December 2008


Henry Adams

4 December 2008 ‘No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.’ -Henry Adams

Ernest Hemingway

3 December 2008 ‘The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.’ Ernest Hemingway

bell hooks

2 December 2008 ‘I have been thinking about the notion of perfect love as being without fear, and what that means for us in a world that’s becoming increasingly xenophobic, tortured by fundamentalism and nationalism.’ bell hooks

Climate of change

1 December 2008 As the UN climate conference gathers in Poland, Janet Redman considers the prospects for a new deal on the climate

Starting young

1 December 2008 At the tender age of 13, Sonia Azad is already something of a veteran peace activist, having set up an anti-war campaign for children, as well as making two documentary films. She talked to Andrea D'Cruz about what inspired her to get involved

A walk in the hills

1 December 2008 Once Raja Shehadeh would lose himself in long walks across the open countryside around his home in Ramallah on the West Bank. Israeli settlement in the Palestinian occupied territories has put a stop to that, with paths closed and the relaxing rambles turned into a challenge often marred by shootings, unpleasant encounters and threats of arrest for daring to walk in a land that has been claimed by strangers

The ‘f’ word: from ’68 to ’08

1 December 2008 {'68-'78-'88: from women's liberation to feminism}, edited by Amanda Sebestyen, was published at a moment 'when feminism became uncool'. Ten years on, it became a key text on women's studies courses - its tales from feminists of various backgrounds documenting the many layers and differences woven into the women's liberation movement. Fast forward to 2008, and some of the contributors met at Housmans bookshop in London. We present edited extracts from that discussion to open a debate on feminism today, introduced by Hilary Wainwright and with a summary of current feminist activity by Andrea D'Cruz

FIT for purpose?

1 December 2008 SchNEWS swings a long lens towards state surveillance

Basically…

1 December 2008 Jaimie Grant meets with veteran peace campaigner Lindis Percy to discuss the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases

Well versed

1 December 2008 From publishing translations of the only known female poet whose work has survived from Roman times to editing a successful poetry column in the Morning Star, the anarchist-communist John Rety is well respected in the poetry world. Here he describes his long involvement with poetry and chooses four poems from his new book Well Versed, an anthology of his Morning Star column, to share with Red Pepper readers

At the crossroads

1 December 2008 I built the best of England With my brain and with my hands. Liberty Equality Fraternity – That’s where I took my stand, And the people called me Old Labour The brave heart of this land I walked out of the smoky streets To enjoy some country air, But when I came to the crossroads, […]

Inside

1 December 2008 Day breaks, at a pace that makes the face ache and just for his faith’s sake, he tries to stay calm he looks down at his young man’s hands and at his arms and remembers a time when they seemed so much smaller outside it’s grey and as the rain beats a rhythm on the […]

The lamplighter (extract)

1 December 2008 Scene 1: Interior fort The noise of the sea slapping against the walls of Cape Coast Castle. The sound of many different African languages, talking fast, scared. ANNIWAA: I am a girl. I am in the dark. I don’t know how long I’ve been kept in the dark. High above me, there is a tiny […]

Off the ball

1 December 2008 Mark Perryman stands up for a game that would prefer him to sit down

Karl Marx

1 December 2008 ‘The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.’ Karl Marx



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