Every few months individuals and small groups of Labour Party members on Twitter organise tweets accusing us of all sorts. Some of the social media agitation builds on a real historical incident, but one which was not in reality as described in that agitation. We responded and reflected on that incident in 2018. We are open to dialogue and discussion on any concerns about that. However much of the agitation is pure invention.
Susie Linfield, author of The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left, talked with Martin Thomas from Solidarity.
Many of the eight writers you analyse had their thinking on Israel shaped by Stalinism. But you don’t mention Stalinism.
That was most true of Maxime Rodinson. He was a Stalinist, and even after he left the Communist Party, he remained a Stalinist. Then in some ways he substituted what he called the Arab Revolution for the Soviet Union.
Conditions are bad for the Crimean Tatar community in Crimea, under Russian rule since Putin annexed Crimea in 2014.
No Crimean Tatar organisations are able to operate. The sixteen Crimean Tatar language schools have all been closed. The Crimean Tatar library has been shut down. The Crimean Tatar university (Tavriva) has had to move to Kiev.
The Crimean Tatar TV channel has been taken over by the Russian authorities. Of the three Crimean Tatar newspapers, two have been shut down, and one is now run by the Russian authorities.
Picture: Georges Marchais, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of France
On 15 January, 1981, the Morning Star, the daily paper of the Communist Party of Great Britain, once called the Daily Worker, had a fine front page article denouncing a proposed Tory anti-immigration law.
Straight to target: the “Nationality Bill”, it told its readers, is a racist Bill. That is why immigrant groups are vigorously opposing it, and why the broad labour movement must fight it too.
Joey Ayoub, a Lebanese writer and participant in the protests, talked on the phone with Daniel Randall from Solidarity. This is what he had to say.
The movement started on 17 October, hence it’s being called “The 17 October Revolution”.
That day was very much a straw that broke the camel’s back; the consequences of some natural disasters, such as wildfires on 14 October, had piled social misery on a number of disastrous policies, and led to a widespread revolt.
The analysis of hijab, Islamic religious clothing based on codes of female modesty, which David Pendletone asserts in his article in Solidarity 517 is commonplace amongst many Muslim-background feminists, amongst whom the issue of state bans is highly contested.
″The right has changed; it has embraced the ideas of its outliers″, argues Dave Renton at the start of The New Authoritarians, Convergence on the Right. By embracing the outliers, Renton says, Trump and others have ″radicalised″ their conservative message.
The working class is a global class. Refugees and migrant workers are our brothers and sisters, and we should unite with them against the bosses and plutocrats - who are also a global class, and even the most "British" of them hostile to us.
Openness to refugees and immigration has historically made countries richer both culturally and even economically.
Brexiter: "Migrants are a drain on UK resources, including benefits and NHS"