March 2009

Max Ernst

31 March 2009 ‘The splendour of the stars is not reserved for those who have tickets.’ Max Ernst


31 March 2009 ‘Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands, until they’ve flung it away.’ Sophocles

Bell Hooks

30 March 2009 ‘For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?’ Bell Hooks

Climate crunch

29 March 2009 The economic crisis is leading to falling carbon emissions - so why is it not good for the climate? By Oscar Reyes

We’re having a climate camp in the City

29 March 2009 Oscar Reyes interviews Matt Megarry about the upcoming Climate Camp in the City - what it's all about and what you can do

Not just a summer of rage

29 March 2009 As the global movements for peace and social justice head back onto the streets, Ben Lear looks ahead to a year of protest

Beyond the usual fragments

29 March 2009 Red Pepper has always been about more than radical journalism. Our origins lie in the extraordinary movement that converged across parties, movements, identities and geography to support the mining communities. The Chesterfield Socialist Conferences, and then the Socialist Movement, attempted to realise the potential of this convergence. As its limits became apparent, we created Red […]

T.S Eliot

29 March 2009 ‘Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.’ T.S Eliot

Carl Jung

28 March 2009 ‘Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.’ Carl Jung

Douglas Adams

27 March 2009 ‘Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.’ Douglas Adams

Shadow on the sun

26 March 2009 At the end of the 1960s a conference of British poets voted for the next poet laureate. Their choice was Adrian Mitchell, who died before Christmas. Some three decades on, {Red Pepper} asked him to don the red and black cloak of 'shadow poet laureate' and write poems regularly for the magazine. He has been 'our' shadow poet laureate ever since

Che Guevara

26 March 2009 ‘We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.’ Che Guevara

T. S Eliot

25 March 2009 ‘This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.’ T.S Eliot, The Hollow Men

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

24 March 2009 ‘We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.’ Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Asylum watch: Now what?

23 March 2009 Labour says it is planning to 'simplify' immigration legislation. Frances Webber argues that its real agenda is to subvert human rights and give more power to the state

This artist blows

23 March 2009 The young British Muslim artist Sarah Maple has been at the centre of controversy since first bursting onto the art scene at the end of 2007. Interview by Anikka Weerasinghe

Steve Cohen

23 March 2009 David Landau on the life and politics of Steve Cohen, founder of No One Is Illegal, who died 8 March 2009

Art, truth and politics

23 March 2009 Hilary Wainwright and Ian Rickson pay tribute to the politics, plays and life of Harold Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008

Taking back the streets

23 March 2009 For generations the left has built campaigns by handing out literature on the streets and chatting with the public - but in Liverpool the police are trying to drive them from the city centre. Andy Bowman looks at the united response

An exception to Lula’s rule

23 March 2009 The movement of landless workers in Brazil is unique in resisting co-option by the Lula government and has retained an impressive self-reliance and independent politics. For Sue Branford it is a beacon for the left worldwide. Here she explains why

Henry David Thoreau

23 March 2009 ‘We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.’ Henry David Thoreau

At the Palestinian crossroads

22 March 2009 The Palestinian movement is at an important turning point, argues Palestinian political analyst Jamil Hilal. Whatever the military outcome of the attack on Gaza, Palestinians need to work towards a unified national movement that can re-assert itself as a force for liberation and freedom

The Israeli resistance

22 March 2009 The media in Israel ignores domestic opponents of the war in Gaza and the occupation of Palestine - but their networks are growing. Hannah Safran looks at the lay of the land on the new Israeli left


22 March 2009 ‘Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.’ Plato

Matthew Arnold

21 March 2009 ‘Is it so small a thing To have enjoy’d the sun, To have lived light in the spring, To have loved, to have thought, to have done …’ Matthew Arnold


20 March 2009 ‘None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.’ Goethe

We are woman, we are strong …

19 March 2009 Hilary Wainwright on the vital role women played in the miners' struggle

Look back in anger

19 March 2009 In the introductory chapter to Shafted: The Media, the Miners' Strike and the Aftermath, Granville Williams revisits the way the media covered the strike

Miguel de Cervantes

19 March 2009 ‘To withdraw is not to run away and to stay is no wise action, when there’s more reason to fear than to hope.’ Miguel de Cervantes

Emma Goldman

18 March 2009 ‘Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.’ Emma Goldman

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

17 March 2009 ‘We are so used to dissembling with others that in time we come to deceive and dissemble with ourselves.’ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Shunryu Suzuki

16 March 2009 ‘When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.’ Shunryu Suzuki

Their crisis, our challenge

15 March 2009 In a far reaching interview with Red Pepper, David Harvey argues that the current financial crisis and bank bail-outs could lead to a massive consolidation of the banking system and a return to capitalist 'business as usual' - unless there is sustained revolt and pressure for a dramatic redistribution and socialisation of wealth

Joe Hill

15 March 2009 ‘If the workers took a notion they could stop all speeding trains; Every ship upon the ocean they can tie with mighty chains. Every wheel in the creation, every mine and every mill; Fleets and armies of the nation, will at their command stand still.’ Joe Hill

Margaret Atwood

14 March 2009 ‘Does feminist mean large unpleasant person who’ll shout at you or someone who believes women are human beings. To me it’s the latter, so I sign up.’ Margaret Atwood

Ludwig Wittgenstein

13 March 2009 ‘I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.’ Ludwig Wittgenstein

Samuel Bekett

12 March 2009 ‘Hamm: I’ll give you nothing more to eat. Clov: Then we’ll die. Hamm: I’ll give you just enough to keep you from dying. You’ll be hungry all the time.’ Endgame, Samuel Bekett

Susan Faludi

11 March 2009 ‘Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to “choose” between public justice and private happiness.’ Susan Faludi

Bertrand Russell

10 March 2009 ‘For my part I distrust all generalizations about women, favorable and unfavorable, masculine and feminine, ancient and modern; all alike, I should say, result from paucity of experience.’ Bertrand Russell

Mahatma Gandhi

9 March 2009 ‘The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.’ Mahatma Gandhi

Do we still need an International Women’s Day?

8 March 2009 Yes, says Fiona Osler, as long as women's oppression is still alive and kicking

Feminism and war: confronting US imperialism

8 March 2009 Nathaniel Mehr reviews (Feminism and War) and writes that it is essential reading for anyone who is remotely convinced by the feminist pretensions of the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq

Kahlil Gibran

8 March 2009 ‘Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution’. Kahlil Gibran

Out of the Shadows: A Life of Gerda Taro

7 March 2009 The reader feels the injustice of Gerda Taro's exclusion from history, says Jess Vyvyan-Robinson in her review of Francois Maspero's biography. Taro is all but forgotten, only mentioned in conjunction with Robert Capa

Abraham Lincoln

7 March 2009 ‘It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.’ Abraham Lincoln

Albert Einstein

6 March 2009 ‘I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.’ Albert Einstein

No redemption

5 March 2009 Mike Marqusee talks to 'Red Riding' quartet author David Peace about 'GB84', his dark novel on the 1984 miners' strike

Anais Nin

4 March 2009 ‘The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.’ Anais Nin

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

3 March 2009 ‘Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government.’ Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Alexander Jablokov

2 March 2009 ‘The road to truth is long and lined the entire way with annoying bastards.’ Alexander Jablokov

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