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“Let others talk of glory, let others celebrate the heroes who are to deluge the world with blood…They know not what a cottage is. They know not how the poor live…”

Mike Marqusee’s latest column for Red Pepper celebrates William Frend, a radical who deserves to be better remembered.

Contending for the living
Red Pepper, August 2014

The 35-year-old Cambridge lecturer William Frend was putting the finishing touches on ‘Peace and Union’, his pamphlet on political reform, in early 1793 when the hostility between Britain and the revolutionary regime in France broke into outright war. At the last minute, he added two fiercely urgent appendices. Read more

The British anti-war movement should be standing with anti-war protesters in Russia

antiwar-moscowThe argument against Western imperialism can only be strengthened by a firm opposition to other imperialisms, argues Mike Marqusee

Red Pepper blog, 5 March 2014

It really should be easy enough to condemn Russia’s action in Ukraine while at the same time rejecting and campaigning against US-EU military intervention. Sadly, there are some in the anti-war movement who see this as an awkward proposition. Read more

Recurring nightmare of Western intervention

It’s like a recurring nightmare. A nightmare in which the unbearably familiar story unfolds relentlessly, indifferent to reason or experience. Once again we’re asked to trust our governments’ assertions about WMD; once again, inspectors’ efforts are being pre-empted; once again the UN is being circumvented. Read more

Atreverse a fracasar, atreverse a ganar

“Dare to fail, dare to win”

Spanish translation (for Rebelion) of Red Pepper column on “Success, failure…”

En la lucha por el cambio social, el éxito y el fracaso son a veces difíciles de determinar. Sólo si aceptamos que podemos fracasar asumiremos los riesgos que podrían conducir a un mundo mejor. Traducido para Rebelión por Christine Lewis Carroll. Read more

Success, failure and other political myths

Red Pepper, December-January 2012-2013

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the global anti-war protest of February 15th, 2003, people are bound to ask what it actually achieved. Certainly it failed to stop the war, a failure for which Iraqis paid and are paying an exorbitant price. So was it a waste of time, an exercise in futility? There are answers to these questions, but to be persuasive they cannot be glib. Read more

Obama abroad

The Hindu (to be published 29 May)

When it came to foreign affairs, Barack Obama’s first presidential task was a simple one. He had to be better than his predecessor. For this alone, it seems, he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

But those who hoped Obama’s promise of “change” would apply to the US’s relations to the rest of the world have been bitterly disappointed. His recent State Department speech and ensuing overseas tour are supposed to mark a new phase in US foreign policy, but it’s continuity, not “change”, that prevails. Read more