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Culture and Society
By Raymond Williams
A clear new edition of Williams's classic text is long overdue. Following our acclaimed edition of The Country and the City, published in 2011, Spokesman are pleased to add Culture and Society to our list. Raymond Williams's voice resonates strongly in the new era that he anticipated in some of his later writings.
'The organising principle of this book is the discovery that the idea of culture, and the word itself in its general modern uses, came into English thinking in the period which we commonly describe as that of the Industrial Revolution. The book is an attempt to show how and why this happened. It thus becomes an account and interpretation of our responses in thought and feeling to the changes in English society since the late eighteenth century. Only in such a context can our use of the word 'culture', and the issues to which the word refers, be adequately understood'. Raymond Williams, from his Foreword
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On Palestine and Prisoners
The Spokesman 120
In March 2013, at its final session in Brussels, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine received a long and informative letter from a serving political prisoner. Marwan Barghouti is a member of the Palestinian Parliament who has been imprisoned by Israel for more than 11 years during this latest stretch. Yet his elegant and gracious letter, which was read to the Tribunal in person by his wife, is full of hope and resolve for the future. We publish Mr Barghoutis letter in full.
Angela Davis began her remarks to the final session by emphasising that the important work of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine is not over. She described how the Tribunal calls for the establishment of an international committee of former political prisoners to campaign for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners. She explained how, when she was imprisoned herself in the United States in 1970, a letter of solidarity and support from Palestinian prisoners had given her strength. We print the text of her powerful address.
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Why we need a political campaign to reinstate the NHS - Prof Allyson M Pollock and David Price
Ayse Berktay - Still imprisoned in Turkey
Global Day of Action on Military Spending UK - Taking the message to Parliament
A day in Iraq - Organised by Iraqi Women Solidarity
Save our NHS - Watch Lucy Reynolds' film
London Metropolitan University's Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) - Three members of staff have been suspended from work
Stéphane Hessel: In Memoriam - The Russell Tribunal on Palestine mourns the passing of Stéphane Hessel
Mass arrests of trade unionists in Turkey - Statement 22 February 2012
The Kurdish Question in Turkey - Spokesman 119
Russell Tribunal New York-The Film - Deep Dish TV
More repression in Turkey - PEN Turkey under investigation for insulting the state
Russell Tribunal on Palestine - New York Session, on satellite TV
Big Brother in New Zealand - WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST
The Rochdale Podcast - The Mike Harding Folk Show Goes Global
Roger Waters speaks out for Palestine at the UN - His speech on behalf of Russell Tribunal at the UN on 29 November is now available online.
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) - Bulletin
Gaza Emergency - House of Commons
The Latest Gaza Catastrophe: Will They Ever Learn? - by Richard Falk
Desperate situation as Kurdish hunger strikers near death in Turkish prisons - Peace and Democracy Party (BDP)
Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners on prolonged hunger strike - Peace in Kurdistan
Trouble in Rushcliffe's Schools - Tony Simpson
Prevent the Crime of Silence - Eyewitness at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in New York, 2012
Cuban Missile Crisis - 50 years ago this October
After Fukushima - Leaked EU nuclear stress tests reveal hundreds of defects
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