Matthew Cookson

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Interview | Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave...

Matthew Cookson interviews the authors of a new graphic novel on the Haitian Revolution.

The Old Lie

The First World War ended 100 years ago today, on 11 November 1918. Four years ago, Matthew Cookson looked at how poetry of the...

The radicalism of Shelley

Artists are creatures of their time, and Jacqueline Mulhallen’s new political biography of Percy Bysshe Shelley captures this. His poetry is a true expression and celebration of love, beauty and the human spirit.
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Condemning the slaughter of the ‘Great War’

2014 marks the 100th centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Britain's rulers want us to commemorate it as a 'just war'. Matthew...

Why does Michael Gove hate Blackadder?

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany in the the First World War. Cameron, Gove and others want us to...

Lambeth College strike: Stage One ends, but prepare for Stage Two

by Matthew Cookson, UCU lead negotiator, EHWLC (personal capacity) Strikers at Lambeth College in south London marched back together to work today (Wednesday 9 July)...

Latest articles

Making Gaza the issue in the general election

Jonny Jones argues for making Gaza a central issue in the general election as part of starting to build a serious opposition to Starmer’s Labour.

Report from the 2024 UCU Congress

rs21 members in UCU report on the recent Congress of the Further and Higher Education workers union

Cost of greed crisis still hitting Edinburgh

A community worker in Edinburgh surveys the inequality in their city.

Ecological politics and revolutionary strategy

Harry H reflects on ecological politics and revolutionary strategy in a Nakba day talk at the Warwick encampment

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

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

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.

Highlights

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. 

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