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Issue: 2763

Dated: 13 Jul 2021


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Smash Tory racists—and their nationalism

Vile hypocrisy. That’s the only possible verdict as the Tories and sections of the right wing press claimed to be anti-racists this week


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

British government report into human rights tries to whitewash its allies’ crimes

The Tories, who enable the abuse of human rights, pretend they are freedom's champion

Solidarity boosts Valence Primary School strikers in east London

Valence Primary School teachers in Dagenham, east London, have escalated strikes over forced demotions and attacks on pay.

Sarah Everard’s killer pleads guilty—questions remain

The cop who killed Sarah Everard pleaded guilty to her murder last week.

Sharon Graham offers more as Unite general secretary than the others

Responses to the call from the Communist Party's Andy Bain that Unite union members should vote for Steve Turner simply to keep the right out. Socialist Worker backs Sharon Graham for Unite general secretary.

Revolt over BT deal that offers so little

BT telecoms workers are furious after a deal between bosses and their CWU union officials was announced last week.

Climate chaos sees heatwave and flood

As people face extreme weather across Canada and the US, Sophie Squire explores the developing nature of the climate crisis

New health bill opens the door to more privatisation

The government has introduced a new Health and Care Bill into parliament as Covid-19 cases soar.

Bexley bin workers battle Serco + Tower Hamlets + DVLA + Yodel

Around 140 bin workers began two weeks of strikes on Monday in Bexley, south east London, on Monday.

Tories will give Covid the freedom to mutate

The Tories confirmed on Monday that they will lift ­Covid-19 restrictions next week even though scientists are warning of the huge risks

Liverpool University action forces bosses to ask for talks

Bosses have shown the first signs of failing resolve, with a sudden proposal to talk

Brush Electrical workers told to sign contract by 24 July or be sacked + Clarks shoes + Palestine actions

 Unions must stop this outrageous fire and rehire attack

Stand in solidarity with Extinction Rebellion activists facing repression

The state is pushing through repression of Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate activists.

Tory policies push over one million children of key workers into poverty

More than a million children of key workers are living in poverty, according to research commissioned by the TUC union federation.

Damning report finds black people face systematic racism

Racism in England is systemic, a report by the race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust has found.

Fight any rotten deal over JDE fire and rehire strike

It would appear that the deal contains the huge pay cuts and other attacks that that workers at JDE have been resisting


International

Back the protests in Cuba, but beware US imperialism

Mass protests in Cuba are prompted by real grievances. Sophie Squire looks at the revolt but warns of the forces that will try to use them

Urgent solidarity needed with Egyptian socialist on prison hunger strike

Activists are appealing for solidarity with imprisoned Egyptian socialist and journalist Hisham Fouad after he launched a hunger strike.

‘There are no jobs, we are hungry’—riots sweep across South Africa

An explosion of rage is sweeping across large parts of South Africa.


Comment

Mass movements and direct action scare the state

With many campaigns turning to militant direct action, Nick Clark argues that the tactic is more effective within a mass movement.

Virus has created potential for boom—and bust

Are we heading, as some commentators claim, for another “Roaring Twenties”, like the economic boom that followed the terrible flu pandemic of 1918-19?


Features

Lessons of Hong Kong resistance

It has been one year since the repressive Security Law was enacted in Hong Kong. Lam Chi Leung, an activist based in Hong Kong, explains how the situation has changed.

Tories will make rescuing refugees a crime

The Nationality and Borders Bill seeks to criminalise refugees over how they enter Britain. Refugees and activists spoke to Isabel Ringrose about the escalating attacks on refugee rights.


Reviews

Paula Rego—oppression, injustice and the art of defiance

A new exhibition looking back at the work of artist Paula Rego contains powerful critiques of life under fascism and capitalism

Two of Us—a story of forbidden love hidden for years

Two of Us tells the story of two female lovers in their 60s who have waited two decades to spend their lives together


What We Think

The US can’t help Haiti

The assassination last week of Haitian president Jovenel Moise has led to calls for US troops to be deployed to the nation. It would be a terrible response


Other Categories

Richard Lewontin—the Marxist geneticist

Richard Lewontin, who died aged 92 recently, was one of the most talented geneticists of his generation.

Nigel Coward 1942-2021

Nigel Coward who has recently died was one of the comrades who joined the Socialist Review group, forerunners of the Socialist Workers Party, in the 1960s

Criminal dumping of raw sewage in sea for profit

Southern Water was fined a record £90 million last week for deliberately dumping billions of litres of raw sewage into protected seas over several years for its own financial gain.

How fascist frustrations come to the fore in France

Failure in recent regional elections has caused crisis for Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party. But, says Charlie Kimber, the party won’t destroy itself.



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