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Issue: 2662

Dated: 09 Jul 2019

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As smears continue against the Labour left - be proud to stand up for Palestine

Left wingers in the Labour Party are facing fresh accusations from the right this week, writes Nick Clark

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Questions raised about safety of rail system after two workers die on tracks

Two rail workers died on Wednesday after being struck by a Great Western Railway train on tracks near Port Talbot in south Wales.

Serco under fire for death in custody and fraud

Two cases this week have exposed the fatal practices and profiteering at the heart of the criminal justice system.

Rallying call to fight for system change at opening rally of Marxism Festival 2019

Over 800 people joined the opening rally of Marxism Festival at Queen Mary University, east London, on Thursday night. It marked the beginning of a four-day political festival hosted by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).

Protesters demand an investigation into death of Greater Manchester schoolgirl

The family and friends of a Muslim school student who drowned last week are set to hold a protest in Bury, Greater Manchester, on Friday.

Nazi Tommy Robinson found guilty of contempt of court

Nazi Tommy Robinson has been found in contempt of court for “aggressively confronting and filming defendants” outside a court in Leeds.

Exclusive - Chris Williamson MP calls for a ‘socialist government’ at Marxism 2019

Suspended Labour MP Chris Williamson has called for a struggle to democratise the Labour Party “in order to democratise society”.

Pride marchers celebrate - and demand more rights

Around 1.5 million people came out for the Pride in London festival on Saturday.

Thousands of activists at Marxism Festival 2019 debate how best to resist

The four-day festival of socialist ideas heard from people fighting back from around the world in meetings, workshops and cultural events, Socialist Worker journalists report

Strike to stop climate chaos

There are just eleven weeks to go until a critical event for everyone who wants to combat climate catastrophe.

Civil service workers cue up new strikes

Action by outsourced workers at government departments is spreading.

Bradford hospital workers out against privatisation

Over 300 workers at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust began a seven-day walkout on Monday of this week.

Britain fuels Iran tension as soldiers seize a tanker

The British government’s solution to growing tensions between the West and Iran was the seizure of an oil tanker off Gibraltar by Royal Marines last week.

Grenfell firms try and dodge blame

Some two years after the Grenfell Tower fire, companies are still trying to dodge the blame.

Protest after antisemitic attack in east London

Supporters of Stand Up To Racism joined a protest in response to an antisemitic attack in Whitechapel, east London.

Dates announced in Scottish air traffic controllers’ dispute AND airport action suspended and ended

Dates announced in Scottish air traffic controllers’ dispute

Conductors to down tools

Strikes are set to hit East Midlands Trains (EMT) as senior conductors threaten walkouts.

Schools round up: Strikers at John Roan vow to keep up fight

Workers at The John Roan School are refusing to give in to plans to turn their school into a privately-run academy.

Lively picket lines at Bradford college

UCU union members at Bradford College struck against 131 compulsory redundancies and low pay for three days last week.

Reports round up: A victory to keep bleating on about in Kentish Town

Workers at Kentish Town Farm in north London are celebrating after the farm’s board quit and handed control over to workers and their supporters.


Unity, a general strike and organisation can strengthen the movement in Hong Kong

Hong Kong revolutionary socialist Lam Chi Leung gives his view on what is the best way forward for the movement in Hong Kong

Military keep control in Sudan stitch-up

Opposition leaders in Sudan have agreed a rotten deal that falls far short of what is needed or possible.

The downfall of Syriza in Greek elections is a crucial lesson for the left

Greece’s once-radical left wing party Syriza was booted out of government in elections on Sunday—after four years of enforcing austerity and racism.

Strike wave sweeps Chile

A mass strike wave in Chile has thrust the country’s ruling class into a political crisis.

Racist police killing of Solomon Tekah sparks angry protests across Israel

Ethiopian Israelis rioted and protested last week after a cop shot and killed an unarmed teenager.


How the West is stealing millions from people in Libya

Simon Basketter looks at what the news that Britain is receiving cash from frozen assets shows about imperialism


Sick system of capitalism shows vital signs of wrecking our health for profit

Author Lee Humber spoke to Tomáš Tengely-Evans about his new book on the rise in health inequality and how societies affect wellbeing

Firefighter Miguel Roldan speaks out - taking on the state to save refugees

Spanish firefighter Miguel Roldan faces up to 20 years in jail for helping to rescue desperate refugees who would otherwise have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. He spoke to Nick Clark about why states are going to war on migrants – and what we can do about it

The IMF - a brutal loan shark for capital

Pakistan’s government has raised gas prices by 200 percent less than a year after it was elected promising to “eradicate poverty”.


Ari Aster’s over the top folk horror breaks new ground

Midsommar uses all the classic hallmarks of folk horror—but it also has an original touch. It’s certainly not for the faint hearted, writes Gabby Thorpe

Kyle Craft’s latest album leaves you with flat feeling

A glam rock album on a solid label like Sub Pop should deliver something that’s good fun, musically compelling and—given the singer’s self-professed love of Bob Dylan—lyrically engaging.

What We Think

We must resist the rule of racist Tory toffs

Tory leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are competing to be the most racist, bigoted friend of the rich.

Israel tries to hide its bloody, racist past

Israel is desperate to hide its bloody, racist history. Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed last week that Israel’s defence ministry has been quietly hiding, removing and censoring documents for more than a decade.

Other Categories

Letters—Special education cuts are symptom of system in crisis

The closure of Crossley Manor School (Socialist Worker, 3 July) is a symptom of a systemic crisis in provision for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (Send).

The Troublemaker—Billionaire child abuser arrest may reveal sordid truth on rich

Financier Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested for trafficking and sexually assaulting girls at his mansion in New York.

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