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Forced to fight their war

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By early 1916 a flagging British war machine had to resort to conscription to round up enough men for the trenches of Europe. Chris Fuller looks at the machinations of the politicians and the resistance they faced.

One hundred years ago the British ruling class took a desperate gamble by introducing military conscription. The move was accompanied by huge opposition from below and spurred resistance to the war.

How about a life in politics?

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Donny Gluckstein asks what the relationship is between “politics”, the state and radical social change, looking at reformist and revolutionary strategies as well as the rejection of it all in the form of anti-politics.

The foundations of mainstream politics are crumbling and the results are both exhilarating and troubling. Alongside the recent election victory of Syriza, and with Podemos topping Spanish polls, there is the frightening growth of the far-right in many European countries.

Victory for Israel boycott campaign in Edinburgh

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The biggest news story of the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe was the successful boycott of two state-funded Israeli productions.

All performances of The City, by Incubator Theatre of Jerusalem, and La Karina, by Pola Dance (the official dance company of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), were cancelled following a pro-boycott open letter and a protest outside the opening performance of Incubator’s show.

History and the Sons of Hull

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Many of us have always, quite rightly, been wary about who writes the history of black people in Britain. It is said that the victorious get to write the history, and most of the time that is true.

There is little doubt, for example, that next year's 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade on British territory will be a hotly contested arena.

The indications are not good. John Prescott is in charge of official proceedings. His contribution so far has been to highlight the "achievement" of William Wilberforce - who, like Prescott, represented Hull in parliament.

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