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As of Tuesday morning I had received over 11,800 e-mails of support following my appearance at the US senate’s McCarthyite committee seven days previously.
Tous ensemble! (All together!) was the cry that rang out in central Paris last Saturday at the end of a huge rally organised by the French left. The rally was part of the left’s campaign for a no vote in the referendum on the new European Union constitution.
In East London a group of about 45 Asian workers, in a workplace previously unknown to the trade union movement, are reviving a militant tradition that had seemed lost to the area.
A five-day strike by lecturers in the Natfhe union at London Metropolitan University last week was a great success, with spirits high on the picket lines and a real sense of solidarity across the university.
The Manchester University branch of the lecturers’ AUT union voted last week to support the academic boycott of Israeli institutions.
Parents, children and teachers lobbied Islington council’s schools organisation committee on Thursday of last week. They are attempting to dissuade it from agreeing to close St Mary Magdalene primary school and reopen it as a city academy with 1,400 pupils aged between three and 19.
Lecturers in the Natfhe union at Newcastle College took their seventh day of strike action on Tuesday of this week.
A vibrant and powerful strike by thousands of BBC workers severely hit the corporation’s programming on Monday of this week. Workers picketed BBC buildings around Britain, including Glasgow (pictured). They were set to strike again against job cuts on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week
Millions of people around the world cheered as Respect MP George Galloway denounced the war on Iraq in the US senate last week. He also took apart the senators’ allegations against him about Iraq’s oil for food programme. Ron McKay, who sat beside George Galloway throughout the hearing, writes for Socialist Worker.
"So Senator, did he get the better of you?" Senator Norm Coleman’s face fell as he stood before the small crowd of expectant journalists. Struggling to find an answer that wouldn’t betray his dismay, Senator Coleman settled with, "Well, um, it wasn’t a contest."
Exhibits handed to George Galloway moments before he spoke to the US senate committee have confirmed Socialist Worker’s exposure of forgery in key documents.
George Galloway’s statement to the senate committee has been "lost" from the senate website.
Labour's leaders have launched a brutal witch-hunt in the Blaenau Gwent constituency in South Wales, designed to eradicate anyone who dares to stand up against Tony Blair.
New Iraqi witness statements, seen by Socialist Worker, tell of torture meted out by British soldiers.
Campaigners and civil rights groups have reacted with anger to a judge’s decision last week to allow the extradition of Babar Ahmad to the US on "terrorism" charges.
Government lawyers have responded to a case brought against them by Military Families Against the War with the astonishing claim that the decision to go to war had no bearing on the deaths of British soldiers.
G8 Alternatives, who are helping to mobilise people for the protests at the G8 summit in Scotland this July, have launched an open letter to defend the right to protest.
A number of protests and meetings have been organised for the week of the G8 summit. Events include:
BBC director-general Mark Thompson’s plans to slash thousands of jobs took a big hit as staff walked out on Monday of this week.
Workers at the BBC have faced a difficult two years. Hundreds walked out in January 2004 when the Hutton Report into the death of David Kelly criticised the BBC rather than the British government.
The Labour Party was heavily involved in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) during the 1980s when we were organising huge demonstrations against the Cruise and Trident missile systems.
Sefton Council in Merseyside has suspended two full time union officials and four shop stewards for opposing the privatisation of council housing.
Workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in London will soon be balloting for strike action against job losses.
Delivery workers in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, struck on Friday of last week and Monday this week in a disupte over new working practices.
The giant HSBC bank was set to see major strike action hit its operations across Britain on Friday this week. Workers in the Amicus union have voted by 68 percent to 32 percent in favour of striking over pay.
Strike vote wins better pay More than 400 bus workers in the RMT union at Stagecoach East Midlands are balloting on an improved pay offer, secured by threatening strike action.
On World Debt Day last week thousands of people across Britain took part in activities to highlight the damage caused to poor countries by the extraction of debt payments.
What happened on the day of the "historic" referendum on changes to electoral law is a black spot in the history of the Egyptian regime and its security forces. The day before the minister of interior announced that he will meet any breach of "legitimacy" with severe firmness. And so it was. The police prepared themselves for this firmness in proportion to the historic nature of the day.
The long drawn out crisis in the Andean countries of Latin America developed rapidly in the early months of 2005, producing extraordinary popular mobilisations.
Elections for governors and councillors took place across Uruguay, South America, on 8 May. Right wing parties were crushed in almost half of the districts of the country.
There is no doubting the reactionary nature of the House of Windsor — out of date, snobbish, prejudiced and utterly out of touch with reality.
I have just come from the BBC website where they host some excerpts of George Galloway’s magnificent defence in front of the US senate committee.
Every G7 or G8 summit has been punctuated by statements on "debt relief". They all turned out to be broken promises. The statement on debt issued in London on 5 February this year by G7 finance ministers dashed hopes and expectations raised by an impassioned plea made by Nelson Mandela to the same ministers the day before. Yet, chancellor Gordon Brown hailed the statement as "a breakthrough" and said, "It is the richest countries hearing the voices of the poor."
On 15 July 1099 Jerusalem was stormed by soldiers of the First Crusade. For the attackers, who had set out from western Europe three years before, this was the culmination of their efforts — the "liberation" of the Holy City from Muslim "infidels".
AJ Cook (1885-1931) was the son of a soldier born in the Somerset village of Wookey in 1885. He went on to become the best known miners’ leader and a key component of the National Minority Movement (NMM) around the General Strike of 1926.
Friday 27 MayPoet Benjamin Zephaniah hosts Moving Forward Together, a film and music benefit night to support the Mikey Powell Campaign for Justice. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.30pm. The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6. More details from 07770 432 439.
You wrote the film Billy Elliot, which is set during the miners’ strike of 1984-5. The film was very much about an individual’s escape from the working class. How is the musical different?
Billy Elliot the Musical is a brilliant stage evocation of the film Billy Elliot by its author Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry and musical director Elton John.
2046Directed by Wong Kar WaiDVD out this week
The government plans to help first time buyers buy a new home. The dream of being able to own your own home is a powerful one. But the truth is that many who struggle to borrow the money to do so are in danger of overreaching themselves. Any increase in interest rates could push them under.
We were shocked at the news of the death of Charlotte Jaganathan. Charlotte, only 20, was killed when her motorbike crashed as she was riding to work. She cared passionately about the environment and civil liberties. She joined the SWP on the two million strong anti-war demonstration in February 2003.
State of exclusion Seven women from Birmingham recently attempted to take money to a project for needy Palestinian children in the Occupied Territories.
The Marxism 2005 event in central London from 7-11 July will feature meetings on Africa. Including: Resistance in Africa Today, Britain’s Legacy: the Mau Mau, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, and What Happened to the Dream of African Liberation?
Socialist Worker is vital reading for everyone involved in the anti-war movement. Our campaigning style and exclusives are winning a new audience. Rachel, a child therapy worker from south London, told Socialist Worker at last week’s central London Respect rally, "I had never bought Socialist Worker before the general election campaign.
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