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A Universal Credit inquiry | Part 1

Millions of people out of work due to Covid are experiencing the cruelty of the Tories' reformed welfare system for the first time.
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The Scottish general strike of 1820

Pete Cannell recounts the first general strike in the history of capitalism.
No to NATO

Abolish Nato now

As Trump and Erdoğan join other NATO heads of state for its seventieth birthday summit, Pete Cannell argues we should take a hard look at the role of the British state within the alliance.

Review: A Planet to Win – Why We Need a Green...

Pete Cannell reviews an important contribution to the discussions around the Green New Deal.

Planning a Just Transition in Scotland: 17 November

On Saturday 17 November, there will a one-day conference in Edinburgh to discuss the transition to a sustainable low carbon economy.

We are working women and we make Glasgow

The strike that began today (Tuesday 23 October 2018) in Glasgow may be the biggest equal pay strike in UK history. Pete Cannell reports on...

Scottish solidarity with Catalunya

Pete Cannell of International Socialists Scotland (Scotland rs21) reports back from recent solidarity protests with Calatunya. On Sunday, as Catalunya voted on its independence in the...

#GE2017: One Tory MP in Scotland is too many

Pete Cannell discusses the questions that face socialists in Scotland in the up-coming general election.

Building a socialist bookshop

Pete Cannell describes how a socialist bookshop was built up through a period of social and political struggle in Scotland. These struggles may have abated for...

Building an anti-war movement

Pete Cannell reflects on the debates surrounding Syria and suggests how we move forward. What should we say and do about Syria?  There's a debate on...

Latest articles

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IWD 2021: Five feminist fights for the year ahead

Reproductive justice, sexual violence and harassment, justice at work: on International Women's Day, we look at key feminist fights for the year to come.
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Review | Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again

Kate Bradley reviews a highly readable intervention into recent debates amongst feminists
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The Paris Commune: the Cry of the People

Over the coming three months rs21 will use articles from the Commune's leading newspaper, Le Cri du peuple (the Cry of the People)
Image shows a blue placard that reads "USS pension strike. We Earned It. We deserve it. We demand it."

The Tories are robbing our pensions by stealth

The Tories have sneaked through an obscure change to the Retail Price Index (RPI) that means big reductions in many pensions and downward pressure on pay. Unite activist Ian Allinson explains.
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Ten strikes that need your solidarity

As strike activity ramps up again, rs21 brings together ten strikes you should know about this month. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic there...
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Review | A Brief History of Commercial Capitalism

Nick Evans reviews a new book that calls for a radical rethinking of the history of capitalism.

Highlights

Photo from an action against Elbit Systems showing two protesters sitting in a doorway in front of the weapons factory's graffitied door, which reads 'Shut Elbit Down'. Fake blood is poured across the steps in front of them, as well as a sign that reads 'Ouch'.

‘That’s the power of direct action’: an interview with Palestine Action

On Feb 1 2021, Palestine Action and XR North shut down the Elbit Systems factory in Oldham. rs21 spoke with Huda and Richard from Palestine Action about Elbit, Palestine and direct action tactics.
A pro-independence rally in Glasgow, January 2020.

Scotland, the left and independence

If the British state breaks up, will Scottish independence be a serious progressive change, or just a neoliberal reshuffle?

Poland’s feminist uprising

Women in Poland are making their own cause for hope by taking the streets. rs21 spoke with several feminist activists in Polish union Inicjatywa Pracownicza about the recent wave of feminist strikes and protests.
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.