Archive for November, 2006

The new web and the unions

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

There’s been a lot of talk lately about something called “Web 2.0”. The term is pure buzz; the web is the same web it has always been. But certain features of the web, some of them available from the beginning, are becoming more pronounced. And some of this is relevant to the work of trade unions.


“Spooks” takes a break from Israel-bashing

Monday, November 6th, 2006

I’m delighted to report that this week, for the first time in a month, the BBC TV spy series “Spooks” did not feature homicidal Mossad hit-men from Israel in a leading role.

Beyond email and the web: A union uses text messaging to mobilize its members

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

I often tell people that I work with unions and the new communications technologies and get asked if that means email and the web. It doesn’t; it means those technologies plus others, including some which have not been invented yet.


Independent Georgia Under Russian Threat: Echoes of 1921

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

In recent days, tensions between Russia and Georgia have escalated enormously – a fact largely ignored by the British Left. Most of us would be hard-pressed to remember the most basic details about this tiny independent republic now under possible threat of Russian aggression.