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11 July 2014

Issac Babel: 120th anniversary

13th July 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Soviet Russian writer Isaac Babel

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11 July 2014

Isaac Babel - Soviet writer, victim of Stalinism

13th July 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Soviet Russian writer Isaac Babel, writes Andy Ford, Manchester Socialist Party.

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Half-million strong TUC demo, central London, 26 March 2011, against the government's cuts, photo Senan

25 June 2014

Thomas Piketty: The new Marx?

Review: 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' The poorest fifth of Britain's households are among the most economically deprived in Western Europe with living standards on a par with Slovenia and the Czech Republic

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11 June 2014

Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall

Film review: Dramatic, inspiring and full of life, 'Jimmy's Hall', based on the true story of left-wing worker-activist Jimmy Gralton, is in many ways director Ken Loach's sequel to his outstanding 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley', writes Niall Mulholland.

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2 April 2014

TUSC: No-cuts election challenge grows

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national steering committee is about to approve the 440th candidate for the challenge in May's local elections. Of 160 councils with elections in May, TUSC already has candidates in place in 76. In 12 councils TUSC will be standing in at least ten seats.

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30 January 2014

Kshama Sawant's response to Obama speech

Watch this video by Socialist Alternative Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant, a real fighter for the 99%, responding to Obama's state of the union speech

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19 December 2013

Modern-day Scrooges in a Tory council

It seems that Charles Dickens' fictional heartless boss, Ebenezer Scrooge, has been surpassed by the ruling Tory group on Hammersmith and Fulham council

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13 November 2013

Russell Brand - reasons to be cheerful

Sometimes celebrities and popular figures reflect a mood in society at a particular moment without being fully conscious themselves of what they are expressing, writes Nancy Taaffe, Prospective TUSC candidate for 2014 council elections.

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20 March 2013

Books that inspired me

In the first of an occasional series on books that inspired socialists, Tracy Edwards looks at Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

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14 January 2013

Attitude to the Labour Party and the Left

To many who experienced the past sectarian behaviour of the SWP combined with abstract propaganda - 'One solution, revolution!' - the seeming metamorphosis to a 'broad' approach in this decade was a revelation...

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14 January 2013

Collapse of Stalinism and the 1990s

If they were to answer that North Vietnam was more 'progressive', then how to explain their position at the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, when the liquidation of the planned economy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union was, for them, not a great negative historical turning point...

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11 January 2012

Raffle - Ken Loach at the BBC

Win the Ken Loach at the BBC DVD box set (RRP 51.05), reviewed in the Socialist issue 699, by entering the Socialist Party raffle - 1 a ticket...

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7 September 2011

Bristol marches against home care sell-off

'Main political cliques all support privatisation': "Thank you, you are bloody marvellous," ended Bob Taylor's emotional speech at a Bristol rally on Saturday 3 September against the selling off of home care in the city

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3 August 2011

Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

The south east region of the TUC and transport union RMT recently hosted a new interpretation of the famous play by Robert Tressell, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, writes Bill Mullins.

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Robert Tressell Banner, made for the Robert Tressell Society in Hastings, showing The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

Robert Tressell Banner, made for the Robert Tressell Society in Hastings, showing The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

11 May 2011

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Book review and anniversary: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell is a classic book, which every socialist should read...

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16 February 2011

Workplace news in brief

Tata steelworks cleaners' strike: Around 70 contract cleaners, working for OCS at the Tata Steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales are taking part in two days of strike action in a dispute over pay...

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Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

9 February 2011

Woody Sez

Review: Devised/directed by David M Lutken and Nick Corley, writes Reviewed by Manny Thain.

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11 November 2010

Review: Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with Songs

KATE JONES reviews Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with Songs, a one-man show currently on tour. It is coming to Coventry (Belgrade Theatre) on 27 November and Lincoln (University) on 11 December. For further...

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3 November 2010

India - no voice for Kashmiri struggle

BOOKER PRIZE winner and campaigner Arundhati Roy has been threatened with a charge of sedition by the Indian government and with physical threats by Indian nationalist groups, writes Emma Smith.

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