What Obama means to the world
People’s obsession with Barack Obama says more about them than him, says Gary Younge
After the meltdown
William Greider, Frances Fox Piven, Doug Henwood, Arun Gupta and Naomi Klein discuss the financial crisis facing Obama – and what should be done
PLUS A patriot for Aretha
Steve Platt gets in touch with his inner Aretha
Change we can believe in?
Red Pepper’s Obama blog looks at what his presidency means for the global left
Julie Burchill misoverestimates Bush
Ben Trott responds to Julie Buchill’s ‘thoroughly absurd’ article in The Sun
The Economist on Obama and the question of betrayal
The Lexington column in this week’s Economist focusses on Obama’s betrayal of the left – either real or perceived, writes Ben Trott
\’It seems like Obama is saying: I will only be as good a president as the people who will organize to move me\’
Dont Rhine, from the sound art collective Ultra Red, on the inauguration
\’The audacity of dope\’
There’s been some fairly unusual attempts to cash in on Obama’s current popularity, says Ben Trott
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Hilary Aked writes about the insidious role of Prevent, the government’s counter- extremism programme, in compromising mental health services
Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change
The question of Palestine has become a black political litmus test, argues Annie Olaloku-Teriba, defining the very nature of black identity and politics
As the Covid recession hits, Adam Peggs lays out alternative economic proposals the Labour left should be demanding
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
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