Anti-Capitalism

Preparing for the G8: wave of arrests in Russia

BY Vicki Morris

FRESH from his PR appearance on the BBC, President Vladimir Putin of Russia is preparing to host the leaders of the new free world at the G8 summit at St Petersburg (15-17 July). A counter-summit and the second Russian Social Forum have been organised, but, as was feared, they are meeting with sinister repression. A report from French journalist Carine Clément was sent to the email lists of the European Social Forum. Here is a translated extract:

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An A-Z of the “global justice” movement

A is for ATTAC

The biggest “movement for another globalisation” in France, which has a large international network. It has a considerable overlap with official politics, for example in the French Socialist Party. But some revolutionaries are active within it.

ATTAC France was launched in June 1998, following a call for an “Association for the Tobin Tax for Aid to Citizens” in the December 1997 issue of the magazine Le Monde Diplomatique. It now has more than 30,000 members, and other national ATTAC groups tens of thousands. For Tobin Tax, see T, below.

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Change the world without taking power?

Can we change the world without taking power? Without organising ongoing, structured, political movements (parties)? John Holloway, in a much-read book (Change the World Without Taking Power, Pluto 2002) says we can.

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The psychopath

Mark Osborn reviews The Corporation by Joel Bakan

“The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power” is the subtitle of The Corporation, a new film and book, released in the UK at the end of October.

The book’s author points out that corporations have similar legal rights to human beings and asks: if corporations are like people, what sort of people are they? He concludes that, as they are legally obliged to put the interests of shareholders first, and place profits above all else — a pathological compulsion — the corporation is a psychopath!

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Eat yourself sick

Pat Longman reviews Super Size Me

McDonald’s is having a bad time. UK profits are down by £61 million and have been steadily declining since 2000. The company brand — the famous arches — is in danger of collapsing.

McDonald’s directors must be cursing Morgan Spurlock, the man behind the box office hit movie Super Size Me. Morgan got the idea for his movie when he heard that two girls in the USA were suing McDonald’s for their ill health. They lost their case because they couldn’t prove McDonald’s, and not other factors, had led to their plight.

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Reason in revolt: Why we fight capitalism even when it is 'progressive'

by Sean Matgamna

On D-Day, 6 June 1944, an armada of ships and planes launched British, American and Commonwealth soldiers into a full-scale invasion of Hitler-ruled mainland Europe. The official celebration of the 60th anniversary of that momentous event cannot but arouse mixed feelings in socialists.

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Issues in the global justice movement: Solidarity book reviews

Alan Johnson reviews Marx For Our Times: Adventures and Misadventures of a Critique by Daniel Bensaid
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Sacha Ismail reviews Diego Garcia In Times of Globalisation
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Cathy Nugent reviews Reclaim the State, Experiments in Popular Democracy by Hilary Wainwright
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Paul Hampton reviews Change the World Without Taking Power - The Meaning of Revolution Today by John Holloway
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DSEI protests end in 144 arrests

Since the 1 September, 144 people have been arrested in protests against the Defence Systems and Equipment international arms fair (DSEi) that took place 9-12 September in East London.

Policing tactics have been condemned and Liberty have won the right to seek a High Court injunction over use of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000; they have also offered to provide legal representation for anyone stopped or detained under this legislation. Bindmans solicitors are preparing challenges for people who have a serious list of complaints against police, including:

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