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Issue: 2712

Dated: 07 Jul 2020

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Virus, slump and racism show up system failure

The Polish‑German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg warned that capitalism gives us a choice between “socialism or barbarism”. We need to choose—and fight for—socialism. 

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Millions in Britain in poverty—and virus will make it worse

Over a million and a half more people in Britain live in deep poverty today compared to 20 years ago

Protests continue to say that Black Lives Matter and refugee lives matter

Anti-racist protests took place in many parts of Britain on Wednesday

Workplaces the centre of coronavirus spread—they must be shut down

Suspected outbreaks of Covid-19 in workplaces in England almost doubled in the past week

Striking Tower Hamlets council workers launch fightback over contracts

Hundreds of council workers walked out against the Labour-run local authority’s “betrayal of key workers” during coronavirus

Protests against Israel’s annexation plans

Palestine Solidarity Campaign activists protested in towns and cities across Britain on Saturday

Tower Hamlets workers strike as Labour council forces through attack on contracts

Tower Hamlets council workers vowed to keep up the fight as the Labour-run council sacked and rehired them on worse contracts

Stop and search shows reality of cops’ racism

Accounts from those unfairly targeted by police reveal widespread racism

‘Diversity’ firm used virus to sack staff before lockdown

As the reality of mass job cuts hits ever more people, a consultancy that trains companies and institutions about ­equality, diversity and inclusion is treating some of its staff like dirt.

Post bosses retreat, but don’t trust them

A major deal is in the offing. Workers shouldn’t accept any deal that asks them to make sacrifices for bosses’ profits.

Angry demonstrations for trans rights

Over 1,000 people demonstrated in Parliament Square, London, in support of trans rights last Saturday.

Protests on the NHS’s birthday

Health campaigners marked the 72nd birthday of the NHS last weekend with a series of protests against Tory cuts and privatisation.

Reduced cancer care could kill tens of thousands during the pandemic

Some 35,000 more people could die of cancer because of delays to diagnosis and treatment during the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus infections soaring in workplaces 

Workers are being forced to keep quiet about dangerous conditions, writes Charlie Kimber

UCU union levy row + firefighters’ pay + Drax strike vote

Activists in the UCU union are resisting a planned levy on members announced by general secretary Jo Grady.

Ethiopian Oromo protest after killing of Hachalu Hundessa

Up to 1,000 Ethiopians and their supporters protested against the killing of a musician outside the country’s embassy in London.

XR rebels plan for a hot autumn of blockades and resistance

Environmental campaign Extinction Rebellion (XR), has announced plans for the next major phase of direct action beginning on 1 September. 

Grenfell survivors shut out of inquiry as cladding bosses testify

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are furious at being kept out of the public inquiry as those responsible for installing flammable cladding testify this week.

Step up solidarity as Tower Hamlets strikers prepare for more action

More strikes are likely next week in this important dispute

Tories will restart arms sales to murderous regime in Saudi Arabia

The Tory government is to resume selling arms to Saudi Arabia—now in its fifth year of a devastating war on Yemen—despite a court ruling that such sales were unlawful.


Huge protests in Sudan to ‘correct the path of revolution’

Hundreds of thousands of protesters—perhaps a million in all—poured on to the streets of Sudan

Mass demonstrations defy draconian new laws in Hong Kong

Thousands of demonstrators defied the new law and a police ban on protests by chanting pro-independence slogans and waving independence flags

Global Covid-19 cases rise sharply after states lift lockdowns

More than 11 million people across the globe have now been infected by Covid-19.

International round up: Israel stalls annexation

Israel stalled plans to annexe huge chunks of the Palestinian West Bank last week.


Korean War showed up imperialist barbarism

The ‘forgotten war’ that began 70 years ago wrecked a country so that big powers could grab more influence, writes Sophie Squire

New Tory handouts will only help bosses

Tory chancellor Rishi Sunak was set to deliver his summer statement on Wednesday this week. It was expected to include a raft of measures in an attempt to prop up the British economy. 


Claude McKay, a poet, activist and communist

“If we must die, O let us nobly die/So that our precious blood may not be shed/In vain,” is perhaps another way of saying that black lives matter.

Letter to a Jeremy Corbyn supporter—time to leave Labour

In a third letter to a Jeremy Corbyn supporter, Charlie Kimber argues to break from Labour, join the Socialist Workers Party and to build the resistance on the streets

Leicester—how a city at risk has been failed by the Tories

The Midlands city of Leicester is the first in England to have a local lockdown in response to an upsurge in coronavirus cases. But while mainstream commentators have encouraged racist explanations, it’s the Tories who have put people at risk


Once Upon a Time in Iraq—an insight into devastation of invasion

Once Upon a Time in Iraq features interviews with some of those who lived through the country’s horrors. It is essential viewing

Mrs America—a promising new drama about women’s liberation

Mrs America follows the political upheaval around the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s

What We Think

Tories’ care home lies

 Tory prime minister Boris Johnson has begun the process of passing the blame for the coronavirus crisis. 

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Letters—we’ve become fed up with the right in the Labour Party

I’m sickened by the decision to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey from the shadow cabinet

The things they say

‘Kicking down doors is probably one of our favourite things’

Ghislaine Maxwell arrested but abuser prince still refuses to talk

 Ghislaine Maxwell is charged with procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with, and engaging in sexual activity with them herself.

British society scarred by deep poverty and racism

A new report shows 14.4 million people, including 4.5 million children, are living in poverty—and it’s even worse for black people, writes Sadie Robinson

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