August 2009


Policing the police

31 August 2009 The police are no more our servants than corporations or the media. Kevin Blowe examines how the government's increasingly authoritarian approach to crime and security has enabled the police to emerge from a series of scandals and controversies with their powers enhanced. He argues that campaigners need to radically rethink their approach to policing in Britain

Asylum watch: Losing the plot

31 August 2009 The treatment of 12 students branded as terrorists despite no evidence being laid against them has aroused widespread anger. A campaign on their behalf is gaining momentum across the country, writes Frances Webber

An indigenous Rubicon

31 August 2009 While climate jargon-fuelled meetings like the recent Bonn talks happen at the global level, examples of local resistance remind us what dealing with climate change is really about. The indigenous peoples' struggle in Peru against the colonisation of their lands by polluting industries is one such example, writes Joanna Cabello

Europe’s far right rises

31 August 2009 The British National Party will be joined in the European parliament by far-right parties from across the continent. But how much support are fascists and racists really picking up? Tom Walker investigates

The rise of European Bobo politics

31 August 2009 Cohn-Bendit's Europe Ecologie victory in France emboldens the Green right across Europe but does it also mean the death of traditional green principles asks Leigh Philips

31 August

31 August 2009 'I belong to the generation of workers who, born in the villages and hamlets of rural Poland, had the opportunity to acquire education and find employment in industry, becoming in the course conscious of their rights and importance in society.' _ Lech Walesa

30 August

30 August 2009 'As it happens, the attempt to kill Lenin has made him much more popular than he was.'

29 August

29 August 2009 'De Valera dominated Irish life as a fighter, hero, leader, statesman' _ New York Times obituary, 30 August 1975

28 August

28 August 2009 'I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal'

27 August

27 August 2009 'Books have souls as well as men, which survives their martyrdom, and are not burnt, but crowned by the flames that encircle them'

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela

26 August 2009 Derek Wall reviews Pablo Navarrete's new documentary

Beating back the BNP in Barnsley

26 August 2009 There is certainly a need for new ways of taking on the BNP, says Paul White, but that doesn't mean ditching the old ways as well

A winning formula

26 August 2009 Paul Meszaros of Hope not Hate says that Keiron Farrow's analysis of the BNP threat is complacent and self-indulgent

Anti-fascism isn’t working

26 August 2009 The British National Party's continuing electoral advances have propelled the party onto the national stage and initiated a debate about why it is achieving historically unprecedented results for the far right in Britain. What is driving its recent successes, how might it be stopped and what is the role of the left in this effort? This debate is essentially over strategy: about our relation to anti-fascism and what it ought to be in today's conditions. There is one question that is not being asked, though: is 'anti-fascism' the answer to the BNP? Keiron Farrow says it isn't

26 August

26 August 2009 'The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex'

25 August

25 August 2009 'All ships in port are boarded and de-rigged, making them unable to sail and money is levied from local merchants. When several demonstrators are killed at the Liverpool Exchange, the sailors raid warehouses and gunsmiths for arms and seize two cannon from a whaling vessel.'

Coming out in Kenya

23 August 2009 Pauline Kimani is one of Kenya's few openly lesbian women. Interview by Arusha Topazzini

Singing to a different tune

23 August 2009 Pop stars are swapping guitars for banners to take the power back from the record companies, writes Paul Campbell

The state of the movement

23 August 2009 The G20 protests have certainly left their mark, though not in a way anyone predicted - and the ensuing debate on policing was long overdue. But, Andy Bowman asks, did the protests manage to unite the left?

Inspirational history, practical handbook

23 August 2009 Ireland's Hidden Diaspora by Ann Rossiter (Irish Abortion Solidarity Campaign), reviewed by Laurie Penny

Billy Hayes

23 August 2009 picks the eight books he'd take to the ends of the earth with him

Essay: Seizing the moment

23 August 2009 It would be wise not to assume that there is a genuine 'golden opportunity' for any kind of major breakthrough on constitutional reform, writes Stuart Weir. But the door is half open to serious reform of parliament and we should not allow the chance to escape

It’s no sacrifice

23 August 2009 The recent scandal over MPs' expenses and second jobs only seems to have confirmed the suspicion that 'they're all at it'. But when Dave Nellist was elected as Labour MP for Coventry South East he made a point of only taking the wage of an average worker. Now a Coventry city councillor and leading member of the Socialist Party, he spoke to {Red Pepper} about his experience in Westminster

23 August

23 August 2009 We will fuck on the beaches! ... We demand the Politics of Ecstasy! ... Abandon the Creeping Meatball! _ Yippie statements at the Democratic Party Convention, Chicago 1968

Editorial: A new political space

22 August 2009 Michael Calderbank, one of Red Pepper's new co-editors, on the need for greater democracy and accountability

Putting the cart before the horse

22 August 2009 When the Trades Union Congress meets in Liverpool this September, it does so as a venerable institution of 141 years standing. But what relevance to the contemporary world of work and worker representation does it now have? By Gregor Gall

Striking back

22 August 2009 The collapse in votes for mainstream parties, coupled with increasing outbreaks of strike action - official and unofficial - signifies growing political unrest in Britain. But how far will the rebellion spread? Peter Lazenby reports

22 August

22 August 2009 '. . . when you want to distract your mother from the discouraging soulness, I will tell you what I used to do.

21 August

21 August 2009 'We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.' _ Boris Yeltsin

20 August

20 August 2009 'In the first day of the Soviet Army's arrival, I and the other comrades were isolated and then found ourselves here, not knowing anything ... I can only conjecture what could have happened' _ Alexander Dubcek

19 August

19 August 2009 'I deserve no mercy, I ask no mercy, I deserve to be shot as a mad Fascist dog'

18 August

18 August 2009 'So as a prelude whites must be made to realise that they are only human, not superior. Same with Blacks. They must be made to realise that they are also human, not inferior.' Steve Biko, Boston Globe, 25 October 1977.

17 August

17 August 2009 'I saw a little boy, perhaps ten years old, driving a huge carthorse along a narrow path, whipping it whenever it tried to turn. It struck me that if only such animals became aware of their strength we should have no power over them, and that men exploit animals in much the same way as the rich exploit the proletariat.' George Orwell

16 August

16 August 2009 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness' Charles Dickens, Chapter 1, A Tale of Two Cities

15 August

15 August 2009 'The Partition of India ranks, beyond a doubt, as one of the ten greatest tragedies in human history'

14 August

14 August 2009 'We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.' _ President Roosevelt

13 August

13 August 2009 'A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.' H G Wells

12 August

12 August 2009 In every cry of every man, _ In every infant's cry of fear, _ In every voice, in every ban, _ The mind-forg'd manacles I hear.

11 August

11 August 2009 Burn, Baby, Burn

10 August

10 August 2009 'I have known many a man beat his drawer. I have known men take liberties with the drawers, and some of the women have bastards.

9 August

9 August 2009 'Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.' _ George Wald

8 August

8 August 2009 Richard Nixon: 'Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal.'

7 August

7 August 2009 'As I have repeatedly made clear, the United States intends no rashness, and seeks no wider war. We must make it clear to all that the United States is united in its determination to bring about the end of Communist subversion and aggression in the area.' _ President's message to congress

6 August

6 August 2009 Don't you hear the H-bombs' thunder _ Echo like the crack of doom? _ While they rend the skies asunder _ John Brunner

5 August

5 August 2009 'Why is it that no African in the history of this country has ever had the honour of being tried by his own kith and kin, by his own flesh and blood?' _ Nelson Mandela

4 August

4 August 2009 'Let's go back to the war in Vietnam. I was here. I was one of the Senators who voted for the Gulf of Tonkin resolution. Yes, I voted for the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.'

3 August

3 August 2009 Lenny Bruce is dead but his ghost lives on and on _ Never did get any Golden Globe award, never made it to Synanon. _ He was an outlaw, that's for sure, _ More of an outlaw than you ever were. _ Lenny Bruce is gone but his spirit's livin' on and on.

2 August

2 August 2009 'We cannot understand yet, Mr Chairman, why this bill should have been prepared in secret for two years without any initiative, even to the profession, that it was being prepared... No medical man would identify this bill with a medicine until he read it through, because marihuana is not a drug, simply a name given to cannabis ...' _ William C Woodward, American Medical Association

1 August

1 August 2009 '[The Helsinki Accords] gradually became a manifesto of the dissident and liberal movement ... What this meant was that the people who lived under these systems - at least the more courageous - could claim official permission to say what they thought.' _ John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: A New History (2005)