Catalan revolutionaries get ready for action to defend their revolution from Franco back in 1936. Barcelona at the time was famously described by George Orwell as ‘a town where the working class was in the saddle’.

Homage to Catalonia

Recent events have thrust Catalonia into the global spotlight. Kevin Buckland tells the background story we don’t get to hear – about co-operatives, ‘fearless cities’ and the real challenges to authoritarian capitalism.

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NI 508 - Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent - December, 2017
Preparing lunch in the FPDS co-op in San Telmo – where everyone gets a say and ‘horizontalism’ prevails.

Speak truth

The government wants to fund popular co-ops that are meeting urgent social needs. What could be wrong with that? Vanessa Baird meets the people behind them.

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NI 463 - Argentina's challenge - June, 2013
Gabriela Sánchez

Who needs a boss?

Vanessa Baird reports on how Argentinean workers took over failing and bankrupt enterprises – and have kept them going.

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NI 463 - Argentina's challenge - June, 2013
‘Welcome readers’ - Miriam at possibly the world’s most unusual book publisher, Eloisa Cartonera. Photo: Julio Etcharty

Argentina’s challenge

Stormy time ahead in the world’s largest country. Are there lessons to be learned? asks Vanessa Baird.

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NI 463 - Argentina's challenge - June, 2013

The unselfish gene

Zoe Cormier explores our natural ability to co-operate.

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NI 454 - Co-operatives - July, 2012
Eyes left: private enterprise has re-emerged in Cuba with state approval. A man buys a snack from a private vendor in downtown Havana.

What would Che say?

Can co-operatives save Cuba? John Restakis travels to Havana to find out.

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NI 454 - Co-operatives - July, 2012

Beyond solidarity

The rituals that reinforce co-operation are under threat, says Richard Sennett.

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NI 454 - Co-operatives - July, 2012

How co-ops are building a better world - THE FACTS

Co-ops offer an alternative way of doing business where profits are enjoyed collectively, not just by a small group of shareholders. They can be small, local businesses or huge global companies.

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NI 454 - Co-operatives - July, 2012
Skilled and in control: an Argentine co-op member thins dough for tarts at a recovered bread factory in Buenos Aires.

Can co-operatives crowd out capitalism?

Wayne Ellwood argues that co-ops – democratic, community-focused – offer an egalitarian way out of our current mess.

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NI 454 - Co-operatives - July, 2012
The credit union boom

The credit union boom

Fed up with being fleeced, North Americans are flocking to co-operative savings societies. Wayne Ellwood reports.

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NI 449 - Haiti two years on - January, 2012
Steelworkers from Canada and the US support striking mine workers outside Brazilian mining company Vale Inco's headquarters on Wall Street.

Working together

A common vision has joined two major players in the labour and co-op movements. Erbin Crowell considers the implications.

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NI 435 - Seed savers - September, 2010

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Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent December, 2017
Argentina's challenge June, 2013
Argentina's challenge June, 2013
Argentina's challenge June, 2013
Co-operatives July, 2012
Co-operatives July, 2012
Co-operatives July, 2012
Co-operatives July, 2012
Co-operatives July, 2012
Haiti two years on January, 2012
Seed savers September, 2010
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