January 2009

Hans Christian Andersen

31 January 2009 ‘Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.’ Hans Christian Andersen

Barack Obama: opportunities and obstacles

30 January 2009 It’s the end of an error and beginning of a new era, but as he takes office, Barack Obama will have to be bold to deal with the enormous challenges he faces: an imploding economy, poverty, inequality, healthcare meltdown, two wars and much more. So what does he have to offer? Bill Fletcher Jr offers […]

Women of the revolution

30 January 2009 Thirty years after the toppling of the Shah in Iran, Azar Sheibani looks at how Iranian women have defied the reign of misogynist terror

Movements now and then

30 January 2009 The promises and hopes generated by election campaigns sometimes help to set democratic forces in motion that break the grip of politics as usual. That is what happened in the 1930s when Franklin D Roosevelt became US president, such as in the factory occupations in support of union recognition described in Studs Terkel's classic interview reprinted below, and could happen again today following Barack Obama's election victory, says Frances Fox Piven

Frida Kahlo

30 January 2009 ‘I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim.’ Frida Kahlo

Pitmen painters

29 January 2009 Six days a week they toiled down the mine, making art in their spare time after attending a Workers Education Association art appreciation class. The Ashington Group of miner-artists is the subject of a witty and wise play by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, currently showing at the National Theatre, that has much to tell us about art, culture and the working class, writes Steve Platt

Human rights campaigners are not terrorists

29 January 2009 A trial is drawing to a close in which anti-terror laws are being used to prosecute innocent human rights campaigners. Peter Tatchell reports

J K Rowling

29 January 2009 ‘Poverty is a lot like childbirth – you know it is going to hurt before it happens, but you’ll never know how much until you experience it.’ J K Rowling

Can’t you see the writing on the wall

28 January 2009 With hundreds of civilians killed and a quarter of a million people trapped by the current fighting, Lonán Álvaro considers the humanitarian cost of Sri Lanka's 25-year long conflict

Henry Miller

28 January 2009 ‘Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.’ Henry Miller


27 January 2009 ‘And I just want to know while the revolution lasts will it enable me to swallow broken glass!’ Model Worker, Magazine

Joe Hill

26 January 2009 ‘My will is easy to decide, For there is nothing to divide. My kind don’t need to fuss and moan – “Moss does not cling to a rolling stone.”‘ ‘Last Will’, Joe Hill

Mark Twain

25 January 2009 ‘It’s spring fever … You don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!’ Mark Twain

Francis Bacon

24 January 2009 ‘Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake…’ Francis Bacon

Gloria Steinem

23 January 2009 ‘The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.’Gloria Steinem

Jill Robinson’s booktopia

22 January 2009 The eight books she'd take to the ends of the earth with her

Ralph Waldo Emerson

22 January 2009 ‘What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Green jobs to beat recession

21 January 2009 Jean Lambert says what the UK now needs is new green jobs and training for a new green economy

A Green New Deal

21 January 2009 Jim Jepps and Rupert Read say the UK needs a 'Green New Deal' to tackle the 'triple crunch' of credit, oil prices and climate change

Alfred Adler

21 January 2009 ‘Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.’ Alfred Adler

The first 100 days: a legislative agenda

20 January 2009 Bill Fletcher Jr imagines a 'people's agenda' to kick-start the change we need

What Obama means to the world

20 January 2009 People's obsession with Barack Obama says more about them than him, says Gary Younge

Richard Dawkins

20 January 2009 ‘By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.’ Richard Dawkins

Henry David Thoreau

19 January 2009 ‘When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.’ Henry David Thoreau

Peter Tosh

18 January 2009 ‘And I ask why am I black, they say I was born in sin, and shamed inequity. One of the main songs we used to sing in church makes me sick, ‘love wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.’ Peter Tosh

Still breathing

17 January 2009 The Palestinian refusal to be broken is a call and challenge to us all, Caoimhe Butterly reports from Gaza

Dirty gold is a family affair

17 January 2009 Nyasha del Campo, the daughter of Zimbabwe's acting president Joice Mujuru, is accused of trying to set up a deal involving illegal gold, Makusha Mugabe reports

Joni Mitchell

17 January 2009 ‘This is a nation that has lost the ability to be self-critical, and that makes a lie out of the freedoms.’ Joni Mitchell

Credit where credit’s due

16 January 2009 Credit unions are more than ever the essential financial alternatives to traditional banks for the poor, says Mick Mcateer

Emma Goldman

16 January 2009 ‘Free love? As if love is anything but free. Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. ‘ Emma Goldman

Manu Chao

15 January 2009 ‘politik use bombs politik need torpedoes politik needs blood that’s what my friend is an evidence politik is violence’ Politik Kills, Manu Chao

Dario Fo

14 January 2009 ‘Real socialism is inside man. It wasn’t born with Marx. It was in the communes of Italy in the Middle Ages. You can’t say it is finished.’ Dario Fo

A house upon them

13 January 2009 Ewa Jasiewicz speaks with the victims of Israels attacks

Jimi Hendrix

13 January 2009 ‘The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.’ Jimi Hendrix

Led Zeppelin needs to come back in black

12 January 2009 Mark LeVine says at their core Led Zeppelin were a black band and need to look outside the 'white rock 'n' roll box' if they change their mind about not reforming

Kamal Odwan’s ‘mosque’

12 January 2009 Missiles have been falling throughout the afternoon 'ceasefire' reports Ewa Jasiewicz

The ceasefire

12 January 2009 Ewa Jasiewicz in Beit Hanoun and Jabaliya

Vaclav Havel

12 January 2009 ‘You do not become a “dissident” just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. […]

Dag Hammarskjold

11 January 2009 ‘There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life’s point of no return.’ Dag Hammarskjold

The truth about Gaza

10 January 2009 In the face of many 'modern myths' currently being propagated, here's the truth, based on reports by the UN and ngos on the ground, including Israeli human rights groups. Drafted by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

The world after Keynes

10 January 2009 Keynes is back in fashion, but his policies did not give to the state - at all levels - the leading role in investment that is now necessary, argues Stuart Holland. What is required is a radical rebalancing of relations between economic and social power, led by democratised state institutions

Could you be Red Pepper’s next co-editor?

10 January 2009 We’re seeking a co-editor to share commissioning with Hilary Wainwright and take overall responsibility for editing three issues per year. As well as excellent writing, editorial and commissioning skills and experience, a creative commitment to our politics is essential. A good knowledge of international and domestic politics, communication skills, an ability to work under pressure […]

France’s new anti-capitalist party

10 January 2009 There's been surprisingly little discussion in the UK on the launch of the 'new anti-capitalist party' in France. Jim Jepps spoke to John Mullen, the editor of Socialisme International, to find out more

Arundhati Roy

10 January 2009 ‘Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.’ Arundhati Roy

Leonardo da Vinci

10 January 2009 ‘I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.’ Leonardo da Vinci

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

9 January 2009 ‘The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.’ Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Winnie the Pooh

8 January 2009 ‘Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.’ Winnie the Pooh

Rebecca West

7 January 2009 ‘I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.’ Rebecca West

The threat of the good example

6 January 2009 Bolivia's experiment with economic and political democracy needs our solidarity and also contains much from which we can learn. Samuel Grove and Pablo Navarrete report

Aldo Leopold

6 January 2009 ‘Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them … For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television.’ Aldo Leopold

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