October 2006


Business buys the G&Ts

28 October 2006 Summer schools for ‘gifted and talented’ teenagers are attracting growing corporate sponsorship. Does it matter who those sponsors are? Rosie Walker says it does

(Un)funny money

1 October 2006 If you've got money to invest, how do you invest it ethically (apart from putting it into Red Pepper)? Fiona Osler offers a beginners' guide to socially responsible investment

Solidarity forever

1 October 2006 Tommy Sheridan says he wants to build a different kind of organisation, not continue to fight internal battles in the SSP

A tale of two meetings

1 October 2006 At the beginning of September two rallies took place in Glasgow - one for the renewal of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and one for Tommy Sheridan's breakaway grouping, Solidarity. Jim Jepps was present at both

No more heroes

1 October 2006 The Scottish Socialist Party, one of the most successful political initiatives of the British left in decades, has been torn apart by its former convenor Tommy Sheridan's libel action over sex allegations in the News of the World. Here, Roz Paterson tells the story from the perspective of those who have remained with the SSP.

A killing a day keeps democracy away

1 October 2006 Left activists in the Philippines are being killed at an alarming rate. Oscar Reyes spoke to Millet Morante, a leading figure in Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD, Movement for National Democracy) and Laban Ng Masa (Struggle of the Masses), a coalition of progressive organisations and political parties

A different kind of leader

1 October 2006 Left-wing MP John McDonnell says that he wants to 'reclaim the Labour Party' and is standing as leader under the campaign slogan 'Another world is possible'. Why does he think it's worth the effort and what's the 'new politics' he's talking about? Interview by Hilary Wainwright

Imagine there’s no leaders. It’s easy if you try…

1 October 2006 But is it? The problem of leadership runs right through this issue of Red Pepper. Three leaders representing parties of different shades of the left - Tony Blair, Tommy Sheridan and President Lula - have each arguably all but destroyed the parties they were elected to represent. Such leadership crises are part and parcel of the left tradition. So what is it about the left and its leaders? What kind of leadership do we want - or need?

Doubly tough

1 October 2006 Muslim women in India face a hard battle for equality and justice. Ari Paul reports on some of those seeking change

Globalisers with guns

1 October 2006 The heady, optimistic days of the 1990s, when the end of the cold war seemed to usher in a new era of peaceful transformation across the globe seem a long way off now. Sergio Yahni looks at the rise of 'armed globalisation', before and since 9/11, and the special role of Israel in the so-called 'clash of civilisations'

iPods and ideologues

1 October 2006 There is something old and something genuinely new about David Cameron's Conservatism. If the left is to help shape the post-Blair political climate, it will have to engage with its ideas, and not simply dismiss them, writes Oscar Reyes

Plunder and war

1 October 2006 With around four million dead and the country in the hands of competing warlords, the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) has seen the world's worst conflict in the past decade. David Renton and Leo Zeilig see little cause for optimism in the recent multiparty elections

Through gritted teeth

1 October 2006 The former head of Brazil's biggest development bank says the government is 'practising the most brutal policy of wealth and income concentration on the planet'. So what does it mean for the onetime hope of the left, President Lula, in this month's election?

Heat on gossip

1 October 2006 Dear Auntie, I'm a lifelong leftie with a secret addiction to celebrity gossip magazines. So when I've had my fill of reading about Hezbollah and the FBU, I like nothing better than to slip a copy of Heat between the pages of my Socialist Worker and ponder the sex lives and misdemeanours of former Big Brother contestants. Does this make me a counter-revolutionary?