subversive North American organization using the very tools of consumer
capitalism (publishing, graphic design, etc.) against the ideology
itself. Adbusters publishes a quarterly magazine as well as running,
along with the highly effective website, anti-consumerist campaigns,
'un-commercials' and 'spoof ads', etc.
no introduction. The website has a vast amount of information, and so is
essential to bear in mind.
guide to anarchy on the web' - and an excellent one at that.
group linking citizens, associations, trade unions and newspapers founded
ATTAC in France on June 3rd, 1998 around the platform. The idea for this
initiative came from an editorial article written by Ignacio Ramonet: 'Disarm
the markets', published in Le Monde diplomatique in December 1997. The
French association later contributed towards the birth of the international
movement ATTAC, while working with numerous partners in the world." Well
organized and informative website published in French and English.
Centre for Research on Globalisation
Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and
media group of progressive writers, scholars and activists committed to
curbing the tide of 'globalisation' and 'disarming' the New World Order.
The CRG webpage based in Montréal publishes news articles, commentary,
background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing
on the interrelationship between social, economic, strategic, geopolitical
and environmental processes."
A pressure group for open government and
democracy, proportional representation, written constitution and bill of
rights etc. Interestingly, apart from its being a not-for-profit limited
company, it seems to be hard to find out about its own structure and an
e-mail sent via its site has not received a reply.
'Corporate Watch is a radical research
and publishing group, based in Oxford, UK. It was set up in late 1996 to
support activism against large corporations, particularly multinationals.'
The extensive website is packed with useful information, including back
numbers of the magazine and an excellent guide on how to research companies,
The Equality Trust
on Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's book The Spirit Level,
this organization advocates equality as the principal means of promoting
social and individual health and well-being.
European Network of (ex-)Users
and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP)
exactly what it says: lots of information on users' and survivors organizations
Human Rights Watch
US-based organization with extensive
and informative website. "Human Rights Watch is dedicated to
protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand
with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political
freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and
to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights
violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments
and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international
human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community
to support the cause of human rights for all."
Independent Media Centre
This is the UK branch of a world-wide
'network of media activists and organizations offering grassroots,
non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political
issues'. The organization is non-hierarchical and it is open to anyone
to publish reports (text, audio, video) on the site. 'Through this
system of 'Direct Media', Indymedia erodes the dividing line between
reporters and reported, between active producers and passive audience:
people are enabled to speak for themselves'.
Keep Our NHS Public
Campaign to oppose the creeping privatization
of the British National Health Service.
Le Monde Diplomatique
This is the website of the well
known French monthly publication. What is so to be appreciated
about Le Monde Diplomatique is the combination of political
commitment, intellectual quality and clarity - it manages to avoid
becoming choked in academic verbiage while maintaining the highest
standards of informativeness and (in the best sense) objectivity.
The website contains a lot of information as well as links to English
Very readable monthly publication
giving in-depth analyses of global issues from a red-green point
of view. The website has loads of links to relevant political organizations.
This is principally a 'psychological'
site featuring a constructivist approach to psychology and psychotherapy.
It is packed with information about related approaches and has very
useful links to radical psychology and anti-psychiatry sites.
People's Global Action
An association of groups world-wide
to combat the globalization of trade.
Centrally focussed on consumer issues
in the US, there is nevertheless a lot of uselful information here
concerning the machinations of and resistance to corporate power.
Interesting lefty monthly magazine.
The Directory on its website has a lot of useful links. You
can order a free copy of the magazine from the site, but if you're
like me you won't get one.
Trans-National Institute (TNI)
'TNI is an international network
of activist-scholars concerned to analyse and find viable solutions
to such global problems as: militarism and conflict, poverty and
marginalisation, social injustice, environmental degradation.' Access
to the fruits of their labours can be gained via this site.
War on Want
Militant charity that, among other
things, sets its sites on corporate globalization. "War on Want
exists because in the developing world there is a need. The need
is for solidarity not charity. For a hand-up not a hand-out. For
an end to the root causes of poverty not just its symptoms Roy
Hattersley, Vice President, War on Want.
' Set up in 1951 by Harold Wilson and Victor Gollancz, War on Want was at
the cutting edge of international campaigning and practical solidarity. We
still are. We help people find their own solutions and campaign against the
root causes of poverty. In the struggle to end exploitation and oppression
War on Want is on the front-line, challenging the powerful and helping the
dispossessed fight back. We are not afraid to take risks. Our campaigns against
formula baby milk, drug companies and high street banks, our funding of trade
union projects, and our part in fighting Apartheid, were all highly controversial
at the time. Weve made it easier for others to be radical.'
World Socialist Website
Hearteningly 'old-fashioned' socialist
site with penetrating and informative analyses of the current world
political and economic situation as well as articles on the arts,
science, philosophy, etc.