November 2009


30 November

30 November 2009 Who said that the 'Yippie' leader and anti-Vietnam war activist, Abbie Hoffman, born on 30 November 1936, was 'something akin to an American prophet'?

Leeds University Union

29 November 2009 Leeds University Union x 1 Campaigns Coordinator , x 1 Democracy Coordinator Fixed term contract, 4 January to 30 April 2010 Leeds University Union’s vision for its campaigning and democratic activity is that “members can achieve change”. We are looking for dynamic, highly motivated individuals with experience of working in a fast paced, democratic organisation. […]

A climate for change

29 November 2009 On the occasion of mass protests at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen, we should also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Seattle protests, and the anti-globalisation movement they helped to establish

Trevor Griffiths

29 November 2009 picks the eight books he'd take to the ends of the earth with him

29 November

29 November 2009 'I did not see a body of a man, woman, child but was scalped; and in many instances their bodies were mutilated in the most horrible manner: men, women and children, privates cut out, etc.'

Cop this

28 November 2009 The UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December is a major event in the battle to strike a deal on cutting carbon emissions. Oscar Reyes picks his way through the plethora of campaigns and networks that are making demands and calling protests and actions

28 November

28 November 2009 'Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.' Happy birthday William Blake, born on 28 November 1757.

27 November

27 November 2009 'It must not be just black people, it must be all poor people. We must include American Indians, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and even poor whites.' With these words, on 27 November 1967, Martin Luther King launched what he called the 'second phase' of the American civil rights movement.

26 November

26 November 2009 On this day in 1867, Lily Maxwell, a kitchenware shop owner, cast her vote in a Manchester by-election to both great outrage and acclaim.

25 November

25 November 2009 'Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon.'

24 November

24 November 2009 The International Conference of Rome for the Social Defence Against Anarchists, which took place between 24 November and 21 December 1898, agreed to a series of measures to clamp down on anarchist activities and propaganda.

23 November

23 November 2009 The first recorded strike in history is said to have taken place on this day in 1170 BCE, during the sixth month of the 29th year of the reign of Rameses III.

Confronting the city

22 November 2009 Mat Little profiles Maurice Glasman, dubbed the father of 'Blue Labour' and learns more about Glasman's plans to clean up the City of London

An ecological manifesto

22 November 2009 The Ecological Revolution by John Bellamy Foster (Monthly Review Press, 2009), reviewed by Derek Wall

The other world

22 November 2009 Vijay Prashad's The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (The New Press), reviewed by Nick Dearden

Lo-fi vs hi-tech

22 November 2009 You don't need to have access to the latest or most expensive technology to create your own media - you can do it your own way. Amy Spencer celebrates the continuing rise of do-it-yourself culture

Biotech bonanza

22 November 2009 Last year's global food crisis made millions for agro-giant Monsanto. Tim Hunt fails to find any redeeming features in this corporate behemoth

22 November

22 November 2009 What were you doing when Texas governor John Bowden Connally Jr was shot?

21 November

21 November 2009 Happy birthday, François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, a man of many letters - more than 21,000 of them, in fact, written during the course of his life to friends, enemies, colleagues, acquaintances and people he never met.

20 November

20 November 2009 The word 'scab', meaning strikebreaker, was first recorded in print on 20 November 1816, when it was used by the Albany (New York) Typographical Society.

19 November

19 November 2009 The radical labour organiser and International Workers of the World activist Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, aka Joseph Hillström, aka Joe Hill, was executed by firing squad in Utah on 19 November 1915. His last word was 'Fire!'

18 November

18 November 2009 After Martin Luther King complains about the FBI's failure to protect civil rights campaigners, FBI director J Edgar Hoover describes him as 'the most notorious liar in the country'.

17 November

17 November 2009 On 17 November 1917, the All-Russia Central Executive Committee voted by a majority of 34 to 24, with one abstention, in favour of a Bolshevik resolution voicing unconditional support for the government's policy suppressing the 'bourgeois press'.

16 November

16 November 2009 On 16 November 1989, six Jesuit priests were murdered, together with their housekeeper and her daughter, by a US-trained death squad in El Salvador.

A radical alternative to prison?

15 November 2009 The community justice centre in Liverpool has been called a more enlightened approach to dealing with crime. Jon Robins investigates if, and how, it works

The politics of cancer

15 November 2009 Mike Marqusee argues that the 'war on cancer' is a misplaced metaphor for what is as much a political as a medical issue

Radicals return to the UN

15 November 2009 While the G8 and G20 meetings this year have sought to keep power in their own hands, a UN summit on the economic crisis in June raised very different proposals. Nick Dearden assesses the chances for real change in the global economy as a result

Feeding the world

15 November 2009 Instead of GM crops and a new 'green revolution for Africa', the answer to the food crisis and climate change lies in smaller-scale, local 'agroecology'. Reviews by James O'Nions

15 November

15 November 2009 'Steadily, amid the chaos of shocking change, the Council of People's Commissars hammered at the scaffolding of the Socialist order. Decree on Social Insurance, on Workers' Control, Regulations for Volost Land Committees, Abolition of Ranks and Titles, Abolition of Courts and the Creation of People's Tribunals ...'

14 November

14 November 2009 'I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that.'

13 November

13 November 2009 On 13 November 1887, soon to be dubbed 'Bloody Sunday', two men are killed as police attack an unemployment demonstration in London.

12 November

12 November 2009 On 12 November 1927, Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party. You could say that he had no justifiable cause for complaint.

11 November

11 November 2009 Armistice Day. Five chances.

10 November

10 November 2009 At 7.30am local time on 10 November 1995, Nigeria's military rulers executed the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists in the southern city of Port Harcourt.

9 November

9 November 2009 Two days after the Bolsheviks seize power in Russia in 1917, the Times in London approves of the overthrown government's ambassador to Paris assessment that the revolution is 'already doomed'.

8 November

8 November 2009 'The Workers' and Peasants' government, created by the Revolution of 6-7 November and basing itself on the Soviets of Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' Deputies, calls upon all the belligerent peoples and their governments to start immediate negotiations for a just, democratic peace.'

Hungry for change

7 November 2009 Britain's food policies could set us on the road to a healthy, ethical and sustainable food system. Yet government action so far has been inadequate and contradictory, says Kath Dalmeny

Feeding the city

7 November 2009 Matt Sellwood profiles a Hackney organisation that is trying to change the way the London borough gets and eats its food

The great global land grab

7 November 2009 The global food crisis has prompted various rich countries to start buying up land in the poorer world to secure their food supplies. As well as affecting domestic food supplies in the countries affected, Sue Branford says it could be a time bomb for the world's ability to cope with climate change

Scars of childhood

7 November 2009 The arrest and detention of Palestinian children by the Israeli army inflicts long-term trauma on Palestinian society. Andrea D'Cruz travelled to Abu Dis to find out more

A farewell to arms exports

7 November 2009 The arms industry has changed dramatically since the end of the cold war. But British government policy, including subsidies and promotion of arms exports, hasn't. Nicholas Gilby looks at the changes and the state of the arms industry today, and considers the implications for campaigners

7 November

7 November 2009 'Demonstrations, street fights, barricades - everything comprised in the usual idea of insurrection - were almost entirely absent.' So wrote Leon Trotsky in his History of the Russian Revolution, which began on 7 November (25 October under the old Julian calendar, then still in use) 1917.

6 November

6 November 2009 'Events Of The Night, November 6th. Toward evening bands of Red Guards began to occupy the printing shops of the bourgeois press, where they printed Rabotchi Put, Soldat, and various proclamations by the hundred thousand.'

5 November

5 November 2009 Have you heard the one about Cap'n Bob, bob, bob?

4 November

4 November 2009 1956: The Soviet air force bombs parts of Budapest, while hundreds of Soviet tanks lead a full-scale ground invasion of Hungary in response to a national uprising against Soviet control.

3 November

3 November 2009 'On the 3rd the leaders of the Bolsheviki had another historic meeting behind closed doors. Notified by Zalkind, I waited in the corridor outside the door; and Volodarsky as he came out told me what was going on.'

2 November

2 November 2009 'The jury's verdict on Lady Chatterley's Lover is a triumph of common sense - and the more pleasing because it was unexpected.' This was how the Guardian greeted the acquittal of Penguin Books on the charge of obscenity for publishing D H Lawrence's novel.

1 November

1 November 2009 It's All Saints Day, the last day by which all Jews were to leave England under Edward I's Edict of Expulsion in 1290.