If students pass through an American history course believing Woodrow Wilson was a saint, or a British history course believing the same of Winston Churchill, education has become indoctrination.
“A more honest and complete appraisal of Francoism might have to confront the fact that its legacy endures in more forms than street names and antiquated legislation.”
Sean Bell: Spain’s battle to remember shows us history must be fought for
“The saddest thing about attempts to batter Northern Ireland’s distinctive and prolonged traumas into a Brexit-shaped argument groove, is the implication that things would be grand if only the boat hadn’t been rocked: we should seek to maintain the present ludicrous settlement, which has seen poverty and alienation flourish.”
David Jamieson: Northern Ireland isn’t a character in your Brexit drama
“There’s no evidence so far that the contradiction between the need to win back dozens of Scottish seats and the hope that a Union Jack will somehow reconstruct the torched bridges to former Labour strongholds is causing any friction in the minds of Starmer or his immediate circle.”
David Jamieson: Starmer’s ‘national’ turn makes little sense in a fractured Union
“News addicts, activists and idealists tend to be confounded by the apparently slow recognition of a major social and economic crises in the wider public. But taking a step back from the frenetic cycle of events makes perfect sense of the phenomenon.”
Analysis: It’s too early to know the meaning of 2020
With mounting evidence that ‘lone wolf’ attacks are actually manifestations of organised far-right politics, is it time to refocus on fascism itself?
Analysis: Time to ditch the ‘lone wolf’ label – we are facing organised fascist violence
Tomorrow, it will be exactly 67 years since the coup in Iran which overthrew Iranian prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh. It has long been known that the UK’s MI6 and the US’ CIA orchestrated the coup, but for the first time a first-hand account has come to light, one which shines a spotlight on the key […]
Why the UK’s history of coup-making still matters
“The appearance of federal snatch-squads and anonymous armed groups in Oregon’s largest city since early July represents a new desperation on behalf of the state to repress a movement which has displayed remarkable staying power.”
Analysis: Portland is a stark warning in an era of escalating popular movements
Never say protest doesn’t work. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to cut the Police Department and increase spending on social services in response to protester demands to do exactly that. ‘De-fund the police – fund the community’ has been a central demand of the US protests, and it has paid off. In […]
Confronting British ‘historical amnesia’ is not only about the past
Earlier this month Scotland lost one of its most important contemporary intellectuals, Neil Davidson.