Cruel and ignorant

Eddie Ford examines the despicable role of the media and political right in the Charlie Gard case

We are all familiar with the sad story of Charlie Gard, who was born with a very rare genetic disorder that causes progressive brain damage and muscle failure - for which there is no known treatment and usually causes death in early infancy. In October 2016 he was put on a mechanical ventilator in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and was eventually transferred to a hospice on July 27 - where he died the next day when life support was withdrawn.

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Letters

Finchley furore; History man; Charade; Venezuela; Poland; Crumbling

Genuine, consistent solidarity

The clerical regime was reactionary from the start, writes Yassamine Mather - even though there were those who claimed it was ‘moving towards the socialist camp’

Rhetoric and political realities

A ‘rule of law’ which protects property rights above all else guarantees nothing but authoritarian demagogy, argues Mike Macnair

Heritability - biological and social

In the third article of a four-part series Mike Belbin discusses ‘inherent character’. Today this is no longer ascribed as racial, but is put down to a person’s genes

Record of resistance

Christina Black went to see: Soul of a nation - art in the age of black power Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1. Ends October 22

What Zionists want suppressed

Tony Greenstein reviews: Thomas Suarez, State of terror - how terrorism created modern Israel, Skyscraper Publications, 2016, pp418, £20

Witch-hunt continues

As the Ken Livingstone case demonstrates, the right’s call for ‘party unity’ should not be taken at face value, argues David Shearer of Labour Party Marxists

Getting to the truth

Communist University isn't for pushing a line, says Peter Manson, but do push some cash this way

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