Solidarity

The Russian people are winning

To the surprise of Russia and everyone, the Ukraine war has taken a remarkable turn in the last few weeks. Initially, the Ukrainians did well by just surviving. Then, they began a slow, systematic counter-offensive…

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A spectre is haunting Europe

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of fascism.  We caught a glimpse of that spectre in Sweden last weekend and we are likely to see more of it next weekend in Italy. It…


The case for space

In the last few days, NASA has twice had to abort launches of the Artemis mission to the Moon.  By the time this article appears in print, there may be another attempt, a successful launch…


Haunted by Andrey Vyshinsky’s Ghost

Last week I sent out a message to tens of thousands of trade unionists alerting them to two bits of news.  The good news, I reported, was that some workers in Poland had won a…


Starmer, Biden and the picket line

The distinction often made by socialists between “liberal parties” and “labour parties” has been undermined somewhat by recent developments on both sides of the Atlantic. Here in the U.K., much has been of Labour leader…


The Totalitarians at Tolpuddle

This year I attended the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in Dorset for the very first time. It was on the bucket list for a Canadian friend and as I’d never been before, I thought – why…




Why banning RT is a bad idea

A few years ago, when I was working on the Bernie Sanders campaign, one of our volunteers came to me with an interesting proposal. It turned out that he worked in London for Russia Today…


DSA needs to learn the lessons of SDS

Sixty years ago, the United States was still in the grip of the McCarthy era. The Attorney General would regularly update his list of “subversive” organisations. Communists and other leftists were denied platforms in many…