Karl Marx

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Cork Rebels for Peace Rally outside Cork City Hall.  Photograph: Barry Roche

Cork is an open, welcoming city that rejects the politics of hate fomented by far right groups under the guise of seeking to protect freedom of speech(...)

Apple’s first iPhone at the launch in 2007: “Sixteen years ago, this would have been difficult to imagine, given that China was much poorer and the iPhone and phone apps had not been invented”

One Financial Times article that caught my eye this week concerned the success of Meituan Dianping, whose “Everything app” enables Chinese consumers t(...)

Clash singer Joe Strummer performing in New Ypork in September 1979. Photograph:  Michael Putland/Getty Images

The Clash’s London Calling filleted rock, politics and history with anti-establishment swagger and biting social commentary. 40 years on, its geniu(...)

Mark Cagney: Having exited his longtime role as host of Virgin Media’s television show Ireland AM, he has recently been popping up on Newstalk, in this instance as a stand-in for Ivan Yates. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

With much of last week spent in expectation of the coming storm, intense speculation about its impact dominates conversation on the airwaves. There ar(...)

Paul Murphy TD at the unveiling of the new political grouping Rise – Radical Internationalist Socialist Environmentalist – in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

To paraphrase Karl Marx, “the history of all hitherto existing socialist movements is the history of internecine warfare”. The first item on the agend(...)

George Orwell: ‘Marx discovered to be very lousy, ears full of nits, no doubt owing to the hot weather.’ Photograph: Photo 12/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Dipping into George Orwell’s Diaries for August 1939 this week, I was briefly confused by his apparent references to Karl Marx.   It wouldn’t be (...)

The French phrase l’esprit de l’escalier signifies the moment at the bottom of the staircase when you think of what you should have said as you were leaving. The Brexiteers have not yet decided what they should have said in June 2016. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Knowing how to make a grand entrance is all very well but, as the Brexit saga reminds us, the ability to make a dignified exit is even more important.(...)

Aisling Bea’s This Way Up is spicy, sharp, but ultimately conventional: When we first meet Áine, the fluently sardonic, kohl-eyed protagonist of Thi(...)

Emma Forrest and actor Ben Mendelsohn. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

In every city I’ve lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michael’s Freedom! ’90. I a(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his interview with the Financial Times in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Just before midnight, Vladimir Putin perks up at the mention of the word “risk”. It encapsulates the man and his 20 years in power. Latterly, Russia (...)

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