Qui est Charlie?

Paul Demarty asks, who exactly is Charlie?

The last but one issue of Charlie Hebdo had a print run of 60,000. A satirical journal of niche interest within France and total obscurity without, however, has just published three million copies, in many languages, which is destined to sell out.

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Letters

Concrete; Premature; Backfire; Austerity; Illusion; Spell it out; Free movement; Too leftwing; Mind games

United front of the bourgeoisie

Government leaders who gathered in Paris to express ‘solidarity’ with Charlie Hebdo are no friends of free speech, says Eddie Ford

CIA roots of Islamist fundamentalism

Did outrage caused by the provocations of an irreverent magazine provoke the Paris attacks? Yassamine Mather looks beyond this simplistic myth

Confusion abounds

How has the left reacted to the Paris slaughter? Peter Manson has been taking a look

Not fit for purpose

Jack Conrad shows that the LU constitution internalises trade union defeats and contains self-defeating time bombs

A death in Wales

The miners needed to defend themselves. Mark Fischer discusses how difficult that was.

The artist must take sides

Exhibition: Conscience and conflict: British artists and the Spanish Civil War Pallant House Gallery, Chichester until February 15, 2015; then Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from March 7 to June 7

Building the union is no lottery

The leadership of the PCS have trivialised the struggle to save the union, reports Simon Wells

What we expect

Robbie Rix always appreciates compliments from the readers

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