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Issue: 2726

Dated: 13 Oct 2020


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Three-tier lockdown system is not enough to contain coronavirus

Boris Johnson announced a new three-tier lockdown system for England on Monday in his latest attempt to control the virus.


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News

Greek Golden Dawn Nazis convicted in victory for anti-fascist movement

The leaders of Greek Nazi party Golden Dawn, have been found guilty of forming and running a criminal organisation. The verdict is a result of the relentless pressure from the anti-fascist movement

Church covered up child abuse and protected perpetrators

The Church of England created a culture that allowed child sexual abuse to fester, a report has found

Treetop activists resist evictions as they fight to stop destructive HS2

Treetop activists remain determined to halt the destruction of ancient woodlands along the route of the HS2 high speed railway.

People really don’t trust the government, says attitudes survey

The latest British Social Attitudes survey has found “record lows” in the level of trust and confidence in the government.

Jobs bloodbath grows as Edinburgh Woollen Mill threatens 24,000 cuts

The jobs slaughter is gathering pace.

Anger – and protests – over Cineworld job losses

Cineworld workers are “numb and angry” after they woke up to headlines that the cinema chain was closing.

Activists call national day of action to protect jobs and safety in universities

Students and university workers have called a day of action for Friday 16 October to defend jobs and safety. It comes as Covid-19 continues to spread rapidly in university accommodation across the country.

Inappropriate police restraint contributed to the death of Kevin Clarke

Two years before George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Kevin Clarke—a 35 year old black man—died after contact with police in Catford, south London.

Anti-racist conference ready to take on Tory scapegoating

Activists are gearing up for the Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) international conference scheduled for this weekend.

Protesters confront the hostile environment

Migrants’ rights groups protested against Britain’s brutal immigration system last weekend as they marked the ten year anniversary of Jimmy Mubenga’s death.

Battle on for safety after London bus driver’s death

London bus workers were furious last week as driver Kofi Opoku died from Covid-19.

Fighting Serco on the Caledonian Sleeper and over Birmingham jobs

Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper overnight train service staged a solid 48-hour strike from Sunday, to demand bosses take health and safety seriously.

No to Royal Mail shared vans scheme

Royal Mail workers are in revolt over a management decision to bring back shared delivery vans. The CWU union described the move as “reckless”.

Abuse inquiry won’t hear from the victims

Child sex abuse victims of Greville Janner have been barred from giving live evidence to the public inquiry into the former Labour MP.

South Coast resistance to Aquind cable project

Hundreds of people in Portsmouth and the surrounding area joined protests last Saturday over the Aquind cable project.

Cleaners in revolt over cuts and low pay

Workers in the UVW union at a Service to the Aged (Sage) care home in north London are balloting for strikes.


International

‘It’s like they don’t think we are human’ – US farm workers’ fury over attacks

The US government is helping farm bosses to cut their workers’ wages in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Golden Dawn court ruling a victory for anti-fascists in Greece

Activists are celebrating after Golden Dawn has been declared a criminal organisation, writes Panos Garganas from Athens

Austrian Nazis suffer heavy election losses

Austria’s fascist Freedom Party suffered heavy losses in regional elections in the capital Vienna on Sunday. 

Strike in South Africa - ‘We are prepared for war over peanuts increases’

Over three million workers in South Africa’s four largest trade union federations held a national strike on Wednesday of last week.

New operation by Turkey ships ratchets up war threats in the Mediterranean

Tensions between the Turkish and Greek governments were again ratcheted up last week.


Comment

The sickness coming from the White House

There are three things to understand about Donald Trump at present. The first is that he may be incoherent and self-obsessed, but he’s not a fool.


Features

Chinua Achebe—a pioneering writer who skewered colonialism

Chinua Achebe transformed African writing. He was born in 1930 in Nigeria, at the time a British colony.

Herded to our deaths?

Some scientists are debating whether herd immunity is the best way to control coronavirus spread. But Dr Jonathan Fluxman told Sadie Robinson that this method means sacrificing the vulnerable

The trial of the Chicago Eight: when ruling class revenge backfired

With a new film, The Trial of the Chicago 7, now in cinemas, Yuri Prasad examines how the events were a blow for the US establishment set on crushing an anti-war movement


Reviews

Oil firms taken to task in Devil Has a Name 

The star-studded drama can’t quite decide what kind of film it wants to be. But Simon Basketter says it’s enjoyable watching it try to work it out 

A Moving Image shows gentrified London and a city constantly in motion

This award winning film investigates gentrification in Brixton, south London, 


What We Think

The real divide across Britain is class

Coronavirus has highlighted deep class divisions across British society. But for the mainstream press in England, the divide is between the North and South. 

MPs cash in despite crisis

Unemployment is soaring and average pay is falling. Millions of Britain’s poorest households could see their incomes cut by £20 a week from April, when a temporary rise in Universal Credit is due to expire.


Other Categories

Letters—No job leaves me asking what was the point of college?

Finally graduating from university after three years is an overwhelming feeling.

Greensill cashes in with your cash

Greensill Capital has recently provided tens of millions of pounds of British government-guaranteed loans to two companies that employ just 11 people.



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