March 2013


Tunis: A tale of two World Social Forums

31 March 2013 The WSF needs updating for a post-Arab Spring, post-Indignado world, writes Nick Dearden. The problems and the possibilities were both on show in Tunisia

Singing our stories

28 March 2013 Socialist singer-songwriter Dave Boardman reviews Union Made, the new album by radical folk supergroup Union of Folk

Classic book: Further fragments

28 March 2013 As Beyond the Fragments by Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright is set to be republished, Jane Wills looks at its significance

Austerity bites hard in the North East

27 March 2013 We chat to Clare Williams, Unison's Regional Convenor for the North, about the severe impact of austerity and what the resistance looks like.

Cruel Britannia: Brute detail

27 March 2013 Cruel Britannia: a secret history of torture, by Ian Cobain, reviewed by Frances Webber

Catastrophism: The truth won’t set you free

27 March 2013 Catastrophism, by Sasha Lilley, David McNally, Eddie Yuen and James Davis, reviewed by Nic Beuret

Reclaiming Public Ownership: a 21st-century vision

27 March 2013 Reclaiming Public Ownership, by Andrew Cumbers, reviewed by Clifford Singer

Beyond Walls and Cages: the politics of exclusion

26 March 2013 Beyond Walls and Cages: prisons, borders and global crisis, eds Jenna M Loyd, Matt Mitchelson and Andrew Burridge, reviewed by Lioba Hirsch

The Question of Strategy: an urgent discussion

26 March 2013 John McDonnell MP reviews The Question of Strategy - Socialist Register 2013

London Plane: a short story

25 March 2013 In 2012, Freedom from Torture ran a short story competition. This is the winner: Jocelyn Watson’s ‘London Plane’, which explores the isolation, memories, and hopes of a young asylum seeker in London

Thinking beyond boundaries

24 March 2013 Mike Marqusee on the importance of C L R James' Beyond a Boundary - beyond cricket

Renewable energy co-ops: the power to transform

24 March 2013 Pascoe Sabido looks at the growing global popularity of community-owned and controlled renewable energy

The secure and the damned

24 March 2013 Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes explore the growing emphasis on security and control over resources in response to climate change

The Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan: an alternative vision of hip hop

22 March 2013 Kaspar Loftin says a caravan across Africa is a revitalisation of the genre’s original political power

Davy Jones: diary of a ‘wannabe MP’

21 March 2013 Despite the public scorn for politicians, Green Party candidate Davy Jones explains why he believes there is an opportunity for radicals to get into parliament

Join the Barnet Spring march this Saturday!

21 March 2013 Barnet Alliance for Public Services invites you to join its battle against council privatisation

We can’t wish a new left party into existence

20 March 2013 Michael Calderbank offers an alternative view of Ken Loach’s appeal to discuss a new party

Can there be a new left party? Ken Loach – and 2,000 people – hope so

19 March 2013 Film director Ken Loach has called for the creation of a new party of the left in Britain. Kate Hudson explains why she is supporting the call

Edge Fund opens to second round of applications

18 March 2013 A new model for giving out money launched at the weekend when twenty-eight groups shared £40,000 in the first round of funding.

Spain: We don’t owe, we won’t pay

10 March 2013 Iolanda Fresnillo reports from Spain on the myriad ways Spanish people are facing down austerity

After the elections, the strange case of Italy

8 March 2013 Alessandra Mecozzi says Italian politics is broken, but the movements aren’t filling the gap

Women’s Library occupation: fighting the cuts on International Women’s Day

8 March 2013 James O'Nions reports from the women-led occupation of the Women's Library in London, which is due to be closed imminently

Debate: Is the ‘co-op council’ really co-operating with cuts?

8 March 2013 Local Labour councillor Edward Davie says Red Pepper’s recent article on Lambeth’s ‘co-operative council’ was disappointing. Below, council trade unionist Jon Rogers responds

Venezuela: The revolution begins today

8 March 2013 The death of Hugo Chávez is a fundamental test for the Boliviarian Revolution, writes Uruguayan anthropologist Daniel Chavez

Hugo Chávez: A giant has left us

6 March 2013 As the forces of reaction get ready to step up their offensive while trying their best to conceal their delight at Chávez’s death, Pablo Navarrete remembers his true legacy

Sussex university occupier: Why we’re fighting privatisation

1 March 2013 Ian Llewellyn, part of the Sussex occupation, looks at how the market has invaded universities – and what activists are doing about it

How Beppe Grillo stole the left’s clothes

1 March 2013 Lorenzo Fe argues that Italy's Five Star Movement owes a big debt to the left – but won votes by rejecting it