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Fracking is the failure of democracy – so say today’s Suffragettes

September 13th, 2018

Several hundred women from around the country took up the call of the Women of Lancashire to demonstrate in Parliament Square on Wednesday.

Dressed in white costumes with suffragette sashes, they raised their voices demanding an end to fracking.

Meanwhile, inside […]

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Unblocking the pawn

September 13th, 2018

As London grows and grows and grows, once familiar nooks and crannies in the centre where poetry could flourish have been ousted by property developers. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that talented and enterprising individuals like the […]

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A decade after the crash, a fairer, kinder capitalism is simply delusional

September 8th, 2018

Ten years ago, the world economy ground to a halt in the wake of the biggest financial crash in the history of capitalism. The vastly overinflated atmospheric […]

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Videogaming – the good, the bad and the ugly

September 7th, 2018

If you thought global corporations just sold stuff like trainers or phones, think again. China-based Tencent is the world’s biggest Internet-related products company with a market value of US$850 billion, making it the largest enterprise in Asia. The phenomenon […]

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‘Govanhell’: Austerity, hostile environments and feeding the far right

August 8th, 2018



The Govanhill International Festival and Carnival.

If ever one wanted an object lesson in how austerity can create the conditions for the growth of the far right, one should look no further than […]

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The politics of seeing – the haunting work of Dorothea Lange

August 3rd, 2018

In the age of Instagram we are all photographers. And the way we see the world has been transformed by other photographers past and present.

Dorothea Lange must be counted amongst those who expanded our understanding of how economic and […]

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No “hostile environment” in Glasgow

August 3rd, 2018

Suddenly, and in the face of big community opposition, an attempt is being made to make Glasgow a hostile environment for migrants.

First, it was exposed that SERCO was planning to put 330 migrants and their families out on the […]

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Death penalty or the Treason Act: both are wrong

July 31st, 2018

The UK government’s decision to waive objection to the death penalty in the case of two Islamic State fighters facing trial in the US led to calls for a revival of the Treason Act of 1315. Edward Winters looks […]

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Tories ignore global heatwave and give backing for fracking

July 27th, 2018

No to frackingIn the midst of the global heatwave, energy minister Claire Perry’s approval of the first UK fracking licence under its […]

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Brexit crisis: beware threat of a national government

July 27th, 2018

A deepening, unpredictable political and constitutional crisis sparked by Brexit could have far-reaching consequences before the year is out.

Some commentators have suggested that it is the biggest political challenge facing the ruling elites since the General Strike of 1926 […]

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Making the ideal real

July 25th, 2018

The challenge of understanding today’s complex and contradictory social world was at the heart of “Deconstructing Neoliberal Hegemony”, a two-day international symposium, organised by the International Friends of Ilyenkov.

The work of the IFI has taken on a heightened significance […]

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The Modernist future, interrupted

July 18th, 2018

This summer, Malmö’s Moderna Museet, along with its partner, the Sztuki museum in Łódź, Poland is staging a must-see show about Modernism. It brings to life two little-known Polish artists whose ideas and life were shaped by revolution and […]

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