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The Shock of Violence
By Steffen Böhm
26th August 2005

Steffen Böhm reflects on the recent G8 summit in Scotland, the London bombings and other acts of violence.
key words:G8, London Bombings, terrorism, Walter Benjamin, Jean Charles de Menezes

Public Call: The Democratisations and Contradictions of a Time-Travelling Icon
By Matt Hills
26th July 2005

Matt Hills reviews the relaunch of the BBC's Doctor Who..
key words:Dr Who, Doctor Who, BBC, Russell T. Davies, brands, consumerism, media, democracy

The Olympics and the City
By Oscar Reyes
16th April 2005

Oscar Reyes looks for the lessons that the Athens can offer London in its bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
key words:Olympics, privatisation, security, corporate interests, surveillance

Does Labour Deserve a Compass?
By Neal Lawson
15th April 2005

Neal Lawson looks for signs of social democracy in New Labour.
key words:New Labour, Compass, Democracy

Everyone’s At It: Regulation and the New Rentier Economy
By Jeremy valentine
14th April 2005

Jeremy Valentine dissects the New Labour language of modernisation and considers the sources of the right's attack on managerialism.
key words:Public Choice Theory, regulation, rents

Policing the ‘asylum crisis’, anti-detention campaigns and counter discourse on asylum in the UK
By Kerry Moore
13th April 2005

Kerry Moore explains how New Labour's asylum policy has been built around the concept of the 'bogus' asylum seeker.
key words:asylum, refugees, Dungavel, Yarls Wood, anti-detention campaigns, discourse analysis

The bio-politics of immigration
By Joanna Zylinska
12th April 2005

Joanna Zylinska argues that the government's policy on immigration utilises popular ideas about asylum.
key words:asylum, bio-politics, body, democracy, ethics, immigration

The World Social Forum, Mumbai January 2004
By Giuseppe Caruso
19th March 2004

Giuseppe Caruso reports on the World Social Forum in Mumbai, January 2004.
key words:protest, politics, mass movements, social forum, globalisation, globalization, WSF

Putting the shoe on the other foot
By Jo Littler
20th January 2004

Jo Littler interviews Kalle Lasn about Adbuster's new anti-Nike 'Black Spot Sneaker'.
key words:Adbusters, activism, anti-logo, branding, advertising, culture jamming, fair trade, unions, 'the left'

Harmanizing the Workers of the World
By Peter Waterman
17th December 2003

Peter Waterman critiques Chris Harman's 'The Workers of the World'.
key words:Marxism, Socialist Workers Party, Chris Harman, internationalism, working class, politics, the left, trades unions

Education as a Frontier Market
By Jonathan Rutherford
17th December 2003

Jonathan Rutherford argues that New Labour education policy is the flagship of government reform of the public sector.
key words:Education, New Labour, politics, PFI, economic policy, private sector, privatisation.

Another Europe? Reflections on the second ESF
By Oscar Reyes
17th December 2003

Oscar Reyes reports on the European Social Forum.
key words:European Social Forum, the left, politics, culture, diversity, globalisation

As British as Afternoon Tea
By Mark Curtis
1st December 2003

Mark Curtis locates the War on Iraq within the history of Britain's foreign policy.
key words:regime change, Iraq War, politics, foreign policy, human rights, history

The New Economy of Terror
By Loretta Napoleoni
1st December 2003

Loretta Napoleoni examines the effects of the War on Terror upon the global terror networks.
key words:terrorism, war on terror, politics, economics, Iraq, global economy, history

Formations for the Next Left
By Mike Marqusee
10th July 2003

Mike Marqusee speculates about the form of a future united-left politics.
key words:Stop the War Coalition, SWP, Leninism, left politics, Socialist Alliance

One No, Many Yeses: The Rise Of The New Resistance Movement
By Paul Kingsnorth
25th June 2003

Paul Kingsnorth explains the origins of an emerging global resistance movement.
key words:globalisation, resistant, mass movements, World Order, economics, politics

Records and Responsibility: An Interview with Matthew Herbert
By Claire Birchall
15th June 2003

Clare Birchall interviews Matthew Herbert, one of the UK's most innovative house producers.
key words:PCCOM, PERSONAL CONTRACT FOR THE COMPOSITION OF MUSIC, anti-captialism, music

After the war, what next for the movement?
By Mike Marqusee
7th May 2003

Mike Marqusee reflects on the successes and the future of the anti-war coalition.
key words:Stop the War Coalition, Iraq, USA, imperialism, anti-war movement

Resisting an unconditioned pole: global politics in the aftermath of the Iraq war
By Benjamin Arditi
7th May 2003

Benjamin Arditi considers the state of the International Order in the aftermath of the Iraq War.
key words:international order, security, unilateralism, UN, pre-emption, oil, resistance.

Who Moved My Worth? Management Self-Help Books and YOU!
By Paul Bowman
28th March 2003

Paul Bowman deconstructs the management-theory parable Who Moved my Cheese?
key words:Managerialism, capitalism, risk society, management theory, individualism, flexibility, insecurity

Not in My Name: The Possibility of a Popular Politics
By Liam Connell and Nicky Marsh
25th March 2003

Nicky Marsh and Liam Connell ask whether February's Anti-war demonstration forms a useful model for political mobilisation of the Left.
key words:Anti-war, democracy, Blair, New Labour, politics, demonstration, protest, coalition

A Spin Too Far
By Liz Davies
25th March 2003

Liz Davies speculates about the possibilities for the Left outside the Labour Party.
key words:Labour Party, Socialist Alliance, democracy, SWP, Blairism, New Labour, politics

The Private Finance Initiative & the Education Market
By Jonathan Rutherford
20th February 2003

Jonathan Rutherford considers the operation of PFI for funding investment in education.
key words:PFI, Universities, Higher Education, Students, New Labour, politics

Report From New York City Anti-War Demonstration
By Mike Marqusee
16th February 2003

Mike Marqusee records the February 15th march in New York.
key words:Stop the War, Iraq, coalitions, politics, protest

Some thoughts on the anti-war movement
By Mike Marqusee
10th February 2003

Mike Marqusee reflects on the nature of the anti-war coalition and considers the possibilities for protest against a forthcoming war with Iraq.
key words:Stop the War Coalition, Iraq, USA, imperialism, anti-war movement

Tuitions Fees: social engineering for the 'knowledge economy'
By Alan Finlayson
24th January 2003

Alan Finlayson argues that it is a mistake to argue against tuition fees as an inegalitarian policy, as this government has no interest in egalitarianism. Instead, they want to turn us all into risk-taking knowledge-economy competitors.
key words:Tuition Fees, Universities, Higher Education, Students, Blairism, New Labour, politics.

Theory, Democracy and the Left
An Interview with Leo Panitch By Carlos Pessoa
11th December 2002

Carlos Pessoa interviews Leo Panitch, one of the leading advocates of a revived socialist project for the western democracies
key words:democracy, socialism, neo-liberalism, globalisation, economics, politics.

British Immigration Policy, New Labour, and the rights of migrants: A critical assessment
By Don Flynn 4th December 2002

Don Flynn explains the current state of British immigration policies and looks to what alternatives the left can suggest
key words: immigration, New Labour, migration, rights, asylum seekers, neo-liberalism, globalisation, economics, politics.

The New International: A Report from The European Social Forum
By Jeremy Gilbert 1st December 2002

Jeremy Gilbert reflects on the implications of the European Social Forum for the European left.

Creating Alternatives: The ESF, anti-neo-liberalism and fair trade
By Jo Littler 1st December 2002

Jo Littler considers the discussion about alternative economies at the ESFand looks for links between direct action, consumer activism and fair trade
key words: ESF, fair trade, neo-liberalism, consumer activism, direct action,anti-capitalism, consumer culture.

The movement is the message
By Oscar Reyes 1st December 2002

Oscar Reyes, of the Independent Student Media Project, considers how the ESF opens up new questions about strategy for the left.
key words: : European Social Forum, movement of movements, the left, rupture, neoliberalism, globalisation, reformism, revolution.

Beyond Antagonism? Investigating the Third Way
by Steve Bastow and James Martin7th November 2002

Steve Bastow and James Martin argue that, on closer investigation, the Third Way offers the left more than its dectrators admit
key words: third way, discourse, antagonism, the left, crisis, ideology, ethics, community, radical democracy.

The European Social Forum: Reflections on the English Mobilisation
by Lina Jamoul25th October 2002

Lina Jamoul considers the problems and potential of the English Mobilisation for the ESF.
key words: European Social Forum, England, London, sectarianism, coalitions, activism.

Globalisation as geometries of power
by Doreen Massey18th October 2002

Doreen Massey considers the potential for an anti-corporate movement which is as global as the forces that it opposes.
key words: globalisation, globalization, economy, london, local, politics, geographies of power, neo-liberalism

Moving the Trade Debate Forward
by Peter Hardstaff Head of Policy at the World Development Movement15th October 2002

Peter Hardstaff of the World Development Movement suggests ways of rethinking the debates about international development
key words: Development, Globalisation, Globalization, policy, democracy, scrutiny, GATS, WTO, World Trade, Free market, economics

'An Englishman's Home...': Reflections on the Tony Martin case
by Anita Biressi and Heather Nunn 3rd October 2002

Anita Biressi and Heather Nunn consider the concepts of home and nation in reaction to the Tony Martin case.
key words: Tony Martin, nation, nationalism, home, countryside, rural Britain, crime

Europa Felix
by Franco Berardi
Translated by Tiziana Terranova
29th September 2002

Franco Bernardi remembers Felix Guattari's intervention for a European radical movement and considers its relevance today.
key words: Italy, Guattari, Europe, war, neo-liberalism, anti-capitalism

Resistance Matters
by Mark Perryman
29th September 2002

As the mobilisation builds for the Florence European Social Forum Mark Perryman considers the breadth and depth of the anti-capitalist movement in Britain.
key words: European Social Forum, World Social Forum, Reclaim the Streets, Socialist Workers Party, SWP, Partito della Rifandazione, Anti-capitalism, Communism, Antonio Negri, Michael Hardt, Globalisation, Naomi Klein

Italy's New Opposition
by Geoff Andrews
27th September 2002

Geoff Andrews of the Open University discusses the political context for Italy's hosting the first European Social Forum
key words: Italy, Rifondazione , Bologna, social forum, globalisation,anti-capitalism