January 2010


Not flocks or herds

31 January 2010 ‘To inherit a government,’ wrote Tom Paine in Rights of Man, ‘is to inherit the people, as if they were flocks and herds.’ Paine was referring to the evils of hereditary succession, but the remark seems apt with David Cameron expecting to be handed power by default. Our political system means that – whichever party […]

Brussels’ new pontiff

31 January 2010 The EU's college of cardinals has picked its first pope, writes Leigh Phillips. So why aren't we angry?

Rats flee a sinking rat

31 January 2010 The Chilcot inquiry into the government's conduct around the Iraq war is speaking volumes about our inability to hold state authority to account, argues Alex Nunns

Anything but background music

31 January 2010 It's often said that flamenco is not political because it dwells exclusively on the individual. That seems to imply a narrow definition of both the political and the personal, writes Mike Marqusee

Determination in her heart, justice on her side

31 January 2010 Stefan Simanowitz reports from Lanzarote on the remarkable victory of a solitary Western Saharan hunger-striker over a normally implacable Moroccan regime

Cartoon history

31 January 2010 Red Pepper cartoonist Tim Sanders reviews Speechless: World History Without Words by Polyp (New Internationalist and Friends of the Earth International, 2009)

Casement’s quest

31 January 2010 The Devil and Mr Casement: One Man's Struggle for Human Rights in South America's Heart of Darkness by Jordan Goodman (Verso, 2009). Andy Higginbottom reviews

Comprehensive health check

31 January 2010 Dr Wendy Savage reviews Socialist Register 2010: Morbid Symptoms - Health under Capitalism (Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (eds) Merlin Press, 2009)

The community revolution

26 January 2010 While international debate focuses on President Chávez, institutions of popular democracy are taking root in Venezuela's barrios. Pablo Navarrete introduces the importance of community councils, while Steve Ellner assesses their prospects for deepening the 'Bolivarian revolution'

What’s left in Eastern Europe

24 January 2010 While the Left Party in Germany scored 12 per cent in the recent Bundestag elections, in the rest of eastern Europe the left still languishes in the post-Soviet doldrums. Leigh Phillips spoke to Stefan Zgliczynski and Jane Hardy about its prospects

Understanding Haiti

24 January 2010 James O'Nions says the tragedy of Haiti doesn't just lie with the recent earthquake

Profiting From Haiti’s crisis

24 January 2010 Benjamin Dangl on disaster capitalism in Washington's backyard

Best left unsaid

20 January 2010 David Beetham, Stuart Weir and Stuart Wilks-Heeg write down our unwritten and undemocratic constitution

How the unions and the left can save our public services

14 January 2010 Time is running out for our public services. Already the Tories are beginning to dismantle local government, local democracy and public sector trade unionism. New Labour has no vision for the future of public services except ‘efficiencies’ and privatisation. Trade unions, service users, community organisations and the left must: Use popular, diverse and understandable ways […]

All together now

14 January 2010 With public sector spending cuts the new orthodoxy, the trade union movement needs to mobilise a stronger counter-attack, argues Heather Wakefield of public sector union Unison

Nuclear exposure

14 January 2010 Lesley Doyal reviews Under the Radar: Cancer and the Cold War by Ellen Leopold (Rutgers University Press, 2009)

Breaking rank

14 January 2010 Tim Hunt speaks to Clare Glenton, wife of Joe Glenton, the British soldier facing court martial for refusing to return to Afghanistan

Unions see green light on climate

11 January 2010 Chris Baugh explains how the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union and other UK trade unions are beginning to respond to the urgency of climate change with an agenda of 'just transition'

Busting the straitjacket

4 January 2010 Rolling back the new 'common sense' of spending cuts may seem like a difficult job, but it's not impossible, says Mike Marqusee

Conservatives 2.0

4 January 2010 With the Tories still setting the political agenda in the run up to the election, Alex Nunns examines what a Cameron government might actually have in store for us