Brian Parkin

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Israel’s air war on Gaza

Brian Parkin explains how Israel has built the fourth biggest air force in the world, and how it is able to drop the deadliest bombs and missiles on a defenceless civilian population.

Alchemy and imperial delusion: the ideological spell of nuclear power. Part...

Brian Parkin explores why nuclear power remains so important for Britain's rulers, in the first part of a two-part article.

Tyrone O’Sullivan: the gentle giant of the last deep coal mine...

On the afternoon of 27 May Tyrone O’Sullivan of Tower Colliery died peacefully at home, in his garden, aged 77. Here Brian Parkin pays tribute to a friend and comrade, who through a combination of fire and gentle persuasion, led a community of mining families into a fight to save the last deep coal mine in South Wales.

Chernobyl 1986 – when nuclear power came of age

A lethal combination of technical arrogance, corporate and state deceit and human fallibility that will forever lie at the heart of nuclear power.

A fuel’s paradise: capitalism, energy crises and the markets  

Fossil fuel companies and national governments are driving the climate catastrophe that threatens us all.
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The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists revisited

Construction workers have been among the hardest-hit by Covid-19, with profit-hungry bosses keeping sites open throughout the pandemic.

Obituary: Mike Cooley, architect and bee

Brian Parkin pays tribue to Mike Cooley, a modest and inspiring trade union leader with a lifelong vision of a liberated technology, redirected to serving human need.
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Post-war to post-industrial Scotland

Successive British governments have restructured the Scottish economy in damaging ways. Now we need a radical plan for a de-carbonised and independent Scotland.

Review: Who the hell is… Karl Marx?

Manus McGrogan's new introduction to Marx and Marxism combines theory with a vision of a world free of exploitation and oppression.

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Extraction of raw materials could rise 60% by 2060 – and making mining ‘greener’...

Gareth Dale debunks the notion that mass extraction of minerals is necessary for an ecologically sustainable society.

What it means to say Trump will govern like a fascist

Many Democrats argue that Trump is a fascist and demand that the Left subordinate everything to the call to resist him, but we have to organise against the rise of authoritarianism.

The Post Office scandal is typical of today’s Britain

"The light in this darkness is that people are standing up and demanding justice."

The Tory meltdown continues

Rachel Iboraii celebrates the Tories’ latest by-election losses and looks at what this tells us about the prospects for the upcomin general election.

Toward decolonisation: the struggle for Palestine today – interview with Tareq Baconi

Spectre Journal interviewed Tareq Baconi, author of Hamas Contained, about 7 October, Israel’s genocide, and the state of the Palestinian resistance and its implication for the region and world.

Stand with Gaza: Palestine solidarity reports round-up

rs21 members round up some Palestine solidarity events that happened over the last week.

Highlights

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.

Palestine 101: A century of Palestinian resistance

Shireen Akram-Boshar discusses the history of Palestinian resistance to colonialism.

Into the abyss: On the Argentinian elections.

As Argentina lurches to the right, Adam Fabry analyses the rise of Javier Milei

What’s going on in Unite? | Part 1

Unite activist Raymond Morell assesses Sharon Graham's leadership of the union. Part 1.

Hope amid the horror: Palestinian resistance after Operation Al-Aqsa Flood

Anindya Bhattacharyya analyses Operation Al-Aqsa Flood and its repercussions for resistance to occupation and imperialism.
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‘Troublemakers at Work’: Why trade unions need a militant rank-and-file

'Troublemakers' brought trade unionists and activists together to discuss the importance of a militant rank-and-file.