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Favourites of 2018: rs21 reviewers recommend…

Our reviewers recommend the music, films, books, exhibitions and TV they discovered in 2018.

Report: No to Tommy Robinson – No to Fortress Britain

On 9 December, thousands of people gathered to confront the far right's 'Brexit Betrayal' demo in London. 

Opposing Bannon and Weidel in Oxford

Over the last few weeks, the Oxford Union debating society has invited two far-right speakers. Both have been met with fierce opposition.

With love and solidarity; with sadness and rage

Over 100 people gathered under the Cable Street mural for a vigil for Pittsburgh on Sunday 28 October. Contributions from Colin Wilson and Taisie...

Report on A Day Without Men 2018

A Day Without Men featured sessions on fascism and sexual violence, migration and the care industry, and workplace organising.

Anti-fascist demonstrators outnumber the far right in London

On October 13th, the DFLA attempted a rally in London and were opposed by thousands of counter-demonstrators. rs21 members report on the day's events. On...

Maternity Care in Crisis

What led to the unfolding scandal around maternity care in Shropshire?

‘The rocky road ahead…’ The movement against Irish Water

Five activists from rs21 spent a weekend in Dublin and took part in a city-wide demonstration against the Irish Government's recent Water Charges bill, and spoke to several activists on the Irish left.

Staff furious at £5 million cuts in west London college

Lecturers, support staff and students at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College are opposing senior management's plans to make £5 million worth of staffing cost cuts on the college in the next few months.

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Keywords: fascism far right wing nationalism Brexit

VIDEO: Confronting the British state

Three activists speak on the British state, and how it can be confronted, looking at the Scottish independence movement, at the Tory Party's right-wing populist strategy, and at the political role of migrant solidarity.

‘We have a right to stop’: interview with a socialist nurse

Whereas the first wave of Covid-19 was an occasion for government-sponsored jingoism, the second wave is seeing health workers abandoned and left to manage the unmanageable.
Banner reads: Comprehensive Security Law: Surveil and Punish. Keywords: France authoritarianism security law

France’s authoritarian turn: Islamophobia and the security state

Macron has backtracked after hundreds of thousands of people protested against the Comprehensive Security Law that would ban filming police officers.
Anti-austerity protesters in Lisbon in March 2011. Keywords: unemployed workers organising unemployment

Unemployment and class power: the example of Portugal

Worker organising in Britain will have to change to take account of rising mass unemployment. We can learn from how workers in Southern Europe faced the wave of austerity after the last economic crisis.
An image of Ian Birchall, by Colin Fancy. Keywords: Ian Birchall Algeria France Marxism socialism IS International Socialists

Unearthing hidden histories: an interview with Ian Birchall

An interview with socialist historian Ian Birchall. Ian's work has has involved researching and reevaluating lesser-known revolutionaries and activists from the Global South.
Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer. Keywords: antisemitism anti-semitism Labour Party racist racism

The antisemitism of Sir Keir Starmer

The Labour leadership treats British Jews as pawns in its factional war against the left. Meanwhile, its so-called 'Zero Tolerance' approach contributes nothing to any serious attempt to tackle antisemitism.

Highlights

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.
Beirut port destroyed

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.