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How to block Johnson’s threat to ‘make Britain great again’

July 15th, 2019

Boris Johnson is a clear and present danger to the UK political system and to everyone’s democratic rights. Yet the man who is set to become prime minister next week is having a clear run at moving into 10 […]

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South Tyneside prepares for people-powered change

July 3rd, 2019

Local activists laid down a powerful marker towards creating a Citizens’ Assembly in South Tyneside at an initial event held at the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery on June 29. They included environmental campaigners, trade unionists, local councillors […]

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Glastonbury 2019: The kids are alright (reasons to be cheerful, 1,2,3…)

July 2nd, 2019

We are living in dark, unprecedented times and there are many reasons to feel despondent. I won’t dwell on these here.

This year’s Glastonbury story began with youth leader and grime artist (though I don’t doubt he’d make a good […]

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Semblance and reflection

June 25th, 2019

There is a tension, a longing, in this splendid first-ever retrospective of Peter Clossick’s work. Through prolonged observation and countless applications of the brush, pencil or charcoal he creates a sensuous image of inner thought.

This is slow object art. […]

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Parliament’s two civil wars: time for a special Labour conference

June 11th, 2019

As the Tories brutally turn on each other in their bid to replace Theresa May as prime minister, significant sections of the Parliamentary Labour Party have decided it’s time to launch yet another attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

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Russia’s female firebrand – a history with blank spots

June 8th, 2019

The world is on fire but it’s a great time for art – thus Tate Modern’s director, Frances Morris, opening the first-ever UK show devoted to Russian artist Natalia Goncharova.

Political and constitutional crisis, the rise of populism and species […]

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Global economic car crash?

June 8th, 2019

The announced closure of Ford’s engine plant in Bridgend, South Wales in 2020 is emblematic of the continuing decline of capitalist production worldwide. In May, global manufacturing output crossed the […]

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The struggle for real democracy and people’s power in Ukraine

May 31st, 2019

By Mark Zobov, chair of the Moral and Intellectual Choice Association, Ukraine

Translation by Anna Alexandrovna Krapivnik

The Ukrainian people made their choice: they elected a novice as president, and were condemned again as a bad bunch. They had once voted for a […]

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Farage is a clear and present danger. Here’s how to stop him

May 21st, 2019

The rapid rise of the Brexit Party to first place in the opinion polls for the European elections is rightly sending shockwaves through Westminster and beyond. It is currently forecast to […]

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From stone tablets to emojis

May 12th, 2019

It’s been calculated that globally we will be exchanging over 293 billion emails each day by the end of 2019.  And that’s not counting WhatsApp, Tweets and Facebook messages. So how did we get here?

Making your Mark, an elegant […]

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The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

April 17th, 2019

Finding Evald Ilyenkov is a bit of a detective story, charting the rediscovery of long-buried events and writings by a remarkable Soviet-era philosopher.

Much of his work is only now becoming available in English and other languages, as the imperative to […]

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Climate change actions close London bridges and roads

April 15th, 2019

Photo-report by Peter Arkell at Waterloo Bridge

Thousands of people responded to the call by Extinction Rebellion to close down roads and bridges in London on April 15 to demand action on climate […]

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