Roderick Cobley

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revolutionary reflections | A Take on the Political Situation in France

In 2017 the sense of political crisis has deepened across much of the developed world. From the Trump presidency to Corbyn's stunning march on...

A review of Steve Silberman’s ‘Neurotribes’

  Roderick Cobley reviews Steve Silberman's Neurotribes: the Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently, finding a work rich in historical...

Protesters gather in Dover to demand open borders and migrant rights

Roderick Cobley and Mitch Mitchell report on Saturday's Open Dover demo on the Kent coast (Open Dover demonstration in support of migrants – photo...

Five things you should know about what’s happening in Greece

While the Greek crisis can appear confusing, it boils down to a few fundamental points which suggest both great possibility and danger, writes Roderick...

Greek elections: report from Greece Solidarity meeting

Roderick Cobley reports from a meeting organised by the Greece Solidarity Campaign. The election briefing event organised by the Greece Solidarity Campaign covered two main...

East London bus strike: city-wide strikes to come

Roderick C and James B report from today's bus strike at Tower Transit in East London. Today's strike at Tower Transit bus company is a...

The left and Anonymous

Roderick Cobley argues that the organised left should be playing an active role in protests called by groups like Anonymous This year's Anonymous protest in...

rs21 Political Weekend: Anti-politics: responses to austerity from Russell Brand to...

  Roderick Cobley writes: The two speakers, Lois JC and Jonny Jones, came at the subject of anti-politcs from very different angles. Lois concentrated on seeking to...

Fast Food Rights meets to plan 15 February day of action

(report by Roderick Cobley) Activists met on Wednesday 8 January at the House of Commons to take the first step in a new campaign for...

The three whales of Bolshevism

The militant slogans of the Bolsheviks after 1905 were colloquially known as the “three whales of Bolshevism”. Roderick Cobley puts forward his suggestions for 2013.

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Picket line conversation

Picket line conversations

A Unison member reflects on conversations on the picket-lines that offered a different vision about how universities could and should be run.
French firefighters on strike

The biggest strike for a decade in France

Kleanthis Antoniou explains today's strike in France.

Erdoğan is not welcome in Cambridge

President Erdoğan of Turkey is planning to visit Cambridge to open a new mosque. Cambridge Muslims and other residents are planning to make it clear he is not welcome.
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.
Train

Soggy trains

Workers have begun a month of strike action to #KeepTheGuardOnTheTrain on South Western Railway. Mike Haynes explains the absurdities of our privatised rail network.
Billy Bragg

Our universities! Our planet!

The end of the first week of UCU strike action coincided with the latest climate strike on Friday 29 November. rs21 members report on pickets from around the country.
A group of artworkers stand with a banner outdoors on the Southbank in London

What a way to make a living | An art worker in the climate...

Katherine Hearst, art worker and climate activist reflects on the links between precarity and the climate crisis.

Support the climate strikes!

Tomorrow striking university workers will be joining the next youth strike for climate. What can the movements learn from each other?

NHS and climate at the core of Labour manifesto #GE2019

The Labour Party manifesto focuses on healthcare and climate. It's a step in the right direction on both counts, but doesn't go far enough.
Election poster Hong Kong

Hong Kong voters back protests

Hong Kong's 'silent majority' has spoken: they support the protestors and their five demands.

Highlights

A group of artworkers stand with a banner outdoors on the Southbank in London

What a way to make a living | An art worker in the climate...

Katherine Hearst, art worker and climate activist reflects on the links between precarity and the climate crisis.
Kick Boris Out

The long Conservative decline

Labour still has a long way to go to win this election. But the Tory crisis won't go away either, regardless of who wins on 12 December, argues Duncan Thomas.

Striking together for Higher Education

The whys, whats and what nexts of the upcoming higher education strikes, which begin on 25 November.

revolutionary reflections | Class struggles in the 1989 revolution

For the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we publish a translation of Volkhard Mosler's analysis of the class composition of the East German regime and the opposition movement to it.

Fight for a Labour government

We call for everyone to mobilise energetically against the Conservative Party and for the election of a Corbyn government