December 2009


5 December

5 December 2009 Eleanor Roosevelt said of this day: 'I think December 5th is an important date for all of us in the US to remember.' Why?

4 December

4 December 2009 'You can kill a revolutionary but you can't kill a revolution,' said Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. He was right on one count at least.

Chemical criminals

3 December 2009 On 3 December 1984, the world's worst industrial disaster took place at Bhopal in India. Twenty-five years on, Rajwinder Sahota visits the city to find out what happened to the victims

PR for the rich

3 December 2009 The 'Taxpayers' Alliance' has become a ubiquitous commentator on tax and government spending. Clifford Singer finds out who they really are

2 December

2 December 2009 Henry David Thoreau said of him that 'no man in America has ever stood up so persistently and effectively for the dignity of human nature'. Frederick Douglass said that, 'though a white gentleman, he is in sympathy a black man, and as deeply interested in our cause, as though his own soul had been pierced with the iron of slavery'.

Anti-capitalism: alive and well

1 December 2009 Ten years ago, the global justice movement burst from the streets of Seattle onto the world's television screens. John Hilary examines the victories and challenges of the last decade

Epic drama

1 December 2009 With a new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children at the National Theatre, Steve Platt assesses the legacy of one of the 20th century's greatest dramatists

Book reviews

1 December 2009 Nuclear exposure Under the Radar: Cancer and the Cold War Ellen Leopold Rutgers University Press, 2009 Ellen Leopold’s excellent book traces aspects of cold war ideology through to the present day via two related processes: the history of atomic science and the expanding use of radiation therapy. In doing this she uncovers a widespread campaign […]

Enforced destitution

1 December 2009 Frances Webber investigates the Home Office's policy of imposing poverty on those seeking asylum in Britain

Opening the gates

1 December 2009 Andrea D'Cruz talks to a group organising collective action among people on the margins of the welfare system



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