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A crucial week for the university strikes

With negotiations reportedly going well, but the current wave of strikes ending alongside the climate strikes on Friday, rs21 members explain why this is a crucial week and explore some of the debates among strikers.
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University strikes escalate from Monday

UCU and EIS members are briefly returning to work before escalating their strike on Monday. rs21 reports from the higher education strike around Britain.

University strikes resume: day 1

The latest wave of strikes for pensions, pay, equality and against casualization and unsafe workloads began today (20 February 2020). We bring you some initial reports.

Report: Youth Strike For Climate, 14 February 2020

Our members report on the Youth Strike for Climate on 14 February 2020.

Video: Insurgency around the world

At a recent rs21 meeting, speakers gave eye-witness accounts of insurgent movements in Bolivia, Hong Kong and Algeria, as well as highlighting the importance of international solidarity.
Forest burning

Motion: climate strikes and COP26

rs21 members have produced a model motion to popularise the idea of a climate strike on International Workers' Day, 1 May 2020 and mobilise for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.

No war with Iran, no peace with imperialism

Following a naked act of war against Iran by US imperialism, we must tenaciously resist any drive to fresh war and bloodbath
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.

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.
More solidarity less precarity

UCU strikes: a fighting start

Eight days of strikes got off to a confident start across sixty Higher Education institutions today.

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An image of scrap metal on a wasteland, an ex-industrial area in Sered, Slovakia

Review | Hope Against Hope: Cyborg thinking in disaster zones

Hope Against Hope contains some of the finest work of thinkers at the intersection of abolitionism, cyborg natures, and ecological revolutionary socialism
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#KillTheBill – where it came from, where it’s going

Th Police Bill is an assault on us all and an attack on us all must be met by resistance from us all. Unity and solidarity must be the clarion call of this movement.
The High Court in London

Justice over profit – organising in the legal sector

The law is often seen as a privileged arena, but the industry has staggering wage inequality. Two founding members of Legal Sector Workers United explain their strategy.
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Alba is a dead end

None of the main pro-independence parliamentary parties are capable of delivering an independent Scotland that puts the needs of working-class people first.
Nicolás Maduro at the funeral of Hugo Chávez in 2013.

Interview | Sanctions and ‘shock doctrine’ in Venezuela

In Venezuela, US sanctions are worsening a parlous economic situation and exacerbating a social crisis. What's the way forward?

Review | Sinews of War and Trade

Mykola Macke reviews an important book which bring together the history of development in the region with the parallel evolution of world shipping routes as the life-blood of world capitalism.

Highlights

An engraving depicting the 1871 revolt against French rule in the Kabylia region of Algeria

1871: the Commune and the Kabylia

Rosa Moussaoui recalls the uprising that swept colonised Algeria at the same moment that a Universal Republic was proclaimed in Paris

Remembering the Paris Commune

On the 150th anniversary of the instigation of the Paris Commune, rs21's Art Group presents a video project to commemorate the world's first working-class revolutionary government.
A painting of Parisian National Guard gathered in the open air during the winter of 1870

The Paris Commune: Order Reigns in Paris

A new translation of an article from Le Cri du peuple, the leading newspaper of the Paris Commune
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.