The origins, politics and economics of the Islamic State

As imperialism once again changes its allies, the left needs to stick to its principles, says Yassamine Mather

Every day news of new atrocities by the Islamic State is making headlines. From the beheading of young journalists to the mass extermination of religious and national minorities in Iraq and Syria, there seems to be no end to the barbarism and brutality of this latest brand of Islamist jihadism. US air strikes might have slowed down the IS’s military progress - earlier this week the two Shia cities of Amerli and Suleiman Beik were recaptured, the latter with the direct intervention of Iranian Revolutionary Guards. However, it is clear that the IS is far from defeated.

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Letters

Bourgeois cops; Ticked off; Anti-Semitism; Ignorant at best; Gazan prison; Strike a blow; Attachment; More profits; Food for thought

Tories on the back foot

Daniel Harvey looks at the fallout from Douglas Carswell’s defection

The price of nationalism

Mike Macnair reviews the cynical geopolitical manoeuvres of the rival power blocs

Determination of revolution

Jack Conrad contrasts the Scottish left-nationalist demand for separation with the communist demand for self-determination

Gove, but not forgotten

Though demoted within the cabinet, Michael Gove’s programme for education continues. Mike Copestake assesses the ‘revolution’ in education

Debating out differences

Danny Hammill overviews the CPGB’s summer school

Rotherham: A systemic failure

The Rotherham sexual abuse scandal reveals profound weaknesses in bourgeois society’s treatment of vulnerable people, writes Paul Demarty

Summer Offensive: Proud

This year's fundraising drive came exceedingly close to reaching the collective target, reports Mark Fischer

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