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Engels, Marx & the “Irish Question”

A lesser known aspect of Marx and Engels’ work is their attention to events and processes in Ireland. his is reflected in Marx’s Capital, where he references the shirt factories in Derry and the effect their development had on the broader local economy. However, it was primarily Engels who studied events in Ireland. This was in part through his relationship with Mary and Lizzie Burns, working-class sisters who were part of the 40,000-strong Irish community in Manchester. KEVIN HENRY looks at this aspect of their work.

New phase of Covid crisis: Reject false choice between ‘health’ and ‘wealth’

By Kevin Henry Today, Northern Ireland has entered a two-week period of tightened Covid regulations, with extended closure of hospitality, the closure of non-essential retail, leisure facilities and more. Over 950 people have now died from the virus here, with hospitals recording their highest number of Covid-related deaths in the […]

Engels @ 200: A revolutionary thinker for a world in turmoil

Friedrich Engels was born 200 years ago, yet as a thinker was profoundly radical and strikingly modern. While his lifelong collaboration with Karl Marx resulted in many co-authored works, as well as extensive correspondence between the two in which they developed their ideas jointly, Engels also wrote his own brilliant contributions to contemporary debates in the socialist and workers’ movement, and was a leading activist in the first and second international. 

Corbyn suspension: Time for a new left party to fight the Tories

Jeremy Corbyn is not anti-Semitic. He has a lifelong history of fighting racism in all its forms. It is a disgrace that he has been suspended for saying that the report into antisemitism inside the Labour Party by the Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘overstated’ the problem. In reality, this was a typically mild understatement from Corbyn!