3 September

We request the republic's president Dzasokhov, the president of Ingushetia Ziazikov, the children's doctor Rashailo for negotiations. If anyone of us is killed, we'll shoot 50 people. If anyone of us is wounded, we'll kill 20 people. If five of us are killed, we'll blow up everything. If the light, communication are cut off for a minute, we'll shoot 10 people. _ Cited at the trial session January 19, 2006

September 3, 2009 · 1 min read

On this day in 2004, the Beslan school hostage crisis came to a bloody end when Russian troops stormed the school. The siege left 331 dead, including 186 children. More than 700 people were injured.

‘In no way can the killing and victimisation of innocent children be justified, especially not for political reasons’

Nelson Mandela


Am I a modern slave?

Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change

Political blackness and Palestinian solidarity

The question of Palestine has become a black political litmus test, argues Annie Olaloku-Teriba, defining the very nature of black identity and politics

After the virus: no return to the old economy

As the Covid recession hits, Adam Peggs lays out alternative economic proposals the Labour left should be demanding


In and against, and outside, the party

Following major defeats, the left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education, argues Joe Guinan

A tribute to Mike Cooley

Co-creator of the Lucas Plan, Mike showed how the immense talent of workers could be deployed for social use rather than private profit, writes Phil Asquith

Build small, think big

Phillip O’Sullivan looks at the role of community energy groups in disrupting the energy status quo

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