WW archiveIssue 897
19 January 2012
Europe's mutual suicide pact
Austerity plans pursued by European governments are proving to be self-defeating, writes Eddie Ford
Looks like the phoney peace is over. As has been expected since the end of last year, France was stripped on January 13 of its precious triple-A credit status - held since 1975 - by the Standard and Poor’s rating agency. For president Nicolas Sarkozy this is clearly a huge political setback, if not a personal humiliation - given that he had spent most of 2011 saying he would fight “tooth and nail” to defend the country’s pristine credit rating and rushed through two big packages of budget cuts later in the year on that very basis. Pain without the gain.
Archaic; Closer to Dave; Cuckoo controls; Still capitalist; Cheap; Worrying; Nothing to fear; Altered farm
Robbie Rix is pleased to introduce another supplement - but more cash is needed if supplements are to feature regularly
David Douglass reviews Phyllida Lloyd (director) 'The iron lady' 2011, general release
Not only did the neanderthals interbreed with our ancestors. These close cousins help shed light on what it is to be human, argues Camilla Power of the Radical Anthropology Group
Tony Greenstein looks ahead to this weekend's AGM of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign
The left is trying to wish a mass fightback into existence. Peter Manson reports on the Unite the Resistance 'emergency conference'
Despite the ending of the protests, workers in Nigeria have demonstrated their potential power, writes Nick Rogers
In the second of three articles, Paul B Smith discusses the negative impact of imperialism, Stalinism and social democracy
The Muslim Brotherhood has shown itself to be the biggest political force. Meanwhile the left is under attack. Yassamine Mather gives her impressions following a recent visit to Egypt
The Scottish independence referendum is a choice between Westminster and Berlin, argues James Turley - yet the left offers no alternative to nationalist illusions