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London protest demands safe passage

Protestors gathered outside the Home Office to demand safe passage for migrants making the crossing over the Channel and held a vigil for a Sudanese young person who died making the crossing.

Johnson’s 1 June plans in tatters – how do we build...

Rob Owen argues that the NEU has won a convincing, but not complete, victory over the government and addresses how we develop workplace organisation in the coming weeks.
Rows of orange chairs in an empty classroom.

Why schools can’t ‘reopen’ until safe

Rob Owen explains why teachers, not ministers, must be central to judging how and when it’s safe to return.
Stop the War protest against US intervention in Syria, 2015 /credit: Steve Eason Flickr

A united front against US aggression: difficult but necessary

Rob Owen argues that revolutionaries need to engage with the anti-war movement that exists to build the one we need On Tuesday 4 April two U.S....

Fighting for the NHS, a moment for Corbynism

Rob Owen reflects on the largest demonstration for the NHS in recent memory.

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...

After Brexit: Keeping our heads when all around are losing theirs

By Rob Owen June 24th was a dark morning. Colleagues at school arrived shell shocked at a result no one expected. Friend after friend asked...

Reclaiming the future – new rs21 magazine out on Saturday

The Spring 2016 issue of the rs21 magazine will be out on Saturday. Order your copy or subscribe here*. Below, Rob Owen gives an overview of...

EU referendum: A crisis of the right, not an opportunity for...

Rob Owen continues our debate on the EU referendum by arguing the left can abstain from the vote without abstaining from the politics. How to respond...

The secret life of the NHS – new rs21 magazine out...

The January 2016 issue of the rs21 magazine will be out on Saturday. Order your copy or subscribe here. Below, Rob Owen gives an overview...

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Covid on campus: rent strike at Bristol university

Universities have brought students back to expensive accommodation and subjected them to inhumane living conditions, with Covid-19 still a risk on campus. rs21 spoke to Connor Nicol, a first-year student involved in organising the Bristol University rent strike.

Understanding Nigeria’s #EndSARS movement

Nigeria has been rocked by massive protests against state repression. The movement has brought a whole new generation into political struggle.
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Review | Fascism: History and Theory

Luigi Hay reviews a timely analysis of the origins of fascist organisation, which looks critically at different strategies adopted by the left to fight fascism.
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After the election

On the eve of an election where neither candidate offers anything to people struggling against oppression, US socialists need to continue supporting the wave of protests, strikes and rebellions that began this summer

Solidarity with the democratic movement in Thailand

Dozens of socialist parties and worker organisations declare their support for the mass movement against Thailand's right-wing authoritarian regime.
Protestors wave flags at a socially distanced May Day protest in Athens

Zero covid is possible

Through serious nationwide action that puts public health above profits, the infection rate can be brought down to zero. So why is demand for a Zero Covid strategy so low?

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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.