On this day…in 1916

Emma Goldman, a crusader for women’s rights and social justice, is arrested in New York City for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control. She was accused of violating the Comstock Act of 1873, which made it a federal offense to disseminate contraceptive devices and information through the mail or across state lines. In addition … [Read the full story]

Nude activist brings Egypt into 21st century

When an Egyptian activist posted a nude picture of herself online in protest at the lack of freedom of expression, it sparked outrage in her country. Now, a group of women in Israel have also stripped off in a show of solidarity. Inspired by 20-year-old Aliaa Elmahdy, the 40 Israelis posed naked for a ‘copycat’ … [Read the full story]

Billy Bragg labelled ‘Village Idiot’

As a political songwriter and activist, Billy Bragg is no stranger to protests. In the 1980s he played benefit concerts for striking miners and was an outspoken critic of Margaret Thatcher, while more recently he has taken a stand against bankers’ bonuses by refusing to pay his taxes. Yesterday it was revealed he has himself … [Read the full story]