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Obituary: Jean Dorothy Parkin, 1921-2018

Brian Parkin looks back at the life of his mother, Jean Dorothy Parkin, who passed away on 14th November.
25 April 1983

revolutionary reflections | Portugal’s revolution portrayed

Raquel Varela’s new history of the Portuguese revolution is essential reading for revolutionary socialists, argues Brian Parkin.

revolutionary reflections | Endgames of US petro-imperialism?

Brian Parkin explains some of the contradictions of the energy markets and the process of US imperial decline in an era of climate catastrophe

Review: The Order of the Day

The unfolding catastrophe of the 1930s is illuminated in new ways in a disconcerting new book by Éric Vuillard, writes Brian Parkin.

Review: Capitalism and Theory

A collection of the writings of Mike Kidron casts light on the heterodox Marxist economist and the revolutionary socialist organisation he once belonged to, writes Brian Parkin.

Robber baron Ineos takes over Forties fields

Brian Parkin comments on the extension of chemical giant Ineos' control over the Scottish energy economy and calls for radical, democratic and green working class resistance.

Critical Mess: Tories approve Hinkley Point C nuclear disaster

Brian Parkin unravels the web of stupidity, dogma, secrecy and privatisation failure that has resulted in Theresa May consenting to the Hinkley Point C nuclear station.

North Sea oil and gas strikes and the industry crisis

As offshore workers on oil rigs operated the Wood Group continue their 48 hour strike, Brian Parkin puts the strike in the context of the wider crisis facing the oil industry.

Climate crisis, jobs crisis, crisis of democracy

Pete Cannell and Brian Parkin discuss how the oil price crisis is leading to tens of thousands of jobs losses in Scotland, and what we could do about it.

Pop-ups through history – the NASD

Brian Parkin looks at the history of the dockworkers’ NASD union and its rivalry with the TGWU – and considers the lessons for revolutionaries today.

Latest articles

Winning the Revenge Election

After decades of betrayal, we need to make class arguments not only for redistribution but also for retribution.
Trixie Smith

Music of the people: The Blues

Mitch Mitchell is back with another people’s music playlist. This time he’s here with a brief history of The Blues

Report: Cambridge protests Erdoğan’s visit

Zareen Taj reports on the protest in Cambridge against Erdoğan's visit.
25 April 1983

revolutionary reflections | Portugal’s revolution portrayed

Raquel Varela’s new history of the Portuguese revolution is essential reading for revolutionary socialists, argues Brian Parkin.
Picket line conversation

Picket line conversations

A Unison member reflects on conversations on the picket-lines that offered a different vision about how universities could and should be run.
French firefighters on strike

The biggest strike for a decade in France

Kleanthis Antoniou explains today's strike in France.

Erdoğan is not welcome in Cambridge

President Erdoğan of Turkey is planning to visit Cambridge to open a new mosque. Cambridge Muslims and other residents are planning to make it clear he is not welcome.
No to NATO

Abolish Nato now

As Trump and Erdoğan join other NATO heads of state for its seventieth birthday summit, Pete Cannell argues we should take a hard look at the role of the British state within the alliance.
Train

Soggy trains

Workers have begun a month of strike action to #KeepTheGuardOnTheTrain on South Western Railway. Mike Haynes explains the absurdities of our privatised rail network.
Billy Bragg

Our universities! Our planet!

The end of the first week of UCU strike action coincided with the latest climate strike on Friday 29 November. rs21 members report on pickets from around the country.

Highlights

A group of artworkers stand with a banner outdoors on the Southbank in London

What a way to make a living | An art worker in the climate...

Katherine Hearst, art worker and climate activist reflects on the links between precarity and the climate crisis.
Kick Boris Out

The long Conservative decline

Labour still has a long way to go to win this election. But the Tory crisis won't go away either, regardless of who wins on 12 December, argues Duncan Thomas.

Striking together for Higher Education

The whys, whats and what nexts of the upcoming higher education strikes, which begin on 25 November.

revolutionary reflections | Class struggles in the 1989 revolution

For the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we publish a translation of Volkhard Mosler's analysis of the class composition of the East German regime and the opposition movement to it.

Fight for a Labour government

We call for everyone to mobilise energetically against the Conservative Party and for the election of a Corbyn government