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Video: Rusting Assassins

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Watch rs21 member Patrick Ward’s new documentary, Rusting Assassins, which  explores the largely forgotten legacy of the American War in Vietnam, specifically the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of unexploded ordnance that are still destroying people’s lives today. 

Patrick writes:

It’s shocking that the United States, now a strong…

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Tilbury Docks: Another Casualty of the Border

Tilbury Docks: Another Casualty of the Border

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Meet Singh Kapoor and his travelling companions are the victims of a barbaric system of border controls, argues Matthew Carr.

(Tilbury Docks. Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

(Tilbury Docks. Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

On 16 August a 40-year-old Afghan Sikh named Meet Singh Kapoor was found dead in a container at Tilbury Docks.  Kapoor was travelling with his wife and sons with a group of 35 migrants, including 13 children.  He died after…

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Strong Scottish support for independence in mass canvas

Strong Scottish support for independence in mass canvas

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The Radical Independence Campaign (RIC), on Tuesday released the findings of their recent mass canvas of 18,000 Scottish voters, showing a lead for Yes over No in the forthcoming independence referendum. Ray M discusses how the results contrast to official polls.

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Canvassing over 18,000 voters in 90 working-class communities across the country, RIC have showed support for Yes at 44 per cent,…

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The origins of Zionism

The origins of Zionism

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In part one of our new series on the roots of Israeli terror former lecturer on the subject, Neil Rogall, looks at the origins of Zionism.

Millions of people around the world are once again filling the streets enraged at the third Israeli attack on Gaza within five years. On one side of this deeply unequal conflict we have an armed to the teeth, wealthy, American-backed state: Israel. On the…

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London protesters stand in solidarity with Ferguson

London protesters stand in solidarity with Ferguson

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Today 70 people gathered outside the US embassy in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. On the 9th August another young black man, Michael Brown, was shot and killed multiple times in cold blood by officer Darren Wilson. Since the murder, the resistance in Ferguson against police violence, racism and murder has been delegitimized by being portrayed as the opportunism of a group of…

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Why support an academic boycott of Israel?

Why support an academic boycott of Israel?

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The idea that you should boycott Israeli universities has been one of the more difficult arguments within the Palestine movement. Here a member of the University and College Union national executive, Trish McManus, tackles the key questions. 

In 2004 a small number of intellectuals and scholars launched the Palestinian Campaign for an academic boycott of Israel (Pacbi). This campaign met with…

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Things to be angry about and frightened of: A response to Ian A

Things to be angry about and frightened of: A response to Ian A

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Kevin Crane responds to Ian A‘s article ‘Anger, confidence, fear and hope in the workplace‘, arguing that the nature of precariousness at work needs to be taken seriously. 

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Many of the things Ian has written are perfectly sensible and may, for some readers, be urgent matters. I think, however, that in stressing certain useful points, he has arguably over-generalised some concepts that are not…

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Statement of solidarity with the Syrian revolution

Statement of solidarity with the Syrian revolution

(Photo: Syrian refugees protest during a demonstration against Bashar el-Assad at Reyhanli refugee camp in Antakya, on March 15, 2012. Source: http://www.tadamon.ca/post/10008)
(Photo: Syrian refugees protest during a demonstration against Bashar el-Assad at Reyhanli refugee camp in Antakya, on March 15, 2012. Source: http://www.tadamon.ca/post/10008)

(Photo: Syrian refugees protest during a demonstration against Bashar el-Assad at Reyhanli refugee camp in Antakya, on March 15, 2012. Source: http://www.tadamon.ca/post/10008)

A statement of solidarity with the Syrian revolution has been released by the Syrian Revolution Support Bases, bringing together a number of international solidarity campaigns across the world. The statement discusses the…

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New fault lines in the Middle East: ISIS in a regional context

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As the calls for more direct intervention in Iraq grow and the US drops their first bombs, Andy Cunningham looks at what the rise of the Islamic State means for the wider Middle East.

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Who are ISIS?

When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) exploded onto Western news screens in June this year, it was as if an army of Jihadis had sprung fully formed from the desert to scream across Northern…

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Review: ‘Salt of the Earth’ 60th Anniversary release

Review: ‘Salt of the Earth’ 60th Anniversary release

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Joe Sabatini re-examines the 1951 film ‘Salt of the Earth’ and argues for its contemporary relevance and importance.

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“Anything worth learning hurts, these changes come with pain.”

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the release of the political classic: The Salt of the Earth.

Salt dramatises a strike that took place in 1951 against the Empire Zinc Company in New Mexico. In the film, the names of…

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Solidarity movement continues to grow - #GazaA9 protest round up

Solidarity movement continues to grow – #GazaA9 protest round up

Photo: Steve Eason
Photo: Steve Eason

Photo: Steve Eason

Yesterday once again saw a massive turn out at demonstrations in solidarity with Palestine. In London, Stop the War report that 150,000 people marched in the biggest ever UK protest for Gaza. Shanice McBeantook part in the demonstration as it made its way from BBC Broadcasting House to Hyde Park. “The movement is growing, and rightly so. This isn’t just about bombing but also…

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