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Issue: 2658

Dated: 11 Jun 2019


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Ching ching! Tory leader challengers line up tax cuts for rich

The Tory leadership race is a battle between peddlers of class war against ordinary people.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Protest against Donald Trump in London

Pictures from Guy Smallman

Hundreds protest against Donald Trump at D-Day commemorations

Hundreds of people protested in Portsmouth on Wednesday against the latest leg of Donald Trump’s state visit .

College strikes for pay and education

Strikers at New City College in east London are standing up for their students as well as their own rights

Fightback needed to stop Ford bosses’ closure of Bridgend plant

Ford bosses have announced plans to shut down their plant in Bridgend by September 2020. 

City bosses fear crisis as Woodford investment fund falters

The near-collapse of an investment fund is sending shudders through the City of London - but it could also affect ordinary people

Protest backs sacked lecturer Dave Muritu

Dave Muritu was sacked after writing the word “racist” on a Prevent strategy poster.

Echoes of Grenfell Tower horror in east London fire

Residents had warned of dangers before a blaze that engulfed a block of flats in east London on Sunday

Birmingham Labour MP boosts attack on LGBT+ education

Roger Godsiff has given a helping hand to campaigners who met with Katie Hopkins

Edson Da Costa inquest rules ‘misadventure’

Edson Da Costa’s family last week slammed an inquest conclusion that he died by “misadventure”.

Strikers in Camden win pay rise off outsourcer

Traffic wardens show that striking can get results after forcing bosses into paying up, reports Sarah Bates

Teachers build support for boycott of hated Sats tests

NEU union members across England are campaigning to win a big vote in favour of boycotting the hated Sats tests in primary schools.

Striking back inside Jeremy Hunt’s office

Outsourced workers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London began a five-day strike on Monday of this week

University workers could take to picket lines again to defend USS pensions

The UCU union could ballot workers across 69 universities for strikes later this year if attacks on the USS pension scheme continue.

GMB debates Brexit chaos

Anger at austerity—and frustration that the Tories are still in office—ran through the GMB union conference

Reports round-up: protest against the deportation of Ken Macharia

Protesters gathered at the Home Office in London last week against the deportation of Ken Macharia

Extinction Rebellion activists plan a camp for the climate

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists in Scotland are getting ready to set up camp to demand politicians urgently act on climate chaos.

Labour victory in Peterborough—but Brexit Party is still a danger

Nigel Farage’s racist Brexit Party failed to win its first MP in Peterborough last week—but it won nearly 10,000 votes.

‘Shame on Jeremy Hunt,’ say Foreign Office strikers

Striking workers jeered Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt as he passed their picket line in central London on Wednesday morning.

Outsourcing giant Serco renews threat to evict Glasgow asylum seekers

The company announced on Wednesday that it will begin changing locks on the properties where 300 people live

Patients put at risk by NHS waiting times

While the Tories slug it out to decide who will be their next leader, new figures expose the destruction caused to the NHS by government policies.

Thousands march to remember those who died in Grenfell Tower

There was sorrow on the march but also anger at the system that produced the conditions for it to happen

Protest at Downing Street demands justice for Grenfell

Up to a thousand people joined a march on Saturday to demand justice for the 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire.


International

Sudanese workers deepen revolt with a general strike against the regime

Workers in Sudan have shown their power to bring society to a halt in the battle against the ruthless military regime.

Million take to streets in Hong Kong to stop law

Protests erupted against a repressive new law proposed by the Chinese state

News round up: EU leaders’ cruelty could lead to a ‘sea of blood’

The risk of migrants and refugees becoming shipwrecked in the Mediterranean and dying at sea is the highest it has ever been, the United Nations has warned.

Protesters keep up the fight for change in Algeria

People took to the streets of Algeria last week in huge numbers for the 16th successive Friday of protests

US backs Israel’s right to grab more land

Israel has the right to claim ownership of even more stolen Palestinian land, a senior US diplomat has said

Halt of general strike risks stalling the revolt in Sudan

Sudan’s revolt suffered a setback as opposition leaders called off a general strike—despite its huge success

Eyewitness from Hong Kong as protests force a retreat on extradition bill

The government in Hong Kong has suspended a planned bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. The climbdown follows huge demonstrations.


Comment

Why should Jeremy Corbyn want to meet Donald Trump?

So did Jeremy Corbyn want to meet Donald Trump last week or not? He refused to join Trump for dinner and joined a protest against his visit, yet also hoped to use that visit to meet him.


Features

Sudan—a revolt on the brink

The uprising in Sudan has reached a pivotal moment. Attempts to crush it could either drown it in blood—or push to struggle for deeper-reaching change

Grenfell—two years without justice

The fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 should have been a defining moment that led to fundamental changes. But, writes Alistair Farrow, two years on there has been a series of cover-ups, diversions and lies


Reviews

When art from streets raged at the silence over HIV/AIDS

Artist Keith Haring’s work came out of the New York graffiti and gay scenes. A new exhibition in Liverpool charts his too-brief career, writes?Noel Halifax

Ulric Cross is brought to life in inspiring film Hero

The imagined words of CLR James to his compatriot Ulric Cross, “You were born in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution... you were born into freedom,” set the scene for Hero.


What We Think

Strikes are way to win

Traffic wardens in Camden are celebrating after strikes won them a stunning pay rise. 

Don’t wait for Labour—take on the Tories

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s promise to “push back” against Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister exposed the US state’s attitude to democracy.


Other Categories

Robin Beste, 1944-2019

Robin’s sudden death on 29 May was a shock to us all

LETTERS - ‘Hostile environment’ must end at our local hospital

Our Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) group in Wandsworth, south London, protested over the “hostile environment” at a meeting of St George’s Hospital Trust board last week.

The things they say

‘We will be annihilated’

The Troublemaker—cops investigated over their non-expert expert witnesses

Two police officers face disciplinary action after the collapse of a fraud trial amid claims that expert ­witnesses, one of whom was not of ­“suitable calibre”, were coached

‘We should strike to save the planet,’ say trade unionists

After the inspiring school student strikes over climate catastrophe, activists in workplaces are fighting to get action off the ground this September. Sadie Robinson spoke to some of them

Boris Johnson—most vicious of Tory clowns

The heir apparent of the Tory party has a carefully constructed image as the posho you love to hate. Simon Basketter explains why you should just hate



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