Working class politics, the labour movement and protest – Unite’s Len McCluskey gave the annual Ralph Miliband lecture at the LSE last week. He frames working class politics within the notion that “all concepts of politics, of whatever kind, are about conflict──how to contain it, or abolish it.” He also reinforces Unite’s recent message of organisation beyond the workplace.
Hitchens, the “kitsch-left”, and the cult of the individual – Conrad Landin takes a look at the mythology around Christopher Hitchens, and wonders why left-wingers can’t get away from deifying such figures so soon after their deaths, or even in life. Written in November, and brought back to attention after a Twitter recommendation from the LRB’s Jenny Diski.
IN THE RADICAL PRESS / L’HUMANITE On July 31 1914 Jean Jaurès was assassinate and political movements of just about every colour are today seeking to appropriate his memory. 100 years on, Patrick le Hyaric, editor of the French newspaper l’Humanité that was founded by the historic socialist leader puts the record straight about Jaurès, and explains why … Con
The struggle against job cuts by Coca Cola shifts to Italy where workers were striking Thursday in protest at cost reduction plans by the American multinational. The eight hour stoppage is in response to the announcement earlier this month that the company, producer of one of the world’s most popular soft drinks, will make 249 redundancies across Italy, addi
By Domenico Moro This year marks the centenary of the First World War, which began with the signing of the declaration of war by the Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria on July 28, 1914. For the first time in history, and after a hundred years of relative peace, all major powers were involved in a … Continue reading →
A Portuguese oligarch has been arrested and his historic Espírito Santo business empire is falling apart. Can the fall out be ‘contained’? Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Salgado is known in Portugal as “Dono disto tudo,” or “Owner of everything.’ The oligarch’s family has been calling the shots in the country for over a century. It’s the largest shareholder o
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