23 November

The first recorded strike in history is said to have taken place on this day in 1170 BCE, during the sixth month of the 29th year of the reign of Rameses III.

November 23, 2009 · 1 min read

Workers in the Valley of the Kings necropolis in Egypt downed tools after the government failed to pay them their agreed grain allowance for 20 days. It was to take several stoppages before they eventually won all that was owed to them.

They say the pharaohs built the pyramids.

Do you think one pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat?

We built the pyramids for the pharaohs

And we’re building for them yet.

Anna Louise Strong


The Bastard State

A hundred years on from partition, Pádraig Ó Meiscill diagnoses the many ills of past and present Northern Ireland

Terrible films about the Troubles

Taking a cinematic tour of predictable plots and improbable accents, Stephen Hackett finds himself asking: hasn’t Ulster suffered enough?

A protest banner reading Defend the right to Protest

‘Global Britain’, aggressive imperialism and draconian policing

Belligerent abroad and oppressive at home, the government's rhetoric is being gradually cemented into law. Protest is the only response, writes Rohan Rice


Syringe with label reading 'vaccination'

Simon Hedges is jabbing away

Our 'Award Winning' columnist tries to trick his father into getting the vaccine, saying it will protect him from 'cancel culture'

Low traffic neighbourhoods: Making fairer, safer, cities

Low traffic neighbourhoods are part of building a fairer city, argues Rachel Aldred

Review – Misbehaving

A new edited volume emphasises that the personal is political and highlights the power of spectacular direct action, says Alice Robson