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Was Corbyn’s Labour defeated by its own incompetence?

Now that the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn era is history, in the sense of being in the past, it can now begin its journey into History, in the sense of being something to be studied, analysed and made sense of. When future historians come to understand this tumultuous period in the party’s history, they will […]

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OTD: The Stonewall Riots Bring a Sea Change in LGBT Activism

Content warning: Homophobia. Today, despite the battle for LGBT rights and liberation being far from won, its cause seems more mainstream than it has ever been. At Pride celebrations in many countries, corporations and politicians join the marchers, keen to show themselves as allies of the movement. Given that, it is remarkable to think just […]

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OTD: Los Angeles riots erupt in the face of injustice

On April 29 1992, African-American communities were shocked by the acquittal of four white police officers for assault and extreme use of force against Rodney King. Following this, Los Angeles erupted into rioting on a scale not seen since. For five days, the city was subject to unprecedented levels of assault, looting and arson, resulting […]

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OTD: Muhammad Ali takes up the fight against the Vietnam War.

Today, Muhammad Ali in the popular imagination is a universally beloved figure. In the outpouring of grief following his death in 2016, the former heavyweight champion was mourned across the world, with over one billion tuning in to his memorial service. Ali’s charisma and campaigning for suffers of Parkinson’s disease particularly endeared him to the […]

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Revolução dos Cravos: Carnation Day in Portugal

Portugal is a beautiful country. Many tourists are discovering this fact, with the stunning and historical capital of Lisbon experiencing an increase in visitors over the last five years. In the standard discourse, not much is known about this culturally rich nation. I have personally never experienced hospitality like that I have received in Portugal. […]

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OTD: The Easter Rising. British Oppression and Irish Freedom.

As down the glen one Easter mornTo a city fair rode IThere armed lines of marching menIn squadrons passed me byNo fife did hum, no battle drumDid sound its dred tattooBut the Angelus bells o’er the Liffey’s swellRang out through the foggy dew On Easter Monday, 1916 members of the Irish Republican Army, commanded by […]

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A Praxis Parable: Organised Labour and the Ludlow Massacre

Content Warning: Graphic descriptions of violence A bullet whistles by your ear. You look around to see scores of your fellow coal miners, with their wives and children in tow, sprinting for cover. You start to run, and just a few strides in front of you see a young boy, no older than 11. He […]