February 2009

My activist Second Life

28 February 2009 'Virtual' activism and protest are not geeky or trivial, argues Neil Scott, but an important tool in modern communications and politics. The left has a lot to lose if it doesn't acknowledge their potential

John Updike

28 February 2009 ‘It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patching to repair great rents in the quotidian.’ John Updike

Maximilien Francois Robespierre

27 February 2009 ‘It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis ought to perish rather than a hundred thousand virtuous citizens; Louis must die that the country may live.’ Maximilien Francois Robespierre

Anonymous graffiti, Toronto

26 February 2009 ‘You can’t imagine what you’ve lost when you’ve lost your imagination.’ Anonymous graffiti, Toronto

Antonio Gramsci

25 February 2009 ‘The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.’ Antonio Gramsci

Leonardo Da Vinci

24 February 2009 ‘Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you.’ Leonardo Da Vinci

The New Orleans intifada

23 February 2009 More than Mardi Gras is happening here, a grass-roots movement is rising in the New Orleans Arab community, Jordan Flaherty reports

Waltz with Bashir is nothing but charade

23 February 2009 The Israeli film considered favorite to win an Oscar for best foreign language film lost out, but Gideon Levy, for one, was not disappointed by this decision

Henry David Thoreau

23 February 2009 ‘Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.’ Henry David Thoreau

Germaine Greer

22 February 2009 ‘The only causes of regret are laziness, outbursts of temper, hurting others, prejudice, jealousy and envy.’ Germaine Greer

Ernest Hemingway

21 February 2009 ‘Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.’ Ernest Hemingway

Gloria Steinem

20 February 2009 ‘The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.’ Gloria Steinem

Leonard Cohen

19 February 2009 ‘Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.’ Leonard Cohen

Rudyard Kipling

18 February 2009 ‘Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.’ Rudyard Kipling

Dissident Brits

17 February 2009 British Jews are increasingly divided over Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. Antony Lerman reports on the dissident groups who are leading UK Jewish opposition to the war in Gaza

Modern liberty

17 February 2009 The Human Rights Act might not command much popular support, but the rights and freedoms that it protects do. Stuart Weir reports on a national convention to strengthen the campaigns for civil and political rights

Soren Kierkegaard

17 February 2009 ‘Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour when every one has to throw off his mask? Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight in order to avoid this?’ Soren Kierkegaard

Almost revolutionary

16 February 2009 John Mullen looks at the new hopes on France's radical left, where two new left parties and a looser federation are being founded

Aldous Huxley

16 February 2009 ‘There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.’ Aldous Huxley

Albert Camus

15 February 2009 ‘When a war breaks out, people say: “It’s too stupid, it can’t last long.” But though a war may be “too stupid,” that doesn’t prevent its lasting.’ Albert Camus

Austin O’Malley

14 February 2009 ‘Some lives are like an ebbing tide in a harbour; the further they go out the more mud they expose.’ Austin O’Malley

Richard Dawkins

13 February 2009 ‘After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with colour, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we […]

John Locke

12 February 2009 ‘I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.’ John Locke

Lemony Snicket

11 February 2009 ‘Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree, for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors, where it is harder to get a splinter.’ Lemony Snicket

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

10 February 2009 ‘It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions – especially selfish ones.’ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Support the Iranian people, oppose Tehran’s clerical fascism

9 February 2009 Peter Tatchell says solidarity with the Iranian freedom struggle is non-negotiable, no matter how much the US threatens a military strike

Titus Livius

9 February 2009 ‘A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.’ Titus Livius

Behind the news: The great crime

8 February 2009 The very existence of Israel is based on a refusal to treat the Palestinians on fair or equal terms, writes Arthur Goodman

Pitmen painters

8 February 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

Roger Lloyd Pack’s booktopia

8 February 2009 Roger Lloyd Pack picks the eight books he'd take to the ends of the earth with him

Adlai Stevenson

8 February 2009 ‘The cruelest lies are often told in silence.’ Adlai Stevenson

Guarding the gulag

7 February 2009 Christopher Brandon Arendt was a guard at Guantanamo detention camp from January to October 2004. He now is a full time volunteer for the advocacy group Iraq Veterans Against the War, campaigning against the 'war on terror'. He spoke to Kate Ferguson

Our friends in the South

7 February 2009 As we face increasingly international and interconnected crises around food, finance and climate, we need to know more about our global allies in the South. James O'Nions looks beyond the familiar but limited NGOs that stand for North-South relations in the mainstream media

The ones that stayed behind

7 February 2009 Stefan Simanowitz on the untold story of human shields in Iraq

Hunter S. Thompson

7 February 2009 ‘I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.’ Hunter S. Thompson

Louis Aragon

6 February 2009 ‘Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason’s imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work.’ Louis Aragon

Something special

5 February 2009 Laurie Penny speaks to Mary Wilson, the longest-standing member of Motown's most successful group, the Supremes

Radical Motown

5 February 2009 The pioneering black music label, Tamla Motown, marks its 50th anniversary in 2009. Fiona Osler assesses its impact

Impartial or Cowardly?

5 February 2009 Keith Somerville gives a journalist's view of the BBC's rejection of the DEC Gaza aid plea

Torture at Angola prison

5 February 2009 President Obama promises to close Guantanamo, but Lousiana court proceedings in the Angola Five case expose brutality closer to home, reports Jordan Flaherty

Henrik Ibsen

5 February 2009 ‘It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.’ Henrik Ibsen

Gogol Bordello

4 February 2009 ‘I guess you can’t expect much from the hometown Well I don’t know if you can even call it your own When they don’t want you to get near excitement And in protest to that you just stay home No can do this! No can do that!’ Tribal Connection, Gogol Bordello

Hannah Arendt

3 February 2009 ‘It is well known that the most radical revolutionary will become a conservative on the day after the revolution.’ Hannah Arendt

Richard Bach

2 February 2009 ‘The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think.’ Richard Bach

The war on sex

1 February 2009 If you think evangelicals are anti-sex, you'd be wrong, today's evangelicals push a hyper-sexualised message, says Don Monkerud

A cowardly failure to act

1 February 2009 Luisa Morgantini, MEP for the European United Left and vice president of the European Parliament, condemns Europe and the international community for its inaction over Israel and the Palestinians, and calls for tough action

The US and Israel

1 February 2009 Behind Israel stands the richest and most powerful nation on earth. Without material support from the US, the onslaught on Gaza would not be possible, writes Mike Marqusee

After the neocons

1 February 2009 The slaughter in Palestine has led to a significant breach in the walls of the Israel lobby in the US. For the first time, Jews who saw what the occupation was doing to the country are speaking out and setting up organisations that break with the traditional leadership, says Philip Weiss

Editorial: Parallel worlds

1 February 2009 These days of putting together this issue of Red Pepper have been the days of the Gaza massacre. They have also been a time of two distinct political worlds. On the one hand, demonstrations that grew from one week to the next, bringing together Muslims and Jews to a unique extent; dissenting Jews across Israel, […]

Learning by number

1 February 2009 Dear Auntie _ At one of the Gaza protests in London, Stop the War put the number of protesters at around 100,000 but the police insisted it was only 20,000. Can Auntie reassure me that the Met has a scientific methodology for estimating crowd numbers? _ Numberless in London

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