‘Rhodes you’re next’ – Black Lives Matter in Oxford

  On 9th June, over a thousand people gathered outside Oxford University’s Oriel College to demand the removal of the Rhodes statue, in a revival of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign in Oxford. Cecil Rhodes was a British imperialist. He has been described as the ‘architect of apartheid’ in South Africa due to his leading role in the colonial regime, in particular through altering land ownership and voting laws to displace and disenfranchise black people. Read more…

The Minneapolis revolt: end capitalism to defeat racism

  On Monday a video was shared across the globe showing a black man called George Floyd, groaning “I can’t breathe”, as a white policeman knelt on his neck. Within minutes George Floyd was dead. There are striking similarities with an incident in 2014 in which Eric Garner was also suffocated to death while being arrested, which spurred on the Black Lives Matter movement to international prominence. The killing of Floyd also comes less than a week after the killing Read more…

Kick capitalism out of education!

  Lewis Griffiths, Swansea Marxists: As with just about every other corner of society, the COVID-19 pandemic has once again brought to light the brutal contradictions fostered by capitalism in the education system. The marketisation of education has left the system so dependent on the tuition fees of students that over the coming year universities across Britain could see their revenues drawn from tuition drop by a third, as foreign students are reluctant to travel Read more…

The crisis of coronavirus on school students

  School students are facing a bleak future as a result of this crisis. The switch to online learning has already exposed the lie that we are all in this together. Those from rich families can access the best tutors and resources online. They don’t have to worry about sharing computers, or finding quiet areas to work.  The rest of us have to essentially teach ourselves the syllabus with only the limited help that our Read more…

MSF Revolution Series

  During lockdown, the Marxist Student Federation has moved online. We are putting on weekly meetings via Zoom on a different revolution every Thursday. Check out our term card below and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date with the zoom links to enter.

MSF Revolution Series: The Haitian Revolution

The MSF Revolution series is an online meeting that discusses different revolutions every Thursday at 6pm. Our last meeting was on the Cuban Revolution – the video for it can be found here. Yesterday, we held a meeting on the Haitian Revolution. Owen Walsh from Leeds Marxist Society led the discussion. After 12 years of upheavals, war, carnage and betrayals, the revolution which broke open in 1791 in Saint-Domingue finally succeeded in abolishing slavery and Read more…

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Yemen: Imperialist powers twist the knife as COVID-19 worries escalate

Image:Felton Davis, Pixabay With the whole world’s attention turned towards the coronavirus crisis, the western-backed Saudi war on Yemen has continued unabated. The war machine and arms industry, fueling this savagery, have been deemed too essential to shut down during the pandemic. It is true that last Thursday, Saudi Arabia declared a unilateral two-week ceasefire on what they called ‘humanitarian grounds’. However, hours after the truce began the Houthis alleged the continuation of air strikes. Even so, the move Read more…

MSF Revolution Series: Viva Cuba Libre!

  The MSF Revolution series is an online meeting that discusses different revolutions every Thursday at 6pm. Our first meeting was on the Russian Revolution – the video for it can be found here. This week’s meeting was on the Cuban revolution of 1959. Cuba saw the first socialist revolution in the western hemisphere, one that took place on the doorstep of US imperialism. Its struggle for national liberation, that transformed into a socialist revolution Read more…

Fight Covid-19! Plan the economy!

  We are in the midst of a crisis that will echo throughout history, a period that will define the 21st century. Not since World War II has the future looked so uncertain. World leaders are looking more inept by the day, planning in terms of days and weeks as opposed to the previous years or decades. Now, in the present crisis more than ever, people are beginning to see the failures and fragilities of Read more…

SOAS exposes cleaner to COVID-19 without telling them: shame on management!

  On March 12 SOAS management circulated an email to all students and staff regarding the first confirmed case of a student testing positive with COVID-19. The actions taken by the university included informing those in close contact with the student and sanitising any known rooms that the student had been in. The email stated “The seminar room used for the teaching activity has been closed off and is being sanitised by a provider whom Read more…

Loughborough: VC uses coronavirus panic to undermine UCU strike

  On 7 March, the first case of coronavirus in Loughborough was confirmed after a student at Loughborough University tested positive. The university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison, was quick to send out an email reassuring staff and students that the threat was low and that, because “all guidance from Public Health England” was being followed to limit the spread further, the risk was being managed. What the email was somewhat quieter about, however, was Read more…

Nazi students threaten Brazilian teacher: campaign in defence of the life of Prof. Mara

  In October 2019, the Brazilian section of the IMT organised a public campaign “In Defence of the life of Professor Mara”, demanding the compulsory transfer from the State Technical School of Franco da Rocha (Metropolitan Region of São Paulo) of neo-Nazi students who threatened a teacher’s life, plotting her murder through a WhatsApp group. The threats, prejudice and messages condoning Nazism began in 2018 when a group of students converted the classroom instant messaging group Read more…