Leeds

10 October 2017 Friday 13th October, 5pm to 7pm, meeting inside the Laidlaw Library, Leeds University

This leadership contest can transform Scottish Labour

9 October 2017 Martyn Cook argues that with a new left-wing leader the Scottish Labour Party can make a comeback

Review: No Is Not Enough

6 October 2017 Samir Dathi reviews No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics, by Naomi Klein

Building Corbyn’s Labour from the ground up: How ‘the left’ won in Hackney South

6 October 2017 Heather Mendick has gone from phone-banker at Corbyn for Leader to Hackney Momentum organiser to secretary of her local party. Here, she shares her top tips on transforming Labour from the bottom up

Five things to know about the independence movement in Catalonia

6 October 2017 James O'Nions looks at the underlying dynamics of the Catalan independence movement

‘This building will be a library!’ From referendum to general strike in Catalonia

4 October 2017 Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte report from the Catalan general strike, as the movements prepare to build a new republic

Chlorine chickens are just the start: Liam Fox’s Brexit trade free-for-all

4 October 2017 A hard-right free marketer is now in charge of our trade policy. We urgently need to develop an alternative vision, writes Nick Dearden

The Labour conference that the media failed to report

2 October 2017 Many important things happened on conference floor, reports Alex Nunns – but you wouldn’t know it from reading the newspapers

There is no ‘cult of Corbyn’ – this is a movement preparing for power

2 October 2017 The pundits still don’t understand that Labour’s new energy is about ‘we’ not ‘me’, writes Hilary Wainwright