Ray M

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Anti-racism and rebuilding union strength

Liverpool dockers fought a valiant campaign in the 1990s to defend their jobs from an anti-union crackdown. Now they are rebuilding their union with fighting and internationalist traditions.

Obituary: Neil Davidson, 1957–2020

Neil Davidson, who died on 3 May 2020, was a socialist militant and the foremost Scottish intellectual of his generation. Obituary by Raymond Morrell.
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The Scottish government needs to defy Johnson’s Tories and act independently...

Ray M argues that the Scottish government must break with Westminster in order to tackle the Covid-19 crisis appropriately.
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The Brexit election – from revenge to resistance

Both sides of the establishment want to bury the legacies of struggle in the communities that abandoned Labour in the 2019 General Election. The left cannot afford to do the same.

How capital is reshaping the battleground of class war

Kim Moody's new book seeks to rethink our understanding of capitalism today, and how workers can respond.
Trident Unite renewal

The wrong red line: why Unite needs a change on Trident

Ray M argues that Unite members should support Ian Allinson's anti-Trident, pro-diversification candidacy for the post of General Secretary. On Monday (27 March) Unite members start to...

revolutionary reflections | For Another Europe (Part 2) The European Social...

With Brexit the EU has never been a more controversial and critical issue for left political strategy. In the second of a two part...

revolutionary reflections | For Another Europe (Part 1)

With Brexit the EU has never been a more controversial and critical issue for left political strategy. In the first of a two part...

revolutionary reflections | Rank and File Organising – Lessons from America...

The International Socialist tradition has always believed in socialism from below – which means that socialism can only come about by the self-activity...

Delegates put argument for scrapping Trident at Unite conference

Delegate Ray M reports from the Unite Policy Conference 2016 on Trident, Corbyn and the Trade Union Act   Len McCluskey's opening speech This year's Unite policy...

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A picture of jailed Russian antifascist Ilya Shakursky

‘Solidarity is a stream of sparks’: interview with an antifascist political prisoner

'We are not alone, we are together, and we will win': An interview with Russian antifascist political prisoner Ilya Shakursky.

Can one person change the world?

Jack P writes about the value and limitations of two films, First Reformed and Woman at War, from an emerging genre of environmentalist lone warrior films.
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Cultural Marxism? A review of The Dialectics of Art

Ian Birchall reviews The Dialectics of Art, a new work by John Molyneux.
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Combatting unsafe workplaces: an interview with Janet Newsham

Every workplace is a Covid frontline, as employers try to force workers into unsafe situations. We interviewed Janet Newsham of the Hazards Campaign, which is fighting back.
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Next steps in the fight for safe schools

The government's retreat on school closures won't last forever. Education workers need to go on the offensive.
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Let them starve – food and class in Tory Britain

The Tories and their cronies will let working-class children starve. We don't just need food for all – we need to take over the food system.

Highlights

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.