August 2012


Josie Long’s booktopia

31 August 2012 Josie picks the eight books she'd take to the ends of the earth with her

Able to fight: How disabled people are taking on the Tories

29 August 2012 As the Paralympics open, disabled people are facing an onslaught of cuts. But as Lorna Stephenson discovers, disabled activists are a force to be reckoned with

Mythbuster: Tall tales about welfare reform

26 August 2012 Ben Baumberg, Kate Bell and Declan Gaffney tackle some of the most common welfare myths

Marikana miners: The massacre of our illusions

25 August 2012 The struggle of miners at the Lonmin mine in South Africa is a turning point in organised workers’ relationship with the now thoroughly neoliberal ANC argues Leonard Gentle, setting the strike in historical and political context

Arab streetwise: the counter-culture of the revolutions

25 August 2012 The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have been sustained by an active countercultural scene, discovers Lorenzo Fe

Austerity for the people, welfare for the banks

24 August 2012 Andrew Bowman and Leigh Phillips look at how central banks have used the crisis to carve out a new role – from propping up bankers to toppling governments

Biting the rotten Apple: Taking on Foxconn

23 August 2012 Jenny Chan talks about her campaigning with workers in China

Bradford’s revolt: Why I left Labour to back Respect

22 August 2012 Bradford community activist Naweed Hussein had been a member of the Labour Party since his teens – until he left to join George Galloway’s victorious by-election campaign. Here he speaks to Jenny Pearce

Keynes is the problem, not the solution

21 August 2012 Economist Harry Shutt argues that Keynes' economic theories have ultimately served to propel capitalism towards corrupt and terminal failure

Marikana massacre: A brutal tragedy

21 August 2012 Red Pepper’s South African sister paper reports on the slaughter of 34 Marikana mineworkers

Lines of battle in the NHS

21 August 2012 It is not inevitable that the feeding frenzy of privateers will succeed as people organise to resist them, writes Caroline Molloy

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about greed

20 August 2012 'In a market-driven society, it is a tribute to human decency that anyone behaves with any morals at all'

Atos sponsors the Paralympics? It’s enough to make you scream

19 August 2012 The role played by disabled groups, far from being one of passive victims, is exemplary for collective resistance, writes Michael Calderbank

John Lewis cleaners celebrate victory

16 August 2012 Alex Wood writes that the success of the IWW's campaign shows that even small numbers of workers, when acting collectively, can win

Pussy Riot: Feminism on trial in Russia

16 August 2012 As the verdict is announced on the controversial Pussy Riot case, Kate Fulton examines the global impact of the trial

Remploy: Factories floored

13 August 2012 There has been a wave of resistance to plans to close Remploy factories, which provide safe employment to disabled people. Tim Hunt reports

A critical perspective on the Olympic enterprise

10 August 2012 Mike Marqusee argues that the ceaseless injunction to consume, cheer and celebrate the Olympics has made the enjoyment of competitive sport something it is not and never should be – mandatory

Occupy Kinder Scout: remembering the mass trespass

9 August 2012 Rights of access in the UK owe much to a mass trespass onto Kinder Scout 80 years ago, Dave Toft writes

Nicaragua: 21st century Sandinismo – or losing the revolution?

8 August 2012 The left is split over the achievements and compromises of today’s Sandinistas, following the re-election of Daniel Ortega as president in November. Here we present two views

Classic book: Let Me Speak!

8 August 2012 Nick Caistor takes another look at Domitila Barrios de Chungara's story of life in Bolivia's mining villages

Central America: Taking a stand over land in Honduras

7 August 2012 In post-coup Honduras, campesinos are having to fight biofuel barons for their land, reports Mike Gatehouse of the Latin America Bureau

Multiple perspectives

7 August 2012 Marine Ices, by Tony Garnett, reviewed by Sheila Rowbotham

US imperialism in Central America

6 August 2012 Grace Livingstone gives an overview of overt and covert US military and intelligence interventions

Central America: Return of the death squads

6 August 2012 Responding to drug-related violence is a convenient pretext for the region’s elites to achieve some rather different objectives, writes Annie Bird

A different solution

6 August 2012 To Cook a Continent: destructive extraction and the climate crisis in Africa, by Nnimmo Bassey, reviewed by Tim Gee

Alan Morrison: A polemical poet

5 August 2012 Jan Goodey meets poet Alan Morrison and explores his latest work on mental illness

In a sniper’s sights

5 August 2012 The Only House Left Standing: the Middle East journals of Tom Hurndall, reviewed by Ewa Jasiewicz

Cities of struggle

4 August 2012 Rebel Cities: from the right to the city to the urban revolution, by David Harvey, reviewed by Andre Pusey

Pussy Riot would have been acquitted by the jury

3 August 2012 Kirill Martynov interviews Violetta Volkova, the lawyer defending feminist punk group Pussy Riot

Film: Inside Remploy

3 August 2012 As the company faces complete closure by the government, this short from Small Axe Films meets Remploy workers in Barking who fear they will never work again

A People’s Games on the roads of Surrey

2 August 2012 Mark Perryman sees the potential for a different Games at Wednesday’s Cycling Time Trial