Responding to acts of terror

March 24th, 2017

As a Londoner, this week’s attack at Westminster came close to home. Like countless others, I have walked over Westminster Bridge and around the Houses of Parliament more times than I can remember. Westminster is more than just Big Ben and […]

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Dark Matters

March 20th, 2017

Legendary jazz musician, composer and poet Joe McPhee visited London earlier this month.

He played with Rodrigo Amado, Chris Corsano, Kent Kessler at Cafe Oto in Dalston.  A few days later, he gave a sell-out performance at the Tank music space […]

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Budget squeezes the middle leaving the corporations untouched

March 9th, 2017

Unable to find ways of getting the global corporations like Google, Apple and Facebook to pay taxes in the UK, chancellor Philip Hammond’s stop-gap budget instead turns the screw […]

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Trumplandia and the world of the surreal

March 7th, 2017

The destabilisation of the American political system under the Donald Trump presidency reveals the fragility of the entire edifice of the country’s government and state system.

Built around its famous checks-and-balances constitution – the first legal document in history to […]

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Revolutionary art lost in skewed history

February 25th, 2017

This year offers an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of artists in response to the 1917 Russian Revolution and many were looking forward to the Royal Academy’s show in London as part of a year-long series of events to […]

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The Climate Crisis and Refugees Conference

February 24th, 2017

Report by Fiona Harrington; photos Peter Arkell

A trade union conference on climate change was told that life on earth has never before existed with the levels of CO2 we are experiencing […]

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Mapping the journey

February 23rd, 2017

Greetings to all. Have just submitted the survey form to the organizers. Having read the eBook, the following initial remarks were included in the survey reply: “reading-studying-internalizing the e-book, there are some missing […]

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Democracy Unchained – some thoughts

February 22nd, 2017

I was glad to have the opportunity to read this book.  The historical perspective provided a useful back-drop from which to view the current dire state of affairs, which was summed up very well in the bullet point […]

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Democracy takes on neoliberalism at Glasgow conference

February 14th, 2017

“Your profit – Our trauma” – a slogan that sums up the violent effects of gentrification through “Creative City” strategies – featured right at the start of a great conference in Glasgow on February 10-11.

Glasgow University professor Heather MacLean […]

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London women’s march against Trump

January 22nd, 2017

Day 1 after the inauguration and already massive demonstrations across the globe.

Here are some photos by Peter Arkell of the demonstration in London, where up to 100,000 people took part:

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Trump: from democracy to tyranny

January 21st, 2017

So, Donald Trump is now President of the United States of America, and its Commander-in-Chief.

In his inaugural speech, Trump made no reference to his party, Congress, or any other means by which he expects to accomplish the […]

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In search of democracy

January 19th, 2017

By Tim Hart

The Oxfam report, published on Monday and which was presented to the World Economic Forum at Davos this week, claims that eight individuals own as much wealth as half of the world’s population.  It is untenable to […]

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