November 2008

A broader Britannia

30 November 2008 England's World Cup qualifying campaign takes fans to some far-flung places: Belarus this year, Kazakhstan and Ukraine in 2009. Mark Perryman argues the case for a fan-led popular internationalism

Lalit kontinye

30 November 2008 Lindsey Collen reports on the legacy of banishment, colonisation and the machinery of war on the island of Diego Garcia

Wind of change

30 November 2008 The contrast between the condition of party and electoral democracy in the US and the UK is palpable, says David Beetham

William F. Claire

30 November 2008 ‘I dream of wayward gulls and all landless lovers, rare moments of winter sun, peace, privacy, for everyone.’ William F. Claire

Arundhati Roy

29 November 2008 ‘The only thing worth globalizing is dissent.’ Arundhati Roy

Zdener Urbanek

28 November 2008 ‘The real truth is always subversive.’ Zdener Urbanek

Thomas Jefferson

27 November 2008 ‘No nation can be both ignorant and free.’ Thomas Jefferson

William James

26 November 2008 ‘Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.’ William James

John Ciardi

25 November 2008 ‘Resistance may in the end prove futile, but at least it tests the changes and makes them prove their worth.’ John Ciardi

Credit crunch (book extract)

24 November 2008 In this extract from his book, The Credit Crunch: Housing Bubbles, Globalisation and the Worldwide Economic Crisis, economist Graham Turner argues that in the current financial turmoil, the omens are not encouraging for remedying the inherent flaws that will tip us in to debt deflation

Ursula K. Le Guin

24 November 2008 ‘We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.’ Ursula K. Le Guin

Frances Hodgson Burnett

23 November 2008 ‘One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts-just mere thoughts-are as powerful as electric batteries, as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.’ Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden)

Daniel Defoe

22 November 2008 ‘As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is, I believe, the worst of all snares.’ Moll Flanders (Daniel Defoe)

Joseph Conrad

21 November 2008 ‘Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.’ Joseph Conrad

Pier Paolo Pasolini

20 November 2008 ‘I’ve never wanted to make a conclusive statement. I’ve always posed various problems and left them open for consideration.’ Pier Paolo Pasolini


19 November 2008 ‘Just breathing isn’t living!’ Pollyanna (Eleanor H. Porter)


18 November 2008 ‘There is nothing that gives more assurance than a mask.’ Colette

Aung San Suu Kyi

17 November 2008 ‘The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.’

Milan Kundera

16 November 2008 ‘No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.’ Milan Kundera

Aldous Huxley

15 November 2008 ‘An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.’ Aldous Huxley

Why won’t Nato die?

14 November 2008 The US never misses a chance to wheel out Nato and revive the old cold war narrative in modern form – the Russian intervention in Georgia after the attack on South Ossetia was only the latest excuse. Jonathan Steele explains why we are still lumbered with a wasteful and dangerous military alliance A few weeks […]

Fighting to stay

14 November 2008 Jessica Charsley of Manchester No Borders offers a ten-step guide to building an anti-deportation campaign

Mrs Chips

14 November 2008 From school meals to school selection policies, Margaret Tulloch has been a tireless campaigner for state education for half a lifetime. She spoke to Laurie Penny

Dead safe

14 November 2008 The government insists that Iraqi Kurdistan is safe and is deporting hundreds of Kurdish and other asylum seekers to Iraq. By Amanda Sebestyen Mohammad Hussain was one of the best-known and loved members of the Kurdish community in the north of England, ‘a big man with a big heart’. Originally from Erbil, he had been […]

Something worth fighting for

14 November 2008 A poem by Carol Ann Duffy has been removed by a school exam board. Michael Rosen thinks poets may have a battle on their hands

A cultural revolution

14 November 2008 Poet and writer Andy Croft talks to Neil Astley, the founder and editor of Britain's most important poetry publisher, Bloodaxe Books, about putting the politics into poetry

The generation gap

14 November 2008 Extracts of What's Going On by Mark Steel (Simon and Schuster)

Booktopia: Tracy Quan

14 November 2008 Tracy Quan picks the eight books she'd take to the ends of the earth with her

Leo Tolstoy

14 November 2008 ‘Everyone thinks about changing the world, but no one thinks about changing himself.’ Leo Tolstoy

Leonard Cohen

13 November 2008 ‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.’ Leonard Cohen

Anais Nin

12 November 2008 ‘When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.’ Anais Nin

Robert Fripp

11 November 2008 ‘There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake.’ Robert Fripp

Dante Alighieri

10 November 2008 ‘The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.’ Dante Alighieri

Audre Lourde

8 November 2008 ‘When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.’ Audre Lourde

Abraham Lincoln

7 November 2008 ‘Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will lose both.’ Abraham Lincoln

Tennessee Williams

6 November 2008 ‘Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.’ Tennessee Williams

Anais Nin

5 November 2008 ‘I know too well that man can only change himself psychologically, and that fear and greed make him inhuman, and it is only a change of roles we attain with each revolution,just a change of men in power, that is all, the evil remains.’ Anais Nin

Between hope and reality: an open letter to Barack Obama

4 November 2008 Ralph Nader takes Barack Obama to task for the gap between his rhetoric and reality

David Foreman

4 November 2008 ‘We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects.’ David Foreman, Earth First!

Joe Strummer

3 November 2008 ‘Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn’t have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed.’ Joe Strummer

John Perry Barlow

2 November 2008 ‘But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having.’ John Perry Barlow

Noam Chomsky

1 November 2008 ‘If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.’ Noam Chomsky