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Understanding the Arab right #HM2018

Max S reports from a session at Historical Materialism conference that included perspectives on Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt and the Syrian civil war.

Weathering the storm

Reflections on the election of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil by Max Stein, who spent Election Day with anti-fascists and feminists outside the Brazilian Embassy.
Labour Party antisemitism

Antisemitism, then and now: Part 2 of 2

In part two of an extended interview with rs21, David Rosenberg of the Jewish Socialist Group explores the far-right links of the modern Tory Party, and sets out how socialists can combat antisemitism
Labour Party antisemitism

Antisemitism, then and now | Part 1 of 2

David Rosenberg, of the Jewish Socialists' Group, delves into the facts and the historical background of current discussions of antisemitism in Labour
UK lecturers strike

“We have to fight this”: interview with a striking lecturer

The strike action beginning next Thursday will be one of the largest ever in UK Higher Education.

Kill All Normies: a missed opportunity to analyse fascism

After the murderous gathering in Charlottesville, there's a real need for insightful analysis of the American far right – but, argues Max S, Kill All...

McDonald’s workers set to strike for first time in UK history

Employees at McDonald's are taking a stand against bullying, poverty pay and zero-hours contracts writes Max S Workers at two McDonald’s outlets in Cambridge and...

Agency cleaners score landmark victory over SOAS management

Outsourced cleaners at SOAS have scored a milestone win - and shown that precarious workers can fight and win
Jeremy Corbyn Labour

Labour manifesto: Corbyn has picked the right fights

Max S argues that the pledges in Jeremy Corbyn's leaked Labour manifesto could play an important role in helping socialists rebuild our movement.
NUS Malia Bouattia

Defend Malia Bouattia

Max S argues that socialists should back Malia Bouattia in her bid for re-election as President of the National Union of Students. This week's conference...

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Eileen Cook, 1950-2021, pictured here at Athens Social Forum.

Obituary: Eileen Cook, 1950-2021

Eileen Cook, who died on 6 October 2021, was a life-long trade unionist, feminist campaigner, and revolutionary socialist. She is much missed by many, including her comrades in Edinburgh rs21, who remember her in this obituary.

Review | Let the record show

Let The Record Show is a pathbreaking history of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) founded to fight the AIDS/HIV crisis in New York in the late 1980s. A major contribution to the history of LGBT+ struggles, it is reviewed here by Sherry Wolf.
COP26 climate protests. Join a union/worker bloc. Sat 6 Nov: everywhere. www.wemaketomorrow/action

Unite Policy Conference backs climate action

Unite the Union's Policy Conference has backed the COP26 protests, workplace action and climate strikes, but remains attached to technical fixes being promoted by employers.
Refuse workers on strike picket their depot in Brighton with GMB flags - the Brighton refuse workers strike 2021

Brighton bin workers out on strike

rs21 member Luigi Hay reports on the ongoing Brighton refuse workers strike.
Metabolic rift - photo shows monoculture timber forest in background with freshly cut tree trunks in foreground.

What do we mean by metabolic rift?

rs21 member Greg Peakin explains the concept of metabolic rift, and why it is an important tool for climate organising today. 
Image from Liang Village, a woman pulls a trolley next to brick.

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...

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Metabolic rift - photo shows monoculture timber forest in background with freshly cut tree trunks in foreground.

What do we mean by metabolic rift?

rs21 member Greg Peakin explains the concept of metabolic rift, and why it is an important tool for climate organising today. 
Image of Sharon Graham with text 'let's get back to the workplace'

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.”