February 2008


Beyond bread and butter

25 February 2008 From postal workers to policemen, public sector workers have been linking their demands for decent working conditions with the quality of the services they provide and begun to create new alliances. They still need more imaginative thinking, says Gregor Gall, but does this approach provide a way forward for trade unions generally, in the private sector as well as the public

Pakistan after Bhutto

24 February 2008 With 160 million people, 600,000 soldiers and 50 nuclear warheads, what happens in Pakistan after Benazir Bhutto's assassination has ramifications worldwide. Graham Usher reports from Islamabad

Planetary mythology

24 February 2008 Soundbite science and self-help manuals would have you believe that men and women can't communicate. Deborah Cameron's new book shows that the real issues are to do with power, writes Romy Clark

Cuba after Castro

23 February 2008 In the wake of the announcement by Cuban leader Fidel Castro that he will "neither aspire to nor accept" another term as the country's president, much of the analysis in the mainstream media has concentrated on whether Fidel's retirement will usher in a "transition" period for Cuba's socialist revolution, now in its 50th year, writes Pablo Navarrete

Parties, movements and radical change

20 February 2008 Davy Jones, a leading advocate of participatory budgeting, says the left needs to recognise and seize opportunities when and where they arise

The Tet Offensive 40 years on

12 February 2008 The end of January 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of an event that astonished the world, changed the course of history, and remains pregnant with lessons for today. In the early hours of 31 January 1968, soldiers of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam and the Army of North Vietnam launched what came to be known as the Tet Offensive (it coincided with Tet Nguyen Dan, the lunar new year) against the US occupiers and their puppet government, writes Mike Marqusee

Student debt: selling out the next generation

12 February 2008 With student debt spiralling and higher education being reduced to a commodity, Laurie Penny calls for a change of course

Talking with the enemy

10 February 2008 Peace requires negotiating with your enemies, says Gerald Kaufman MP, Labour's shadow foreign secretary in the 1980s and 1990s. The Annapolis summit was a complete waste of time, he argues, and so will be any other attempt at a solution that does not involve negotiations with Hamas

Practising what we preach

10 February 2008 Salma Yaqoob says that how we build a political alternative is as important as what we build

School protesters five years on

7 February 2008 Five years on from the invasion of Iraq, we sound out the views of some the school-age protesters that we interviewed at the time

Agency for change

5 February 2008 Mark Perryman argues the need for a plural politics to confront the conservative left

Rethinking political parties

5 February 2008 The membership and influence of political parties is declining throughout the western world, and most quickly in Britain. Hilary Wainwright examines the role of the party in transformative politics and asks how the left might reimagine this crucial instrument of political change