December 2014


If Syriza wins the Greek election, what will happen next?

31 December 2014 Lisa Mittendrein and Valentin Schwarz spoke to Syriza members to explore the possibilities for a government of the left

Red Pepper Blog Awards 2014

26 December 2014 The Red Pepper team chose their top 10 bloggers of the year, listed in no particular order

Museums exist to serve the public, not the arms trade

24 December 2014 Our most famous museums and attractions are giving practical support and a veneer of legitimacy to the arms industry, writes Andrew Smith

Feminist seasonal gift guide

22 December 2014 And other recommended reads from feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin

Don’t believe the claims about Tower Hamlets – the devil is in the detail

16 December 2014 Rabina Khan, cabinet member for housing in Tower Hamlets council, defends its record in the face of government-led attacks

Job vacancy: Political Organiser (maternity)

16 December 2014 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Red Pepper magazine - it's an exciting time to get involved!

Kayaks versus coal ships: taking action with The Pacific Climate Warriors

11 December 2014 Hannah Fair reports from the low-lying Pacific Islands, under imminent threat from climate change, where The Pacific Climate Warriors are taking direct action against the fossil fuels industry.

Deaf people to receive only one hearing aid – an insight into life after the NHS

8 December 2014 This month Devon has announced that smokers and obese people will be denied all routine operations, and deaf people will get only one hearing aid. Caroline Molloy argues the end of the NHS is coming into focus and Devon is the canary in the coal mine.

Roy Bhaskar obituary

4 December 2014 One of the most influential voices in the philosophy of science and a political revolutionary, writes David Graeber.

The People: the rise and fall of the working class

1 December 2014 The People: the rise and fall of the working class, by Selina Todd, reviewed by Rhian Jones

World in Chains

1 December 2014 World in Chains: the impact of nuclear weapons and militarisation, by Angie Zelter (ed), reviewed by David Mackenzie

After Occupy

1 December 2014 After Occupy: Economic democracy for the 21st century, by Tom Malleson, reviewed by Michelle Zellers

Stop, Thief!

1 December 2014 Stop Thief! The Commons, Enclosures and Resistance, by Peter Linebaugh, reviewed by Derek Wall

Pride in the fight

1 December 2014 Siobhan McGuirk celebrates the solidarity – and humour – of a film about when lesbians and gay people backed the miners

Inside New Labour’s rolling coup: the Blair Supremacy

1 December 2014 Alan Simpson, a backbench socialist MP throughout New Labour’s time in office, describes his experience of what a new book calls the 'Blair Supremacy'

To camp or not to camp?

1 December 2014 Maya Stacey on Reclaim the Power, the climate movement and the ongoing struggle for diversity

Strength in low numbers

1 December 2014 Matilda Wnek offers a personal perspective on keeping the protest flame burning when action on behalf of the many is being taken by so few

Revolutionary resistance in Kobane

1 December 2014 The fight against ISIS in Kobane has been based on the Kurdish defenders’ deep-seated belief in their model of participatory democracy, writes Yvo Fitzherbert

Delist the PKK

1 December 2014 The ‘terror’ ban on support for the Kurdish struggle must be lifted, writes the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign’s Melanie Sirinathsingh

Another Scotland is – still – possible

1 December 2014 The radical mass movement for a ‘yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum was a political awakening on an epic scale. Jonathon Shafi of the Radical Independence Campaign says it’s not finished yet

TTIP: the corporate trump card

1 December 2014 The TTIP trade agreement could make it impossible for governments to legally ban fracking, writes Thomas McDonagh

The home front

1 December 2014 Izzy Koksal reports on the London Coalition Against Poverty, which is at the forefront of direct action-based community organising

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about what makes politicians tick

1 December 2014 'I haven’t socialised with senior politicians, but I’ve hung out with the insane and I can reveal that they believe their own lies completely'

Editorial: Power to transform

1 December 2014 Hilary Wainwright asks: Could the election be turned into an 'enough' moment?

Building resistance: the rebel architects

1 December 2014 From floating cinemas to 14th-century disaster relief, Daniel Fitzpatrick explores how rebel architects are challenging the capital-intensive architecture of glass and steel

Inequality: the slow revolution

1 December 2014 In an extract from his new book, Inequality and the 1%, Danny Dorling argues that we need a nonviolent war of attrition against the rich