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Confidence and empowerment against pessimism and cynicism in Scottish referendum

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Ahead of tomorrow’s historic Scottish independence referendum, Nicholas Cimini tackles some of the arguments coming from the left in support of No

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In support of a No vote in tomorrow’s independence referendum, there are some Labour supporters, and others on the left, who warn against the dangers of identity politics and Scottish nationalism, stressing the need for unity and solidarity with…

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Diary of a secret nurse: my NHS myalgia

Diary of a secret nurse: my NHS myalgia

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In the first of a new series that looks at what it’s like on the ground for NHS workers facing cuts and privatisation, our correspondent under the pseudonym “the secret nurse”, describes her experience applying for NHS funding and her shock at the entrance of Richard Branson into healthcare

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I have been a healthcare assistant and medical secretary for almost two years in the National Health…

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Climate activism in the UK: Broadening, deepening, radicalising

Climate activism in the UK: Broadening, deepening, radicalising

As we prepare for an important conference on climate jobs and an international wave of climate demonstrations this weekend, Tabitha Spence takes a look at developments in the climate movement here in the UK.

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The year 2014 is proving to be significant for radical climate activism in the UK.  The number of people getting involved with climate activism has mushroomed. Activists are making…

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Something’s going on in Scotland

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Pat Smith, from the International Socialists Scotland and the Radical Independence Campaign in Edinburgh, makes a case for why socialists should support Scottish Independence

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Something quite remarkable is happening in Scotland. Most active socialists in Scotland, outside of the Labour Party, have been involved in the Yes campaign and are re-energised by the mood of hope and optimism. Large…

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Review: ‘Late Turner’ shows an artist ahead of the tide

Review: ‘Late Turner’ shows an artist ahead of the tide

Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway

A new exhibition at the Tate Modern shows a visionary painter who anticipated much modern art, argues Colin Wilson

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Turner – Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway – 1844 – Photo: Tate

A few years ago, in a particularly sentimental episode of Doctor Who, the doctor met Van Gogh. There is no evidence of Turner encountering a time lord, but that he travelled to the mid-twentieth century…

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Trouble in Toryland as the referendum gets rocky

The possibility of Scottish independence has got our rulers in a tizzy, writes Anindya Bhattacharyya.

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What a weird week it’s been. Monday night saw YouGov’s announcement that its latest Scottish referendum poll had the Yes camp on 51%. This sparked jubilation among independence campaigners. But the reaction of political establishment south of the border was little short of bizarre.

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The birth of Palestinian Resistance and the 1936 uprising

In the latest installment of Neil Rogall’s series on the history of Palestine he looks at a long history of Palestinian resistance to occupation that culminated in the Arab revolt of 1936

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Palestinian peasant women guerillas

1936 witnessed the beginning of the largest and longest Palestinian revolt against British rule. It wasn’t until the First Intifada in the late 1980s that there was resistance…

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Pride: How solidarity in struggle changed the world for British LGBT people

The new film Pride shows the solidarity between the miners and a group of lesbian and gay supporters during the strike of almost thirty years ago. Struggle can change the world in ways we never thought possible, writes Luke Evans.

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The Russian far right and its role in the Ukraine conflict
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Groundhog day for the eurozone?

Estelle Cooch looks at whether the economic optomism pushed by politicians lives up to the headlines. First published in the autumn 2014 edition of the rs21 magazine.

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Independence referendum is transforming Scotland’s political landscape

Scotland goes to the polls a week today. The independence referendum has helped to transform the political landscape in Scotland. Leading activists in the Radical Independence Campaign, Suki Sangha and David Jamieson, explain the significance of RIC to rebuilding the left. First published in the autumn 2014 issue of the rs21 magazine.

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The changing face of imperialism

Rob Owen on the the changing face of imperialism from the new rs21 magazine

US Marines entering one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces, 2003

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