2018


Boris Johnson isn’t an outlier. Islamophobia runs through the heart of government

12 August 2018 Johnson's comments and the subsequent reaction show just how widespread anti-muslim racism is throughout our society. By Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury

Tackling racism, on and off the pitch

11 August 2018 As the Premier League kicks off across England this weekend, Red Pepper columnist Siobhán McGuirk spoke to scholar, author and Everton fan Emy Onuora about racism in football, right-wing 'fan' groups, and the legacies of Russia 2018

Catalonia: A new king with old rules

9 August 2018 It might seem like the fall of Rajoy's government bodes well for Catalonia. Not so fast, write Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte

From muggers to gangs: It’s the same (police) story

9 August 2018 Patrick Williams argues that blaming 'gangs' for social problems further divides communities and fails to tackle the root causes of violence.

Building the Future

8 August 2018 Innovative municipal projects are tackling local housing problems worldwide.

Criminalising sex work won’t help victims of trafficking

2 August 2018 Laws which target sex workers are supposedly set up to protect women. But really, they put vulnerable women in more danger. By Stella Winter and Liliana Gashi from English Collective of Prostitutes

Today we’ve consumed more resources than the planet can renew in a year

1 August 2018 Our economies are operating a giant planetary Ponzi scheme: borrowing far more from the Earth’s ecosystems than they can sustain. By Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton

Dare to dream of a world without borders

30 July 2018 If politics is the art of the possible, then radicalism must be the capacity to imagine new possibilities, says Gary Younge

Coming home

16 July 2018 'Home' is not a simple place. Sivamohan Valluvan and Malcolm James explore the complex relationship between nationalism, race and belonging in the beautiful game.

The deadly dangers of the ‘special relationship’

12 July 2018 The ties which bind the 'special relationship' between the UK and the US are a toxic mix of militarism and free trade. By Andrew Smith

Fining Facebook isn’t enough – we need total media reform

12 July 2018 We can either realise a world where technology serves the many, or settle for one in which data oligarchs rule unchecked. By Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton

Free trade is toxic, but Trump’s trade wars aren’t the alternative we need

10 July 2018 Dorothy Guerrero writes that hostile trade wars and American protectionism will double down on the damage done by decades of US-driven global free trade policies.

A government of property developers and landlords cannot solve the housing crisis

9 July 2018 Becka Hudson writes that the politicians charged with solving the housing crisis are in the pockets of the landlords and property developers who directly profit from it.

Revenge against the commons

8 July 2018 In France, a fight against a new airport has morphed into a defence of new ways of living. John Jordan reports from inside an ‘autonomous zone’ under attack by the state. Photographs by Penelope Thomaidi

Parasitic capitalism is killing the NHS

5 July 2018 Private companies are sucking the lifeblood out of the health service, writes Kane Shaw.

How the criminal justice system targets BAME children

4 July 2018 From stop-and-search powers to sentencing decisions, BAME youth face a criminal justice system rigged against them by structural racism. Annahita Moradi

The EU ‘migrant deal’ will ruin tens of thousands of lives

3 July 2018 Nick Dearden writes that if we’re angry with Trump-style migrant policies, we must show equal anger towards our own governments here in Europe

Let Labour members choose their MP candidates

3 July 2018 If we want a radical socialist government, it starts with democratising the party from the bottom up. Dan Gerke argues in favour of mandatory reselection.

Time for politicians to get real about the anthropocene

2 July 2018 Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton argue that we can’t afford to keep investing in a high-carbon economy when the world is on the brink of disaster

The long history of the hostile environment

29 June 2018 For decades, the UK government has restricted citizenship to exclude and criminalise people from Commonwealth countries. By Marjorie H Morgan

Be careful what EU wish for

28 June 2018 The EU is a crisis-ridden institution. Why do we keep pretending that Remain is the more stable option for the Left? By Ray Bellchambers

Dodgy trade deals like CETA threaten UK workers

26 June 2018 The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement enshrines the right of corporations to make profit - whatever the cost to real people. By Jean Blaylock

No jobs on a dead planet

26 June 2018 The expansion of Heathrow won't bring us economic security. Chris Saltmarsh argues the case for investing in renewable energy infrastructure.

‘We are the Lions, Mr Vice-Chancellor.’

25 June 2018 David Ridley explores the vital fight for union recognition - from Grunwick factory workers to precarious University contractors.

Don’t box Corbyn in over Brexit

22 June 2018 Encouraging Labour to block Brexit is tantamount to writing off the opportunity of a Corbyn-led socialist government. No wonder the Blairites are so keen, writes Michael Calderbank

We need to talk about migrant mental health care

21 June 2018 Dr Hugh Grant-Peterkin and Dr Cornelius Katona discuss the urgency of tackling health care for migrants, who are at greater risk of mental health conditions and have little access to basic services.

Abandoned by the state: How the police fail survivors of sexual assault

20 June 2018 The police drop so many cases that experts say rape has effectively been ‘decriminalised’ - and that's before we talk about SpyCop abusers. By Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Tyranny of the Mechanical Turk: The rise and rise of digital platform work

18 June 2018 Menial digital labour is being outsourced to the four corners of the globe. Robbie Warin reports that exploitation flourishes whilst global companies file millions in profit.

Why ‘remain and reform’ is the only progressive position

18 June 2018 Soft Brexit means preserving the pre-referendum status quo with no possibility of contributing to change, writes Mary Kaldor

40 years after the Alma Ata Declaration, let’s remember that healthcare is a global right

16 June 2018 Matthew Bramall recounts the radical goals of the Alma Ata declaration on global health - and how they were undermined by neoliberalism and structural adjustment policies.

A world for the many, not the few

14 June 2018 "The very notion of ‘charity’ erases a global history of slavery and oppression". Asad Rehman applauds Labour’s ambition to overhaul neo-colonial development policy

Grenfell Tower and the long crisis of social housing

13 June 2018 Council housing arose from the duty of the state to house its people. Grenfell Tower epitomises decades of dereliction of that duty. An excerpt from 'Municipal Dreams' by John Boughton.

New battlegrounds in the class war

8 June 2018 Joe Hayns talks to Kim Moody about how global capital is reshaping the terrain of class struggle - and how workers are adapting.

The Windrush Scandal proves the government can’t be trusted to renegotiate our border policies

7 June 2018 The treatment of the Windrush Generation revealed the racism and bureaucratic incompetence at the heart of the government's migration system. Marjorie H Morgan writes that they can't be trusted with post-Brexit border policies.

Roadmap for radicals

6 June 2018 Mel Evans and Kevin Smith interview US-based organiser and author Jonathan Smucker, whose new book Hegemony How-To offers a practical guide to political struggle for a generation that is still ambivalent about questions of power, leadership and strategy

‘Do not resign, the mandem need you’: The story of #grime4corbyn

5 June 2018 In April 2017, Theresa May called a snap general election to destroy a crisis-hit Labour Party. The grime scene had other ideas. An extract from 'Inner City Pressure' by Dan Hancox

Does Israel have a ‘right to self-defence’ against Gaza?

4 June 2018 Israel claims to be acting in self-defence when its army shoots down Gazan protesters. Norman G. Finkelstein and Jamie Stern-Weiner debunk that myth.

Spain’s new laws turn peaceful protesters into terrorists

1 June 2018 Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte report that Spanish central government has introduced new police powers to crack down on radical movements in Catalonia.

The UK government is denying Northern Irish women their fundamental rights

31 May 2018 Kellie O’Dowd from Alliance for Choice writes that the government could intervene to extend reproductive rights to Northern Ireland. It is just choosing not to.

War criminal Erdoğan gears up for a power-grab

31 May 2018 Europe rolls out the welcome mat for the Turkish leader, while Kurds are ethnically cleansed, write Patrick Huff, Amber Huff and Salima Tasdemir

Cabbies and Uber drivers deserve a fair deal at work

30 May 2018 Sham self-employment and the so-called gig economy is driving transport workers into precarity and poverty. James Farrar reports on the fight for worker status.

Can people power beat the gentrifiers?

29 May 2018 Housing action group StART have taken on the property developers in London - and they're not done yet.

Corbyn and the Manchester speech

26 May 2018 In the middle of the 2017 general election campaign, disaster and tragedy struck with the Manchester terror attack. In this extract from the second edition of The Candidate, Alex Nunns tells how the Corbyn campaign responded this time last year with a speech that was careful, but radical

“In total, I went to prison six times.” In conversation with an Israeli conscientious objector

25 May 2018 Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson from Shoal Collective talk to Matan Helman, recently released from prison after refusing to serve in the Israeli armed forces.

On the road to the referendum

24 May 2018 Members of the feminist group Speaking of IMELDA have been travelling the country, speaking to people directly affected by Ireland's ban on abortions.

China vs the US: The new imperial scramble for Africa

23 May 2018 Lee Wengraf writes that the rush for profits, economic volatility and militarization across Africa promises only instability, rising exploitation and violence.

When does a woman stop being a person?

21 May 2018 Eleanor Penny writes that Ireland's 8th Amendment is a masterclass in how to strip pregnant people of rights over their own bodies.

Reordering The Anthropocene  

21 May 2018 We need a new politics of ecology, write Matt Hern and Am Johal - one which transforms our relationships to each other, to other species, to the land, and to the future.

There’s nothing ‘post-racial’ about the Royal Wedding

19 May 2018 Some may herald the Royal Wedding as a triumph for racial equality - but that depends on a total misunderstanding of how racism works. By Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Dr Laura Connelly.

Kensington and Chelsea is a microcosm of the evils of austerity

18 May 2018 We need a counter-ideology to reverse the destructive legacy of Conservative austerity, writes Emma Dent Coad



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