South Africa: the beginning of the end of the ANC

For the first time in South Africa’s 30 years of democracy, the African National Congress (ANC) failed to obtain a majority of votes, making a coalition imminent. Luke Sinwell considers the consequences, and looks at what has happened to the left, and its failure to make any serious progress.

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Tents outside Sheffield uni, police standing in front of the Glasgow Home Office gates, police and protestors at sites in London.

Long hot summer?

London, Glasgow, Manchester - a brief flash of activity or the start of a long hot summer?

Cass Review: dangerous and transphobic

Lisa Leak and Colin Wilson explain why we should reject Cass and renew the fight for trans liberation.

The Courtaulds strike of 1965 – Black workers fighting back

Sue Sparks of the IS History Project uncovers the history of one of the first Black workers' strikes against racism in the 1960s. 

Palestine

Ecological politics and revolutionary strategy

Harry H reflects on ecological politics and revolutionary strategy in a Nakba day talk at the Warwick encampment
A large banner hangs from the side of a university staircase. It is written in Greek. A red flare is lit against the night sky.

Comrades face deportation after Palestine camp in Athens

Greece pursues deportations processes against 9 EU citizens for participation in a Palestine encampment.
Protesters try to de-arrest someone from a police van outside Thales in Glasgow.

The shift in Glasgow and how we fight back

What to make of new violence against the Palestine solidarity movement?

Fighting oppression

The SWP apology is too little, too late

The rs21 steering group argues that the SWP's apology for the way it handled its 2013 crisis is inadequate
A man walks past the occupation wall in Palestine, two birds are in a cage in the foreground.

Debate – a response on settler colonialism

If we are to overthrow capitalism, we need to engage with what stabilises it. 

Dover’s dodgy defector

Keir Starmer's acceptance of hard-right Natalie Elphicke into the Labour party has shocked and dismayed many. East Kent resident Danny Bee explains why he's not happy at having her as his Labour MP.

Cost of living

Rent caps lifted for Scotland’s private tenants: organising after defeat

What lessons can be learned in Scotland's tenant movement?

rs21 – the first ten years

For the tenth anniversary of the launch of rs21, Jonny Jones reflects on a decade of activity, our ups and downs, challenges and achievements, and considers our hopes for the future.

School strikes: results and prospects

The tragedy of ending the dispute now is squandering the momentum and resolve we have built.

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Events

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International and imperialism

Kanak Protests for Independence in New Caledonia

Writing from Paris, Colin Falconer explains the background to the recent uprising in Kanaky/New Caledonia, and argues that the protesters are right to resist French imperialism.

Stealth – the new nuclear threat

Brian Parkin explains how, 38 years since the Greenham Common peace camps, American nuclear weapons are scheduled to return to Britain by stealth, in the shape of the nuclear-certified F35A strike fighter aircraft.

Sudanese dialogue and political processes at a time of war: people,...

Nada Wanni warns against letting elites keep control.

Climate

Climate failure sparks SNP crisis

Pete Cannell looks at how the gulf between the SNP's rhetoric and climate policies that relied on partnership with the oil and gas industry sparked a crisis.
Activists holding a large banner that reads ‘sponsored by BP’ form a blockade outside the front gates of the British Museum.

Interview with Energy Embargo for Palestine

rs21 interviews the activist group Energy Embargo for Palestine
Sun sets over arid landscape

Climate denial and far right populism

Pete Cannell explores the way in which far right populist parties are using climate denial as a key part of their agenda. 

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Reviews

This Town | Review

The recent BBC drama This Town was widely applauded by reviewers, but Pat Stack found its portrayal of Irish republicanism too inaccurate, distorted and biased to swallow.  

Empire of Normality

Hazel Croft talks to author Robert Chapman about their new book and discusses neurodiversity and how we can challenge the capitalist logics of ‘normality'.

Review | The State and Revolution

Lenin's The State and Revolution is one of the most important books he ever wrote, a restatement and rediscovery of the revolutionary understanding of the state.

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Videos and audio

Video | Abolition Revolution

Why do we have a police force in the first place? How does policing uphold racism, capitalism and colonialism?

The Neil Davidson Lecture 2023: Uneven and combined development in Neil Davidson’s work

Raquel Valera on Neil Davidson's contribution to the theory of uneven and combined development and revolution.

Video | Globalising the Intifada

Watch talks from Hil Aked, Barnaby Raine and Anindya Bhattacharya from an rs21 meeting in London on 5 December 2023.

Video | End the siege of Gaza: building solidarity with Palestine

Anindya Bhattacharyya discusses the shifting landscape of Palestinian solidarity campaigning during the siege of Gaza.