October 2014


Culture and Revolution: The Pan-African Festival of Algiers

31 October 2014 Hamza Hamouchene introduces the revolutionary documentary, The Pan-African Festival of Algiers 1969

From the archives: Power to the people – John Lennon and Yoko Ono interview

30 October 2014 Lenin or Lennon? Red Pepper reprints John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s interview with Robin Blackburn and Tariq Ali (published in issue 21, February 1996)

How we persuaded the University of Glasgow to divest from fossil fuels

28 October 2014 Sophie Baumert explains how a year of student campaigning caused the University of Glasgow to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

What next for Occupy Democracy?

28 October 2014 Towards the end of October's Parliament Square occupation, Stefano Fumagalli spoke to to several participants about their experience and hopes for the future of the campaign.

London: a migrant’s guide

28 October 2014 And other recommended reads from feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin

9 farcical bits of policing at #occupydemocracy

25 October 2014 Parliament Square has been the venue for some ridiculous policing since the Occupy movement arrived on 17 October. Alex Nunns gives the highlights

Urgent call for an Energy Bill of Rights

24 October 2014 The UK suffers the worst levels of fuel poverty in Western Europe; each winter one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes. Fuel Poverty Action urge you to support their latest campaign, launched at Parliament this month.

The myth of the 1970s

23 October 2014 In the 1970s, they say, the dead lay unburied, greedy unions held the country to ransom and a divided country was impossible to govern, John Medhurst asks: was it really so bad?

Video: Britain Needs a Pay Rise – TUC march, London

22 October 2014 The Trade Union Congress reported up to 90,000 people took part in a march and rally on Saturday 18 October.

National Gallery workers mobilise against pay cuts, oil sponsorship and privatisation

17 October 2014 Demonstrators gathered in Trafalgar Square this week to protest against the privatisation of London’s National Gallery. Morgan Meaker reports

Lessons from the global education struggle

17 October 2014 Anna Wolmuth talks to US teacher and writer Lois Weiner about what the UK can learn from global education struggles

Companies profit from ‘flat pack’ schools

17 October 2014 Mary Compton describes how big corporations are profiting from some of the world’s poorest schools

GERM – neoliberal policy infecting the world’s classrooms

17 October 2014 Susan Robertson explains how the neoliberal mantra of ‘choice’, tests and privatisation is poisoning our education systems worldwide

Chicago teachers demonstrate a new approach to organising

17 October 2014 A strike by Chicago teachers shows how unions can resist the dismantling of public education. Micah Uetricht takes up the story

A poet imprisoned

16 October 2014 Peter Stäuber reports on the shocking case of Talha Ahsan – the young British man unjustly extradited and jailed in a US ‘supermax’ prison

#strikeup conversation on the picket lines

10 October 2014 #strikeup and share your experiences and thoughts about what it means to be on strike

The true carbon footprint of Manchester

10 October 2014 Activists call for a radical rethink of carbon footprint measurements in Manchester. Stefano Fumagalli and Jenny Nelson report

5 reasons to take action against TTIP on Saturday

9 October 2014 Ed Lewis urges you to change your weekend plans and get involved with the campaign against TTIP.

An evicted flat won’t disempower the Focus E15 community

9 October 2014 Liam Barrington-Bush reports from the eviction of homeless mothers who squatted flats of an empty housing estate in East London.

Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis

7 October 2014 Trevor Evans reviews Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis, by Christos Laskos and Euclid Tsakalotos

Aderonke Apata wins National Diversity Award

7 October 2014 Fleeing persecution for homosexuality in Nigeria, Aderonke has become a champion for the rights of many. Stefano Fumagalli reports.

SOS Alternatives to Capitalism

6 October 2014 Jeremy Seabrook reviews SOS Alternatives to Capitalism (New Internationalist Publications, 2014) by Richard Swift

Bursting the bubble: say no to MIPIM

5 October 2014 Andy Edwards is part of the movement challenging the world’s biggest property fair as it comes to London

Occupy Hong Kong in pictures

2 October 2014 Photos from the streets taken over the last few days.

UK must end all arms sales to Hong Kong

2 October 2014 Following the attempted suppression of protests in Hong Kong, writer and researcher Nicholas Gilby and Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) consider the UK's involvement in the violence and call for an end all arms sales to Hong Kong.

10 female revolutionaries that you didn’t learn about in history class

1 October 2014 And other recommended posts by feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin.

Intermittent support: how cuts are hitting artists in France

1 October 2014 French arts workers are battling cuts to a unique benefits scheme. Freddie Mason reports

My spy

1 October 2014 Mark Thomas and Merrick Badger met at the Edinburgh Fringe festival to discuss their experiences of being spied on

Ferguson and the fire next time

1 October 2014 Robert Stephens II speaks to Black organisers about their responses to the Ferguson uprising and where Black politics can go next

Gaza stripped: resistance or suffocation

1 October 2014 Vijay Prashad on the latest Gaza war and Israel’s suffocation of nonviolent resistance Gaza

Cracks in the union

1 October 2014 Adam Ramsay looks at how the campaign for Scottish independence has brought the current UK and its constitution into question on these shores and beyond

Vulture court

1 October 2014 Tim Jones explains why a US court ruling has forced Argentina into a debt default

A New Deal for local government

1 October 2014 John Medhurst reports on a campaign for radical council tax reform to resist the cuts

Out damned spot

1 October 2014 Jyotsna Ram from the Art Not Oil coalition reports on the growing movement to get oil sponsorship out of the arts

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about sexism

1 October 2014 'I don’t think "sexism" is a strong enough word... what we’re looking at is deep and aggressive misogyny'

Classic book: Assata, An Autobiography

1 October 2014 Selina Nwulu looks back at Assata Shakur's autobiography

The Battle for Justice in Palestine

1 October 2014 The Battle for Justice in Palestine, by Ali Abunimah, reviewed by Hilary Aked

The Squatters’ Movement in Europe

1 October 2014 The Squatters' Movement in Europe: Commons and autonomy as alternatives to capitalism, by Squatting Europe Kollective, reviewed by Izzy Koksal

Reclaiming Local Democracy

1 October 2014 Reclaiming Local Democracy: A progressive future for local government, by Ines Newman, reviewed by Dexter Whitfield

From India to Palestine

1 October 2014 From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity, by Githa Hariharan (ed), reviewed by Puneet Dhaliwal