Reviews

How Black Lives Matter shattered illusions in Obama’s ‘post-racial’ presidency

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a leading member of the International Socialist Organisation until its dissolution earlier this year, has provided a useful analysis of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement that erupted across the US in the aftermath of the police killing of Mike Jones in Ferguson, Missouri in 2016

Jeremy Dewar  ·  19 November 2019

Review: Superior The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini

Angela Saini’s third book, Superior, is a logical follow-on from her second, Inferior, on the failure of science in relation to women. She is a science journalist and BBC scientific presenter. The book’s thesis is that rather than being new, the use of scientific language for racist ends is almost as old as the concept of […]

Tom Sherwood  ·  07 October 2019

Review: The Left Case Against The EU

ANDY YORKE critiques Costas Lapavitsas’ recent book making the case for Lexit

Red Flag  ·  29 January 2019

Paul Mason: Fully Automated Reformism

By Andy Yorke PAUL MASON left Channel Four to become an independent left commentator back in early 2016, citing his desire for political freedom, to back Corbyn’s Labour Party, and to argue for the ideas he had developed in his 2015 book, PostCapitalism.1 With a background in IT and the far left, Mason was one […]

Red Flag  ·  07 June 2018

Review of “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”

The images of the Black Panthers – black berets and leather jackets, afros, guns, the pouncing panther – and their enduring inspiration are so great that it’s hard to believe that this is only the second full length film documenting their rise and fall. However, it is well worth the wait. The footage and interviews […]

Jeremy Dewar  ·  08 November 2015

We need to talk about abortion differently

Joy Macready reviews Katha Pollitt, ‘Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights’, Picador, 2014, pp258, $25 “We need to talk about ending a pregnancy as a common, even normal, event in the reproductive lives of women…We need to see abortion as an urgent practical decision that is just as moral as the decision to have another child – indeed […]

Red Flag  ·  04 March 2015

FBI's Most Wanted: Review – Assata An Autobiography

By Joy Macready “He looks just like what he is: a racist dog craka… I want to scream, ‘Dirty dog, slimy pig, you’re not a judge. You’re just another prosecutor.” These are the words that Assata Shakur, a founding member of the Black Liberation Army and the first woman ever to make the FBI’s Most Wanted […]

Red Flag  ·  04 October 2014

Beyond the Fragments?

Review: by Joy Macready 2013 edition Authors: Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal, Hilary Wainwright Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism was a seminal book in the 1980s. It has been reissued with new essays by the original authors. Joy Macready looks at whether it holds answers for going beyond today’s fragments   On […]

Red Flag  ·  09 October 2013

Review: Why it's Kicking Off everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

Chris Clough reviews Paul Mason’s latest book Paul Mason’s new book Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere is a thought-provoking look at the wave of struggle that is currently sweeping the globe. It’s an engaging narrative that effortlessly leaps between eye-opening facts and hair-rising on-the-ground accounts of working people resisting austerity and dictatorship. Mason traces the […]

Red Flag  ·  12 June 2012

Reliving a crucial battle of the working class

Joy Macready reviews The Battle of Orgreave (2002)

Red Flag  ·  16 March 2012

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