January 2014


Classic book: If They Come in the Morning

31 January 2014 Lola Okolosie looks back at Angela Davis' 1971 collection of essays

Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent

31 January 2014 Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent: capitalism, democracy and the organisation of consent, edited by Rebecca Fisher, reviewed by Bert Schouwenburg

NHS SOS

31 January 2014 NHS SOS: how the NHS was betrayed – and how we can save it, edited by Jacky Davis and Raymond Tallis, reviewed by Jonathon Tomlinson

The new poll tax?

31 January 2014 It has attracted less attention than other welfare cuts, but the abolition of council tax benefit is having a severe impact, writes Unite community co-ordinator Pilgrim Tucker

The myth of the economic recovery

31 January 2014 Hugo Radice and John Weeks examine George Osborne’s claims of an austerity-driven return to growth

The new year’s feminist web round-up

27 January 2014 Feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin shares the posts that have made her laugh and cry so far this year.

Cartoon: the sage on the stage

27 January 2014 Tips for organising from Hudson and Roberts

Gates unmasks the real face of Davos

25 January 2014 The global elites meeting at the World Economic Forum must not get away with pretending they have the interests of the world's majority at heart says Nick Dearden

To challenge global capitalism we must first understand it: an interview with Leo Panitch

23 January 2014 Leo Panitch speaks to Peter Newell and Sam Knafo about his book The Making of Global Capitalism – and what it means for strategy and action aimed at ‘un-making’ capitalism

Sochi will be remembered as the anti-gay Olympics

23 January 2014 LGBT people are the latest of many victims of Putin's strong-arm tactics - and the Winter Olympics are the cutting edge of his regime's homophobia, writes Peter Tatchell

Home of Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández attacked

21 January 2014 Home of journalist who exposed Mexican government's links to drug cartels raided by a dozen armed individuals, writes Andrew Dolan

Cold-home casualties

19 January 2014 An end to fuel poverty is affordable and achievable, but the opportunity is being lost in the continuing clamour for cuts, writes Alan Simpson

Justice not jumpers

19 January 2014 As more and more people face a choice between eating or heating this winter, it’s high time the ‘big six’ energy companies begin to feel the heat, says Ewa Jasiewicz

Step backward, leap forward

19 January 2014 Around the globe, new forms of governance are being sought to counter-balance the hyper-empire of global capitalism. Scotland is developing its own resistance, writes Tom Nairn, and England could follow suit

After the pilot culls, the campaign to defend badgers continues

19 January 2014 Badgers are the wrong target, says Hubert Cumberdale, as he looks at how activists combated the cull

Damage limitation: shining a light on Bell Pottinger

19 January 2014 Kara Moses and Tara Clarke explain why they glued themselves to the front door of one of the UK’s most influential public relations firms

Keeping faith with the Co-op

19 January 2014 Can a customer campaign maintain the Co-op Bank’s ethical policy and eventually remutualise it? It’s not that far fetched, argues Shaun Fensom

More views on Scottish independence

19 January 2014 Left wing Labour MP Katy Clark, Philip Stott of the Socialist Party and Carolyn Leckie of Women for Independence put their positions

Imagining a better nation: how independence could unlock Scotland’s potential

19 January 2014 The possibility of creating a fundamentally different Scotland, based on solidarity, togetherness and fairness, is beginning to galvanise radical thinking, argues Jim Johnson

Scotland at the crossroads: the path to a new-born star?

19 January 2014 Will 2014 be the year of Scottish independence? Roz Paterson sees new political alignments and vibrancy on the left in the campaign for a yes vote

The holy fools of Pussy Riot

18 January 2014 Frank Carney salutes Pussy Riot and says their case demonstrates the importance of gestures on life's great occasions

Brighton Greens call for council tax referendum

17 January 2014 Green Party-led Brighton council is planning a referendum on whether to raise council tax, to avoid implementing the latest round of Tory cuts. Green MEP Keith Taylor gives his view

Sounds From the Park

14 January 2014 The February / March edition of Red Pepper is in the final hectic days of production - but on Sunday you can get a sneak preview

Meanwhile in Bristol: temporary arts spaces

13 January 2014 A scheme that allocated council-owned buildings for creative use has suffered under the cuts, reports Karen Dickenson

A few days in Ramallah

13 January 2014 Jane Shallice reflects on a recent trip to the West Bank.

13 January event: Sale of student loans – how do we stop it?

7 January 2014 On 13 January Red Pepper is hosting a teach-in at the House of Commons to discuss the sale of the student loan book and how best to stop it

Classic book: Green Bans, Red Union

7 January 2014 Camille Barbagallo looks at Green Bans, Red Union: environmental activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers’ Federation, by Meredith and Verity Burgmann

Spying on the movement – Undercover

6 January 2014 Undercover: the true story of Britain’s secret police, by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis, reviewed by Hannah Fair

The scapegoat bites back – Revolting Subjects

5 January 2014 Revolting Subjects: social abjection and resistance in neoliberal Britain, by Imogen Tyler, reviewed by Hilary Aked

‘If not now, when?’ On BDS and ‘singling out’ Israel…

4 January 2014 It's not possible to campaign against any injustice anywhere without 'singling it out', argues Mike Marqusee

The case for the state

4 January 2014 The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs private sector myths, by Mariana Mazzucato, reviewed by George Woods

Tate’s left turn

3 January 2014 Tate Liverpool has opened its doors to an exhibition devoted to the left. Danielle Child spoke to the gallery’s artistic director Francesco Manacorda

Not forgetting who you are

3 January 2014 The Happy Lands revisits 1926 in Fife, Scotland, spotlighting one mining community’s stand against austerity. Director Robert Rae talks with two of the actors about mining history, Fife today and Scotland’s future

Grace Petrie: Singing for change

3 January 2014 Grace Petrie talks to Elly Badcock about apathy, love and why she’s not a ‘protest singer’

Debate: GM is good for you

3 January 2014 There’s nothing inherently wrong with genetic modification, argues Leigh Phillips, and the left shouldn’t side with those who suggest there is. Below, Emma Hughes responds

The rewilded frontier – Feral

3 January 2014 Feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding, by George Monbiot, reviewed by James O'Nions

The Village Against the World

2 January 2014 The Village Against the World, by Dan Hancox, reviewed by Izzy Koksal

The politics of bread

2 January 2014 Ruth Potts and Molly Conisbee guide us through the many struggles organised around bread, arguing that the humble loaf is the foodstuff of revolution

Migrants already ‘pay their way’ – why should they have to pay medical bills too?

1 January 2014 Plans to charge non-EU nationals for treatment will undermine the NHS – and could force them to choose between their health and paying the rent, writes Michael Pooler

Married strife: going beyond marriage equality

1 January 2014 The same-sex marriage campaign has been successful, but LGBTQ equality is still a distant dream. It’s time to reassess our priorities, argues Siobhan McGuirk