John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

National demonstration: No attack on Syria, Saturday 31 August

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Assemble Saturday 31 August, 12 noon, Temple Place, London (nearest tube Temple). March via Parliament, Downing Street. Rally at Trafalgar Square.

Stop the War writes: "David Cameron's plans for an immediate attack on Syria have been delayed. This is a significant set back for those who are pushing for war. The fact that Ed Miliband decided to argue to wait for the UN's report before attacking is no doubt a response to massive public opposition to any strike on Syria. That opposition is greater than when Tony Blair took us to war in 2003. Even government ministers are now referring to 'the legacy of Iraq'.


"Cameron plans to go for an attack next week after a second vote. This means we have a few days to create enough pressure to stop a catastrophic attack. With turmoil behind the scenes in Whitehall, and 78% of the population against the war we have a chance to block Cameron's plans.

"This Saturday's demonstration is the crucial rallying point. A large demonstration will send a warning to the government and in the circumstances gain vital media coverage. The demo is taking place in the very midst of the political debate about the war. We urge everyone to do their utmost to attend one of the most crucial marches in years."

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See more protests around Britain at Stop the War's website.