Geography Archives: United Kingdom

  • Julian Assange

    UK police to arrest Julian Assange

    Britain is doing Washington’s dirty work and given the heavily increased ‘political chatter’ on Assange’s fate–it is quite likely the British government is looking for public reaction to be muted enough to simply arrest him, go through the motions and send Assange to certain solitary confinement on death row.

  • A young demonstrator holds a banner objecting to the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to the United Kingdom, in Belfast

    UK anti-Trump protesters reject racism, bigotry and Xenophobia

    Tens of thousands of women, men, children, LGBTIQ people, human rights advocates, Labour politicians and general citizens have poured into the streets of cities all over the United Kingdom to protest Trump’s official four-day tour Thursday. The protests have highlighted U.S. President Donald Trump’s “racist” and anti-immigrant policies.

  • No Migration Without Economic Exploitation June 28, 2018

    No migration without economic exploitation

    Why are thousands of Central Americans fleeing violence and economic devastation and flocking to the United States? Because of the American dream? Because the streets are paved in gold?

  • Jeremy Corbyn

    Corbyn: UK needs ‘war powers act’ after legally questionable Syria strike

    The British opposition leader said his country needs the war powers act to limit government’s control over military interventions.

  • The sausage room at the P & M Packing Company

    Willetts the conqueror (part 5): knowledge exchange

    In addition to subsumption of teaching and research, the third mission of neoliberal marketisation has been termed, “knowledge exchange.” The introduction of this mission represents not only a fundamental attack on the academic profession, but also a desperate attempt to marshal the knowledge-producing powers of universities to kick-start a stagnating post-crisis global economy.

  • Student protest

    University strikes: where do we go from here?

    On February 22nd the University and College Union (UCU) called for the beginning of a nation wide strike in response to Universities UK’s (UUK) attempt to shift of the Universities Superannuation Scheme from a defined benefit pension to a defined contribution pension.

  • Police officers stand guard at the bottom of the road where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal lives in Salisbury, England

    Russia suggests UK possessed nerve agent that is “quite artificially” being linked to Moscow

    Russian officials are voicing a full-throated dismissal of British accusations that Russia used a nerve agent referred to as “Novichok” in an attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The Russian Ambassador to the U.K., Alexander Yakovenko, is further charging London with making accusations in poor faith, while raising questions over whether the poison was already in the possession of the British government.

  • "Taylorism" by Lars Plougmann

    Willetts the conqueror (part 4): audit culture

    This reserve army provides an increasing number of desperate and mostly unionised workers to occupy the new, outsourced, deprofessionalised jobs while remind those lucky enough to retain work that they can be replaced if they dare to cause trouble.

  • Boris & Spitfire

    Nervous about Russia

    Two weeks ago in Salisbury, less than 10 kilometres from the UK’s Porton Down chemical weapons establishment, a Russian and his daughter appear to have been poisoned. Sergei Skripal was a former Russian military intelligence officer who acted as a spy for the UK’s MI6.

  • British ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, leaves after a meeting at the Russian foreign ministry in Moscow,Tuesday March 13, 2018. Russia will only cooperate with Britain on the investigation into last week's poisoning of an ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia if it receives samples of the nerve agent that is believed to have been used, Russia's foreign minister Lavrov said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    The Skripal poisoning: What lies behind UK-US ultimatums against Russia?

    To those who say it is obvious that Russia poisoned Skripal, it is worth recalling the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States, in which a deadly strain of anthrax was mailed to many U.S. officials in Washington, killing 5 people and infecting 17 more, shortly after the September 11 attacks. There again, media immediately blamed the attacks on obvious targets of U.S.-UK war threats—the Iraqi regime’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program and its alleged ties to Al Qaeda. These all proved to be lies, serving Washington’s foreign policy interests as it sought to go to war in Iraq.

  • Jeremy Corbyn

    Reds under the Bed

    The British conservative media and party establishment are renewing their attempts to paint Jeremy Corbyn as a traitor. But given the failure of this approach in the past, why would they attempt it again?

  • Utopia and the right to be lazy

    Utopia and the right to be lazy

    Students are much too busy to think these days. So, when a junior comes to talk with me about the possibility of my directing their senior thesis, I ask them about their topic—and then their schedule. I explain to them that, if they really want to do a good project, they’re going to have to quit half the things they’re involved in.

  • Workers strike at Walmart stores nationwide in November 2014

    ‘On new terrain’—How Capital is reshaping the battleground of class war

    Since the Great Recession there has been much debate on the nature of capitalism and the crisis of neoliberalism. Often this has resulted in theories which emphasise finance capital, precarious employment, and play to a generally left Keynesian politics, such as that being pursued within the Labour Party currently.

  • Golden Years Of British Comedy: The Swinging Sixties

    Which is more important – challenging class prejudice or promoting class struggle?

    A study last year by London University academics highlighted the shocking disparities in pay between individuals from different backgrounds. Most other papers treated this as minor news or ignored it altogether. The Morning Star rightly put it on the front page under the headline Working Class? That’ll be Six Grand off your Salary (and it was the only paper to mention TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady’s call for worker representation on company boards).

  • Moshé Machover

    Eroding the consensus: imperialism, democracy, Zionism & the Labour Party

    Science for the People is in the process of relaunching as a publication in the United States. The original magazine archives can be viewed here. Click here to sign the petition to investigate Moshé Machover’s expulsion from the Labour Party. Science for the People (SP): Thank you for speaking with us. As the details of […]

  • People & communities should have the right to control their energy future

    UK unions call for energy to be returned to public ownership

    The annual congress of the UK Trades Union Congress (TUC) has passed a historic composite resolution on climate change that supports the energy sector being returned to public ownership and democratic control.

  • Two men sentenced to perform unpaid community work wearing tabards emblazoned with 'Community Payback' to make their punishment visible

    Work, capital and the ‘administration of punishment’

    Criminal justice and welfare policies routinely produce a distinct labour force in Britain, disposable by design. This article examines recent policy developments driving these labour forms, and explores their implications for the meaning of work.

  • DIY Politics in the UK

    DIY politics in the UK

    ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ goes the old adage; well it is broke. Over the past two years it has become, for many, overwhelmingly obvious that the mainstream media in the United Kingdom is broke.

  • London City Center

    The informal empire of London

    The division of the world is not only by classes, but by North and South as well. And unfortunately the British left does not realise that, and the framing of being anti-neoliberal, in contrast to anti-imperialist, denies this differentiated reality.

  • Class Ceiling

    The shifting politics of inequality and the class ceiling

    Britain’s class landscape has changed: it is more polarised at the extremes and messier in the middle. The distinction between middle and working class is less clear-cut. The elite is able to set political agendas and entrench their own privilege. The left needs a clear narrative showing how privilege leads to gross unfairness—and effective policies […]