red pepper issue155 aug/sept 2007
Cover by Tom Lynton www.tomlynton.com
Low pay, no way 20A campaign in support of contract cleaners shamed Barclays Bank into announcing a living wage for all its London workers. Jane Wills on a labour movement success story
Organise locally, strike globally 23Cleaners in Houston, Texas, won union recognition and improved pay and conditions. Rodrigo Nunes talks to labour organiser Valery Alzaga
Reclaiming our past 25Newsnight correspondent Paul Mason’sLive Working or Die Fightingsets the experience of modern factory workers in the global South . He spoke to Hilary Wainwright about examining a neglected part of our heritage
Pity the poor immigrant 28Enslaved children, forced domestic workers, profiteering people-smugglers are at the extreme end of a spectrum of systematic exploitation of migrant labour. Toby Shelley reports
A new politics of space 30Through an investigation of London’s relation to the world, including its role in producing global and national inequality, Doreen Massey argues for alternative ways of being ‘local’
No law for oil 33The new Iraq oil law will fragment the country’s industry, opening it up to exploitation by multinationals and strengthening corrupt politicians. Kamil Mahdi reports
The mother of modern corporatism 36Karl Marx described how the East India Company ‘conquered India to make money out of it’. Sixty years after the end of the Raj, Nick Robins dusts off its history
Flunking the written 38The newly formed Die Linke (Left) party is creating a strongly rooted party to the left of the Social Democratic Party. Die Linke organiser Christophe Spehr reports
04Letters Agony Subcomandauntie
10Activision Around the left in 30 days: UK Guerrilla guides: Planes, trains and caravan-mobiles Natural born rebel: What if peace broke out?
13World Around the left in 30 days:World Temperature gauge: Local fighters lead climate war Russia: Digging deep in Russia’s dirt America: Another USis rising
Fresh Spice: Red Pepper old and new 06Next issue Red Pepper moves to a bigger, new-look bi-monthly format, at the same time as greatly expanding its web presence. Hilary Wainwright and Oscar Reyes review its role in providing a platform for all those whose hopes of change in 1997 have been deflated by the Blatcherism that followed but who still share a real sense of possibility for the future
In praise of the water carrier 41Mai Ghoussoub left many legacies after her sudden death. They include a book of autobiographical fiction and a collection of thoughts and images from young Lebanese exiles. Amanda Sebesteyen celebrates some of Ghoussoub’s many lives
The war on freedom 44Carol Allen talks to Chris Atkins , director of Taking Liberties, about the erosion of our rights under New Labour
46Book reviews Arts reviews
50Global movements: Fair food in Florida Immigrant farm workers are bringing the global justice movement to the US sunshine state. Marc Rodrigues profiles the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in its struggle against ‘sweatshops in the fields’
51Rear view Bomb After Bomb, A Violent Cartography
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