April 2018


Jackson Rising

30 April 2018 In June 2017, the young black attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, with 93 per cent of the vote. He pledged to make the capital of this former slave state ‘the most radical city on the planet’. Kali Akuno describes the grassroots mobilisation that launched him to office

With Lula in jail, the future of democracy in Brazil is at stake

28 April 2018 As the Brazilian Election looms, Alfredo Saad-Filho examines what Lula da Silva's prosecution means for the future of democracy.

Why I’m fighting to turn Thatcher’s favourite council red

27 April 2018 Wandsworth council has pioneered the kind of policies which have led to the housing crisis. Council candidate Aydin Dikerdem says it's time to take on the Tories wreaking havoc in the borough.

Court injunction to protect UK Oil and Gas threatens our rights to protest

25 April 2018 Local residents are standing up to oppose the oil and gas industry’s assault on our human rights. Emily Anderson reports.

Five years after Rana Plaza, Bangladeshi garment workers are fighting for justice and dignity at work

24 April 2018 The Rana Plaza collapse claimed over a thousand lives - and showed management contempt for the safety of workers. Marienna Pope-Weidemann reports on the struggle for better conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh.

Emergency response needed for the NHS

24 April 2018 The wheels are coming off for the Tories as the NHS sinks deeper into crisis. But there are promising signs of a fightback, writes John Lister.

Why we need a fossil free London

23 April 2018 Fossil fuels underpin a breadth of injustices in London, writes Finnian Murtagh. They also offer an opportunity to unite our struggles.

Creating an economy that works for all

21 April 2018 A Labour government could overhaul a struggling, unjust economic system: A manifesto by Hilary Wainwright.

HSBC: Put your money where your mouth is on human rights

19 April 2018 Time to up the heat on HSBC, writes Marienna Pope-Weidemann, as War on Want call on the bank to stop arming Israel.

Chartism for the 21st Century: Why trade unions are backing an overhaul of Westminster

19 April 2018 Nancy Platts argues for a radical reshaping of our voting system.

Meet the people building alternatives to mining in Colombia

19 April 2018 Hannibal Rhoades and Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello interview local activists and business people determined to kick the mining industry out of their town.

Turning citizens into migrants

19 April 2018 People from across the political spectrum have trouble categorising BAME people as full citizens, writes Gurminder K Bhambra

Migration status doesn’t matter – no one should be denied healthcare.

18 April 2018 Members of the Windrush generation have been excluded from NHS treatment. This the fully intended consequence government's 'hostile environment' policy, writes Dr Joanna Dobbin.

Why Europe needs Corbyn

18 April 2018 Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party can lead the way for a new left politics in Europe, writes Luke Cooper

Don’t believe the hype: Biomass is an environmental disaster

17 April 2018 As the biomass industry scales up, Frances Howe warns of the dangers of relying on a volatile, destructive industry to solve our energy problems.

What’s left? Italian movements after the triumph of the Five Star Movement

15 April 2018 The new populist party captured public anger against austerity and corrupt elites more successfully than the radical left, writes Lorenzo Zamponi. So where next for the left as Pasokification takes hold?

Believing in ourselves

13 April 2018 Holly Rigby speaks to Hilary Wainwright about her latest book, A New Politics from the Left, and its application for flourishing new social movements.

‘Now is the time of monsters’: The future at a crossroads in Rojava

11 April 2018 Patrick Huff, Amber Huff and Salima Tasdemir reflect on the future of the revolution in Rojava after the fall of Afrin.

‘Reforming has done nothing. That’s why I’m an anarchist.’ An interview with Benjamin Zephaniah

10 April 2018 Benjamin Zephaniah speaks to Anu Shukla about poetry, policing, the ongoing fight against racism.

We must resist attempts to silence the left on Palestine

9 April 2018 Some people falsely smear all critiques of Israel as antisemitic, writes Paul Keleman. We cannot let this bad-faith manoeuvring hinder our pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people.

Excluding migrants from the NHS undermines its founding principles

8 April 2018 In the country where the ideals of universal healthcare were first realised, undocumented migrants are now being excluded from access to health care. Neal Russell, a Children's NHS doctor in London, speaks out.

“Utopia is all around us”

7 April 2018 Jonny Gordon-Farleigh of STIR magazine talks to Ruth Potts about the power of utopian thinking in an age of crisis.

Areas of Terror

5 April 2018 The Israeli government categorises protesters as terrorists to create a mandate for violence, writes Richard Seymour,

The Homelessness Reduction Act won’t help cash-strapped councils care for the homeless

5 April 2018 Putting in a legal duty of care doesn't fund more services, and it won't tackle the root causes of homelessness, write Bruno De Oliveira and Eleanor Penny

Where’s the “eco” in ecomodernism?

4 April 2018 A techno-green future of limitless abundance sounds great, writes Aaron Vansintjan, but it's totally unsustainable.

Jewdas, Corbyn and the policing of Jewishness

3 April 2018 Stop accusing Jewish people of treachery when they criticise Israel, writes Eleanor Penny

Critiques of elite power aren’t antisemitic or conspiratorial – they are necessary.

3 April 2018 We must challenge antisemitic conspiracy tropes, writes Michaela Collord, but we shouldn't shy away from holding elite power to account.

Forget spies and bots – Russia’s real crimes are against the people of Syria

1 April 2018 Tony McKenna writes that Russia is supporting Assad's murderous dictatorship to secure territorial power