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



Mayday for Britain

The prime minister is digging in despite her inability to govern, writes Nick Dearden. Where next for the left?

The right’s looming challenge to democracy in Greece

By Dionysia Pitsili-Chatzi, Aris Spourdalakis, Jodi Dean Leo Panitch, and Hilary Wainwright,

Rout and rebellion

Until the bicentenary neared, generating a successful campaign for a memorial, Peterloo had little purchase on popular memory, writes Tom Hazeldine. Mike Leigh’s new film will help change that.


There is power in a union

A fast-growing grassroots union is shaking up the way trade unions organise among the lowest paid and most marginalised workers. Shiri Shalmy reports

The Red Pepper guide to Brexit

From trade to migration, from Labour's hopes to Theresa May's despair, we bring you the best coverage to cut through the chaos and confusion.

The rise of the student worker

The student population today is unrecognisable from that of a generation or more ago, writes Matt Myers. And it is central to any socialist project for the future.