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Issue: 2668

Dated: 20 Aug 2019

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Stop the DSEI arms fair in London

Activists are organising to disrupt an arms fair at London’s Docklands. Actions are set to take place 2-9 September.

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Angry Asda workers march against new contract

Up to 1,000 Asda workers and their supporters marched in Leeds against the bosses' assault on workers' lives.

Protests in London as India declares its control of Kashmir

The Indian government has held a special ceremony to announce that it is in control of the disputed area of Kashmir.

Protesters stage ‘kiss-in’ in London against bigotry and LGBT+ hate

LGBT+ people staged a “kiss-in” to beat back the bigots in London’s Parliament Square on Friday.

London marchers show solidarity with Hong Kong protests

Up to 1,000 people joined the Stand With Hong Kong protest, which gathered in Trafalgar Square before marching to Downing Street and Parliament Square

12,000 march in Aberdeen for Scottish independence

The most popular chants were “Say hey, say ho, Boris Johnson's got to go” and “We want independence now”'.

Tory plan for Brexit is a threat to ­two million EU migrants

Whether you voted Leave or Remain, we should all defend migrants’ rights writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

New jobs fears at British Steel

Jobs could be at risk at British Steel after it is set to be bought by Oyak, the Turkish military pension fund.

Asda workers speak out - bullying and threats add to anger over new contract

Asda workers are furious at supermarket bosses’ plans to impose a punitive contract that would rip up their terms and conditions.

These NHS strikes in Bradford and Lincolnshire need your support

Health workers in Bradford and Lincolnshire are stepping up the fight against poverty pay and outsourcing—and they need solidarity.

Support the cleaners' all-out strike for pay

Striking cleaners and caterers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) have entered the fifth week of an indefinite strike over low pay and outsourcing.

Tayside pharmacists dispense a solution to pay dispute

Pharmacy support workers at NHS Tayside began an indefinite strike on Monday.

Reports round up: Hundreds join the Silent Walk for Grenfell

Over 1,000 people joined a protest in Manchester last Sunday to remember the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

Event remembers 1911 rail strike in Wales

Hundreds of trade unionists, campaigners and local people gathered in Llanelli, South Wales, last Saturday to remember the 1911 rail strike.

Failing Nazis cancel rally for Tommy Robinson in London

Supporters of jailed Nazi Tommy Robinson have called off a protest planned to take place in London on Saturday.

Transport round up: Rail workers keep up fights for safety


Iceland’s ‘dead’ glacier is proof that time is running out to tackle climate chaos

People in Iceland held a “funeral” last Sunday for the country’s first glacier lost to climate change.

After Portland, Trump gives boost to far right protest

Anti-fascists in Portland, Oregon, saw off some 100 far right demonstrators last Saturday.

Democrats barred from Israel

Israel barred two prominent US politicians from entry last week because of their support for Palestinians.

Riot police lash out in Zimbabwe

Riot police in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, fired tear gas and beat demonstrators during a crackdown on opposition supporters last Friday.


‘Left’ government in Portugal uses troops to break indefinite strike by fuel tanker drivers

The Portuguese government – which some hail as a model of left wing success – has sent soldiers to drive tankers to break an indefinite strike.

Hong Kong protesters refuse to give in to threats and intimidation

China is escalating its threats towards pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as the movement is set to enter its 11th week.

Million march in Hong Kong as movement grows

Some 1.7 million people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday as the pro-democracy movement there entered its 11th week.


What can we do about climate refugees?

Gabby Thorpe looks at the plight of people displaced by climate chaos and argues that we should welcome refugees

Jeffrey Epstein case shows up the system’s abuses

Jeffrey Epstein, the rich child rapist, is dead after taking his own life. That is a slightly more controversial statement than might be imagined.


Paul Mason’s ‘popular front’ of failures is not the way to beat the right

Journalist Paul Mason has called on Labour to support a ‘Popular Front’ to stop the far right. It proved a disaster in the 1930s—and he should know it, writes Nick Clark

As Tories and the press panic about a ‘law and order breakdown’ - fear cops, not crime

After Tory scaremongering and promises of a ‘crackdown’ on crime, Sadie Robinson looks at the truth behind the fear—and why we don’t need more cops


Quentin Tarantino’s love-in with a racist, sexist 1960s

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is crammed with tributes to a bygone era of film—but director Tarantino is stuck behind the times, writes?Gabby Thorpe

Deep Water - a scenic setting for drama about families in turmoil

Deep Water is ITV’s new set piece thriller about three complex women characters, set in the scenic landscape of the Lake District

What We Think

Corbyn’s confusion over the European Union emboldens the right

Labour will commit to holding a referendum on a Brexit deal, if there is a general election in autumn, with an option to remain in the European Union (EU).

British arms found in Yemen show up links between Tories and Saudi Arabia

More evidence of Britain’s role in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen was uncovered this week.

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LETTERS - health workers need to back indefinite strike in Bradford

It is good to see that health workers in Bradford have voted for an all-out strike against privatisation from Monday 26 August. (Socialist Worker, 14 August).

The things they say

I’m getting a bit fed up with all this dickbraine stuff.

Tory plans for retirement at 75 means working till death

The state pension age is set to rise to 75 over the next 16 years. That’s if Boris Johnson’s favourite think tank gets its way

Bolsonaro wages war on the Amazon rainforest to boost business interests

The deforestation unleashed by Brazil’s far right president is a big threat to the environment. But, Gabby Thorpe argues, we can’t trust those world leaders who have attacked him either

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