march 2011 issue of the commune out now!

Issue 21 of The Commune is now available. It features reports on local anti-cuts committees, discussion of the next steps for the movement in Egypt, Sheila Cohen on the implosion of the National Shop Stewards’ Network, and much more. See below for links to individual articles as they are posted, or click the picture for the PDF.

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anti-cuts news

we don’t need the TUC –  editorial in advance of the March 26th demo

where next for sheffield anti-cuts movement? – David Huckerby reports on developments in Nick Clegg’s backyard

holyrood and councils brandish cuts knife – Allan Armstrong on the cuts in Scotland

the bigger the society, the bigger the cuts – with the ‘Big Society’ project apparently on the rocks, Adam Ford asks what’s really behind the initiative

resistance starts at home – Izzy Parrott writes on the fight for housing provision in Hackney

‘we want to inspire other people to take a stand’ – interview with a Leeds City College student involved in the protests around education cuts and in the new Really Open Student Union


ireland after the election – Dara Hugh looks at the new political landscape

a new egypt: beyond mubarak – Taimour Lay looks at the deeper roots of the movement in Egypt, and what this means for where it goes next

on egypt, and revolutions – Joe Thorne asks what’s really changed in Egypt

from rebellion to reform in bolivia – an interview with Jeffery Webber about his new book on social movements and Evo Morales’ MAS government

theory, history, writing

trade unions: are they fit for purpose? – report on the third Global Commune day school

what it says on the tin? memories of the NSSN – Sheila Cohen on the failure of a once-promising initiative

bristol cuts: in and for the state? – Oleg Resin asks if we can do more than just defend existing services

sexism: from one prison to another – a personal account by Latife Faydali of the sexism underlying both sexual repression and violence

a hope unfulfilled: communists in WWII – David Broder looks at the disappointed revolutionary aspirations of the left in France and Italy, 1943-45

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china’s migrant workers rise – a 7th April meeting on last year’s strike wave in China

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