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Review: Facing the Apocalypse

With the insurgent activism around climate in the face of crisis, a Marxist book on climate is timely. John Walker reviews Alan Thornett's book, Facing the Apocalypse: Arguments for Ecosocialism.

Three days that shook the UCU leadership

Rank-and-file university workers are pushing UCU's leadership in a bid for democracy, accountability and a fighting union

The death of irony at UCU congress

At the heart of the fight is the question of who controls the union: the officials or the membership?

Stop detention without trial! Stop deportations!

Anti-terror laws are being used against the #‎Stansted15‬, a group of activists who blocked a charter flight carrying deported migrants out of the country.

French and British police block Calais Convoy

John Walker reports on the Convoy to Calais on Saturday, which say French and British police block activists from travelling to France to deliver...

Revolutionary socialists and the EU referendum campaign: sorting out the real...

The EU referendum offers no clear route for socialists; instead, John Walker argues, our focus should be on organising against the attack on migrants...

Why I’m cycling to Paris

John Walker explains why he's setting off on his bike to the COP21 in Paris. Along with around 130 other people, I will be cycling to join...

Protest against expanding Campsfield Detention Centre

John Walker reports from a protest against Campsfield Detention Centre yesterday. Around 35 people attended a picket of Cherwell District Planning Committee called by Oxfordshire...

William Blake: Apprentice and Master

William Blake was a revolutionary in poetry, engraving and politics. John Walker reviews a new exhibition of his artwork in Oxford. William Blake was a...

Oxford protests cuts to homeless provision

Around 250 people joined a lobby today against a proposed 38% cut in Oxford County Council’s budget for homeless provision.

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graffiti in Holyrood Park, near the Scottish Parliament showing a heart transgender symbol

No more ‘delays’ to trans rights: reform the GRA now!

Scotland-based rs21 member Leslie Cunningham argues we should all be fighting in the struggle for trans rights, and asks: why the delays to reforming the Gender Recognition Act?

Palestine: never give up the struggle

What is happening to the Palestinians right now is not new, not some anomaly, not some break with the past.
Relatives carry a woman who fainted after seeing the body of her husband at a hospital in Ahmedabad, India

Turning a profit from death: Modi’s pandemic response in neoliberal India

The recent upsurge of Covid across India has laid bare the Indian state's utter failure to protect its population. Here Tithi Bhattacharya explains why the Modi regime's callous disregard for human life amplifies the murderous logic of neo-liberalism that previous regimes have followed.
Demonstrators in the nationwide protests against tax reforms

Colombia: ‘the hegemony of the right is cracking up’

The mass movement that broke out in opposition to the tax reform proposals presented to Congress by the government of President Iván Duque has not only succeeded in forcing the withdrawal of those proposals, but has shed light on a much broader situation of discontent. This is a translation of an interview with Colombian leftist Pietro Lora Alarcón.
Riot police surround a chalet during the Dale Farm eviction in 2011.

How the Police Bill targets Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

The Police Bill will further criminalise so-called 'unauthorised encampments', increasing repression of GRT people. Charlotte Powell interviews Luke Smith from GRTSocialists.
Cover of 'Fight the Fire' by Jonathan Neale. Text: 'FIGHT THE FIRE: Green New Deals and Global Climate Jobs.

Review | Fight the Fire

Jonathan Neale's new book calls for a global mass movement to confront the capitalist forces driving climate breakdown, linking analysis with real world action and what must be done to fight climate disaster.

Highlights

March with banners reading 'end fire & rehire' and 'Unite Queen's Road branch'

Ongoing Manchester bus strike defeats fire and rehire

The longest bus strike in British history is poised to win after a campaign involving an indefinite strike, community solidarity and a leverage strategy.
View from the city walls as Loyalists prepare a bonfire in the Fountain estate in Derry

What’s behind the riots in the North of Ireland?

The riots in the North of Ireland must be understood in the context of continued sectarian division and state repression.
Image of Kill the Bill protesters in Parliament Square

#KillTheBill – where it came from, where it’s going

Th Police Bill is an assault on us all and an attack on us all must be met by resistance from us all. Unity and solidarity must be the clarion call of this movement.
An engraving depicting the 1871 revolt against French rule in the Kabylia region of Algeria

1871: the Commune and the Kabylia

Rosa Moussaoui recalls the uprising that swept colonised Algeria at the same moment that a Universal Republic was proclaimed in Paris

Remembering the Paris Commune

On the 150th anniversary of the instigation of the Paris Commune, rs21's Art Group presents a video project to commemorate the world's first working-class revolutionary government.
A painting of Parisian National Guard gathered in the open air during the winter of 1870

The Paris Commune: Order Reigns in Paris

A new translation of an article from Le Cri du peuple, the leading newspaper of the Paris Commune