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Bringing it all back home

Bringing it all back home

An advertisement for a vacuum cleaner published in Reader’s Digest, 1956. Photo: SenseiAlan (Creative Commons) Life under the pandemic reminds us of many things, but perhaps none more sharply than the importance of what goes on in our homes – not just to our daily...

Direct action and the decrepit British establishment

Direct action and the decrepit British establishment

A member of Glasgow’s No Evictions Network at the Kenmure Street action. Photo: Dale Harvey On the morning of 13 May 2021, an Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) van was spotted on Kenmure Street in Pollokshield, Glasgow. Local activists from the No Evictions...

The Firm and its Long-Lasting Grip

The Firm and its Long-Lasting Grip

Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference at Windsor Castle, 1960 We are usually presented with a set of typical images of the British royal family: the queen as an elderly (great-)grandmother clutching her iconic handbag; Prince William, Kate Middleton and their...

When truth is not enough

When truth is not enough

A 2008 graphic depicting trends in global climate change, as shown at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco. Photo: Ian Kennedy (Creative Commons) Power can lead to such overweening confidence that its holders believe they can avoid the world as it is if it doesn’t fit...

Sporting politics

Sporting politics

Richard Bell and Emory Douglas mural in Brisbane, Australia (CC 3.0) Another summer of sport is upon us. Well, maybe. We know better by now than to put dates in the diary without a ‘tbc’ alongside – even erstwhile calendar fixtures like the Olympic Games and European...

Where’s left in Cornwall?

Where’s left in Cornwall?

Credit: Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0 Enshrined in Cornish folklore are stories of rebellions against cases of English government encroachment, such as the Battle of Blackheath in 1497 and the Prayer Book Rebellion in 1549. Yet, unlike in other Celtic nations, there emerged...

Not ready for take-off

Not ready for take-off

Pilots have experienced unprecedented upheaval as a result of the pandemic. Credit: BALPA Imagine you’ve had your heart set on a particular career since you were a child. Having done your research on how to train for your dream career, you find out what the relevant...

Rojava’s everyday democracy

Rojava’s everyday democracy

Outside of a Komîngeh (credit: Ramazan Mendanlioglu) In the villages, cities and regions of Rojava, in the predominantly Kurdish north east of Syria, political upheaval has resulted in the largely decentralised self-administration of many areas, including health,...

Resistance and aid

Resistance and aid

Refugee solidarity sticker in Athens (Credit Kandukuru Nagarjun CC BY 2.0) ‘Resistance and aid’ is part three of three from a collection of essays on ‘social solidarity’ that were originally featured in issue #231, ‘People, Power, Place’, published in March 2021. Read...

The cauldron, the sword, victory!

The cauldron, the sword, victory!

Langar in Amritsar (Credit Shankar S CC BY 2.0) ‘The cauldron, the sword, victory!’ is part two of three from a collection of essays on ‘social solidarity’ that were originally featured in issue #231,‘People, Power, Place’, published in March 2021. Read part one here....

Our caring futures

Our caring futures

Hands in solidarity mural, Chicago, by Dan Manrique Arias (Credit Terence Faircloth CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Covid-19 has illustrated both the potential and the need for communities to self-organise mutual support. Today’s necessities are stimulating us to discover the ways...