23 September

The picture researcher was lying: he doesn't have a pet iguana named Ziggy (see [22 September->398]) and he can't even play guitar. The things some people will say to draw attention to themselves

September 23, 2009 · 1 min read

One person who certainly can play guitar is feminist icon and political campaigner Ani DiFranco, whose birthday it is today. In fact, she can play a great deal more besides, as she demonstrated on her 2004 album Educated Guess, when she played all the instruments and supplied all the vocals as well as doing all the recording herself on an eight-track, reel-to-reel tape recorder. Don’t tell the Musicians’ Union.


The antithesis of care

Hilary Aked writes about the insidious role of Prevent, the government’s counter- extremism programme, in compromising mental health services

Am I a modern slave?

Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change

Political blackness and Palestinian solidarity

The question of Palestine has become a black political litmus test, argues Annie Olaloku-Teriba, defining the very nature of black identity and politics


After the virus: no return to the old economy

As the Covid recession hits, Adam Peggs lays out alternative economic proposals the Labour left should be demanding

In and against, and outside, the party

Following major defeats, the left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education, argues Joe Guinan

A tribute to Mike Cooley

Co-creator of the Lucas Plan, Mike showed how the immense talent of workers could be deployed for social use rather than private profit, writes Phil Asquith

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