‘The Imperial Mode of Living’: Interview with Markus Wissen

Ben Wray interviewed Markus Wissen for bella caledonia about his book The Imperial Mode of Living. This book has caused a stir in Germany by arguing that our way of life in the global north is imperialist because it is sustained by a level of resource extraction.   THE IMPERIAL MODE OF LIVING   Are…

Extinction Rebellion is taking to the City

The following article written by Jasmin Orden for The Canary outlines the reasons for the actions taken by Extinction Rebellion targeting The City. EXTINCTION REBELLION IS TAKING TO THE CITY Extinction Rebellion (XR) is currently protesting across London as it aims to “target the root cause of the climate and ecological crisis – the political economy”. The…

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan respond to the Taliban takeover

We are posting this interview with a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of Kabul Afghan Women’s Mission has been in touch with RAWA to address their needs at this urgent time. In this brief Q&A with AFM Co-Director Sonali Kolhatkar, RAWA explains the unfolding situation on the…

The SWP and Scottish independence – Part 2, To party or not to party?

This posting  covers the Introduction and Contents of the second part of Allan Armstrong’s review of the book, Breaking up the British state, Scotland, Independence and Socialism, edited by Bob Fotheringham, Dave Sherry & Colm Bryce of the SWP. The full article can be seen at:- https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/breaking-up-the-british-state-part-2-2.pdf   Contents This posting  covers the Introduction and Contents of the…

The SWP and Scottish independence – part 1, Breakin’ up is so hard to do

The following  post includes the Contents and the Introduction of the first part of the review by Allan Armstrong of Breaking up the British state – Scotland, Independence & Socialism, editors, Bob Fotheringham, Dave Sherry and Colm Bryce. The full review can be read at: https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/breaking-up-the-british-state-2.pdf   THE SWP AND SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE Part 1 – Breakin’…

Unite Hospitality: Organising against sexual harassment and gender-based violence

The following article written by Maria Elena Carpintero Torres-Quevedo first appeared in bella caledonia. It looks at how hospitality workers are trying to organise against sexual harassment and gender-based violence.   HOW HOSPITALITY WORKERS ARE ORGANISING AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE “There’s no protection for Hospitality workers,” say Caitlin Alexandria Lee. She’s one of…

Belfast Hovis Strike

This article was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)and outlines the struggle between the Belfast Hovis workers fighting for pay parity with fellow workers in the rest of the UK, and the limitations imposed on their struggle by the relationship between the UK state and Northern Ireland and its acceptance by the trade union bureaucracy.…

Further reflections on the Battle of Kenmure Street

We are posting two further articles on the events at Kenmure Street on 13th May. The first is by Smina Akhtar of Glasgow University , which outlines the blog post by Smina Akhtar, University of Glasgow, describing the history organisation in Glasgow which led to this successful challenge. The second if by Alistair Davidson, first posted…

Successful resistance to fire & rehire in Manchester

Ian Allinson a member of rs21 and rank and file candidate for UNITE general secretary in 2017, writes about the successful resistance by Manchester bus workers to the imposition of Fire & Rehire using Covid-19 as an excuse. Strikers were celebrating after voting to accept an offer and return to work. The strike was defensive…

Its the constitution stupid!

This article by Allan Armstrong (RCF) looks at the aftermath of the May 6th elections in Scotland, Wales and England, the current situation in Northern Ireland, and then to the political significance of new movements from below across these islands, culminating in the people of Govanhill challenging the UK state’s Home Office Border Agency’s attempted…