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11 January 2017
Fiction review: A Very British Ending: Rarely does a political spy novel contain so much historical fact, written in such a gripping manner as Edward Wilson's 'A Very British Ending'.
19 December 2016
It's clear from the off that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a spin-off from the main saga, is a little bit different. The whole scenario is an allegory for American imperialism and intervention in the Middle East, and the insurgency it has created.
7 December 2016
Durham teaching assistants have won a significant battle in their campaign against pay cuts
16 November 2016
Film review: 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is the heart-warming story of a man trying to beat addiction and homelessness with the support of his pet cat.
18 October 2016
Deepwater Horizon is a disaster pic for real. The film dramatises the BP-leased oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing eleven crew members. Only by nationalising these corporate giants safe and sustainable energy be possible.
17 October 2016
BBC2's Poetry Night - a collection of poetry programmes - got off to an inauspicious start with eulogising over John Betjeman. The highlight, though, was the live performance of Kate Tempest's new work 'Let Them Eat Chaos'. It truly is an amazing work.
5 October 2016
Music - Radio International (Kefaya): They say that you can tell a lot about a band by its name. Kefaya is an Arabic word meaning 'enough'. It was the cry of the grassroots revolutionary movement in Egypt, a powerful symbol of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.
5 October 2016
Non-fiction - Health Divides: Clare Bambra provides a good, easy-to-understand introduction to the major causes of health inequality in rich countries. One shocking example is Stockton-on-Tees, where life expectancy varies by 17 years between rich and poor parts of the town.
21 September 2016
"No justice! No Peace!" rings out from a megaphone. New documentary 'Blacklisted' is a film about power, the organisations that wield it and the people who fought back.
21 September 2016
Non-fiction - 'Petticoat Heroes': This is not only a modern, class analysis of the 19th century 'Rebecca riots' - but also looks at the subjects of gender and culture in relation to the riots for the first time, providing fascinating interpretations alongside meticulous research.
7 September 2016
Film review - Every Cook Can Govern: This new documentary takes us on the journey of a fighter who became a black liberation icon. But ultimately it is an incomplete look at the life and impact of socialist revolutionary CLR James.
17 August 2016
Michael Crick's book 'Militant' was first published in 1984. Why has it now been re-issued 32 years later? For the very same reason that it was published in the first place: to provide ammunition for attacking the emerging left, writes Peter Taaffe.
27 July 2016
The campaign to save Pent Valley School in Kent has had its application for a Judicial Review refused.
29 June 2016
Heavyweight commentary plus satire: If you're looking for a comedy that's whimsical and light-hearted, then maybe going to see the Nottingham-based 'Bread & Roses' theatre collective isn't for you.
22 June 2016
Music review: Stay Voiceless: 'Those kids have no idea whatsoever of what went on at Stalingrad' is a song title that leaves you as curious as the name is long. You certainly take away more from it than the three minutes 32 seconds dose of punk rock you get.
15 June 2016
Theatre review - The Government Inspector: A fantastic achievement - fast paced, very funny, innovative and inclusive. The closest description might be a lost episode of Fawlty Towers - from 1836.
8 June 2016
Left-wing Brexit campaign Trade Unionists Against the EU has released a 12-song compilation album, 'No to TTIP'
1 June 2016
Kelly Griffiths, parent of a year 10 student at Pent Valley, is taking legal action against Kent County Council
18 May 2016
'Occupied' is a ten-part Norwegian TV political thriller. A Green government suspends extraction of fossil fuels, prompting a Russian invasion of Norway, writes Clive Walder.
11 May 2016
Tribute to working class Olympic spirit: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part... the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle."
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