14 September 2010
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in New York on 11 September to demonstrate against Islamaphobia and racism. Their counter-demonstration was called in response to a racist rally against the proposed building of an Islamic community centre, held in the city on the same day.
24 August 2010
In the last week we have seen those with power scapegoating those without it—over the proposed mosque in New York, the Notting Hill Carnival, the Roma expulsion in France and attacks on the welfare state in Britain.
04 May 2010
A new production of the 1960s anti-war musical Hair has come to London after taking New York’s Broadway by storm.
16 March 2010
Over three quarters of cabin crew earn less than £20,000 a year (less than the average London wage).Many rely on tax credits or second jobs to survive.Cabin crew wages fell by over 4 percent in real terms between 2001 and 2008.BA cabin crew earn more than some crew at other airlines. It is right to fight to level wages up, not down.Cabin crew saved a man’s life in New York last week by applying emergency medical treatment. BA wants to put scabs on planes with only a few days’ training which will risk lives.
19 January 2010
Edie Falco, known to most of us as Carmela in the Sopranos, plays New York nurse Jackie Peyton – a woman attempting to juggle work, relationships and children, and who is constantly finding herself at risk of dropping one of the balls.
05 January 2010
On 24 November 1909, over 20,000 garment workers walked out of hundreds of workshops in New York. This strike has become known as the "Uprising of the Twenty Thousand".
06 October 2009
06 October 2009
The media have been gloating about the plight of the left in the wake of the German federal elections a fortnight ago. "A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of socialism’s slow collapse", announced the New York Times last week.
18 August 2009
While New York at the end of the 1960s was a city electrified by political dissent, riots and cultural fusion, many second generation Peurto Ricans, like Bobby Marin, were busy combining an impromptu version of baseball with street corner crooning.
16 June 2009
In an out of court settlement oil multinational Shell has paid £9.5 million to the family of Nigerian author and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. The family had taken the company to court in New York, accusing it of complicity in the execution of Saro-Wiwa in 1995.
09 December 2008
About 40 years ago, an ageing relative gave me a leaflet from 1925. Under the heading "Lenin Lives!" it urged us to "come en masse" to New York’s Madison Square Garden for a Sunday afternoon event.
23 September 2008
The ageing and ill Nathan Zuckerman, the acclaimed US writer Philip Roth’s alter-ego, returns to New York in November 2004, just before George Bush’s re-election.
24 June 2008
Mad Men is a fascinating look at the changing social and cultural face of the US in the 1960s through the prism of an advertising agency in New York.
10 June 2008
"Imperialism is sponsored by corporations – that’s why Halliburton gets paid to rebuild nations," is a line typical of Immortal Technique, the New York based MC who combines the anger of the early hip-hop era with hard hitting political lyrics that set him apart from most rappers today.
18 March 2008
How big a mess is capitalism in? In February when New York economist Nouriel Roubini suggested $1,000-2,000 billion in losses in the financial sector alone, mainstream commentators thought he was mad.
04 March 2008
Larry Herman was born in New York, and moved to Britain during the Vietnam War. Since then he has lived in Glasgow and Sheffield, but mostly in London.
09 October 2007
This film sees George Clooney playing an Irish-American former district attorney whose invaluable freelance fixing helps keep a big New York law firm on the rails.
20 January 2007
The modern gay rights movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall riots in New York.
18 November 2006
The New York Times carried a wonderful report of how Hashim al-Menti brought the news of Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation as US defence secretary to the group of US Marines occupying his house in Iraq’s Anbar province. "Rumsfeld is gone," he said. One of the Marines replied, "Who’s Rumsfeld?"
18 November 2006
Dhiren Barot was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison last week for what the judge said were "plans to bring indiscriminate carnage, bloodshed and butchery first in Washington, New York and Newark, and thereafter the UK on a colossal and unprecedented scale".