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Gender Recognition Reform in Scotland

The de-medicalisation of Gender Recognition in Scotland appeared to have majority political support, but as rs21 members Graham Checkley and Leslie Cunningham describe it has revealed a vein of transphobia. LGBT+ activists block out transphobic bigots.  Edinburgh, October 2022.  Photograph by Graham Checkley. The Bill ‘If you spent any time promoting…

Back on the streets in China

After a weekend of widespread protests across China, rs21 member Charlie Hore explains the movement’s significance and looks at what might come next. Protesters on Urumqi Road, Shanghai – picture by unknown Chinese photographer via Ming Pao Weekly, Hong Kong. Protest returned to the streets of China’s cities last week on a scale not seen for several…

Landlords need us; we don’t need landlords

Rs21 housing fraction members Kate Bradley and Charlotte Powell write on long awaited renters’ reforms – but ask, what is it we want in the long-term? Homes for People, Not for Profit. Photo credit: Kate Bradley Now that Michael Gove has been restored to his former position in government – with the word salad job title of ‘Secretary of State…

Ideologues, apologists and the Qatar World Cup

As the 2022 World Cup kicks off, rs21 member Lisa Leak considers what gets left out in rows between Western liberal ideologues and apologists for the Qatari state. Former Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro visits Qatar in 2021. Photo credit: Palácio do Planalto, Flickr. It’s impossible to precisely enumerate the migrant workers who died…

Support the UCU strikes!

UCU workers are escalating industrial action in their disputes over pensions, pay, casualisation, inequality and workloads. UCU striker and rs21 member Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal explains why this is a vital move, and how students can show solidarity. Demo in solidarity with UCU strikers, November 2019. Photo: Steve Eason, used with permission. The higher…

Growing strike wave can beat Hunt’s attack on workers

Hunt’s autumn statement is a disaster for millions of people. But the Tories are weak and divided, writes Colin Wilson, and the growing strike wave can defeat them. After twelve years of Tory rule, the best that Jeremy Hunt can offer is biggest fall in living standards since records began in 1956. Fuel bills are to rise yet again next spring. Unemployment…

Yet more anti-strike laws

As Britain’s strike wave continues to grow, Ian Allinson argues for a more serious response to the Tories’ latest repressive legislation. RMT solidarity picket at London Kings Cross station – photo by Steve Eason. When the Tories and Liberal Democrats passed the Trade Union Act 2016, unions argued that it was unnecessary because strikes were already…

Why should socialists think about psychoanalysis?

Following a series of rs21 meetings this autumn, Marianne Kelly, who organised the series, considers what we gained from our discussions of therapy, the mental health industry and psychoanalysis as a tool to critique capitalism. Opposing the abuse of psychiatric patients, Mad Pride, July 2022 Psychoanalysis is a mental health treatment involving regular…

Thousands march for climate justice

Marches took place across Britain on Saturday 12 November. Jane Graham and rs21 members report from the marches in Blackpool, Edinburgh and London. Marching in London. Photo: Steve Eason The urgency of the climate crisis is mounting, with the last eight years the hottest on record globally and the UN’s environment agency reporting last month that…

Tories collapse amidst a growing strike wave

Strike votes are multiplying as the Tories struggle to cope with growing economic pressures. Raymond Morrell, a Unite rep in aerospace, explains the growing revolt in the context of the weakness of British capitalism and the divisions among the Tories. RMT picket line in Edinburgh – photo by Graham Checkley. This is a revised and updated version of…

End immigration detention! Ways to take action

Following on from a week of news whipping up a fresh wave of hatred towards migrants to the UK, rs21 members highlight the work of campaigns against immigration detention across Britain, and how you can get involved. Protesters gather outside Yarl’s Wood detention centre in the successful campaign to shut down Yarl’s Wood. Photo credit: Eye DJ…

‘Bolsonarismo’ after Bolsonaro

While they are not yet formally organized, Bolsonaro’s violent shock troops will continue as a disruptive, anti-democratic force. They are ably assisted by the ‘Hate Cabinet’—composed of hand-picked operators from Bolsonaro’s inner circle—who bombard social media with horrendous fake news. The most hard-core Bolsonaro supporters, including…

We need coordinated action to save the NHS

A nurses’ strike before Christmas is on the cards, with the Royal College of Nursing about to announce a positive result in its strike ballot – the first ever strike by RCN members. NHS worker Rachel Iboraii writes that the service is on the brink of collapse. We need coordinated action by health staff, unions, patients, communities and campaign…

Russian imperialism under Putin

After almost six weeks of war in Ukraine, there is still a great deal of confusion about Putin’s motives. In an article first published by Red Flag, Australian socialist Tom Bramble argues that the invasion can best be understood as a product of Russia’s position as a lesser imperialist power inside an increasingly unstable world system of competing…

Stop the war! No to Nato!

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to widespread outrage, but also debates on the left about how best to respond to the wider political issues that the war raises. rs21 member Colin Wilson argues for an opposition to the war that avoids siding with the West’s rulers. Anti-war protest, central London 6th March 2022. Photo by Steve Eason. In the…

‘He never gave up the fight’ – remembering Alain Krivine

Alain Krivine (1941-2022) was a life long revolutionary socialist known for his activism since the May 1968 student revolt and general strike in France. Manus McGrogan, who interviewed him, recounts Krivine’s life and activism. Illustration of Alain Krivine (1941-2022) by Manus McGrogan. The French revolutionary left has lost one of its most prominent…

Cops out of schools!

At only 24 hours’ notice following the news about the outrageous police strip search of Child Q in her school, Hackney Cop Watch called a protest outside Stoke Newington police station which was attended by almost a thousand people over four hours. The crowd blocked the road outside the station responsible for the entire time, chanting ‘Under attack…

Seize the ships!

Rs21 member Danny Shultz reports on protests in Kent over the mass sacking of ferry workers by operators P&O. Protesters in Dover ‘Wake up, we’ve all just been sacked.’ This is how the mother of a seafarer described her son losing his job this week at P&O Ferries. He had been asleep in his cabin and missed the extraordinary pre-recorded video…

How the West made Putin

Writer and rs21 member Anindya Bhattacharyya charts a recent history of links between Putin and key figures in Western ruling classes – some of whom are now in the vanguard of warmongering against Russia. Solidarity with Ukrainians in their fight against Russian aggression means resisting our rulers everywhere through a new internationalism. This…

Russia’s invasion and world imperialism

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked much discussion about imperialism on the left. rs21 member Pete Cannell looks at some of the issues raised, and argues for understanding imperialism as a world system. The invasion of Iraq in March 2003 was met by huge protests around the world.  The mobilisations didn’t stop the war but, in many countries…

Historic independent schools pension strike at the crossroads

In January, teachers at 23 private schools in the Girls Day School Trust voted massively in favour of strike action, and have been striking intermittently throughout February. Members will decide this week whether to accept a deal or return to the pickets. NEU and rs21 member Luigi Brindisi reports. NEU members and supporters at a strike rally in Parliament…

Moving past the graveyard of Green New Deals

A People’s Green New Deal, from Max Ajl, constitutes a short and effective intervention into the wider conversations surrounding climate politics globally. Gus Woody finds an insightful critique of existing Green New Deal proposals, highlighting important directions of travel for ecosocialists. Max Ajl, A People’s Green New Deal, (London: Pluto…

NATO: the West’s war machine

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many have rightly condemned Russia’s imperialist aggression. In doing so, however, many have fallen in behind the instruments of Western imperialism, supporting and calling for sanctions and other actions by NATO powers that only escalate the conflict. rs21 member Andy Gammon argues that solidarity…

On the invasion of Ukraine

A statement from the rs21 Steering Group on the inter-imperialist war currently being waged in Ukraine. Ukrainian soldiers training in Donbas with javelin missile systems, arms supplied to Ukraine by NATO. Russia has invaded Ukraine. The imperialist rivalry between the key NATO powers and the Russian state has spilled over into war and a deepening crisis…

Cost of living crisis – strike, mobilise, occupy!

Rs21 member Rachel Eborall reports on demonstrations across Britain against the cost of living crisis, encouraging us to continue the fightback against the companies and institutions that have caused it. A view from the stage in Parliament Square. London,12 Feb On Saturday 12 February, thousands of people joined the first day of action against the cost…


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