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



Lowkey: Soundtrack to the struggle

Ashish Ghadiali interviews British-Iraqi rapper Kareem Dennis, aka Lowkey, about viral videos, power in the community, the Grenfell fire and writing lyrics at the cutting edge of political debate

Out of the gloom

By Hilary Wainwright

Hungary: Europe’s creeping fascism

Luke Cooper reports on his recent visit to Hungary, an EU member state where democratic freedoms are no longer taken for granted


The reactionary rebellion

Neo-fascism is on the rise across Europe. It may have taken on a different form but its essence is the same, writes Walter Baier

They shall not pass: feminists on the front line

Across the world, feminists are fighting the far right and fascism. We hear from activists in seven countries.

Foul play in Qatar

Marzena Zukowska reviews a documentary film that examines the labour behind the 2022 World Cup