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After Holden, how many more kids will Britain send to war?

After Holden, how many more kids will Britain send to war?

For Irish unity march, London 1979. Photo credit: Gillfoto David Holden didn’t intend to kill Aidan McAnespie, but he did fantasise about doing it. While fondling a general-purpose machine gun, aiming it at McAnespie and pulling the trigger, Holden fantasised about...

Can’t pay, don’t pay

Can’t pay, don’t pay

Photo: EE Image Database (licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0) This article first appeared in Issue #237, ‘Power in Unions’, published September 2022. Subscribe today to read more articles and support independent media. The energy price hikes we’re all facing aren’t...

Resistance in Leicester’s garment district

Resistance in Leicester’s garment district

The South Indian thali we had for lunch that day was exceptional. It had been one of the first sunny, bright blue sky days of the year and as we drove through Evington and Highfields even the ‘dark factories’ glistened. Along East Park Road, Vaisakhi decorations wove...

Never give up: remembering Anwar Ditta

Never give up: remembering Anwar Ditta

Sketch and poster of Anwar Ditta by Mukhtar Dar Anwar Ditta was a British-Pakistani woman who fought – and won – a case against the Home Office after it refused entry to her three children, leaving them stuck without her in Pakistan. Her treatment at the hands of the...

Cinema on the move

Cinema on the move

The Order of Things (2017) At the London Migration Film Festival (LMFF), we have found that people most commonly associate the term ‘migration’ with politics and tragedy. For example, when we approached a new venue with the hopes of holding screenings there during the...

Tunisia’s struggle for energy democracy

Tunisia’s struggle for energy democracy

A wind turbine farm in Tunisia (Credit: Dana Smillie) Since the 2011 revolution Tunisian governments have consistently failed to implement progressive public sector reforms and succumbed instead to the demands of global institutions such as the IMF. The Société...

A new Italian era

A new Italian era

Giorgia Meloni speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference The greatest tragedy of the far-right’s victory in the Italian general election was its inevitability. Italian electoral law favours coalitions of parties. More than a third of Parliament is...

A new Italian era

A new Italian era

Giorgia Meloni speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference The greatest tragedy of the far-right’s victory in the Italian general election was its inevitability. Italian electoral law favours coalitions of parties. More than a third of Parliament is...

Key words: Magical voluntarism

Key words: Magical voluntarism

Image: Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Around a decade ago, Mark Fisher invoked the psychologist David Smail’s term ‘magical voluntarism’ to describe the trajectory of mental health discourse. This concept draws on the individualistic notion that we are all masters of our...

Preparing for the apocalypse the rational way

Preparing for the apocalypse the rational way

A help station run by the Common Ground Collective in the Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans. The collective was founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to provide aid to provide aid to vulnerable communities in the absence of state assistance (Credit:...

Boris Johnson and loving our exes

Boris Johnson and loving our exes

Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary in Tokyo with an ASIMO robot (Credit: British Embassy Tokyo) When a senior politician is kicked out of office, something special can happen. If they play their cards right, they can become an Elder Statesperson through the magic of...