June 2009


30 June

30 June 2009 'On board the brig we also saw Joseph Cinqué, the master spirit and hero of this bloody tragedy, in irons ... He is said to be a match for any two men on board the schooner. His countenance, for a native African, is unusually intelligent, evincing uncommon decision and coolness, with a composure characteristic of true courage, and nothing to mark him as a malicious man.'

Judith Butler

29 June 2009 ‘Sexual harassment law is very important. But I think it would be a mistake if the sexual harassment law movement is the only way in which feminism is known in the media.’ Judith Butler

29 June

29 June 2009 On this day in 1949, a year after assuming power in South Africa, the Nationalist Party introduced apartheid with the passage of the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act. The Group Areas Act, determining where people can live according to their race, was passed the following year.

Reality check for the left

28 June 2009 If the collapse of capitalism can't improve the left's chances, what will? {Red Pepper's} Europe correspondent, Leigh Phillips, surveys the political landscape after the European elections

Transitioning the financial crisis

28 June 2009 While the financial crisis seems to have knocked the wind out of the international community and the British government's environmental passion, one group is going from strength to strength, Sam Mohun Himmelweit reports

Can the Green Left rescue Iceland?

28 June 2009 The collapse of the Icelandic banks and economy has created the first left victory of the current economic crisis, says Derek Wall

Virginia Woolf

28 June 2009 ‘If you insist upon fighting to protect me, or “our” country, let it be understood soberly and rationally between us that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits where I have not shared and probably will not share.’ Virginia Woolf

28 June

28 June 2009 We are the Stonewall girls _ We wear our hair in curls _ We wear no underwear _ We show our pubic hair

Nelson Mandela

27 June 2009 ‘Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.’ Nelson Mandela

27 June

27 June 2009 'I could never in my life work within the confines of the state, Bolshevist or otherwise.' Happy birthday, Emma Goldman, anarchist, revolutionary, social activist, feminist and one-time 'most dangerous woman in the United States'.

Pat Robertson

26 June 2009 ‘Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.’ Pat Robertson

26 June

26 June 2009 It's the UN-sponsored International Day in Support of Victims of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques today.

H H Munro

25 June 2009 ‘Great socialist statesmen aren’t made, they’re stillborn.’ H H Munro

25 June

25 June 2009 'This apparently inconsequential diary by a child, this "de profundis" stammered out in a child's voice, embodies all the hideousness of fascism, more so than all the evidence of Nuremberg put together.'

What a waste!

24 June 2009 Politicians across Europe are hailing the European Investment Bank's (EIB) stimulus packages. But is the bank squandering billions bailing out unviable and environmentally-damaging industries? Tom Greenwood reports

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

24 June 2009 ‘The socialist who is a Christian is more to be dreaded than a socialist who is an atheist.’ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

24 June

24 June 2009 There were, according to police reports, 'grounds for considering him an anarchist', not least because this 'so-called modern painter', who was then 19, 'keeps irregular hours and sometimes even does not return at night'.

Meltdown politics

23 June 2009 Larry Elliott welcomes Paul Mason's new book Meltdown, because it takes forward the urgent task facing the left of developing a coherent alternative to neoliberalism. But Elliott urges us also to seek solutions to the climate and energy crisis simultaneously with the financial crisis

23 June

23 June 2009 Vietnamese photographer Nick Ut's Pullitzer prize-winning photograph of nine-year-old Kim Phuc fleeing a US napalm attack on her village appeared in Life magazine on this day in 1972. The picture had previously been rejected by some news agencies because it showed a naked girl.

22 June

22 June 2009 'I will never forget a photograph of flames, fire, shooting right out of the water in downtown Cleveland. It was the summer of 1969 and the Cuyahoga River was burning.'

21 June

21 June 2009 'At least one half of the crowd was composed of the sort of people you would expect to see at a suburban garden party.' _ Yorkshire Daily Post

20 June

20 June 2009 'I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.'

19 June

19 June 2009 'The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit, born of an intellectual conviction of the need for change in those mental attitudes and values which shape the course of a nation's development.

18 June

18 June 2009 'We're being beseiged by open-toed-sandalled hippy vandals. We have armed our doorman, Bernard, with a shotgun.' _ Partner at Maclay, Murray and Spens

Henry David Thoreau

17 June 2009 ‘How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.’ Henry David Thoreau

17 June

17 June 2009 'I know what it is to hate. I hate those white soldiers who took us from our home. I hate the soldiers who make us keep walking through the snow and ice toward this new home that none of us ever wanted. I hate the people who killed my father and mother.

Henry David Thoreau

16 June 2009 ‘Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends … Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.’ Henry David Thoreau

16 June

16 June 2009 'This is Imre Nagy, chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Hungarian People's Republic.

Robert Fisk

15 June 2009 ‘Tanks come in two forms: the dangerous, deadly kind and the liberating kind.’ Robert Fisk

15 June

15 June 2009 'Mr Chairman, I realise that I am discussing a very delicate subject. I cannot lay the bones bare like I could before medical colleagues. I would like to strip the fetid, stinking flesh off of this skeleton of homosexuality and tell my colleagues of the House some of the facts of nature.' _ Congressman Miller of Nebraska, on the floor of the House of Representatives, speaking on homosexuals in government, 1950

George Bernard Shaw

14 June 2009 ‘The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.’ George Bernard Shaw

14 June

14 June 2009 'The spirit of mutiny swept the land. A tremendous, mysterious process was taking place in countless hearts: bonds of fear were being broken, the individual personality, having hardly had time to become conscious of itself, became dissolved in the mass, and the mass itself became dissolved in the revolutionary élan.' _ Leon Trotsky. Words used in the original version of Sergei Eisenstein's revolutionary film Battleship Potemkin

Aldous Huxley

13 June 2009 ‘At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity- idealism, dogmatism and proselytising zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.’ Aldous Huxley

13 June

13 June 2009 'But out of the gobbledygook comes a very clear thing: you can't trust the government; you can't believe what they say; and you can't rely on their judgment; and the implicit infallibility of presidents, which has been an accepted thing in America, is badly hurt by this, because it shows that people do things the president wants to do even though it's wrong, and the president can be wrong.' _ H R Haldeman to President Nixon, 14 June 1971

From Orgreave to the City

12 June 2009 Police brutality during public disturbances is nothing new. Neither is the tendency of the mainstream media to repeat police claims of provocation by demonstrators uncritically. Rhian Jones sketches the recent history, highlighting what is distinctive about the situation today

Off the ball

12 June 2009 Ordinary football fans are often the victims of the sort of policing that hit the headlines in the G20 protests. Steve Powell from the Football Supporters' Federation calls foul on the abuse of police powers

Issac Asimov

12 June 2009 ‘Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent’ Issac Asimov

12 June

12 June 2009 Baldrick: Well, I was wondering if I might have the afternoon off? _ Blackadder: Of course not. Who do you think you are, Wat Tyler? You can have the afternoon off when you die, not before. _ _ Blackadder II, episode three, 'Potato'

General George Patton

11 June 2009 ‘No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other poor bastards die for their country.’ General George Patton

11 June

11 June 2009 'I was to see that sight again, but once was enough. Flames were coming from a human being; his body was slowly withering and shriveling up, his head blackening and charring.

Noam Chomsky

10 June 2009 ‘The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history.’ Noam Chomsky

10 June

10 June 2009 Today in 1942, the small Czech mining village of Lidice was wiped off the map

Grievable and ungrievable lives

9 June 2009 Nathaniel Mehr reviews Judith Butler's Frames of War: When is Life Grievable?

Age old tribal bloodlust – the curse of Africa

9 June 2009 How could it be any other way? Just watch TV, read a paper or open a book about Africa by a western writer or journalist and tribalism will slap you in the face, says Keith Somerville

Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution

9 June 2009 Helen Yaffe explores impact of Che Guevara as an economist and politician

What’s the deal?

9 June 2009 Davy Jones talked to Caroline Lucas about the fate and future of the Green New Deal, which she helped to launch nearly a year ago along with the New Economics Foundation and others

Essay response: Many paths

9 June 2009 A revitalised left needs to consider what exactly it wants before it can determine how to achieve it, says Siobhan McGuirk

Essay response: A new vehicle

9 June 2009 The old, failed internal combustion engine of politics is not the way forward, argues Alex Nunns

Feelbad Britain and the future of the left

9 June 2009 If the left in all its diversity is to develop the coherence to meet the new challenges posed by the implosion of the capitalist financial markets, then it needs to overcome the weaknesses that allowed neoliberalism to triumph in the 1980s. Here Pat Devine and David Purdy suggest strategic thoughts for the future, drawing from their analysis of what they see as the left's lack in the past of a positive project for social change

A. A. Milne

9 June 2009 ‘It’s snowing still.’, said Eeyore gloomily. ‘So it is.’ ‘And freezing.’ ‘Is it?’ ‘Yes,’ said Eeyore. ‘However,’ he said, brightening up a little, ‘we haven’t had an earthquake lately.’ A. A. Milne



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