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Gough Whitlam, the Australian Social Democratic Prime Minister deposed by Elizabeth II has died at 98.

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By Chris Bambery

Adam Frew surveys the new political landscape thrown up by the referendum result and argues for a new party of the radical left.

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By Adam Frew

Following Yes majorities in party heartlands and as the knives come out for Darling and Alexander after a disastrous campaign, Chris Bambery examines a Scottish Labour under threat of annihilation.

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By Chris Bambery

Chris Bambery argues that, despite the overall result, there are a number of positives that the radical left can take from the independence referendum while Labour and the Conservatives have fresh problems to ponder.

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By Chris Bambery

European Politics

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    German General Elections: More of the Same

    Jasmin Maerker looks at the outcome of this weekend's German general elections.

    By Jasmin Maerker
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    Mass Protests in Bulgaria, Despite Attempts at Media Blackout

    Yakob Yakov, an activist in Bulgaria, and Jasmin Maerker report on the recent events in Bulgaria, which have seen thousands take part in mass protests amid a media black-out alleged to have been orchestrated by the Bulgarian government.

    By Jasmin Maerker
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    First-hand account from Istanbul

    Kathreen O'Connor, an activist from Scotland, has been in Istanbul since the upsurge of riots and protests across the city and the rest of Turkey over the past few days. She reports from Taksim Square.

    By Kathreen O'Connor
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    European Unemployment Out of Control

    Chris Bambery examines the historic rates of youth unemployment and argues that the left must adapt itself to modern circumstances.

    By Chris Bambery
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    Italy: Out of the Frying Pan…

    Italy's new government comes together and Chris Bambery looks at the gathering storm clouds.

    By Chris Bambery

Scottish Politics

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    RIC in Easterhouse: Doorstep Politics

    David Jamieson reflects on the experience of talking to people about the referendum on their doorsteps.

    By David Jamieson
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    Independence: the English Right are Rattled

    Chris Bambery examines what some English right wing commentators have had to say about the course of the independence debate

    By Chris Bambery
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    Not Even the Tories Like Cameron

    What's the real reason Cameron won't debate Salmond on independence? Chris Bambery investigates.

    By Chris Bambery
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    The Class Referendum

    Ben Wray looks at the comments of the Ipsos-MORI Scotland Director who argued that class "is the most important factor" in influencing the decision of voters the independence referendum.

    By Ben Wray
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    A Response to the White Paper and Unionist Scaremongering

    Chris Bambery responds to the immediate reaction among the pro-union camp at this morning's release of the Scottish government's White Paper on independence.

    By Chris Bambery

British Politics

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    Passing of a political hero

    Tony Benn represented two generations failed by brutal Thatcherite economics and horrified by imperialist wars, writes Adam Frew.

    By Adam Frew
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    Crow’s Legacy is Political Trade Unionism

    Bob Crow's death is both a loss to the movement and a reminder of our responsibility to keep militant and political trade unionism alive in austerity Britain, writes Cat Boyd.

    By Cat Boyd
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    Principled and resolute in cynical times – in memory of Bob Crow

    A truly great, uncompromising trade union leader has been taken from us far too soon, writes Phil Neal. Struck down by a heart attack at only 52, Bob Crow fought to his last breath.

    By Phil Neal
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    Independence & rebooting republicanism

    Questioning the conciliatory approach of the SNP, Phil Neal argues that a revived republicanism has a crucial role to play in the referendum debate.

    By Phil Neal
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    Not Even the Tories Like Cameron

    What's the real reason Cameron won't debate Salmond on independence? Chris Bambery investigates.

    By Chris Bambery

Imperialism & The Middle East

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    David Cameron Loses It

    Cameron has lost the vote on war with Syria. David Jamieson looks at this historic moment.

    By David Jamieson
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    No Justice, No Peace; Keep Our Troops From the Middle East

    As the UK government verges ever closer to waging war on Syria, Brian Christopher reports on the emergency demonstration held at Downing Street yesterday, called by Stop the War coalition to protest further military 'intervention'.

    By Brian Christopher
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    No Prizes for Richard Dawkins

    Richard Dawkins' anti-Muslim tweet has caused controversy. David Jamieson looks at the history of the Nobel prize and argues it is not the gold standard many imagine.

    By David Jamieson
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    Mosques Burn in Racist Britain

    Sara Mohtaseb discusses the latest attack on Muslims in Britain in the aftermath of Woolwich.

    By Sara Mohtaseb
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    Woolwich: we can’t ignore the context

    Kezia Kinder argues that the murder in Woolwich yesterday must be understood against a backdrop of state-induced Islamophobia created to meet the agenda of western imperialism.

    By Kezia Kinder

Sexism & Feminism

The Economic Crisis

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    Principled and resolute in cynical times – in memory of Bob Crow

    A truly great, uncompromising trade union leader has been taken from us far too soon, writes Phil Neal. Struck down by a heart attack at only 52, Bob Crow fought to his last breath.

    By Phil Neal
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    Food Bank Britain

    Kezia Kinder addresses the scandal of everyday poverty that is typified by the increasing use of food banks.

    By Kezia Kinder
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    London: Capital of Poverty

    Chris Bambery examines a glut of new statistics that show the growing wealth gap in London

    By Chris Bambery
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    Investment Stalls and Wages Fall

    Chris Bambery continues his investigation of the fortunes of the U.K economic 'recovery' and shows how chronically low investment and falling living standards continue to distort the U.K economy.

    By Chris Bambery
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    “Boom Britain”? Far From It

    Chris Bambery looks at the prospects for the UK economy and argues that reports of its recovery ignore fundamental weaknesses in the structure of British capitalism.

    By Chris Bambery
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