December 2008


J.R.R. Tolkien

31 December 2008 ‘So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending.’ J.R.R. Tolkien

Aldous Huxley

30 December 2008 ‘Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.’ Aldous Huxley

Meaning of Israel’s attack on Gaza

29 December 2008 Phyllis Bennis on holding Israel to account

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

29 December 2008 ‘Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.’ Jalal ad-Din Rumi

11.30 am

28 December 2008 11.30am Myself and Alberto Acre, a Spanish journalist, have been to the border village of Sirej, near Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip. We had driven there with the mobile clinic of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees. The clinic regularly visits exposed, frequently raided villages that are far from medical […]

There is a light …

28 December 2008 The world must turn the light of conscience into activism, says Ewa Jasiewicz

Civilians dead

28 December 2008 Ewa Jasiewicz reports from Gaza on the devastation wreaked by the Israeli air strikes

Gaza today: ‘This is only the beginning’

28 December 2008 Ewa Jasiewicz reports from Gaza on the 'darkest night people have seen in their lifetimes'

Kurt Lewin

28 December 2008 ‘Social action, just like physical action, is steered by perception.’ Kurt Lewin

Carl Jung

27 December 2008 ‘The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.’ Carl Jung

Thank you, Harold

26 December 2008 Hilary Wainwright wrote the following note about Harold Pinter's involvement with Red Pepper for a collection published by Faber to celebrate his 70th birthday

In words and silences

26 December 2008 Hilary Wainwright reflects on Harold Pinter and Red Pepper

Virginia Woolf

26 December 2008 ‘For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.’ Virginia Woolf

Life of Brian

25 December 2008 ‘He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy!’ Brian’s Mother

On Adrian Mitchell’s Answerphone

23 December 2008 On Adrian Mitchell’s answerphone – bells ring, birds sing, saxophones swing! On Adrian Mitchell’s answerphone – Blake works a miracle, Big Ben sounds hysterical, the world waxes lyrical! On Adrian Mitchell’s answerphone – the passwords sigh, the terrorists cry, the children fly! On Adrian Mitchell’s answerphone – leave plenty of love – after the tone! […]

Martin Luther King, Jr.

23 December 2008 ‘Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.’ Martin Luther King, Jr.

A cabbie writes

22 December 2008 Aubrey Morris was born into a Jewish émigré family in London's East End in the early 20th century. Like many of his generation he gravitated towards radical politics. And he stayed there as he progressed from anti-fascist activist to cab driver to travel business mogul. His political engagement continues, including organising a well-known monthly political lunch club in London's Gay Hussar. Here we print some extracts from his recently published autobiography

You should visit Faslane

22 December 2008 Shadow poet laureate Adrian Mitchell advocates a visit to Faslane ...

Albert Camus

22 December 2008 ‘In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.’ Albert Camus

Albert Einstein

21 December 2008 ‘Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.’ Albert Einstein

James Branch Cabell

20 December 2008 ‘The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.’ James Branch Cabell

Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

19 December 2008 ‘People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought, which they avoid.’ -Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

Poznan climate talks: fiddling while the earth burns

18 December 2008 The UN Climate Conference in Poznan, Poland failed to achieve any breakthrough towards a global climate deal - a sign not merely of bad timing, but of a fundamentally flawed system that takes no account of climate justice, argues Oscar Reyes

The oil and gas bank

18 December 2008 The Royal Bank of Scotland has long ploughed money into fossil fuels - but now we own it, shouldn't it stop? Kevin Smith looks at the campaign to get the bank to take responsibility for climate damage

Up in smoke

18 December 2008 Derek Wall looks at the many dangers of burning our waste

Shell to Sea

18 December 2008 Andy Bowman examines the global links and networks being built by Irish anti-Shell activists

Unhealthy obsessions

18 December 2008 Phil Woolas should stop worrying about poor people's fertility and tackle the real 'extremely thorny' question - rich people's wealth, says Bob Hughes

Anne Frank

18 December 2008 ‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’ Anne Frank

Clarence Darrow

17 December 2008 ‘Chase after truth like hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.’ Clarence Darrow

F. Scott Fitzgerald

16 December 2008 ‘The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.’ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Adrienne Rich

15 December 2008 ‘The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities.’ Adrienne Rich

Bertrand Russell

14 December 2008 ‘The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.’ Bertrand Russell

Jack Kerouac

13 December 2008 ‘I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.’ Jack Kerouac

Lewis Carroll

12 December 2008 ‘A slow sort of country!’ said the Queen. ‘Now, here you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.’ Lewis Carroll

Enduring exile

11 December 2008 Some six million people are trapped in mainly poor countries as long-term refugees, writes the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres

A fake friend

11 December 2008 Andrea D'Cruz looks at the truth about the International Organisation for Migration

Win one day

11 December 2008 Joaquin Nzuzi Mbambi is UK general secretary of Abako, the oldest anti-colonial party in the Congo. He escaped the country six years ago after a crackdown on the outlawed group and has been seeking asylum in the UK ever since

George Orwell

11 December 2008 ‘During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.’ George Orwell

The patron saint of sandal-wearers

10 December 2008 Matthew Beaumont welcomes Sheila Rowbotham's biography of Edward Carpenter

Kurt Vonnegut

10 December 2008 ‘I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.’ Kurt Vonnegut

Prophet of doom

9 December 2008 Dissident economist Harry Shutt was arguing that capitalism was heading for a fall long before the current crisis. Interview by Mat Little

Frank Zappa

9 December 2008 ‘Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.’ -Frank Zappa

Abba Eban

8 December 2008 ‘History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.’ Abba Eban

Edward Abbey

7 December 2008 ‘A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.’ Edward Abbey

Unionising your workplace

6 December 2008 A ten-step guide to workplace organisation from scratch. By Patrick Smith

H.G. Wells

6 December 2008 ‘Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’ H.G. Wells

After the meltdown

5 December 2008 On the eve of the US election, five critical writers and economists met to discuss the financial crisis - and what should be done. With Barack Obama heading for the White House, is this time for the left to think big? William Greider, Frances Fox Piven, Doug Henwood, Arun Gupta and Naomi Klein put their heads together

Change we can achieve

5 December 2008 President-elect Obama (savour the phrase) offers historic possibilities and challenges for progressives. Bill Fletcher Jr reflects on his victory and the kind of critical support that will be needed if we are to build on it

No hope

5 December 2008 Dear Auntie, All my left-wing friends seem to be overjoyed about Obama winning the US election, holding real hope that he will bring change, that he'll stop the wars, and that he'll somehow make America all cuddly and nice. But haven't we been here before? I'm getting flashbacks to the expectations people had of politicians like Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, and how quickly they betrayed us. Is it terrible that I think Obama will be just more of the same? Hopeless, London

Thomas Edison

5 December 2008 ‘Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.’ Thomas Edison



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