Elaine Murray – a remarkable woman

Elaine Murray was a remarkable woman. Being an active trade unionist and political campaigners were just two aspects of her full and rounded life. Many people – family, partners, friends, sisters, brothers and  and  comrades – attended her commemoration meeting. This was held on Thursday, December 1st in the Kings Manor Hotel in Edinburgh. This commemoration…

Mary Brooksbank -125th anniversary of her birth

  Hi all, Please join us in Dundee next Saturday 10th December at 1pm for our annual Mary Brooksbank commemoration, this year marking the 125th anniversary of her birth. Mary Brooksbank is Dundee’s best-known communist and trade unionist. Growing up working in the jute mills like many working class women and girls of her day, she wrote…

Turkey is bombing Kobanê

The following article, written by Sarah Glynn, first posted by bella caledonia, continues her reporting of Turkish state brutality towards the Kurds. The Kurds’ plight is ignored by all the main imperial contenders, as they hypocritically and opportunistically opt to back those nations and peoples  oppressed by their adversaries. At the same time they  try…

The Republican wave crashes on the rocks of voter rejection

The following article, written by Ezra Brain, and first posted on Left Voice (USA) analyses the outcome of the mid-term elections and associated referenda in the USA. THE REPUBLICAN WAVE CRASHES ON THE ROCKS OF VOTER REJECTION In a contradictory result, voters have rejected the Republican hopes of a “red wave,” instead choosing to protect…

After the killing of Mahsa Amani in Iran – women, life and liberty –

We are posting the following two articles which offer solidarity to women, minorities and others struggling for freedom in Iran, after the state murder of the young Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amani. Both articles look to real solidarity on the basis of ‘internationalism from below’ and warn of the hypocritical ‘solidarity’ of western governments and an…

How anti-trans activists forced Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre into lockdown

The following article by Adam Ramsay of openDemocracy describes the vicious campaign mounted by transphobes in Scotland, directed against Mridul Wadhwa, the director of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. HOW ANTI-TRANS ACTIVISTS FORCED EDINBURGH RAPE CRISIS CENTRE INTO LOCKDOWN Edinburgh’s Rape Crisis Centre had always kept its front door open so survivors could walk in…

Labor Notes 2022 – which way forward for the movement?

The following article was first posted by Left Voice (US) in the run-up to the very well-attended Labor Notes conference held in Chicago in Chicago in June. Although specific to the situation of rising working class struggle in the USA, it makes many points which apply to the UK. with strong parallels between the role…

Burma/Myanmar: urgent appeal for donations

This financial appeal for the victims of the Burma/Myanmar army’s  brutal clampdown on democracy was first posted  by Global Women’s Strike.  BURMA/MYANMAR: URGENT APPEAL FOR DONATIONS  We are distraught and outraged to hear about the executions of four political prisoners in Myanmar. Their murders add to the over 5,800 women, children and men killed since…

Remembering Jiyan Tolhildan

The following article written by Sarah Glynn was first posted on bella caledonia. Sarah writes this tribute to Jihan Tolhildan, a member of the Womens’ Defence Units (YPI), which form part of the Syrian Democratic Forces. REMEMBERING JIHAN TOLHILDAN Last Sunday, the United States Central Command extended condolences to three women fighters – members of…