June 2007


Chile or Venezuela – Which is the Good Democracy?

20 June 2007 Outsiders who are looking for democracy in Latin America, and in particular, interesting experiments in its expansion, may choose to visit Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina. In Chile, thus far, you will find a President who calls herself a socialist, twinkles at the edges of the system with some reforms, but not much else. Rodrigo Acuña reports

Alan Johnson

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Harriet Harman

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Peter Hain

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Hilary Benn

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Hazel Blears

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Jon Cruddas

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Five Fingers Beat 16,000 G8 Cops: Are we winning, again?

14 June 2007 From 6-8 June 2007, for over 44 hours, every road into and out of the enormous 'Red Zone' surrounding the 2007 G8 summit in Heiligendamm was blockaded. According to the Financial Times on the opening day, the blockades had 'tipped the G8 summit into logistical chaos'. The mobilisation to Heiligendamm was the return of the alter-globalisation movement. Ben Trott analyses how the event turned out to be such a success? What are its implications? And what next?

Ads Nauseam

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Moving against

1 June 2007 When the G8 travelling circus rolls up to Rostock in Germany this month, it will again be met with mass protests. Ben Trott reports on the efforts of the German left to unite and draw lessons from the protests at the 2005 Gleneagles summit

The foul stench of Firestone

1 June 2007 Slavery isn't dead, writes Robtel Neajai Pailey. Its modern-day variant is just found on a different kind of plantation

Popular risings to the climate challenge

1 June 2007 How do we go about getting more people involved in responding to climate change? Popular education is the key, say Alice Cutler and Kim Bryan of the Trapese Collective

Truth revealed

1 June 2007 Pablo Navarrete interviews the campaigning journalist and documentary maker, John Pilger, whose first film for the cinema comes out in June 2007

Profiting from pollution – The G8 nations and emissions trading

1 June 2007 Tackling climate change is likely to be at the top of the agenda at this month's G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany. But the emissions trading schemes promoted by G8 countries are deferring genuine climate action, while generating massive profits for the largest polluters.

Stop the Wall

1 June 2007 In the first in a series on the networks and organisations that make up the global justice movement, Nadia Idle looks at the grassroots campaign against Israel's 'apartheid wall'

Google for it?

1 June 2007 Dear Auntie, As a seasoned internet activist I regularly give my friends a hard time for using Google. Its 'don't be evil' motto doesn't seem to have helped Chinese web users, who now face censored searches, while its CIA links are well-known. Only one problem: I have a secret addiction to Skype. Does this make me a hypocrite? Activista, Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire

The Blairafter

1 June 2007 There was a time when democratic debate in the Labour Party was held up as compensation for the lack of constitutional control over a powerful executive.

It’s Iraq, stupid

1 June 2007 So Blair is going - at long last. Let's be clear about this departure. It is not, as he would have us believe, a voluntary act of renunciation, He, like Thatcher, would have gone 'on and on' if he had had his way.

What about the workers?

1 June 2007 Discussion of class has gone out of fashion in today's Labour Party. All too often Labour leaders have colluded in a general stigmatisation of the poor and unemployed, who are in fact the victims of failures in the education and training systems and of bad employers.

A defining value

1 June 2007 Tony Blair spoke the language of social exclusion and opportunity rather than of poverty and equality on taking office. He and other ministers made clear that redistribution through the tax-benefits system was no longer on Labour's agenda. So there were no illusions to be dashed with regard to tackling poverty and inequality.