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Issue 18

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Vanessa Lopez

Eddie Lopez: A Socialist Life

Tribune remembers Eddie Lopez, a long-time Labour Party activist, socialist, and subscriber to this magazine, who passed away in February.

Cultural Change

This issue is Owen Hatherley’s last as Culture editor. We pay tribute to Owen’s four years of outstanding curatorship — and look forward to his new role as a Tribune columnist.

Forget the Business Section

Tribune is proud to announce our new industrial correspondent, Taj Ali, and a new section dedicated to labour issues in each print issue.


Taj Ali

The War on Posties

Royal Mail occupies a unique role in Britain’s national life. Its more than 115,000 posties are woven into the social fabric of every community they serve. But today these workers are engaged in a battle for their future — against an employer determined to transform the company into a zero-hour courier.

Karl Hansen

When Unions Killed the Bill

In 1971, the Tories introduced landmark anti-worker legislation — but trade unions refused to obey and ultimately forced the government to back down.

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an interview with Omar Barghouti

BDS or Bust

Tribune editor Ronan Burtenshaw sits down with Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, to discuss why justice for Palestinians means isolating Israel on the world stage.

Ben Jamal

The Nakba Never Ended

Israel’s relentless expansion of settlement and ethnic cleansing exposes the reality for Palestinians — the Nakba never really ended.

Owen Dowling

When Tribune Backed the Boycott

In 1959, the African National Congress called for a boycott of South African goods as part of an international effort to bring down the apartheid regime. Tribune was the first paper in Britain to back their call.

Em Hilton

Democracy for Some

Israel is in the midst of mass protests against its new government’s authoritarianism. But is democracy worth saving for Israelis when it is denied to Palestinians?

Hamza Ali Shah

The Anti-Boycott Bill

The government’s anti-boycott bill is an attack on our political freedoms — and while it currently targets solidarity with Palestine, its ramifications apply to every social justice campaign.

Perry Blankson

From Panthers to Palestine

In both Britain and the US, there is a storied history of black radical solidarity with Palestine.


an interview with kenan malik

Not So Black and White

Writer and broadcaster Kenan Malik discusses his latest book on race, identity politics, class struggle, and the value of the radical universalist tradition.

Eoghan Gilmartin

The Future Is Sumar

The Spanish left entered government as part of a coalition for the first time since the civil war in the 1930s — and is reaping the rewards of strengthening workers’ rights and rejecting neoliberalism.


an interview with sheila fitzpatrick

What Was the Soviet Union?

Owen Hatherly sits down with historian Sheila Fitzpatrick to discuss how her work challenged orthodox understandings of the USSR — how its dissolution shaped the politics of modern-day Russia and the former socialist republics.

michael braddick

Christopher Hill & The World Turned Upside Down

Fifty years ago, Christopher Hill published his most famous work, The World Turned Upside Down. The story behind it gives an insight into the circumstances that created one of England’s greatest Marxist historians.


Owen Hatherley

The Future of the Back Pages

The Tribune culture section may not always look like it, but it is part of the same project as the rest of the magazine — trying to provide historical grounding for a new left; but we need to look forward, too.

Rhian E. Jones

Krautrock, Eyeliner, and Feather Boas

People of a certain age argue constantly over the politics of Brit-pop and the wrong turnings of the nineties. But what if Britpop began as a feminist outsider scene driven by cheap housing and cross-class experimentation?

charlotte lydia riley

Shock and Awe

If you want to understand the baffling popularity of the Royal Family, one place to start is the multimedia imperial modernist spectacle of the 1953 coronation.

robert barry

Knees up Mao Zedong

In the 1970s, composer Cornelius Cardew went from avant-garde experiments to songs that aimed to speak directly to workers in struggle. He failed miserably then, but perhaps he’s worth listening to again?

hannah proctor

The Science of Social History

In a career lasting much of the twentieth century, the Soviet psychologist Alexander Luria tried to develop a ‘romantic science’ for the ‘new people’ emerging from revolutionary change.

johny pitts

Back to the Future

Birth of a New Day, 2814’s newly reissued vaporwave classic, takes place in a dreamed-up Japan where the bubble economy never burst and the good times never ended — it’s made by people who know full well they did.

Carl Neville

Judgement Day Revisited

Endlessly rebooted and pointlessly extended, the original Terminator film is a parable about radicalisation and commitment in the face of a terrifying — but mutable — future.

juliet jacques

A Freedom Only to Switch Channels

The rediscovery of the working-class experimental novelist Ann Quin has been long overdue. Her jagged writing on sexuality and consumerism comes out in a new edition of her last novel, Tripticks.

jonathan nunn

A Bullet Through the Allee Le Corbusier

A fascinating new guide to the Brutalist buildings of outer Paris can’t escape from the divide between architectural exploration and ordinary life.

an interview with ellie harrison


Lynsey Hanley talks to Ellie Harrison about her Bus Regulation: The Musical, a travelling spectacular on how integrated public transport was destroyed in Britain and how it can be rebuilt.

jonathan charley

A Letter from São Vicente

The attempted coup in Brazil that followed Lula’s victory was the culmination of the surreal world of Bolsonarismo, in which the country’s history was warped into unrecognisability.