Nenets nightmare

Ada Wordsworth looks at what the climate crisis means for Russia’s reindeer herders THE indigenous Nenets people are nomads living in the icy tundra of Russia’s far north. For a thousand years Nenets reindeer herders have migrated to summer pastures on the Yamal Peninsula above the Arctic Circle, returning south in winter. This 800-mile journeyContinue reading “Nenets nightmare”

The Socialist Suffragette

Rachel Holmes celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst IN 1896, when she was thirteen, Sylvia Pankhurst was taken by her father to the Mosley Hotel in her home town of Manchester to meet Eleanor Marx, the foremother of socialist-feminism and Karl’s youngest daughter, at an event held in honour of William Liebknecht, leader of theContinue reading “The Socialist Suffragette”

A new cold war in China

Hugh Barnes considers the plight of the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang THE rise of China as an economic, political and military superpower is a fact of history. Within the next five years, the Chinese economy will overtake its American counterpart to become the largest in the world. Until a few years ago its rapid growth andContinue reading “A new cold war in China”

Bloody Sunday

Photo: Michael Barnes (seated, left) and family at his mother’s funeral in Dublin in 1988 Today is the centenary of Bloody Sunday, when the British army killed or fatally wounded 14 civilians during a Gaelic football match at Croke Park, Dublin. Here the former Labour MP Michael Barnes describes his parents’ walk-on (or drive-by) roleContinue reading “Bloody Sunday”

The Power of Protest

Fighting racism and police brutality in lockdown from Minneapolis to Hong Kong By Hugh Barnes The history of protest is as old as the history of anything. People have always protested against oppression because it has always existed. Unless you have a vote, and sometimes even if you do, demonstrating in public is the bestContinue reading “The Power of Protest”

The rise of fascism in France 

Toby Abse warns that Macron’s election victory does not herald the end of Europe’s far right The outcome of the second round of the French Presidential Election on 24th April came as a great relief to anybody concerned about the advance of the Far Right on a world scale over the last few years. Nonetheless, aContinue reading “The rise of fascism in France “

Hybrid borders

Hugh Barnes casts an eye over the diversionary tactics of right-wingers trying to weaponise immigration ON 24th November, a rubber dinghy capsized off Calais and at least 27 people drowned. It was a human tragedy but also a political wake-up call. Crossing the English Channel in a small boat is the most dangerous way toContinue reading “Hybrid borders”

Stagflation Nation

Malcolm Christie and Mike Davies warn the UK’s ‘price-wage spiral’ is now spiralling out of control and creating a severe cost-of-living crisis IN the UK the cost of living is now increasing much faster than the net incomes of all the population except the super-rich. How has this has come about and what are the prospects for theContinue reading “Stagflation Nation”

Crunch time at Cop26

Editorial LORD Byron once described the English winter ‘ending in July to recommence in August’ – which is more or less what happened this year. It was a disappointing cool summer in the United Kingdom. Elsewhere, however, the weather of 2021 looked disconcertingly like hell. A devastating heat wave struck North America’s Pacific coast, breakingContinue reading “Crunch time at Cop26”