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Egypt: from revolution to repression

Anne Alexander, from the MENA Solidarity Network, is the co-author, with Mostafa Bassiouny, of the forthcoming book Bread, Freedom, Social Justice. She spoke to Amy Gilligan about workers’ movements and revolution in Egypt.

Originally published in the Autumn 2014 issue of the rs21 magazine

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Hossam el-Hamalawy/flickr.com

The book begins with a detailed look at the workers’ movement in Egypt in the…

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Review: How can we save the NHS?

Review: How can we save the NHS?

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Sophie Williams, a health activist in London reviews Mark Broothroyd’s pamphlet How Can we Save the NHS? recently published by the International Socialist Network

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Recent weeks have seen a large vote for strike action by NHS England workers against real-term pay cuts. Although this is the first national NHS industrial action to be taken over pay for 32 years, for many, this ballot comes too…

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Mass protests grow on the streets of Hong Kong

Mass protests grow on the streets of Hong Kong

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Sue Sparks reports on the  protests growing on the streets of Hong Kong.

Protesters start surging into the road (Photo: Sue Sparks)

Protesters start surging into the road (Photo: Sue Sparks)

The mass protests on the streets of Hong Kong over the past few days have been inspiring. The protests started with university students holding class boycotts and then public lectures in central Hong Kong. These led to an occupation of Civic Square, a space – as its…

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The bombs won’t work: they’ll make things worse.
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Defeating UKIP: 5 points the left needs to take on board

Defeating UKIP: 5 points the left needs to take on board

rs21 members will be joining the demonstration outside the UKIP conference in Doncaster later today. Below are five points for the left to consider when considering how we defeat UKIP.

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Campaigning against UKIP in Kent

1. UKIP is a hard right reactionary party that stokes up bigotry and preys on people’s insecurity. But it is not a fascist organisation like the BNP. Under Griffin the BNP presented…

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Terrorism with British characteristics

Terrorism with British characteristics

Danny Fitzsimons, a British mercenary convicted of murdering two colleagues in Iraq.

The government and mainstream media are up in arms about returning Islamic State fighters. But what of the British mercenaries fighting in the region? Peter Hill examines a double standard with troubling implications.

Danny Fitzsimons, a British mercenary convicted of murdering two colleagues in Iraq.

Danny Fitzsimons, a British mercenary convicted of murdering two colleagues in Iraq.

The government has recently enactednew anti-terror measures aimed specifically, it claims, at…

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Scottish independence: Why didn’t the working-class Yes vote win the day?

Scottish independence: Why didn’t the working-class Yes vote win the day?

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Class was central to the Scottish independence referendum, writes Matt Myers. The low-waged, unemployed and young were more likely to vote Yes –so why did enough working class people vote No that the vote was lost?

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In the aftermath of the referendum one thing remains clear: the vote was neither about dry constitutionality, nor nationalism per se, but existed in a…

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Worldwide protests against climate change

Worldwide protests against climate change

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Olivia Arigho Stiles reports on the People’s Climate March.

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Around 30,000 people marched from Temple to the Houses of Parliament in London yesterday on the People’s Climate March. Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and actor Emma Thompson addressed the assembled crowds. Thompson asserted the need for boycotts as a mechanism of protest against polluting businesses.

The march was part of a…

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Dear Love of Comrades: Remembering Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

Dear Love of Comrades: Remembering Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

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The film Pridetells the story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. It’s an extraordinary and inspiring achievement for a mainstream movie. For almost a year in 1984-5, over 100,000 miners were on all-out strike. The strike was the major political issue of the day, and Thatcher’s final defeat of the miners one of her greatest victories. Yet, while it ended in defeat, the strike included many…

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Stop global warming: change the world

Stop global warming: change the world

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Bettina Trabant reviews a book which puts the fight against capitalism at the heart of the struggle to stop climate change.

 

Photo: John Englart (Takver), flickr

Photo: John Englart (Takver), flickr

Stop Global Warming: change the world
Jonathan Neale, Bookmarks (2008)
ISBN 9781905192373

Unlike most books about environmental issues, which seek to locate the problem within individual human consumption, this book is quite clear…

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There is no Planet B

There is no Planet B

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How do we stop climate change? Nancy Lindisfarne assesses The Burning Question.

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The Burning Question: We Can’t Burn Half the World’s Oil, Coal and Gas. So How Do We Quit?

Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark, 2013
ISBN 9781781250457
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There are now plenty of books about climate change. This is a measure of two things: that many people now…

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Yes campaign falls short; but its legacy must endure

Yes campaign falls short; but its legacy must endure

"The people who engaged with and were influenced by the Radical Independence Campaign will be critical in shaping the future direction of the left."

Pete Cannell reflects on a momentous referendum, the significance of which goes far beyond the result.

"the people who engaged with and were influenced by the Radical Independence Campaign will be critical in shaping the future direction of the left."

“The people who engaged with and were influenced by the Radical Independence Campaign will be critical in shaping the future direction of the left.”

The enduring legacy of the last few weeks and months in Scotland will be the energy, clarity and vision of all those grass roots campaigners who…

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Huge turnout as Scots head to the polls

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Graham Campbell reports from Glasgow

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George Square last night was like Glastonbury. 10,000 people filling the square and a joyous party atmosphere: mostly, but not exclusively younger people. Bands and pipers played, reels were danced.

Today’s voting has been amazing. The turnout is so high at Alexandra Parade, Dennistoun there was a queue akin to South Africa in 1994 in front of my polling…

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