James Meadway

Mobilise Millions

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Review of 'Anti-Capitalism: Where Next?', editor Hannah Dee, Bookmarks £6

It is just shy of five years since the demonstrations in Seattle against the World Trade Organisation heralded the arrival of the anti-capitalist movement. Anti-capitalism did not spring out of nowhere - from the Zapatista uprising in Mexico in January 1994, through to France's 'hot winter' of strikes in 1995, to the 18 June 1999 'Stop the City' protests in London, there were many harbingers. But at Seattle we saw, for the first time in the North, the possibility of challenging and breaking the neoliberal consensus.

US Elections: Nader the Twain Shall Meet

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Viewers of HBO's flagship talk-show, Real Time with Bill Maher, were in for a treat a few weeks ago. Sharing the desk with Maher were Michael Moore and Ralph Nader.

Moore, after supporting Nader in 2000, is a convert to the cause of John Kerry. At first confidently predicting a Kerry victory, Moore, his Anybody But Bush arguments faltering, was reduced to begging on his knees for Nader not to stand. Not an edifying spectacle, and all the stranger given Moore's confidence of an anti-war vote turning out for a pro-war candidate. Only last month the man Moore supports for president claimed that, 'even knowing what we know now', he would still have voted to back the invasion of Iraq, as he did in 2003. He is no better on other issues.

A Different Beat

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Review of ’Young Adam‘, director David MacKenzie

Young Adam follows the adventures of an amoral young Scot through 1950s Glasgow. This grey, fog-ridden film shows Adam‘s gradual slide into a private hell. We initially meet him fishing the corpse of a young woman out of the Clyde with his boatmate, Les (Peter Mullan). The corpse wearing only a nightdress; naturally, the police soon construct a story around an alleged affair and brutal murder that scandalises Glasgow. As becomes clear, Adam (played with conviction by Ewan McGregor) knows far more about her death than he is prepared to let on.

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