Rosa Luxemburg in London

Dana Mills reflects on a Polish-German Marxist’s complicated relationship with revolutionaries in Britain from Lenin to Sylvia Pankhurst IN the spring of 1907, having just been released from a Berlin prison, Rosa Luxemburg arrived in London to attend a congress of the exiled Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party – and to debate revolutionary strategy with variousContinue reading “Rosa Luxemburg in London”

Learning from lockdown

By Bryn Glover The past year has witnessed a kind of global experiment in public health and social security. Most of the results have been depressing. In the United Kingdom, a corrupt and incompetent government has allowed over 125,000 of its citizens to die from the Sars-Cov-2 virus. Unemployment has soared to nearly two million.Continue reading “Learning from lockdown”

Back to school

By Celia Foote EVEN before the covid-19 pandemic there was a large gap in achievement between rich and poor school pupils. In Britain, for example, children from disadvantaged backgrounds were already twice as likely to leave school without basic qualifications in English and maths. After months of coronavirus-induced school closures, the ineqaulity gap has grownContinue reading “Back to school”

Letter from Italy

By Toby Abse Mario Draghi’s new Italian government of national unity, sworn in on 13th February, has sought to present itself as much more  ‘green’ than its immediate predecessor, Giuseppe Conte’s second government (September 2019 – January 2021). Most notably, Draghi has created a new Ministry of Ecological Transition, which has a slightly expanded remit byContinue reading “Letter from Italy”

Trump the Fascist

In the end, Donald Trump’s coup failed but it was squeaky-bum time for a week or so. ‘I won the election,’ he tweeted in the early hours of 16th November, almost a fortnight after he lost the election. A week later, even as he finally permitted the transition to Joe Biden’s presidency to begin, heContinue reading “Trump the Fascist”

Nenets nightmare

Ada Wordsworth looks at what the climate crisis means for Russia’s reindeer herders THE indigenous Nenets people are nomads living in the icy tundra of Russia’s far north. For a thousand years Nenets reindeer herders have migrated to summer pastures on the Yamal Peninsula above the Arctic Circle, returning south in winter. This 800-mile journeyContinue reading “Nenets nightmare”

The Socialist Suffragette

Rachel Holmes celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst IN 1896, when she was thirteen, Sylvia Pankhurst was taken by her father to the Mosley Hotel in her home town of Manchester to meet Eleanor Marx, the foremother of socialist-feminism and Karl’s youngest daughter, at an event held in honour of William Liebknecht, leader of theContinue reading “The Socialist Suffragette”

A new cold war in China

Hugh Barnes considers the plight of the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang THE rise of China as an economic, political and military superpower is a fact of history. Within the next five years, the Chinese economy will overtake its American counterpart to become the largest in the world. Until a few years ago its rapid growth andContinue reading “A new cold war in China”