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The Socialist Olympics of 1936

Promotional image for the 1936 People’s Olympiad Hitler’s 1936 Olympics were, in many ways, the first truly modern Games and set the tone for subsequent iterations: ...

Review – You’re History: The Twelve Strangest Women in Music

Can ridiculous music be sublime? As music and film critic Lesley Chow argues here, traditional music criticism tends to be taxonomic, ‘placing and summarising work rather ...

Power on the picket line: remembering the Burnsall Strike

Surinder Bassi and other strikers on a march through Smethwick, 1992. Photo: Inqilab magazine The workers involved in the 1992-3 Burnsall strike, which took place at ...

Review – The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain

A parade at the 2019 Durham Miners Gala, held annually on the second Saturday of July Imagine the mixture of pride and elation at getting a ...

What’s at stake for the left in Unite’s General Secretary election? An interview with Steve Turner and Sharon Graham

What motivates you to run for Unite GS and what distinguishes your bid from the other candidates? Sharon Graham: I led my first walk-out at 17 ...

Prevent strategy funding Birmingham theatre

The Birmingham Rep theatre is located in Centenary Square, Birmingham. Photo: Ell Brown (Creative Commons) There has been a fine history of theatre challenging prejudice but ...

The working-class voices publishing against the grain

Picton Library, Liverpool (Image: Terry Kearney) In her book Steal as Much as You Can (Repeater, 2019), Nathalie Olah observes the disparity between the reality of ...

A decade of student dissent

One of the first of the 2010-11 UK student protests in London, 10 November 2010. Photo: lewishamdreamer (Creative Commons) The student protests of 2010-11 in the ...

Anti-racism under attack

Placard held at a Black Lives Matter protest in Surrey. Photo by Martin Pettitt Critical race theory (CRT) is under attack. From the Republican Party and ...

Review – Paint Your Town Red: How Preston Took Back Control and Your Town Can Too

This is an excellent book to read alongside The Shadow of the Mine* in the fallout from this year’s nationwide elections. While the latter’s historical view ...

Covid and the household ecomony crisis

Life under the pandemic reminds us of many things, but perhaps none more sharply than the importance of what goes on in our homes – not ...

Bringing it all back home

An advertisement for a vacuum cleaner published in Reader’s Digest, 1956. Photo: SenseiAlan (Creative Commons) Life under the pandemic reminds us of many things, but perhaps ...

Direct action and the decrepit British establishment

A member of Glasgow’s No Evictions Network at the Kenmure Street action. Photo: Dale Harvey On the morning of 13 May 2021, an Immigration Compliance and ...

The Firm and its Long-Lasting Grip

Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference at Windsor Castle, 1960 We are usually presented with a set of typical images of the British royal family: the queen as ...

When truth is not enough

A 2008 graphic depicting trends in global climate change, as shown at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco. Photo: Ian Kennedy (Creative Commons) Power can ...

Sporting politics

Richard Bell and Emory Douglas mural in Brisbane, Australia (CC 3.0) Another summer of sport is upon us. Well, maybe. We know better by now than ...

Not ready for take-off

Pilots have experienced unprecedented upheaval as a result of the pandemic. Credit: BALPA Imagine you’ve had your heart set on a particular career since you were ...

Not ready for take-off

Pilots have experienced unprecedented upheaval as a result of the pandemic. Credit: BALPA Imagine you’ve had your heart set on a particular career since you were ...

Can’t pay, won’t pay

A student bedroom in Hampden Hall, Nottingham Trent University. Photo: Creative Commons In September, hundreds of thousands of students packed up their things and moved away ...

An ownership model to protect independent media

Recent New Internationalist magazine covers There was a point last year where it seemed like every day I would read that another media organization was laying ...

The strike won’t stop

Police line the streets of Bogotá. Credit: Maria Acuña By day in Siloe, a barrio in the south of Cali, the sirens are constant. By night, ...

The Future Generations Act: Lessons From Wales

Porthcawl, Wales (credit: Jeremy Segrott) Municipalism should give ordinary people the means to overcome the extraordinary challenges of the present moment: the climate crisis, the decline ...

Lebanon’s October Revolution

Protesters block access to the Ring Bridge in Beirut, October 26, 2019. Photo: Nadim Kobeissi (Creative Commons) On 17 October 2019, the Lebanese cabinet met amid ...

Review – Work: a history of how we spend our time

It’s hard to kill a myth. The dream of the Golden Age – Cockaigne, Eden, Atlantis – a land where work is rare and abundance the ...

Video games and anti-capitalist aesthetics

Screenshot from Cyberpunk 2077 Video games as cultural objects are increasingly experimenting with problems inherent to the ideological structures of capitalism. Notably, the recent CD Projekt ...

Review – Where grieving begins

Rev. Lesley Carroll, Patrick Magee and and Jo Berry whose father was killed in the Brighton bomb. Credit: Brian O’Neill Attempts by Irish republicans to materially ...

India’s crisis is our crisis

Covid-19 testing centre in Warora, Maharashtra. Photo: Ganesh Dhamodkar/Wikimedia Commons India has been added to the UK ‘red list’. With the country setting a global record ...

Review – The Care Manifesto, The Care Crisis

In March 2020, Annemarie Plas learned that her native Netherlanders were publicly applauding carers for their dedication in the fight against Covid-19. She posted about it ...