Health


Lashing together a life raft: Covid-19 strategies for the left

20 May 2022 Reflecting on two years of Covid-19, James Meadway lays out the challenges the British left will have to adapt to and confront

Review: Toxic Legacy by Stephanie Seneff

23 April 2022 Jake Woodier explores the purported widespread havoc of herbicide Glyphosate, industrial scientific sabotage and the destructive agricultural system

Wanted: a new health deal

17 April 2022 Virologist Deenan Pillay of Independent Sage tells Red Pepper how the pandemic has revealed the importance of rebuilding the public health system

An update from till two

28 March 2022 In ‘The view from till two’, published on the Red Pepper website in November 2020, retail worker Tillie described her experiences of the pandemic. Here, she reflects on two years dominated by Covid – and considers what lies ahead

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GM ‘designer babies’: breakthrough or nightmare?

6 December 2021 Only a global ban on human genetic engineering can prevent a new era of eugenics from emerging, writes Dave King

Work-related suicides: the UK’s invisible crisis

28 October 2021 There is no regulatory oversight of suicides at work in the UK. Sarah Waters makes the case for change

Tax hikes or not, social care is broken

1 October 2021 Social care worker Billie Cooper argues that recent discussions on funding social care are a distraction from more fundamental reform of the sector.

The fierce kindness of Dawn Foster

29 July 2021 Kimon Daltas pays tribute to our friend and comrade Dawn Foster

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Covid and the household economy crisis

16 June 2021 Even before the pandemic, the squeeze on household time and income had reached crisis point. Ursula Huws examines social reproduction in the digital age

When truth is not enough

11 June 2021 Ted Benton tackles questions of truth, science and radical alternatives in a period of political turmoil

Not ready for take-off

7 June 2021 The trade unionists of the skies have been saving jobs as their industry taxis on the runway, writes Sean Meleady

Can’t pay, won’t pay

26 May 2021 First-year student Saranya Thambirajah reports on students’ experience of the pandemic – and how they are using rent strikes to fight back against the marketisation of higher education

Lebanon’s October revolution

19 May 2021 Following a year of struggle, crisis and destruction, the people of Lebanon fight on, writes Rima Majed from Beirut

India’s crisis is our crisis

28 April 2021 The crisis unfolding in India underlines the need for global, coordinated, industrial vaccine strategy, argues Luke Cooper

Vaccine nationalism

13 April 2021 As various Covid-19 vaccines continue to be rolled out in the Global North, Remi Joseph-Salisbury explores how nationalist vaccine programmes exacerbate global inequalities

Virtual exhibitions and art for all

4 April 2021 A year into our new virtual reality, Siobhan McGuirk suggests a silver lining: once-exclusive degree shows are more accessible than ever

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Simon Hedges is jabbing away

1 April 2021 Our 'Award Winning' columnist tries to trick his father into getting the vaccine, saying it will protect him from 'cancel culture'

Free, safe, legal, local

24 March 2021 Emma Campbell describes the long fight for reproductive rights in Northern Ireland

Locked out during lockdown

1 December 2020 Already dealing with the effects of the hostile environment in education, Sanaz Raji explains the new challenges facing international students during the pandemic

Frontline workers and Covid-19: support staff and the neoliberal university

24 November 2020 Max O’Donnell-Savage explains how university support staff are forced to risk their lives – while ensuring campuses are 'Covid-19 secure' for students

Frontline workers and Covid-19: the view from till two

15 November 2020 Retail worker Tillie describes her experiences of the pandemic – and explains why the retail workers’ union is campaigning against abuse

Exceptional measures

11 November 2020 Narzanin Massoumi argues that the ‘war on terror’ should serve as a warning against increased state powers in response to the Covid-19 crisis

Will the beat go on?

1 November 2020 Gerry Hart reports on lockdown, gentrification and the face of Newcastle's live music

Whose streets?

28 October 2020 Public spaces became increasingly valued during lockdown – and increasingly policed. We must continue to reclaim and celebrate it for everyone, says Morag Rose

Frontline workers and Covid-19: a carer’s account

16 October 2020 Ndella Diouf Paye writes about her experiences working as a carer for a private company

The state of things to come

15 October 2020 Politicians, the state, and the market have failed to come to terms with Covid-19. Can 'people power' navigate a way out of the crisis? K Biswas introduces the TNI Covid Capitalism Report

Pints, patriotism and precarity

14 October 2020 Oli Carter-Esdale explores the weaponisation of the pint and asks: where next for the hospitality sector?

Power plays: the rise of game worker unions

6 October 2020 Amid global economic crisis, business is booming in the gaming industry. It's time to step up the fight for worker's rights, Emma Kinema tells Marzena Zukowska

The future of pandemic solidarity

2 October 2020 The pandemic has channelled our collective rage and constructed new visions of what is possible, argues Colectiva Sembrar

The antithesis of care

28 September 2020 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?

24 September 2020 Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change

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A complete cock-up by government

2 September 2020 Amidst mishandling of the pandemic and absence of public trust, Sir David King tells Hilary Wainwright of the government consciously allowing Covid-19 to spread

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Former chief scientist blasts government coronavirus response

30 August 2020 As parents ready kids for school return and the debate over 'the science' rages, Sir David King tells Hilary Wainwright how the government got it wrong

Edinburgh street artists perform in Edinburgh on the last weekend of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009. This year saw a record number of acts perform representing the best dance, theatre and comedy.

Who’s laughing now?

22 August 2020 As venues tentatively reopen post-lockdown, Siobhán McGuirk surveys the impact of the pandemic on comedy, theatre and the cultural sector

Refugee family reunification during a pandemic

23 July 2020 Border closures and travel restrictions caused by the pandemic have made family reunification difficult for refugees. But, as Luke Butterly reports, these rights have been eroded over a number of years

On a rainy day and evening the CAA-NPR-NRC protesters are still in Shaheen Bagh . People have come to support from far and wide

Shaheen Bagh lives on

22 July 2020 The women of a south Delhi neighbourhood have inspired a protest movement which will long outlive their temporary encampment, writes Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya

Prison profits over healthcare

14 July 2020 Private prisons are bad for prisoners’ health, writes Isaac Ricca-Richardson, but state control is little better while neoliberalism still holds sway

One million hours of solitude

8 July 2020 Simon Hedges shares his tips on surviving lockdown and government ineptitude

No solutions, no justice: Covid-19 and BAME communities

2 July 2020 Apsana Begum MP asks why no action has been taken to protect BAME communities from Covid-19, despite the Government report revealing disproportionate impact

Brazilian oligarchs sacrifice people for profit

23 June 2020 Business leaders are using social media and political influence to spread coronavirus disinformation – and endangering thousands of lives. Raphael Tsavkko Garcia reports

How to make comedy in the time of Corona

16 June 2020 Comedian Elf Lyons discusses creative innovation and rebellion in a dystopian age

Swords into ploughshares; planes into ventilator parts

5 June 2020 The speedy switch in from producing airplane wings to ventilator parts at a north Wales factory holds out an example for a transition to a low-carbon economy, writes Hilary Wainwright

Immigration detention and the politics of Covid-19

2 June 2020  The response to the pandemic has allowed us to imagine a world without immigration detention centres, writes Rachel Harger

Breaking the Big Pharma stranglehold

27 May 2020 Affordable healthcare means breaking the stranglehold that Big Pharma has on our medicines system, writes Dana Brown

The politics of Covid-19: a crisis for cleaners

14 May 2020 Cleaners are being ignored in the government’s provision of a safety-net during the pandemic. The current crisis is rooted in a long history of domestic work being made invisible, writes Laura Schwartz

Kes - unshorn hair - is an article of faith for Sikhs (Credit: Shreyans Bhansali)

Sacrificing sovereignty: Sikhs and Covid-19

12 May 2020 Against a backdrop of militaristic rhetoric, Shuranjeet Singh interrogates why some Sikhs are being forced to choose between their faith and their patients

The politics of Covid-19: the frictions and promises of mutual aid

4 May 2020 Thousands of mutual aid groups have sprung up around the UK, grounded in different experiences and perspectives. Amardeep Singh Dhillon asks: Whose vision of community-serving work will win out?

Do we really ‘all care now’? Time to expand our caring imagination

23 April 2020 In the midst of the pandemic, we are reconsidering what ‘care work’ entails. It’s time to demand a radically more caring world – towards both people and planet, say Andreas Chatzidakis and Lynne Segal

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The politics of Covid-19: can local authorities really ‘bring everybody in’?

21 April 2020 When it comes to support for homeless people, the government’s response to Covid-19 has been heavy on rhetoric but thin on substance, writes Benjamin Morgan

The politics of Covid-19: Europe’s rightwing leaders see opportunity in crisis

15 April 2020 With all eyes on the global pandemic, Poland’s ruling party is trying to limit women's rights and extend power. Marzena Zukowska reports



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