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Strengthening the anti-fascist movement in Greece

An anti-fascist festival in Athens earlier this month brought activists from across Greece and Europe together to build solidarity and co-ordinate resistance against Golden Dawn. Niki Seth-Smith reports on the debates on sexism, homophobia, fascist attacks, gender roles, and much more. “For a Europe free of fascism, racism and sexism in a world of freedom and social solidarity”. This was the stated aim of a three-day anti-fascist festival in Athens. From 11 to 13 April, the Fine Arts School on …

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‘Blokes don’t need help’

Men are more likely to be criminal, violent, alcoholic and suicidal. That’s their own fault, right? Last weekend’s Being a Man festival revealed a world that has turned its back on men’s problems. Perry’s Map of an Englishman. Flickr/Marc Wathieu Grayson Perry won the headlines after last weekend’s Being a Man festival by delivering a “manifesto for men” while wearing a frilly frock. I have nothing against Grayson, who as a transvestite artist, Turner prize winner, husband and father has …

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“Rehearsing the revolution”: theatre in Israel-Palestine

In Israel/Palestine, former combatants are using the Theatre of the Oppressed to move towards an end to the occupation. Recently London theatre group Cardboard Citizens invited a former Israeli officer to share his experience of making theatre for peace. Cardboard Citizens, the theatre group, is well known for working with homeless and displaced people to create vibrant, edgy shows. Its latest play, Glass House, opens today and is expected to garner rapturous reviews. But the group is less known for …

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Detroit: from disaster to salvation?

Detroit was the cradle of Fordist capitalism and the American dream. Then it became their grave. But now, amidst the ruins, something is moving. Is there an end to the city’s decline?  Flickr/Dave Hogg. Some rights reserved. Detroit was the cradle of Fordist capitalism and the American dream. Then it became their grave. But now, amidst the ruins, something is moving. Is there an end to the city’s decline? Detroit is often held up as the ultimate capitalist dystopia. The …

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UKIP and the rise of English nationalism

flickr/ Adam J Brown Photography. Some Rights Reserved I identify as English, first and foremost. Even now, I get defensive writing this, because I also identify as left-wing. Faced with those of a similar political persuasion, I feel the need to justify myself, distancing my sense of ‘Englishness’ from the history of Empire, from tea-and-scones nostalgia, and ultimately guarding myself from accusations of racism. But English identity has never belonged to the right, and this is becoming increasingly clear as …

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