Burkina Faso: Liberation not looting
23 March 2015
Firoze Manji argues that the recent uprising in Burkina Faso throws light on the debate around development, and calls for our solidarity, not charity
A manifesto for global justice
25 February 2015
Ditching development doesn’t mean simply changing language – it’s about radicalising our demands and reassessing old and new political ideas. Nick Dearden makes some suggestions for a global justice manifesto
Summer event: the Spark
15 May 2014
A week of workshops, films, discussions, poetry, music, art and more, looking at the fight for social justice in the UK and around the world to take place in June
The state of the movement
23 August 2009
The G20 protests have certainly left their mark, though not in a way anyone predicted - and the ensuing debate on policing was long overdue. But, Andy Bowman asks, did the protests manage to unite the left?
Death in the City
2 April 2009
Contrary to media reports, people did not pelt the police as the man who died during the G20 protests was being taken out. Andrew Kendle reports from Wednesday night's protest frontline
29 March 2009
The economic crisis is leading to falling carbon emissions - so why is it not good for the climate? By Oscar Reyes
Not just a summer of rage
29 March 2009
As the global movements for peace and social justice head back onto the streets, Ben Lear looks ahead to a year of protest
Manu Chao, the neighbourhood singer
15 August 2008
Manu Chao could be the most famous singer that many English speakers have never heard of. Yet he is to the alter-globalisation movement what Bob Dylan was to peace and civil rights in the 1960s. Oscar Reyes caught up with him by a campfire at Glastonbury, where he created a little 'neighbourhood of hope'
The troubles with food
25 April 2008
Food prices have soared over the past year. One might think that this would provide a welcome boost to the incomes of the world's poorest people, most of whom are farmers and farm workers. But it doesn't work that way, as Raj Patel explains
Globalisation is good for you
3 December 2007
Many socialists look to the state as the decisive instrument of social change. Nigel Harris argues that, on the contrary, nation states, with their priorities and resources focused on maintaining power through military might, hold back the reduction of poverty. He insists that globalisation, despite all of its ambiguities, is essentially a liberation from the shackles of the competing nation state. We have to look to NGOs and social and labour movements to constrain the market, he says.
3 December 2007
Nigel Harris exaggerates when he writes of a new global civil society, says Robin Blackburn. In reality, it is tiny, fragmented and lacking any transformative perspective. Adding to Harris's 'global left agenda', Blackburn suggests how the corporations that run the world can be made to pay for a new system of global welfare
Workers of the world – welcome!
1 November 2007
The British economy is reliant on migrant labour and has benefited greatly from the arrival of migrant workers from the new EU member states, argues Nigel Harris. An internationalist left should embrace the mobility of this new world working class, with its potential to redress global inequalities and end the scourge of xenophobia and war
A global war on labour?
16 October 2007
The number of trade unionists killed, arrested or 'just' dismissed in the pursuit of their members rights has increased alarmingly over the past year, according to a survey by the International Trade Union Confederation. Italian labour journalist Vittorio Longhi, interviews ITUC general secretary Guy Ryder about these and other issues facing the international trade union movement
3 October 2007
From Poland to Iraq and from China to New Orleans, neoliberalism has risen on the back of what Naomi Klein calls 'disaster capitalism'. She spoke to Oscar Reyes about her new book, The Shock Doctrine, and new forms of resistance
Five Fingers Beat 16,000 G8 Cops: Are we winning, again?
14 June 2007
From 6-8 June 2007, for over 44 hours, every road into and out of the enormous 'Red Zone' surrounding the 2007 G8 summit in Heiligendamm was blockaded. According to the Financial Times on the opening day, the blockades had 'tipped the G8 summit into logistical chaos'. The mobilisation to Heiligendamm was the return of the alter-globalisation movement. Ben Trott analyses how the event turned out to be such a success? What are its implications? And what next?
Profiting from pollution – The G8 nations and emissions trading
1 June 2007
Tackling climate change is likely to be at the top of the agenda at this month's G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany. But the emissions trading schemes promoted by G8 countries are deferring genuine climate action, while generating massive profits for the largest polluters.
1 June 2007
When the G8 travelling circus rolls up to Rostock in Germany this month, it will again be met with mass protests. Ben Trott reports on the efforts of the German left to unite and draw lessons from the protests at the 2005 Gleneagles summit
Globalisers with guns
1 October 2006
The heady, optimistic days of the 1990s, when the end of the cold war seemed to usher in a new era of peaceful transformation across the globe seem a long way off now. Sergio Yahni looks at the rise of 'armed globalisation', before and since 9/11, and the special role of Israel in the so-called 'clash of civilisations'
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
Don’t hold your breath
1 July 2005
As protesters prepare to give the G8 a warm Scottish welcome, Melanie Jarman predicts little chance of any agreement on climate change, save perhaps recognition, finally, that it is actually taking place
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
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.
Ten tumultuous years
1 May 2003
'Red Pepper, breaking a decade; New Labour, broken and decayed,' suggested a wit in the office. But now is not the moment for narrow triumphalism (beyond celebrating the larger font size and the monthly miracle performed in getting the magazine out at all).