June 2008

George Santayana

30 June 2008 ‘Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.’ George Santayana

Pakistan amidst the storms

28 June 2008 Graham Usher reports from Islamabad on the problems besetting Pakistan's new coalition government

Making music matter

23 June 2008 The organisers claimed it as a huge success. But the BNP continued its advance in local elections and won a seat on the London Assembly a few days later anyway. So what did the Love Music Hate Racism carnival in east London in April achieve, and what is the importance of such events for the left in the future? Lena De Casparis and Alex Nunns report

I’m not racialist but …

23 June 2008 In this article, first published in New Society magazine on 21 February 1985, Steve Platt looked at a row over racism in London's East End. He says it is depressing that he could have written almost the exact same article yesterday

Dhyani Ywahoo

23 June 2008 ‘You can tell how high a society is by how much of its garbage is recycled.’ Dhyani Ywahoo (Native American)

Ernest Mandel

22 June 2008 ‘You cannot have a spontaneous socialist revolution.’ Ernest Mandel

Monica Lewinsky

21 June 2008 ‘He talks about it as though I had laid it all out there for the taking. I was the buffet and he just couldn’t resist the dessert. That’s not how it was.’ Monica Lewinsky

Blood on Britain’s hands

20 June 2008 NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear says the British government must reverse its support for the Uribe government and work with other European powers to help find a peaceful and just solution to Colombia's civil war

Sean Connery

20 June 2008 ‘There’s something fundamentally wrong with a system where there’s been 17 years of a Tory Government and the people of Scotland have voted Socialist for 17 years. That hardly seems democratic.’ Sean Connery

Billy Bragg

19 June 2008 ‘By the end of the miner’s strike I was defining myself as a socialist, clued in and looking for the next opportunity to defeat the Tories.’ Billy Bragg

George Sand

18 June 2008 ‘You can bind my body, tie my hands, govern my actions: you are the strongest, and society adds to your power; but with my will, sir, you can do nothing.’ George Sand

Underdog politics

14 June 2008 Support for parties of the populist right has been growing across Europe. Faced with 37 per cent support for the far-right Progress Party, according to polls in his home country Norway, political writer Magnus Marsdal travelled across Europe to find out why

What is Britishness? Citizenship, values and identity

12 June 2008 The legacy of the British state militates against democratic citizenship, says David Beetham. Any discussion of 'Britishness' that ignores this reality is bound to be incomplete

Who cares about England?

12 June 2008 The left needs to engage in the debate about Englishness, argues Vron Ware, drawing on two books which explore alternatives to the ethnic, 'indigenous' whiteness of the far right's definition

Selfish capitalism is making us ill

5 June 2008 Mat Little interviews psychologist and writer Oliver James about his book, The Selfish Capitalist

Rowland Sheret: an indefatigable socialist

4 June 2008 Sarah Galloway on socialist, activist and community campaigner, Rowland Sheret who died at his home in Stirling on 30 March 2008

Greg Tucker: an outstanding trade unionist

4 June 2008 Trade unionist Greg Tucker died in April from throat cancer, aged 54, writes Dave Jones

New limbs for the left

4 June 2008 New Labour is dead. The New Tories are in the ascendancy. The left needs to look beyond its existing, inbred networks, writes Hilary Wainwright

The power to prevail

3 June 2008 The annual Human Rights Watch film festival promises to highlight the power of the human spirit - and it doesn't disappoint, writes Angela Saini

Who’s afraid of the Indian Premier League?

3 June 2008 Mike Marqusee on why it's just not cricket anymore

New article

3 June 2008 tosjs

Nothing is more important

3 June 2008 Jon Cruddas and Nick Lowles argue that the rise of the far right presents a challenge that the left has so far proved unable to meet

Do what I say, not what I inhale

3 June 2008 Dear Auntie, _ My daughter is starting to ask awkward questions such as 'Mum, did you take drugs when you were young?' I don't want to lie but I don't want her to venture down the same route. What do I tell her? _ Amy in London

Colombia’s civil war spills over

2 June 2008 In a remarkable interview, Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, offers a savage evaluation of his Colombian counterpart Álvaro Uribe's recent actions, accusing him of warmongering and hijacking attempts to resolve Colombia's conflict peacefully

A different picture

1 June 2008 An American soldier walks into a mosque, aims at an injured civilian and shoots, killing the man instantly. This is television news report number one. In the second report a military unit enters a mosque and patches up the wounded. Then a second unit arrives and speaks to the civilians. One man isn't responding and fearing the man's booby-trapped body will explode if he touches it, the soldier shoots the man in self defence. You don't have to be an expert in media studies to recognise the handiwork of networks with irreconcilable editorial positions in the presentation of this news item. The first was broadcast by Al-Jazeera Arabic, the second by the American Fox News Channel. How do we know which one is 'true'? And how should journalists go about their job of reporting in a situation such as Iraq? Claire Davenport spoke to western and Iraqi journalists to gauge some of their views on how the media is reporting the Iraq war and occupation

Hammering the BNP

1 June 2008 We must take on the far right by the force of our arguments, says Stuart Weir

This is what you do

1 June 2008 Hollow Land by Eyal Weizman, reviewed by Michael Kustow