The future of our public services will be as central to the next election as the future of the economy. The experience of Newcastle City Council shows that most political party leaders are wrong when they believe the solution lies in further competition and outsourcing.
Water justice activists gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia in August 2008
to envision just and sustainable models of water stewardship and to
build alliances that will bring these visions to fruition. A compelling
visual insight into a dynamic international movement building practical
alternatives to privatization.
Although support from urban-based students and activists was important, the rural protest in Indonesia during President Suharto's regime was built on continued protest and organisation around land issues.
This paper attempts to specify the key criteria of a ‘pro-poor land policy’ and ‘truly democratic land governance’ concerning state/public lands, using the lessons from activist databases, including that of the international human rights organization Foodfirst Information and Action Network (FIAN).
Unless Left parties acknowledge their blunders and rebuild their links with progressive intellectuals and civil society activists, and involve them as well in changing course, they will face marginalisation and a historic decline.
William Gumede is Associate Professor & Convener, Political Economy, Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Senior Associate & Program Director, Africa Asia Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London....
India's general election has produced a decisive verdict which sets a new political trend after 20 years. The people have sent the Bharatiya Janata Party [Images] packing and emphatically rejected its politics of exclusion, communal divisiveness and ethnic hatred. The results shatter the BJP's claim to be a 'natural' party of governance on a par with the Congress and the national alternative to it. The difference in the two parties's vote-shares has widened from 4 percentage points to nearly 10 percentage points, putting the Congress in a different league.
The current anger in Britain over MPs' misuse of public money is more than outrage at the pathetic greed of public representatives. It is a fury over a deep-seated failure of public control of public money, that should now be the basis of a movement to complete the unfinished struggle for popular sovereignty