21 August

'We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.' _ Boris Yeltsin

August 21, 2009 · 1 min read

Today in 1991, the communist coup that had briefly deposed Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev ended with the arrest of seven conspirators. By December the red hammer and sickle flag was replaced with the tricolour flag of Russia and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

‘If people don’t like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum.’

Mikhail Gorbachev


Bedding Down in the Shadows of Belfast’s Bonfires

The bonfires of Belfast have a raw relevance. Pádraig Ó Meiscill reflects on an annual controversy.

Woke Jokes

There’s nothing radical – or funny – about right-wing comedy, says Jake Laverde

Boris Johnson on Have I Got News for You (BBC via The Guardian)

How Corbyn Unmasked Comedy

Juliet Jacques argues that the way comedians treated Jeremy Corbyn demolished their anti-establishment credentials


starmer and corbyn

The Labour left and ‘the long march through the institutions’

Sabrina Huck kicks off the debate on Labour and the left with a re-reading of Dutschke, with an introduction by Hilary Wainwright

Refugee family reunification during a pandemic

Border closures and travel restrictions caused by the pandemic have made family reunification difficult for refugees. But, as Luke Butterly reports, these rights have been eroded over a number of years

On a rainy day and evening the CAA-NPR-NRC protesters are still in Shaheen Bagh . People have come to support from far and wide

Shaheen Bagh lives on

The women of a south Delhi neighbourhood have inspired a protest movement which will long outlive their temporary encampment, writes Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya