Poland: “Expect a fightback”

Above: Ana Oppenheim with mural of Rosa Luxemburg . Andrzej Duda of the radical right Law and Justice party has been re-elected as Poland’s president, defeating the liberal conservative opposition’s candidate Rafał Trzaskowski 51%-49% in the second round. Ana Oppenheim spoke to Sacha Ismail about the election and struggles in Poland. Ana is a Polish-born … Continue reading Poland: “Expect a fightback”

Hong Kong under the gun

The slogans of the long-running democracy movement in Hong Kong (above) are now declared to be crimes punishable by ten years or more in jail By Chen Ying The Chinese National People’s Congress passed the Hong Kong National Security Act on 30 June. It was then gazetted and enacted as Annex 3 of the HKSAR … Continue reading Hong Kong under the gun

“White privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered or fought or worked hard”

My Facebook friend, the jazz trumpet player Jon-Erik Kellso, sent me this: In the simplest terms: 400 years ago white people brought black people over here, against their will, enslaved them, sold them, and treated them as less than human. So for 250 YEARS, ENSLAVED PEOPLE helped to build the country. White men created its … Continue reading “White privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered or fought or worked hard”

Mirza’s journey from the fake-left to Johnson’s racist right

Above: Mirza with her pal Johnson when he was Mayor of London [Getty Images]  Munira Mirza, appointed as leading figure in Johnson's hastily-announced commission on "racial inequalities" has a record of criticising past inquiries into racism and opposing the concept of institutional racism. She has argued that "it seems that a lot of people in … Continue reading Mirza’s journey from the fake-left to Johnson’s racist right

Heading for The Purge?

Guest post by Johnny Lewis For those who don’t know, The Purge is  a T.V. dystopian franchise about an annual national holiday - the Purge, in which all crimes, including murder, are legal for a 12-hour period and where the rich hunt down or buy the poor for their fun. What links this fantasy to … Continue reading Heading for The Purge?

Like it or not, Stalinism remains a live force in the UK labour movement

Above: Andrew Murray and his hero By Martin Thomas Stalinism is a live political current today, and a reactionary one. The central place in the Labour Leader’s Office of Stalinists such as Seamus Milne and (until he resigned this week) Andrew Murray, and the support for the Morning Star by a number of national trade … Continue reading Like it or not, Stalinism remains a live force in the UK labour movement

Putin, liberalism and the left

Socialists seek to go beyond liberalism, not regress from it By Colin Foster In September 1847, before they had even written the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels declared: “If a certain section of German socialists has continually blustered against the liberal bourgeoisie, and has done so, in a manner which has benefited nobody … Continue reading Putin, liberalism and the left

Antisemitic conspiracy theories, anti-capitalist slogans and Querfront tactics

By Sabrina Huck at LabourList The last week has been another painful one for Labour activists as once more a row over the party’s handling of antisemitism erupted. Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) panel initially decided against referring Chris Williamson’s case to the national constitutional committee (NCC) and instead lifted his suspension from the Labour … Continue reading Antisemitic conspiracy theories, anti-capitalist slogans and Querfront tactics