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Jeremy Corbyn and the IRA smears

Claims that Jeremy Corbyn was a supporter or even a member of the IRA were a prominent part of how he was demonised. But there was little discussion of the context for the IRA campaign or the left’s attitude.

Review: Struggle or Starve

Pat Stack reviews Struggle or Starve: Working-Class Unity in Belfast's 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots by Seán Mitchell, arguing that this look into Northern Ireland's forgotten past has...

#GE2017: How can Corbyn win?

Pat Stack untangles a tumultuous time for Labour, arguing there is only one way for Corbyn to win.

Obituary: Martin McGuinness

Pat Stack looks at the struggles which shaped Martin McGuinness and calls out the double-standards of the British Establishment's response to his death. The death of Martin...

Video: Old jumpers – New politics?

What does Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party mean for the wider movement?

Corbyn: big opportunities for the left as anti-austerity hits the mainstream

The importance of Jeremy Corbyn's success can't be overestimated, writes Pat Stack. It means we can argue for socialist politics in a way that's not been...

The revolting establishment

Pat Stack reviews two recent books trying to get to grips with changing the world: Russell Brand's Revolution, and Owen Jones' The Establishment

The evolution of democratic centralism in the SWP

Pat Stack examines how the SWP came to adopt its internal structures, how they led to a “democratic deficit” in the organisation, and what needs to be done to transform them today. 

Latest articles

‘We have a right to stop’: interview with a socialist nurse

Whereas the first wave of Covid-19 was an occasion for government-sponsored jingoism, the second wave is seeing health workers abandoned and left to manage the unmanageable.
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France’s authoritarian turn: Islamophobia and the security state

Macron has backtracked after hundreds of thousands of people protested against the Comprehensive Security Law that would ban filming police officers.
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Unemployment and class power: the example of Portugal

Worker organising in Britain will have to change to take account of rising mass unemployment. We can learn from how workers in Southern Europe faced the wave of austerity after the last economic crisis.
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Unearthing hidden histories: an interview with Ian Birchall

An interview with socialist historian Ian Birchall. Ian's work has has involved researching and reevaluating lesser-known revolutionaries and activists from the Global South.
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The antisemitism of Sir Keir Starmer

The Labour leadership treats British Jews as pawns in its factional war against the left. Meanwhile, its so-called 'Zero Tolerance' approach contributes nothing to any serious attempt to tackle antisemitism.

The exception as the rule: Toronto’s social reproduction organising

In Toronto, community organisers are battling Covid in the shadow of colonial racial capitalism. Mutual aid, rent strikes and community organising have emerged as crucial initiatives for survival and solidarity.

Highlights

A squad of riot police march past the National Gallery in London.

What does abolition mean in modern Britain?

The Black Lives Matter movement has sown seeds of hope worldwide for the abolition of police. But policing in the UK goes far beyond the bodies of armed men in uniform.

Fortress Europe after Moria

After Moria burned to the ground, a new camp was quickly built to replace it. We interviewed Chloe Haralambous and Michalis Poulimas about events on the ground and what they mean for the EU border regime.
Wildfires in California in 2015

Global fever

The Covid-19 pandemic is a foretaste of the approaching climate catastrophe. Andreas Malm's electrifying new book looks at both these crises and asks what we'll need to do to face them down.
Protests in Minsk

Interview: Organised and disorganised labour in the Belarus uprising

Siarhei Biareishyk speaks to rs21 about the uprising in Belarus following the falsified re-election of Aliaksandr Lukashenka on 9 August 2020.
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Interview: Beirut blast exposed a global system

Rima Majed spoke to rs21 about the blast that devastated Beirut in the context of an existing political and economic crisis.

Review: Fortunes of Feminism

Leslie Cunningham reviews Fortunes of Feminism by Nancy Fraser, a critical account of changes in feminist thought in the era of neo-liberalism.