Dated: 27 Nov 2004
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HAVING FAILED to persuade us over the war in Iraq, Tony Blair is turning to the politics of fear to drum up votes for New Labour.
WHETHER IT’S the future of your neighbourhood, local school or hospital, the person wheeled out by the government or your local council to tell you what to think will be some business figure or a jumped-up college kid from a free market think-tank.
THE RECENT highly successful strike by 265,000 members of the PCS union against cuts to jobs, sick pay and pensions shocked the government.
While Tony Blair met Chirac... "JACQUES Chirac—terrorist!" was the unmistakable chant as up to 1,000 people demonstrated in London last Saturday against the French intervention in the Ivory Coast.
TAXI DRIVERS in the TGWU union in Watford looked set for victory this week.
Tuesday 30 November No 2 ID public meeting, 7pm, Brix, St Matthew’s Church, Brixton, south London. Go to www.no2id.net for details.
Brewery workers at Boddington’s in Manchester struck last week for three days.
THE THREAT of a postal strike in London over Christmas has won a vastly improved deal which will have implications for all future agreements.
DRIVERS AT parcel distribution company Lynx were due to hold a 48-hour strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week over pay and hours. The workers, who are in the TGWU union, have already held two 24-hour strikes.
Oliur Rahman was elected as Respect councillor for the St Dunstan’s & Stepney ward of Tower Hamlets council in east London on 29 July.
Brighton and Hove TEACHING ASSISTANTS in schools in Brighton and Hove have rejected an employers’ offer and voted to press ahead with a two-day strike against low pay.
George Bush and Tony Blair invaded Iraq with 140,000 armed soldiers and bombed the city of Fallujah to dust. Now they claim democratic elections will go ahead on 30 January.
FORD AND Jaguar executives have been exposed as nothing less than liars and cheats.
WORKERS AT Rover’s Longbridge plant in Birmingham are facing more uncertainty after the news that a Chinese firm is manoeuvring to take over the company.
WORKERS FROM the threatened Boddingtons brewery in Manchester, started a four-day strike on Monday in the latest phase of their campaign against closure.
HOME SECRETARY David Blunkett will be attacking our civil liberties even more ferociously over the coming months. And his proposed identity card scheme lies at the centre of these attacks.
ONE OF David Blunkett’s new proposals is for special "terror trials" that involve a judge sitting without a jury. Such jury-free (Diplock) courts have been routinely used in Northern Ireland since the 1970s.
BABAR AHMAD’s extradition hearing officially started on Thursday of last week. Babar is threatened with being sent to the US to face charges of running a website supporting "terrorists" in Chechnya and Afghanistan.
New left on the rise in Germany A CONFERENCE of the initiative for a new left party in Germany last weekend took a major step towards launching a serious challenge to the German SPD—the equivalent of New Labour.
"So went eight days of combat for this Iraq city, the most sustained period of street to street fighting that Americans have encountered since the Vietnam War. The proximity gave the fighting hellish intensity, with soldiers often close enough to see the enemies in the eyes."
A GROUP of school students has shown how to challenge oppression and hierarchy by striking in support of a black teacher who was subject to racist abuse in Leicester last Thursday.
Students AT Manchester University achieved a landmark victory over fascism and racism on Wednesday 17 November.
READING THE Daily Mirror’s front page article on New Labour’s drugs policy, "We Are Losing The War On Drugs", on Monday made my blood boil.
FIFTY THOUSAND demonstrators greeted George Bush on his arrival in Santiago, Chile, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting of 21 Pacific Rim nations.
GIANFRANCO FINI has been appointed as the new Italian foreign minister. Fini leads the "post-fascist" Alleanza Nazionale—the reincarnation of the old fascist party the MSI.
THE SOUTH African government’s actions over the telecom industry have focused all the feeling about how only an elite has benefited in the post-apartheid economy.
Tanks rolled onto the streets of Cairo, Egypt, last Monday after student protests erupted across the country.
FALLUJAH FINALLY fell to US Marines last week. Few can have doubted that, with its overwhelming firepower and highly trained and mobile troops, the Pentagon would be able to capture the city if it so chose.
RECENT elections reveal three main themes. Firstly, the bulk of the population, which has long been suffering from neo-liberal policies and increasing immiseration, is now open to real social and economic alternatives.
DONATIONS TO the Socialist Worker appeal enable us to have a reach far beyond Britain. This week we received a message from Madhuresh, a supporter in Kolkata, India.
V ictor Serge was born in Brussels in 1890. In 1908 he went to Paris, where he edited an anarchist paper.
AS THE holiday season approaches, Socialist Worker asks our readers to send cards or letters to political prisoners and victims of miscarriages of justice in Britain and abroad.
Iraqi doctors have accused the US military of committing a war crime after they destroyed a neighbourhood clinic during the assault on Fallujah.
IN 1953 Britain overthrew the democratically elected government in British Guiana (now Guyana), which was then a British colony with an element of self government. The April 1953 elections had resulted in victory for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) under Cheddi Jagan, a popular nationalist government committed to a redistributive economic programme intended to reduce poverty.
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THERE IS no exhibition more exciting than one showing the explosion of artistic expression thrown up by the Russian Revolution of 1917.
Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America by Stephen Sewell
Wall Directed by Simone Bitton
COMMENTING ON "Can We Stop Global Warming?" (Socialist Worker, 20 November), there is an aspect seldom touched upon when discussing global warming and climate change—are humans as a species too clever by half and so incompatible with their continuance on earth?
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BESTSELLING BOOK on the US at the moment in Bookmarks is Jonathan Neale’s What’s Wrong with America? (£10.99)