The tragic, unnecessary death of Mercy Baguma

Mercy Baguma, an asylum seeker from Uganda, was found dead at her Govan flat on Saturday August 22. Beside her was her starving baby son, now in hospital. Mercy lost her job after her limited leave to remain expired, meaning she was no longer allowed to work. She and her son had been relying on … Continue reading The tragic, unnecessary death of Mercy Baguma

Ruth Cashman: ‘We need more class-struggle socialists’

Ruth Cashman, who is standing for election to the Momentum National Co-ordinating Group (London region), discusses the future of the left. Part three of three articles. Part one, 'How I Became a Socialist' + part two, 'The irreplaceable strategy of simply keeping going'. The depth of the recession facing us means that the Tories might either force through … Continue reading Ruth Cashman: ‘We need more class-struggle socialists’

Grenfell three years on: never forget, never forgive

Shiraz Socialist (the 'Old Place'), 15 June 2017: Grenfell Tower: ruling class criminal negligence “People were waving scarves, flashing phones, torches, flapping their windows back and forth, crying for help … At first people [on the ground below] were trying to help them, pushing at cordons. I could see the smoke billowing behind them and in some cases … Continue reading Grenfell three years on: never forget, never forgive

Graham Stevenson on migrants in the TGWU

All of us here at Shiraz have been shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Graham Stevenson (announced in today's Morning Star). Graham was a long-standing and tireless trade unionist and a leading member of the Communist Party of Britain. He took a keen interest in working class history and was convenor of … Continue reading Graham Stevenson on migrants in the TGWU

How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’

Book Review by Barry Finger: Michael R. Fischbach, The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left, Stanford, Stanford University Press 2020. It is the conceit of this volume that the history of the American New Left and its residual legacy can be fruitfully reexamined in terms of the divisions … Continue reading How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’

Grant Leave to Remain to all migrants !

This is an absolutely crucial appeal to the British and Irish governments enable access to  basic human needs for all asylum-seekers and migrants. All readers are urged to support: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of the UK and the Taoiseach of Ireland 3/28/2020  4 Comments 270320 Open Letter Download File Sign a petition … Continue reading Grant Leave to Remain to all migrants !

Syria and the crisis in Idlib

Nearly one million people have been displaced since December in Idlib as a result of the military campaign against the western countryside and the advancement of the Syrian regime. Anas Alkharboutli/dpa/picture alliance via Getty From Syria UK The Syrian war has lasted nine years, and can be hard for many to understand. We have written … Continue reading Syria and the crisis in Idlib

“No human is illegal” … but some are more “legal” than others according to the Morning Star

Above: Lambeth Unison members in support of migrant workers and refugees It is scarcely a secret that the biggest problem the Morning Star has with the Johnson government is that, on so many issues, they fundamentally agree. On Brexit (preferably “no deal”), nationalism, hostility to “liberalism”, “human rights” legislation, the “metropolitan elite” and “finance capital”, the Star (and its … Continue reading “No human is illegal” … but some are more “legal” than others according to the Morning Star

Hate goes mainstream – thanks to Brexit

Andrew Coates (at Tendance Coatsey) reports: “Brexit has both marginalised the far right but also contributed to the mainstreaming of some far-right notions around immigration and identity.” Brexit making far-right ideas mainstream, major report finds The Independent: ‘Cordon sanitaire’ keeping far-right discourse out of mainstream politics has collapsed, Hope Not Hate says Brexit is causing far-right views … Continue reading Hate goes mainstream – thanks to Brexit

Brexit day, the Labour Party and the Left

A personal view from Andrew Coates (first published at his blog, Tendance Coatesy): “Newly dominant reactionary forces call for the undermining trade pacts and presaging trade wars, denouncing supranational institutions and cosmopolitan elites, while stoking the flames of racism and violence against migrants. Even some on the left, some herald a renewed national sovereignty to … Continue reading Brexit day, the Labour Party and the Left