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Issue: 2692

Dated: 18 Feb 2020


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As UCU members prepare for 14 days of strikes - which universities are out when?

Strikes will hit some 74 universities across Britain in February and March, as UCU union members stage 14 days of strikes.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

After UN list published - take on firms that profit from illegal Israeli settlements

The United Nations (UN) has finally published a list of companies that do business in illegal Israeli settlements, after years of unexpected delays.

Campaign for return of disabled man deported to Jamaica

The Tories' vicious deportation regime is causing massive suffering

School climate strikers furious at government inaction

Thousands took part across Britain. but the movement needs to grow again

Deported man speaks out - ‘I have no work, no money and am in constant pain’

A disabled man who was one of the 17 people deported to Jamaica on Tuesday says he’s living in “constant pain” because he doesn’t have access to medication. 

Anger at the Tories after climate chaos sparks floods

The damage caused by the floods across Britain has exposed the total failure to provide for people in danger.

Canada fracking pipeline faces fierce defiance

The Canadian government is ramping up attacks on indigenous First Nation land in an effort to support fossil fuel interests.

Women lead protests in Iraq

Protesters led by women marched in Baghdad, Nasriyah, and other cities in Iraq on Saturday last week. They were angry at attacks on them by state security forces and leading politicians.

Workers in Tower Hamlets fight Labour council’s plan for cuts

Workers in Tower Hamlets, east London, are redoubling their efforts to fight back against a Labour council determined to carry out brutal attacks

Divisions tear through Labour on the eve of leadership vote

As members begin voting for the next Labour leader this week, debates about transphobia, Palestine solidarity and the party’s election defeat are raging, reports Nick Clark

Reports round-up: Protests on national day of action against NHS cuts

Health campaigners protested as part of a national day of action against funding cuts and privatisation called by Keep Our NHS Public

Bosses can’t beat us say traffic wardens

Traffic wardens in Hackney, east London, were gearing up for a protest at outsourcer Apcoa’s headquarters on Friday this week

Threat of the sack for a leading activist in the PCS

Activists in the PCS union are preparing a campaign in defence of leading rep Paul Williams

Foreign Office staff plan to step up struggle

Striking outsourced workers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) plan to step up their fight against bosses at contractor Interserve.


International

After Sanders wins New Hampshire, bosses fear ‘idea of socialism is gaining traction’

Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic US presidential primary. His victory came after he won the highest number of votes in Iowa last week.

Macron’s party in new crisis as strikers return to the streets

The French president looks weak as strikes continue, says Charlie Kimber


Comment

The left has many problems, being ‘too woke’ isn’t one of them

Left wingers who claim that being ‘woke’ about oppression is a turn off for working class people propagate poisonous nonsense, says Simon Basketter

Coronavirus shows capitalism is sick

It is still too early to say how serious an epidemic Covid?19—as the latest coronavirus outbreak is now known—will prove to be.


Features

The fight for women’s freedom 50 years ago

A landmark conference 50 years ago this month helped to boost struggles for women’s liberation

As UCU members prepare for walkouts - why everyone should back this vital strike

Sadie Robinson spoke to activists building the fight for equality and against neoliberal education, and urges everyone to get behind the strikers and their dispute


Reviews

Weather - a novel written for an era of climate grief and anxiety

Weather follows the story of an ordinary person coming to terms with climate catastrophe. It’s engaging, but not very hopeful, says Sophie Squire

Birmingham Revolutions - new display showcases a history of resistance

This display explores Birmingham’s vibrant and varied history of protest and activism— from the Priestley Riots of 1791 to the LGBT+ campaigns of today.


What We Think

Eugenics scandal exposes Tory bigotry

Andrew Sabisky always dreamed it was his destiny that one day he would work at 10 Downing Street. And that day was last Monday.

Come out and join the fightback

Faced with a vicious Tory government, we need to step up the fightback outside parliament urgently.


Other Categories

Keith Chadwick 1947-2020

With the sudden and unexpected death of Keith Chadwick, Burnley & Pendle Socialist Workers Party lost a vital and much-loved comrade

LETTERS - Bristol university students fought against Israeli apartheid

The Tory society at the University of Bristol recently organised a meeting entitled, A Unique Military Alliance—Israel and the UK.

The things they say

‘Extensive preparations have already been carried

Britain backs war crimes in Yemen after 32 killed in raid

Saudi Arabian airstrikes killed at least 32 civilians last Saturday in brutal revenge for a military setback.

Dosh for deportations—how private firms cash in

Deportations to Jamaica have exposed the horror of Britain’s immigration system. But they’ve got bosses rubbing their hands



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