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Venezuela on the brink

Mike Gonzalez looks at the crisis unfolding in Venezuela and its roots in the political and economic developments of the last two decades
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Nicaragua: the epilogue

The violent suppression of anti-austerity protests in Nicaragua marks another nadir in the long decline of Sandinismo
Socialism crisis in Venezuela

Being honest about Venezuela

Mike Gonzalez writes on the crisis in Venezuela and the implosion of the Bolivarian project. This article was first published by Jacobin Magazine. Venezuela descends deeper...
Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro (1926-2016)

Following Fidel Castro's death, Mike Gonzalez assesses his legacy He was, by any standards, a giant of a man. In his frail late years his...

revolutionary reflections | Venezuela: for sale to the highest bidder?

The theory of state capitalism has played a critical role in the International Socialist tradition's critique of regimes claiming to be socialist. In the...

A flawed revolutionary icon – a review of The Politics of...

Mike Gonzalez reviews Samuel Farber's recent book, The politics of Che Guevara, published by Haymarket Books. For two generations of activists, Ernesto Che Guevara has symbolized a...

The right to water: an interview with Mike Gonzalez

Mike Gonzalez and Marienella Yanes are the authors of The Last Drop: The Politics of Water (Pluto: 2015). Mike talked to Nick Evans about the...
Artwork Empty Lot by Abraham Cruzvillegas

A tribute to the anonymous and unsanctioned creativity of the slums

Mike Gonzalez explains how Empty Lot, an installation at Tate Modern by Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas, reflects the social realities of Latin American megacities. It begins...

Cuba: coming in from the cold?

After 17 Cuban prisoners were freed by the US in December, Mike Gonzalez charts the recent deal between Washington and Havana and asks if...

Gabriel García Márquez: magic and memory

Mike Gonzalez writes Gabriel García Márquez, who has died aged 87, was a globally recognised name even before he won his Nobel Prize in literature on 8 December 1982....

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Socialism with a bit of greenwash can’t save the planet either

In his polemic, Mike Haynes argues that if socialists of the Global North are to address the climate crisis, they must also adjust their expectations of what a world with prosperity for all will look like.
Workers at a call centre in Poland.

Introduction: What a way to make a living

Meet our new article series, What a Way to Make a Living, which will explore the lived realities of work and exploitation under modern capitalism

Strike for the climate! 20.09.2019

The TUC has voted unanimously to support the global climate strike on 20 September. Here are some examples of what people are already planning.

Hong Kong – Protests continue after concessions

In his latest update, Colin Sparks reflects on the continuing protest movement in Hong Kong following the withdrawal of the extradition bill that initially sparked the resistance.

VIDEO: What democracy looks like

In this video report from 31 August, 2019, Tony Aldis with OpenEye Film provides a first-hand account of the anti-prorogation street movement.

Mugabe is dead: remember Chiadzwa

Robert Mugabe's rule was a disaster for Zimbabwe's poor. The massacre at Chiadzwa deserves to stand as his testament, writes Leo Zeilig.

Hong Kong: first concessions to mass pressure

Carrie Lam has made a first small concession to the Hong Kong protest movement. Colin Sparks reports that, so far, this attempt to split 'radicals' and 'moderates' has not succeeded.
An empty carriage of the Hong Kong metro, filled with a thick fog of pepper spray.

Arrests fail to slow the movement

In his latest update, Colin Sparks reports on the escalating resistance in Hong Kong in the face of unrelenting police brutality.

Double or nothing

Boris Johnson's manoeuvre to shut down parliament is a step towards establishing a right-wing populist hegemony in Britain
Prorogue the Tories!

Fight the anti-democratic Tories and their bosses’ Brexit

In the closing weeks before the latest Brexit deadline, Boris Johnson and his Tory Party have suspended parliament in an attempt to enable them to force through a rotten Tory Brexit for which they have no mandate. The rs21 Steering Group argue to build the movement to bring down the government.

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Prorogue the Tories!

Fight the anti-democratic Tories and their bosses’ Brexit

In the closing weeks before the latest Brexit deadline, Boris Johnson and his Tory Party have suspended parliament in an attempt to enable them to force through a rotten Tory Brexit for which they have no mandate. The rs21 Steering Group argue to build the movement to bring down the government.

Popular uprising and the fight for independence in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's mass movement and general strike have brought a corrupt US-backed neoliberal administration to its knees

revolutionary reflections | Theatre of the Oppressed as a political method

Sophie Coudray introduces the work of the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal and the potential of its method for revolutionary praxis.

revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part 3

In the third and final part of his essay on violence and capitalist social relations, Colin Barker insists that capitalist states cannot be theorised without recognising their multiplicity.

Between Sartre and Cliff: Ian Birchall, a heterodox Marxist’s trajectory

Selim Nadi conducts a wide-ranging interview with long-standing revolutionary socialist Ian Birchall.