Sabine Reul

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Sabine Reul was Sub-editor, then Society and Politics editor at German magazine Novo Argumente. She has an association with the libertarian anti-environmentalist LM network through Novo Argumente, writing for Living Marxism[1] and through speaking at the Battle of Ideas in 2009[2] and 2010.[3]

Entry for Sabine Jansen as Lektorinnen in the German department in the University of Reading, 1978/9.

Reul attended Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz 1969 — 1975[4][2]After graduating with an 'MA in German and English literature', Reul 'worked in England from 1975 to 1988 as a lecturer at the Universities of Kent and Reading and as a freelance journalist.'[2] There is an entry for a 'Sabine E. Jansen' in the University of Reading Calendar 1978-9 holding the post of Lektorinnen in the German Department.[5]

It seems likely that this is Sabine Reul on account of the mention of a Sabene Jansen in the Acknowledgments of Frank Furedi's 1989 book on the Mau Mau.[6] Note that the first name is spelled differently. There is certainly precedent for this in that a different close comrade had his name spelled incorrectly in the Mau Mau book. It refers to 'Kennon Malik' instead of Kenan Malik. In an earlier book Furedi thanks a Sabena Norton, a third spelling.[7] This spelling also appears in Living Marxism for Reul herself in 1994,[8] (though on other occasions the correct spelling appears[9]) and some eight and thirteen years earlier in the RCP journal Confrontation in 1986,[10] and in a 1981 article in the party journal Revolutionary Communist Papers,[11] both of which referenced Sabena Norton.

A fourth spelling is evident in one of the RCT's first publications in 1977: Sabina Norton.[12] The 1981 publication reviewed a German language book and in 2010, according to a report on the 2010 Battle of Ideas in November 2010 Reul was said by Claire Fox to be 'The woman I admire most'.[3] This might suggest a central and long term role in the RCT/RCP and then the LM network. In other words, it seems likely that Sabine Jansen, Sabene Jansen, Sabina Norton, Sabena Norton, Sabena Reul and Sabine Reul are all the same person. If this is true it suggests that Reul has had a hitherto unpublicised role in the LM network going back to the very beginning of the Revolutionary Communist Tendency in 1977. It also throws new light on her involvement with Novo Argumente the German language website and magazine which she helps to run suggesting a closer relationship than has previously been suggested.

'The woman I admire most' according to Claire Fox.[3] Sabine Reul at the 2009 Battle of Ideas.[13]

'On returning to Germany, she founded the writer and translator agency Textbüro Reul GmbH in Frankfurt am Main.'[2]


  • Society and Politics editor of the German magazine NovoArgumente
  • Owner Textbüro Reul GmbH[2]
  • Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz 1969 — 1975[2][4]



  1. Sabine Reul, 'German history on trial again', Living Marxism, No. 48 - October 1992, p. 29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Battle of Ideas Sabine Reul, accessed 23 November 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Helge Ogrim Battle of Ideas, is the Revolutionary Communist Party still the vanguard? November 6, 2010 · 11:49 am
  4. 4.0 4.1 LinkedIn Sabine Reul, accessed 23 November 2010
  5. University of Reading Calendar 1978-9, September 1978, ISBN 0 7049 0010 6, ISSN 0305 - 473 x, p. D6.
  6. Frank Furedi The Mau Mau War in Perspective, London: James Currey Publishers, 1989. p. ix
  7. Frank Furedi,Soviet Union Demystified: A Materialist Analysis, Junius Publications., 1986. p. 4.
  8. Sabena Reul and Andy Clarkson, 'Who killed Rwanda?', Living Marxism, No. 69 - July, p. 30.
  9. Sabine Reul, 'How Germany remembers the war', Living Marxism, No. 81 - July/August 1995, p. 36.
  10. Sabena Norton, 'Editorial: Living Marxism', Confrontation Number 1 Summer 1986. London: Junius Publications Ltd, June 1986, p. 1-3.
  11. Sabena Norton 'The state within the state: An appreciation of G E Zinoviev's Der Krieg und die Krise des Sozialismus', in Prolonging the death agony: The rise, fall and reconstitution of social democracy, Revolutionary Communist Papers No.8., Revolutionary Communist Party, Sept 1981. p. 28-29
  12. Sabina Norton and Keith Tompson The struggle for a revolutionary propaganda group, RCT Pamphlets No. 1, October 1977, London: Revolutionary Communist Tendency BM RCT, WC1V 6XX [1],11p 30cm.
  13. Novo Argumente London: NovoDebatte zur deutschen Einheit NovoArgumente auf dem Battle of Ideas 2009, Accessed 1 March 2011