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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
The book begins with a detailed look at the workers’ movement in Egypt in the…
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
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…
Sue Sparks reports on the protests growing on the streets of Hong Kong.
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…
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.
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…
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.
The government has recently enactednew anti-terror measures aimed specifically, it claims, at…
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?
Photo: Kyoshi Masamune, flickr
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…
Olivia Arigho Stiles reports on the People’s Climate March.
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…
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…
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
Stop Global Warming: change the world
Jonathan Neale, Bookmarks (2008)
Unlike most books about environmental issues, which seek to locate the problem within individual human consumption, this book is quite clear…
How do we stop climate change? Nancy Lindisfarne assesses The Burning Question.
Photo: Mikael Miettinen, flickr
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
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There are now plenty of books about climate change. This is a measure of two things: that many people now…
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 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…
Graham Campbell reports from Glasgow
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…