June 2009


9 June

9 June 2009 'You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?' Council for the US army, John Welch

Tom Paine, restless democrat

8 June 2009 This June marks the bicentenary of the death of a man who was buried in obscurity but whose ideas are today claimed by everyone from anarchists to neoliberals. Mike Marqusee celebrates the life, work and ideas of the great revolutionary who declared that 'my country is the world and my religion is to do good'

Frederick Douglass

8 June 2009 ‘I expose slavery in this country, because to expose it is to kill it. Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death.’ Frederick Douglass

8 June

8 June 2009 She is stupid and garrulous. Her ideas on morals have the same depth of judgment and delicacy of feeling as those of janitresses and kept women ... Charles Baudelaire

Peter Høeg

7 June 2009 ‘The body’s pain is so paper-thin and insignificant compared to that of the mind.’ Peter Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow

7 June

7 June 2009 'It was winter [and] the cold was extremely bitter. My overcoat was in my luggage, but I did not dare to ask for it lest I should be insulted again, so I sat and shivered'

Mark Twain

6 June 2009 ‘If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.’ Mark Twain

6 June

6 June 2009 'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'

Maya Angelou

5 June 2009 ‘The caged bird sings with fearful trill of of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.’ ‘I know why the caged bird sings.’ Maya Angelou

5 June

5 June 2009 'This is the twenty-seventh time I have been arrested and I ain't going to jail no more! The only way we gonna stop them white men from whuppin' us is to take over. What we gonna start sayin' now is Black Power!'

Hunter S. Thompson

4 June 2009 ‘There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death?’ Hunter S. Thompson

4 June

4 June 2009 'There is a somewhat nervous disposition among the passengers. Despite this, everyone seems convinced they will never see Germany again.

Stop and search under the Terrorism Act

3 June 2009 The Terrorism Act of 2000 dramatically increased police powers to stop and search. David Mery gives the lowdown

Avoiding a green bad deal

3 June 2009 Investing our hopes in green growth or new technological fixes will not avert the climate crisis. So what will? To inaugurate our new series on transitions to a world after fossil fuels, Oscar Reyes looks at the democratic deficit in the power sector

Guilty as not charged

3 June 2009 Hicham Yezza, a student at the University of Nottingham, was cleared of all charges after his arrest for 'terrorism' - but now faces deportation anyway. Prison officials are blocking Red Pepper's attempts to contact him, but Andy Bowman spoke to two of his close friends about the case

Educate, agitate, occupy!

3 June 2009 Kate Ferguson visits the occupied Visteon factory in Enfield, north London

After the handshake

3 June 2009 How far do Barak Obama's policies point to a real change in US/Latin American relations asks Grace Livingstone

Playing the Great Game

3 June 2009 The Tricycle Theatre's production of The Great Game - 12 plays on the history and contemporary realities of the struggle for control over Afghanistan - brings to the fore what will be one of the central political issues in the coming years. Co-director Indhu Rubasingham reflects on the project

William Inge

3 June 2009 ‘It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.’ William Inge

3 June

3 June 2009 'Each nuclear bomb test spreads an added burden of radioactive elements over every part of the world.

Alfred Adler

2 June 2009 ‘A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.’ Alfred Adler

2 June

2 June 2009 'Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.' President Franklin Roosevelt

Simone De Beauvoir

1 June 2009 ‘To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.’ Simone De Beauvoir

1 June

1 June 2009 'And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen chilern, and seen 'em mos' all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?' _ Aint I A Woman speech by Sojourner Truth as recorded by Frances Gage



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