Mark Bergfeld

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Flooding in Germany is a man-made disaster

Trade unionist and climate organiser Mark Bergfeld discusses the economics and politics of the floods in Germany since mid-July which have killed over 180 people.

A turning point in Polish politics: the #czarnyprotest and Monday’s women’s...

Large protests have taken place in Poland against a proposed ban on abortion in all cases. On Monday (3 October) Polish women are taking...

Refugee crisis: Merkel’s double game

The media has shown refugees being welcomed to Germany, and Cameron's response has been so inadequate he's made even Angela Merkel look good. But, as...

The Premier League’s crackdown on social media is about policing access...

The corporate interests that run football are trying to stamp out social media and illegal livestreaming. But this will come with a higher price...

A view from Rio: “The World Cup now pervades every serious...

The World Cup kicks off in Brazil next week. Last year's Confederations Cup saw huge protests and confrontations with the Police, directed at the...

25 de Abril, Sempre! Portugal 40 years after the Revolution

Mark Bergfeld speaks on the legacy of Portugal's revolution of 1974, and its relevance to today's struggles against austerity.

“Our necks have the rope around them but we remain firm”

Mark Bergfeld reports on unofficial strike action hitting healthcare call centres in Portugal.

2013 in YouTube videos

Mark Bergfeld collects videos showing episodes of resistance from across the world in 2013.

Review of Luis Suarez-Villa’s Technocapitalism

Mark Bergfeld examines the arguments put forward by Luis Suarez-Villa’s book Technocapitalism.

Some thoughts on social media and organisation

Revolutionary socialists need to deepen their understanding of social media and how these technologies relate to problems of organisation, argues Mark Bergfeld.

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Review | China in One Village

Charlie Hore reviews China in One Village by Liang Hong, finding an informative and personal account of the contradictions of rapid urbanisation and societal...
Protestors in support of Paul Holmes. Banner reads 'We stand with Paul'

An injury to Paul is an injury to us all

UNISON President Paul Holmes, a prominent left-winger, was been suspended by his employer during a strike two years ago on secret charges. UNISON has suspended Holmes and his branch. Sam O'Brien reports from a solidarity protest.
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Extracts from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age

Colin Barker discusses social movements and the possibility of socialist revolution and Sameh Naguib explores the tragedy of the Egyptian revolution in these extracts from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age.
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Jet Zero: a one way ticket to climate hell

The British Government's package of plans to make the aviation industry 'green', is a charade driven by considerations of profit, economic growth and aviation's corporate consumers. Gareth Dale and Josh Moos explain the problems, and offer some alternatives.
Image shows four protesters outside Mencap protesting for justice for careworkers in March 2021. Photo credit: Care and Support Workers Organise.

What a way to make a living | Working in care for 16 years

In the latest instalment of our What a Way to Make a Living series, rs21 member discusses their experience of working in care and how wider changes to the care sector have affected the pay, conditions and experience of care workers over time.
Arise: Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence by Jane Holgate is available from Pluto Press from 20 August 2021.

How can unions rebuild power?

Ian Allinson reviews Jane Holgate’s new book, Arise! Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence, an exploration of why unions have failed to revitalise themselves. It argues for a fundamental rethink of union organising, structure and strategy in order to build power and change lives.

Highlights

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Sharon Graham wins stunning Unite victory

rs21 members in Unite respond to Sharon Graham's victory in the Unite General Secretary election. She recognises the need to focus on rebuilding workplace power to reverse union decline.

Kill The Bill: the day of action

rs21 members took part in a social media campaign as part of the #KillTheBill day of action against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Saturday 21 August 2021,

Afghanistan: the end of the occupation

Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale write about the Taliban's defeat of the United States, challenge Islamophobic myths about Afghanistan and urge solidarity with refugees.

Remembering Utøya

We cannot allow the memory of the Utøya massacre ten years ago to be co-opted and depoliticised. Breivik's murderous Islamophobia and his hatred of the Left display affinities with far more mainstream political ideology.

Marx, the Paris Commune & socialism’s two souls: What liberation are we fighting for?

At the heart of the Communist Manifesto of 1848, recalled Engels, was the idea that “the emancipation of the workers must be the act of the working class itself.”

The Nakba never ended. Victory to the Intifada

For 73 years Palestinians have not only mourned the Nakba but refused to accept its continuation.