'UK watch', left resource just launched

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Lazlo_Woodbine
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May 31 2005 11:24
'UK watch', left resource just launched

I think this is intended to be a UK equivalent of ZNet -- it looks good.

'UKWatch.net is a new website that aims to promote a better understanding of UK political, economic and social issues whilst hopefully helping to encourage cooperation between activist groups.'

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/05/312079.html

They've got articles by the IWCA on the site, as well as the usual left round-up of Pilger, et al.

www.ukwatch.net

No, I'm not involved with this site...

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May 31 2005 13:21
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UKWatch’s Advisory Board

Our advisory board works with us to suggest new content, writers and site innovations. Members provide particular assistance in their area of expertise. They also help to promote UKWatch more generally.

Michael Albert

Michael is a longtime activist, speaker and writer. He co-founded Z Magazine, the publishers South End Press and the popular website ZNet With Robin Hahnel he has developed an alternative economic vision called Participatory Economics. His books include Parecon: Life After Capitalism (2003), The Trajectory of Change (2002), Moving Forward (2001), Thinking Forward (1997) and Looking Forward (1990). There is an archive of his online work on ZNet.

Alex Callinicos

Alex is a professor of politics at the University of York. He is on the editorial boards of International Socialism and Historical Materialism journals and writes regularly for Socialist Worker. His books include The New Mandarins Of American Power (2003), An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto (2003), Against The Third Way (2001), Equality (2000) and The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx (1996). He has been active in the anti-globalisation movement, participating in the World and European Social Forums.

David Cromwell

David is an oceanographer at the University of Southampton, a green activist and writer. He is co-editor of MediaLens and founded the Crisis Forum. He is the author of Private Planet (2001).

Mark Curtis

Mark is a former Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He has worked in the field of international development for the past ten years, including time as the head of policy at Christian Aid and as director of the World Development Movement. His books include Unpeople (2004), Web of Deceit (2003), The Great Deception (1998) and The Ambiguities of Power (1995).

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David Edwards

David is co-editor of Medialens. He is the author of The Compassionate Revolution: Radical Politics and Buddhism (1998) and Free To Be Human: Intellectual Self-Defence in an Age of Illusions (1995).

Eric Herring

Eric is a senior lecturer in international relations at the University of Bristol’s politics department. He co-founded NASPIR – the Network of Activist Scholars of Politics and International Relations. He is a co-author of Iraq in Fragments: The Occupation and Its Legacy (2005), and author of The Arms Dynamic in World Politics (1998) and Danger and Opportunity: Explaining International Crisis Outcomes (1995).

Olivier Hoedeman

Olivier is a member of the Corporate Europe Observatory – a European-based research and campaign group. He is a co-author of Europe Inc. Regional and Global Restructuring and the Rise of Corporate Power (2000).

David Miller

David is a professor of sociology at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. He is on the editorial board of the Scottish Left Review and is co-editor of Spinwatch. His books include Open Scotland? (2001), Market Killing (2000), and Don’t Mention the War (1994). He edited Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq (2003) and Rethinking Northern Ireland (1998).

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John Pilger

John has been a war correspondent, author and film-maker. He has twice won British journalism’s highest award, Journalist of the Year, for his work with the Daily Mirror. Among a number of other awards, he has been International Reporter of the Year and winner of the UN Association Media Peace Prize. His books include The New Rulers of the World (2002), Hidden Agendas (1998), Distant Voices (1992) and Heroes (1986). Most recently he edited Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs (2004). He has made more than 50 documentary films.

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Milan Rai

Milan is co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness UK and Justice Not Vengeance. He is author of Regime Unchanged: Why The War On Iraq Changed Nothing (2004), War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War (2002) and Chomsky’s Politics (1995). In 1993 he was awarded the Frank Cousins Peace Award for Research by the Transport and General Workers’ Union.

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May 31 2005 13:44

Pingtao should be banned for contravening the FAQ angry angry

Of that list of board members, David Miller and Alex Callinicos are SWP, Michael Albert is a US libertarian socialist, Milan Rai is a direct action oriented peace activist, David Edwards and Cromwell of Media lens are followers of Chomsky and mark Curtis is a radical left-NGO supremo.

Any ideas about the others?

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May 31 2005 13:53

No real comments.

Seems like a spread, but all pretty much from the reformist mileu- "legitimists" you could call them. This could well be a decent resource for at least expanding the level of 'left' discourse...

I'd expect the lack of concrete links with our lot to allow the SWPers to restrict the non-party analysis

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May 31 2005 14:31

Who's 'our lot'? Since you don't believe in a broad anti-authoritarian milleu I can only assume you're talking about 'class struggle anarchists'.

Are you really disappointed not to see Jack or Charles Mowbray on the advisory board? wink

Speaking personally, I'd count Albert and Milan Rai as part of 'my lot.'

I'm sure the editors of the site will take on board any decent articles sent to them. If it was a Trot-oriented site there's no way they'd have included the anti-socialist IWCA on there.

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May 31 2005 16:00

That was very adversarial.

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May 31 2005 16:16

Hi there,

My name is Alex Doherty I'm one of the editors of UKWatch. Just to confirm our site does not follow a party line. None of us are members of the SWP. (incidentally nor is David Miller to my knowledge). Our site publishes from a wide range of websites and considers articles on their merits alone. I would personally like to see more stuff from an anarchist/ libertarian socialist perspective however their is a lack of such material in the UK and I have not personally been much impressed by UK anarchist publications.

As for our advisory board members being "reformists"or "legitimists" I would respond but feel that no argument is being made; is Michael Albert who advocates the abolition of capitalism and its replacement with a participatory economy (in large part anarchist inspired) really a mere reformist?

If you feel that their are sources or particular articles we should include on our site please email us at mail@ukwatch.net

Thank you for your interest it is greatly appreciated.

Best

Alex Doherty

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May 31 2005 18:19

Hi Alex, cheers for commenting...

Just wondering in what way is ukwatch different to Znet?!

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May 31 2005 18:24
rkn wrote:
Hi Alex, cheers for commenting...

Just wondering in what way is ukwatch different to Znet?!

I reckon the key is in the "UK" bit...

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May 31 2005 18:41

Hello again,

The site will shortly be operating as the Z net UKWatch area- we only cover material relating to the UK.

Best,

Alex Doherty

www.ukwatch.net

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May 31 2005 20:46

I'll have to take a closer look, but it looks quite a good idea.

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May 31 2005 21:02

i was going to say, is david miller swp, i didn't think he was?

Mike Harman
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May 31 2005 21:56

Looks pretty good at first glance. Thanks for popping in as well Alex.

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May 31 2005 22:43
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i was going to say, is david miller swp, i didn't think he was?

Someone I know who's worked with him says yes. From my knowledge of him he's very close to them, at least, but has a mind of his own 8)

Pingtao -- sorry if that seemed arsey sad

Anonymous
Jun 1 2005 00:17

my main problem with this site is that it's remarkably close to traditional forms of political communication.

I.E. there is an editorial board who choose which articles are interesting, and there is a passive readership who are encouraged to be enspired by the choice of the editorial elite.

Surely one of the most important things for non-hierarchical politics is the creation of a non-hierarchical mode of organising/communicating (like libcom). The re-creation of elitist hierarchies amongst the mouthpieces of the "left" is surely going to be counter-productive?

Anonymous
Jun 1 2005 00:18

Also - just one reply to Alex - is Callinicos really not a member of the SWP!?

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Jun 1 2005 08:18

john

I'm pretty sure that Alex meant none of the editors are SWP members, rather than the advisory panel.

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Jun 1 2005 08:43
Lazlo_Woodbine wrote:
oisleep wrote:
i was going to say, is david miller swp, i didn't think he was?

Someone I know who's worked with him says yes. From my knowledge of him he's very close to them, at least, but has a mind of his own 8)

yeah that's what i thought, i've come across some of his stuff, mainly referenced to by writers on nationalism, and he didn't come across as a typical swp hack

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Jun 1 2005 12:17

Edwards and Cromwell are sound. Certainly their stuff on Media Lens seems solidly anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian.

Personally I think the site looks great. If we want it to reflect anarchist viewpoints, we should be submitting UK anarchist articles that are well-written and coherent.

The way I see it, we either consider ourselves part of some "anarchist movement" and argue within that for socialism and not primitivism or some other nonsense, or we can consider ourselves part of the socialist movement and argue within that for direct democracy and direct action.

The latter seems to have a greater chance of success to me.

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Jun 1 2005 17:07
john wrote:
Surely one of the most important things for non-hierarchical politics is the creation of a non-hierarchical mode of organising/communicating (like libcom).

Don't make me laugh. If lib-com is non-hierarchical then where's the green and black smiley gone? angry angry angry angry angry angry angry

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Jun 1 2005 17:11
Lazlo_Woodbine wrote:
john wrote:
Surely one of the most important things for non-hierarchical politics is the creation of a non-hierarchical mode of organising/communicating (like libcom).

Don't make me laugh. If lib-com is non-hierarchical then where's the green and black smiley gone? angry angry angry angry angry angry angry

It's still there - you and your misogynist pals lost the popular vote, remember?

And john libcom exercises editorial control over all other parts of the site. Without it the whole site would be filled with bullshit, like indymedia on a bad day (conspiracy theories, fascists, Zionists and Islamists filling the whole thing).

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Jun 1 2005 18:36
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And john libcom exercises editorial control over all other parts of the site.

Man i hate those authoritarian freaks angry

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Jun 1 2005 18:39

fuck am on the wrong site, i thought this was for liberartarians, sheesh sad

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Jun 1 2005 18:51

Sorry for derailing my own thread eek

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Jun 2 2005 07:22

shame on you lazlo, shame on you angry

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Jun 2 2005 08:06

Tis horrible to navigate.