May 2008

Cuba: response to Dave Osler

29 May 2008 Diana Raby responds to Dave Osler

Racism today

23 May 2008 Hostility towards migrants is on the increase. David Renton reviews a new book by Arun Kundani which puts contemporary racism in perspective

Disturbing family order

22 May 2008 Laurie Penny interviews the Turkish feminist and author Meltem Arikan

George Orwell

20 May 2008 ‘Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’George Orwell


19 May 2008 ‘Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.’ Demosthenes:

Duke Ellington

18 May 2008 ‘Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.’ Duke Ellington

Henry Wadworth Longfellow

17 May 2008 ‘For after all, the best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.’ Henry Wadworth Longfellow

Suzanne Vega

16 May 2008 ‘I don’t think gender is aesthetically defining for me.’ Suzanne Vega

TS Eliot

15 May 2008 ‘For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.’ TS Eliot


14 May 2008 Peter Tatchell picks the eight books he'd take to the ends of the earth with him

If the revolution does not go forward, it will go backwards

14 May 2008 Dave Osler responds to Diana Raby and says it's unforgivable to utilise the slogans of Seattle in describing Cuba

Why Cuba is still important

14 May 2008 Diana Raby argues that those who deny the legitimacy of the Cuban system will never understand why, after 50 years, the revolution is still an ongoing reality

Maya Angelou

14 May 2008 ‘A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretence. No truth seems true. A simple morning’s greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.’ Maya Angelou

George Bernard Shaw

13 May 2008 ‘Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.’ George Bernard Shaw

Graffiti on a wall in Thailand

12 May 2008 ‘There can be no security without peace There can be no peace without freedom There can be no freedom without justice There can be no justice without love.’ Graffiti on a wall in Thailand

NHS Whistleblower speaks out about the NHS

11 May 2008 Senior mental health nurse Karen Reissmann was sacked last year after being found guilty of gross misconduct by Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust for speaking out against NHS cuts. Tom Haines-Doran catches up with her to ask about the latest in the campaign to have her reinstated

24 reasons for 24 weeks

8 May 2008 MP Nadine Dorries unveiled 20 'reasons' for lowering the abortion limit to 20 weeks. Here Laurie Penny gives 24 reasons why it should remain at 24 weeks

Up for a fight

8 May 2008 The anti-choice lobby, with David Cameron at the helm, has proposed amendments to the abortion law that would target a vulnerable minority of women. Reforms are needed, but to extend rather than restrict women's reproductive freedoms, argues Laurie Penny

Reaping what they’ve sown

5 May 2008 Hilary Wainwright says while the radical left are in no position to say 'I told you so', reviving public service values and practices is the only way to renew the Labour Party

New Labour is now dead: election results reaction

3 May 2008 New Labour is now dead says Compass chair Neal Lawson. The strategy that saw the Party continually triangulate interests and concerns, tacking endlessly to the right, doing what the Tories would do only doing it first, fixating on a mythical middle England and denying that free market policies are having a damaging effect on society is now finished.

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