Developed for the trenches of World War I, tear gas is being deployed indiscriminately against protesters across the United States today. It’s an unconscionable use of force that violates international regulations — and it shows police officers are operating with complete impunity.
Arvind Dilawar is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Newsweek, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, and elsewhere.
In the Jim Crow South, the Alabama Communist Party distinguished itself as a champion of racial and economic justice — fighting for the rights of black defendants, helping organize hyper-exploited sharecroppers, and welcoming black workers into its ranks on completely equal terms.
Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan was just released from prison after spending three years incarcerated on trumped-up charges. In an interview with Jacobin, Altan discusses his new memoir, his arrest, and the Erdoğan government’s war on dissent.
A new collection of photography captures the Kurdish struggle against ISIS — and their efforts to build a radically egalitarian society based on principles of peace and democracy.
Allen Ginsberg died on this day in 1997. While known for his Beat poetry, he was also indelibly shaped by leftist politics.
Hunter S. Thompson was born this day in 1937. While often claimed by the libertarian right, his politics had more in common with the radical left.
A new book of photography captures the many faces of undocumented immigration.
Lucy Parsons’s life was rife with contradictions. But her commitment to workers’ emancipation was never in doubt.
Leon Trotsky’s brief 1917 stay in New York City left a mark on the American socialist movement.