How the Conservatives ruined social housing
4 October 2012
Stuart Hodkinson writes that despite Tory claims to protect social housing before the election, councils have been allowed to neglect their duty to house those in greatest need
G8 – Africa nil
1 November 2005
Four months on and with the 'historic G8 deal for Africa' already in tatters, the Make Poverty History coalition is as silent as it was once ubiquitous. Ahead of December's World Trade Organisation summit in Hong Kong, Stuart Hodkinson investigates
Make the G8 history
1 July 2005
Make Poverty History would seem an unprecedented success story. Uniting trade unions, charities, NGOs and a stellar cast of celebrities, its cause is dominating media coverage, while the campaign’s record-selling white wristband is being worn the world over. So why, as the G8 summit approaches, are leading members briefing against each other to the press and African social movements saying ‘nothing about us, without us’? Stuart Hodkinson investigates
1 July 2005
Lucky enough to get time off to head to the G8? Natasha Grzincic and Stuart Hodkinson bring you Red Pepper's indispensable guide to resisting world leaders and staying alive in Scotland
Background to Rwanda
1 May 2004
Ten years ago, beginning on 6 April 1994, more than one million Rwandans were massacred in a three-month bloodbath. The dead were mainly Tutsis, the minority ethnic group in Rwanda who made up about 14 percent of the then eight million population. All were unarmed civilians. Their killers, extremists from Rwanda's ruling Hutu majority, had embarked on a premeditated mission: to exterminate an entire people. But it was not only Tutsis who suffered. Tens of thousands of moderate Hutus were also slaughtered because they were political opponents of the one-party Hutu state and natural obstacles to the genocide.
A democratic forum is possible
1 January 2004
Oscar Reyes and Stuart Hodkinson were in Paris in November 2003 for the European Social Forum, where they found 60,000 delegates, plenty of controversy and a common feeling among the grassroots that the forum must undergo radical change
Derailing the WTO
1 September 2003
At one level, an unprecedented unity has emerged across the nascent "global justice and solidarity movement" towards the trade talks in Cancun. Conservative trade union organisations like the TUC and its international lobbying body the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) can now agree on a basic platform of demands with radical Southern-based NGOs and social movements of the "Our World is not for Sale" network.
The Bitter Taste of Evian – A Diary of the G-8 Summit
1 July 2003
The G-8 Summit took place on 1-3 June 2003 in Evian, France, overlooking Lake Geneva. Too small for the large delegations and translation teams, Chirac persuaded Switzerland to lend him its hotels, highways and police forces on the other side of the lake. With Evian a no-go militarised zone even to a comedy terrorist, attention focused on three key locations outside: nearby Annemasse in France, and the coastal towns of Geneva and Lausanne in Switzerland. Tens of thousands of protesters travelled from across Europe and the world to denounce the "Gang of 8", declare the meeting illegitimate and shut it down. Stuart Hodkinson was one of them. The following extracts are taken from his G-8 diary.
Swiss cops face G8 legal blizzard
1 July 2003
They said they didn't want another Genoa, but Switzerland's police are facing their own small-scale version of the legal avalanche currently being prepared for Italy's Carabinieri.