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

Edward Snowden and the strange bedfellows

"Glenn Beck, Michael Moore call Snowden a hero." Say what? It's hard to think of two more polarizing personalities in US media and politics than Beck and Moore; hearing that these two diametrically opposed figures agree on anything is, to put it mildly, disorienting. Yet that's a genuine politico.com headline from last week. While talk in much of the British left is currently of realignment and initiatives like Left Unity and the People's Assembly, across the Atlantic, the actions of Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old Booz Allen Hamilton employee who blew the whistle on the NSA PRISM program and more, could usher in a (one-issue) red-blue consensus of a sort unthinkable in recent years. It also hints at the possibility of popular support for the whistleblower, whose role makes him one of the more significant figures in recent US history.

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