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Letter to Edith

Parenthood is full of uncertainties; of hopes and fears. The climate crisis amplifies all of this, and brings into focus the harsh realities and stark choices we face - as individuals and as a society. A poem by Rick Lighten.

What the Junior Doctors strike tells us about how to organise...

Rick Lighten looks at the lessons that other public sector workers can take from how the Junior Doctors have organised and discusses how a...
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What do we do about ISIS?

As Cameron tries to make the case for the UK bombing Syria, Rick Lighten argues that as well as arguing against bombing Syria we...

Manchester “Time to Act” conference connects climate and social justice campaigning

Rick Lighten reports Over 200 people came together for a conference on tackling climate change on Saturday 10 October. The conference, titled "It's Time to...

Planning the siege on Tory party conference

  The Tories are holding their annual conference in Manchester from Sunday 4 until Wednesday 7 October. Rick Lighten reports from a People's Assembly meeting...

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Review: We Need To Talk About Putin

Mark Galeotti's alternate perspective on Putin, as presented in his recent book We Need to Talk About Putin, provides an interesting read.

Grenfell: still mourning, still fighting

Friday 14 June 2019 marks the two-year anniversary of the Grenfell tower fire. The community will be marching in silence, as they have on the 14th day of every month since the fire. As the fight for justice continues, we publish photographs from the past two years of marches, along with a poem by Anna Roderick.

Poland: the right holds fast

The European elections in Poland showed the Law and Justice Party staying firmly in the driving seat of Polish politics

France: nothing new under the Sun?

Despite the insurgent left potential of the Yellow Vests movement, the far-right were the winners in France's European elections

EIS members in a combative mood

Teachers and lecturers in Scotland met at the EIS conference recently to review recent successes over pay and recruitment and to plan a strategy around the underfunding and overwork that still characterises the sector. Nick Cimini reports.

Scunthorpe steel: murder by market manipulation

The closure of the Scunthorpe steel-works is likely to spell disaster for the community. Following our earlier analysis of the state of the British steel industry, here we consider the social costs of cynical mismanagement.

Czechia: opposition stays weak amid government setbacks

Despite huge protests against him, the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš' party, ANO, still won the largest vote share of any party in the country’s European Elections.

Review: Fully Automated Luxury Communism

Colin Wilson reviews Aaron Bastani's much-anticipated account of the potential for a future society of equality and abundance.

VIDEOS: A new Arab spring?

East London rs21 held a meeting on the uprisings in Algeria, Sudan and Morocco, addressing the movements demanding change, the counter-revolutionary forces lining up against them, and the role of international solidarity.

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.

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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.

Review: What’s Wrong With Rights?

Radha D'Souza's investigation into the international liberal rights regime is a welcome intervention that should make us question the framework of 'rights'.

revolutionary reflections | ‘Green capitalism’: a critical review: part 1

Today, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world have been taking part in climate strikes. Stephen Graham dissects the discourses of sustainability, Green capitalism and the Green economy.

The Communist Women’s Movement

As we mark International Women's Day (8 March), Estelle Cooch talks Darya Dyakonova and Mike Taber about the history of the Communist Women's Movement (1920-22).