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Brexit crisis shows political system is broken

November 13th, 2018

The dramatic deadlock in the UK over Brexit is a spectacular expression of a broken political system. Our existing form of democracy is simply incapable of representing the diverse interests of […]

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Protest at British Museum’s Assyria show

November 6th, 2018

Elegantly attired staff adorned with BP logos greeted journalists at the entrance to the British Museum’s big winter show, I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria.

We’re so used to corporate sponsors having pride of place at […]

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#Remembrance Day: How a sailors’ mutiny helped end the war

November 3rd, 2018

In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, it’s time to commemorate not only the end of World War I but the revolution that forced an end to hostilities.

Early in November 1918, sailors on the German fleets mutinied, refusing to attack […]

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Boo the gig economy

October 31st, 2018

Several hundred precarious workers and supporters marched behind the banner of the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) in a united protest action at London’s High Court yesterday.

The IWGB was in the court facing global taxi […]

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Call time on neoliberal-driven climate disaster

October 15th, 2018

Everything that people depend on for their daily lives has not just been disrupted, it’s […]

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McStrike rallies break out

October 4th, 2018

McStrike

A series of McStrikes by low-paid workers has hit fast-food restaurants, pubs and courier companies throughout the country.

Photos and story by Peter Arkell
Demanding […]

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Oceania celebrating

September 28th, 2018

That we’ve broken their statues
That we’ve driven them out of their temples
doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead.

Ionia, CP Cavafy

Oceania at London’s Royal Academy has opened at a time when efforts by indigenous, native and first peoples to […]

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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

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 Glasgow’s Govanhill district.  So far, it has escaped, due to some positive […]

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