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We would like to welcome students to our website,  particularly to those who have

just begun their time at university and may have come across the publication for the first time at Freshers’ Fayres up and down the country. We find ourselves at a time when – despite the obvious instability of the world, growing social inequality, almost permanent war ... read this post

Can commerce be ethical?

Ndongo Samba Sylla The fair trade scandal: marketing poverty to benefit the rich Pluto Press, pp208, £16

Fair Trade Con

There has been very little discussion around the inadequacies of so-called ‘fair trade’ (FT). As Marxists, we know, from a theoretical standpoint, that capitalistic commodity exchange can never be ‘fair’, but how many of us can provide concrete examples of ... read this post

Cameron: Boxed into a tight corner.

David Cameron’s incompetent campaign against Jean-Claude Juncker has exposed his lack of bargaining power within Europe, says Eddie Ford

David Cameron and his nemesis

Just as the Corn Laws haunted the Conservative Party throughout the 19th century, Europe acts as a running sore for the modern-day Tories. Desperate to steal the clothes of the UK Independence Party and appease the ... read this post

NUS: Left in the basement

Communist Students were stirring things up at this year’s conference of the National Union of Students

Bureaucrats still in charge

Members and supporters of Communist Students made a stand for principled Marxist politics at the 2014 conference of the National Union of Students, where CS member Robert Eagleton was standing for the ‘block of 15’ individually elected members of the ... read this post

Clara Zetkin: Preached principle, promoted unity

Marilyn J Boxer and John S Partington (eds) Clara Zetkin: national and international contexts Socialist History Society occasional publications, series No31, pp118, £7

Admired by contemporaries, ignored by subsequent history.

It would appear that in historical research we are beginning to witness something of a revival of interest in a figure who must surely count as one of the most ... read this post

Video: Robert Eagleton’s speech at NUS conference

Communist Students member Robert Eagleton is standing for the Block of 15 which forms part of the leadership of the National Union of Students. This was his speech to conference. Results will be announced on Monday, so check back here for updates.

Video streaming by Ustream... read this post

Fighting for Marxism

Communist Students member Robert Eagleton outlines the platform he is standing on for the National Union of Students ‘Block of 15’

For a militant, thinking student movement

From April 8 to 10 students from across Britain will gather in Liverpool for the annual conference of the National Union of Students. This year, comrades in Communist Students have decided to stand ... read this post

Tony Benn: The moderate extremist

Paul Demarty examines the legacy of a tireless champion of the Labour left

Tony Benn: From Centre to Left

Tony Benn: from centre to left

The death of Tony Benn, after a long illness, was announced on March 14, to cap off a cruel week for the British left: Bob Crow of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union had died ... read this post

An Intransigent Fighter

Bob Crow, June 13 1961 – March 11 2014

Bob Crow: a loss for the working class

Bob Crow: a loss for the working class

The death of Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and one of the most intransigent fighters for the rights of trade union members, represents a serious blow to the working ... read this post

Storms, floods and a deluge of crap

Natural flood management is part of the solution, not dredging. But if we seriously want to preserve and restore nature, argues Eddie Ford, then we need to

Winds, floods and the revenge of nature

challenge capitalism

Parts of southern and central England have experienced the wettest January since Met Office statistics began in 1910 and, according to the Radcliffe Meteorological ... read this post

Climate change: Overcoming the division

Robert Eagleton offers his comments on the floods that have hit south-west England

Apocalypse: English Style

Over the past few months floods have laid waste to parts of the south-west; the majority of the destruction has occurred in the counties of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, where thousands of hectares of land have been covered in water. Since December last year ... read this post

The forgotten ally and friend

Rease Higgs responds to the AWL’s defence of its behaviour over ‘comrade Alpha’

The Message Is Clear

Predictably, my article highlighting the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty’s opportunist and hypocritical behaviour in the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts last week,1 triggered an immediate response. Ed Maltby, an executive committee member, was told to talk privately to those who appeared ... read this post

Conference 2014: Fighting for Marxist Ideas

Communist Students held its annual conference at the University of Westminster at the weekend, with a focus on gathering and galvanising our forces for the year ahead.

Following a difficult couple of years for the organisation in the wake of an acrimonious yet largely apolitical split in the Summer of 2012, the organisation has been just about kept alive through ... read this post

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