Josephine Baker: singer, dancer, anti-Nazi spy and civil rights campaigner

The two souls of France were on display yesterday. The racist Eric Zemmour announced his presidential candidacy with a dark Trumpian video ... but then came a magnificent national tribute with France at its best, as Josephine Baker was inducted into the Panthéon of heroes: Chauncey K. Robinson tells the extraordinary story of Josephine Baker: … Continue reading Josephine Baker: singer, dancer, anti-Nazi spy and civil rights campaigner

Joe Colombo and the CCP’s “anti-racism” campaign

Joe Colombo, flanked by his sons, Anthony, left, and Joseph Jr., pickets FBI headquarters in New York as part of an Italian-American Civil Rights League demonstration in 1971. Courtesy of John Binder Collection. Last Saturday there was a rally in London's Chinatown supposedly against anti-Chinese racism. There is, indeed, strong evidence of an increase in … Continue reading Joe Colombo and the CCP’s “anti-racism” campaign

Afghanistan and its challenges to feminism

By Frieda Afary at her blog Iranian Progressives in Translation In this article I take up the ways in which feminists of various political orientations have responded to the plight of women in Afghanistan.   I argue that it  is critically important not to separate opposition to U.S. imperialism from opposition to the Taliban and solidarity … Continue reading Afghanistan and its challenges to feminism

Peng Shuai, China and the craven IOC

A photo of Winnie the Pooh in the background of an image of Peng Shuai may or may not be a gesture of defiance: Pooh is heavily censored in China, having been used to mock President Xi Jinpeng The International Olympic Committe has held a video call with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and declared … Continue reading Peng Shuai, China and the craven IOC

China 1949: revolution without the working class

Chiang Kai-Shek (left) and Mao on the cover Paul Hampton reviews China 1949: Year of Revolution by Graham Hutchings The year 1949 is pivotal in modern Chinese history. The military victories of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP, who for brevity I will describe as the “Communists”, although in my view they were not communists in … Continue reading China 1949: revolution without the working class

Morning Star’s Nick Wright praises red-brown Wagenknecht

AfD deputy Daniel Roi posted this picture of Wagenknecht with quotes from her book, on his Facebook page: he clearly approved In today’s Morning Star (Nov 18), former Straight Left ultra-Stalinist, Nick Wright, now rehabilitated into the CPB and a regular contributor to the paper, has a lengthy article headed “The Truth about immigration waits … Continue reading Morning Star’s Nick Wright praises red-brown Wagenknecht

‘Paris Police 1900’, Dreyfus and French antisemitism, then and now

By Barrie Hardy The Dreyfus Affair, which began in 1894, is a cause célèbre that refuses to go away. The framing of Captain Alfred Dreyfus on espionage charges split public opinion in France into pro and anti Dreyfusard camps. What gave the case added resonance and placed it high on the list of historic miscarriages … Continue reading ‘Paris Police 1900’, Dreyfus and French antisemitism, then and now

Cricket’s racism scandal: many traditions indicted

Above: Village cricket match print "Sunday Cricket" by Terry Harrison  By Robin Carmody Football racism, though widespread and a terrible stain on the game, does at least have very little meaningfully to do with the "unchanging countryside" myth, which itself (as all thinking leftists living outside big cities know) is a Tory front to avoid … Continue reading Cricket’s racism scandal: many traditions indicted

Why you should never have Tony Greenstein as your union rep

Above: Tony Greenstein in action By Dale Street See Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision in London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham v Stan Keable (he of the Weekly Worker): https://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKEAT/2021/2019-000733.html Keable had been sacked for allegedly bringing the Council, his employer, into disrepute. He had been filmed arguing about Zionists and the Nazis at a … Continue reading Why you should never have Tony Greenstein as your union rep

Does this book change everything for Marxists?

Clive Bradley reviews The Dawn of Everything: a new history of humanity, by David Graeber and David Wengrow (Allen and Lane). Potentially, this book changes everything. It is certainly what the authors intend. For Marxists, it poses some profound challenges. Broadly speaking, Marxists have accepted what these authors call the ‘evolutionary’ perspective on human history, namely … Continue reading Does this book change everything for Marxists?