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Gabriel García Márquez: magic and memory

Gabriel García Márquez: magic and memory

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Mike Gonzalez writes

Gabriel García Márquez, who has died aged 87, was a globally recognised name even before he won his Nobel Prize in literature on 8 December 1982. His greatest work One Hundred Years of Solitude was translated into 20 languages within a couple of years of its 1967 publication. His journalism, stories and novels captivated an international audience. Yet he remained…

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'The Act of Refusal' - Some Thoughts on Revolution

‘The Act of Refusal’ – Some Thoughts on Revolution

Advertising has tried to appropriate the idea of ‘revolution’, yet it can’t help but ring hollow whenever it does. Luke E looks at what revolution actually means, and how we build for it on a day-to-day basis.

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Indignados vote in a General Assembly – photo by Jesus Solana, flickr.com/photos/pasotraspaso

It can be easy to feel crowded by claims of revolution. Whether it’s some “revolutionary” new…

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Immigrants are NOT the problem - video interview with Darcus Howe.

Immigrants are NOT the problem – video interview with Darcus Howe.

North London rs21 interviewed Darcus Howe for their upcoming meeting “Immigrants are NOT the problem”. You can watch the video here:

The video was an interview by Louis B, with editing by Simon F and camerawork by Mireia C.

The meeting is on the 25th of April at the Kurdish Community Centre, 11 Portland Gardens, N4 1HU, Haringey…

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Pedagogy and Politics

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As the NUT conference starts, Robin B explains why we have to rescue children from the politicians

We are a year away from the 2015 general election. After four years of Gove, it is tempting to think ‘come back Labour- all is forgiven’. Looking back at Labour and Tory visions for teaching and learning reveals real differences. These differences matter, but what is urgently needed is a radically…

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rs21 political weekend: Revolutionary organisation and the working class

rs21 political weekend: Revolutionary organisation and the working class

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Charlie Hore writes:

Just over 80 people made it to the final session of the rs21 political weekend, a session that was as much about demonstrating the breadth of the weekend as an attempt to sum it up.

Ian Birchall began by with a CLR James quote new to most of us: ‘Lenin – not God, not Stalin’ and made a spirited argument for rescuing the real historical Lenin. He reminded us that the primary…

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rs21 Political Weekend: Anti-politics: responses to austerity from Russell Brand to Occupy

rs21 Political Weekend: Anti-politics: responses to austerity from Russell Brand to Occupy

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Roderick Cobley writes:

The two speakers, Lois Clifton and Jonny Jones, came at the subject of anti-politcs from very different angles. Lois concentrated on seeking to define what ‘anti-politics’ was and its implications. She outlined how it manifested as a detachment from politics as perceived by most people, and emerged as a result of one of the consequences of neoliberal ascendancy – the…

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Ernesto Laclau (1935 – 2014)

Ernesto Laclau (1935 – 2014)

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The renowned socialist political theorist Ernesto Laclau died of a heart attack in Seville earlier this week. He was 78. Adrià Porta Caballé looks back at his life and pays tribute.

Ernesto Laclau was born in Argentina in 1935, studying history and graduating from the National University of Buenos Aires in 1964. He was active in the student movement of the time and was a leading member of…

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Ukraine, Russia and the Miners of the Donbass

Ukraine, Russia and the Miners of the Donbass

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Miners in the Donbass region have played a crucial role in Ukranian politics since 1989, and are key today argues Nick Evans

Miners in the Donbass region played a crucial role in

The situation in eastern Ukraine is becoming more and more dangerous. It is over a week since pro-Russian forces seized government buildings in the region. Attempts by the Ukrainian government to retake control in the…

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Inoculation against bosses lies

Inoculation against bosses lies

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Ian Allinson discusses how his workplace gained confidence through exposing their bosses’ lies

In 2003 I went on strike for the first time. We wanted improved sick pay, increased pay and equal pay. There had been no strikes at my workplace for maybe 20 years. Some of us had supported other people’s strikes. None of the union activists had first-hand strike experience. Union organisation wasn’t…

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Grandparent climate action - for our grandchildren

Grandparent climate action – for our grandchildren

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Nancy Lindisfarne reports:

Recently in Oslo, I met with Mette Newth, and Finn Bjørnar Lund to learn about the Norwegian Grandparents’ Climate Campaign.

They are both activists with ‘fire souls’, as Norwegians say. They couldn’t have been more helpful and encouraging about setting up such a network in the UK. There are already similar campaigns like the great ‘Knitting Nannies’ in Australia, the…

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Panic on the streets of Birmingham?

Panic on the streets of Birmingham?

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Andrew N, Birmingham NUT executive member (personal capacity), argues that the left needs to stand against Islamophobes and reject media scapegoating

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If you were to believe the headlines in certain Tory papers recently, you would think that schools in Birmingham were being seized by Muslim radicals on a daily basis.”Gove declares war on Islamic takeover of Birmingham schools” was the headline of…

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Having no job is a daily grind in itself – on unemployment.

Mary Turner writes about her son struggling to find work. My son is shy and does not always mix well with other people.

Having no job is a daily grind in itself – on unemployment.

Mary Turner writes about her son struggling to find work. My son is shy and does not always mix well with other people.

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UKIP - just another bunch of control freaks.

UKIP – just another bunch of control freaks.

The recent successes of Nigel Farage and UKIP should leave anti-racists, anti-homophobes and workers worried. However the ideological pillars of UKIP are rotten. Their claims to liberty and freedom are topsy-turvy, founded on the vilification of migrants and taking away their liberty. Luke Evans rips apart Farage’s hypocrisy, and the flawed thinking he relies on.

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UKIP are currently polling…

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Paris: united demo against austerity

Paris: united demo against austerity

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parisdemo2 Clément Mouhot reports from Paris:

“Hollande ça suffit !” (Hollande this is enough) was one of the many slogans seen on banners at the demonstration against austerity in Paris last Saturday. Around 40,000 people marched from “République” to “Nation” against austerity and cuts policies put forward by the Socialist Party (PS) government. The protest was full of energy, chants and smiles.

Not only…

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