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I am coming from Johannesburg to Edinburgh to be part of the movement confronting the G8 leaders. People from across the world will stand together in solidarity—fighting the battle to end poverty and exploitation.
The GMB union is battling to stop an attempt to form a right wing breakaway to it in the DHL parcels company.
Neath bus cuts Protest in Neath, Wales, on Wednesday of last week against the closure of a bus route that will see over 250 children having to find another way to get to school.
About 500 people crowded in to an electric fringe meeting organised by Respect and the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) at the Unison union conference in Glasgow last week.
A mass meeting of cleaning, catering and laundry workers at Fazakerley hospital, Merseyside, voted to suspend their strike action last week.
Last week parents, teachers and support staff in Islington, north London, won a stunning victory. They forced ARK, a charity run by a group of bankers and hedge fund speculators, to pull out of a scheme to create an independent but state-funded academy on the sites of Islington Green and Moreland schools.
Protesters from the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) occupied branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland on Monday of this week.
The simmering confrontation between public sector workers and the New Labour government over pensions looks set to intensify in coming months.
Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, leader of the Muslim Parliament, writes in opposition to the bill
Over 100 staff at three special schools in Leeds struck over the threat of 17 full time redundancies in one of the new Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres last week.
Members of the GMB union at Asda’s Washington depot in the north east of England have rejected an improved pay offer from management.
Anger at a massacre by the Turkish government led 500 people to march through Stoke Newington, north London, last Saturday.
Furious members of the NUT teaching union at North Westminster School, west London, voted for strike action last week and won an immediate withdrawal of proposals to relocate them.
The Make Poverty History (MPH) message resonated throughout the Glastonbury festival weekend. When people arrived they were given a special Glastonbury MPH white wristband.
Supporters of Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker threatened with extradition to the US on terrorism charges, have stepped up their campaign against the Extradition Act 2003.
I was due in court this week to discover if I would be deported back to Zimbabwe.
The government’s bill clearing the way for compulsory biometric ID cards linked to a national identity database narrowly passed its second reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday night.
Unison's national delegate conference, held in Glasgow last week, saw the union commit itself to a series of tough policies over privatisation, pensions and opposition to the Labour government’s domestic agenda.
On Friday of last week Unison made history by becoming the first union to pass policy over climate change. Conference voted to work with the Campaign Against Climate Change and support demonstrations urging that governments take action to curb carbon emissions.
About 50 people marched on Wednesday of last week to demand the removal of a mobile phone mast in East Kilbride, Scotland. The mast is near a nursery and school
Postal workers at Bow Locks, the east London mail centre, are enraged at management’s attitude after a recent emergency evacuation.
Sheffield Newspapers NUJ Journalists in the NUJ union working for Sheffield Newspapers are balloting for action over a staffing crisis.
Iraqi doctors say they have been harassed, beaten, threatened and sometimes even attacked by US and US-backed Iraqi forces during recent military adventures in al-Qa’im and Haditha.
The US-led occupation of Iraq lurched further into crisis this week as defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was forced to admit that resistance in the country might last for years.
THE government’s "clean up" campaign has left over a million people displaced, refugees in their own country. Around 300,000 kids have dropped out of school as a result of the displacements.
Notwithstanding the global hype associated with reversing aid, debt and trade injustices during the past few days, it hasn’t been an easy time for the huge Non-Governmental Organisations at the centre of the action.
Only 18 countries are helped by the latest G8 proposals
The focus of the protests at the G8 summit in Scotland has been on ending poverty in the developing world. But the G8 leaders are also set to make decisions on the environment and nuclear weapons.
Alys Elica Zaerin, one of the organisers of School Students Against the War, spoke to Socialist Worker about plans by school students to walk out in protest against poverty and war.
Gill Hubbard is one of the organisers of the G8 Alternatives summit on Sunday and the Wednesday demonstration at the Gleneagles Hotel.
Friday 1 JulyG8 Alternatives opening rally5.30pm, Queens Hall, Edinburgh University. Speakers include Dennis Brutus, Haidi Giuliani, Bill Speirs, Mark Ruskell, Trevor Ngwane, Eamonn McCann.International Socialist Tendency meeting7.30pm, Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9. Speakers include Petros Constantinou from Greece’s SEK, Chris Bambery from Socialist Worker, and a speaker from Spain’s En Lucha.
Welcome to Edinburgh for the biggest political demonstration this city has ever seen. We will be making history here in July amid strong dissenting traditions.
Imagine a different G8. Flying in to Lagos, the centre of the United States of Benin, are the leaders of Great Zimbabwe, Katanga and Aksum. They will be joined by other leaders of Asia and South America to decide their latest proposals for lifting the debt burden from impoverished states in Europe.
Cotton used to be the big cash crop in eastern Uganda and a major contributor to the country’s agricultural sector, which employs over 80 percent of its population.
The view from the global south
From the early to the mid-1960s, black music took a very patriotic attitude towards the war in Vietnam. A lot of that had to with the feeling that conditions for black people in the US were improving.
Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the most remarkable intellectuals of the 20th century. A new exhibition in Paris commemorates the 100th anniversary of his birth and places Sartre amid the conflicts of his age.
Never before has the issue of global justice been so central to British politics.
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