Dated: 13 Aug 2005
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Terrorists can plant bombs, but only the government can take away our fundamental freedoms.
There was singing and dancing outside the high court in London on Thursday of last week as the home office was forced to back down from plans to restart the deportation of Zimbabwean asylum seekers.
Campaigners for the Sajid family in the South Bank area of Teesside were celebrating last week after the family was allowed to return home.
Labour has announced its most vicious attack yet on the NHS in a policy document published by the department of health last week. There is a clear intention to dismantle the NHS as we presently know it.
NHS trusts across England are freezing staff recruitment in a bid to reduce rising deficits. As a result many newly qualified nurses are struggling to find jobs.
The fight to reinstate sacked Bristol Rolls Royce union convenor Jerry Hicks has received a big boost with an interim employment tribunal hearing ruling in his favour.
Widespread and wide ranging outrage followed the shooting dead of Jean Charles de Menezes by the police on a London underground train at Stockwell tube station on Friday 22 July.
Journalists at Coventry Newspapers have been on indefinite strike since Tuesday of last week. The NUJ union members have pledged to stay out for as long as it takes to win their battle over low pay.
Two decades after Rupert Murdoch though he had smashed the unions at the Sun, the journalists’ union is back at the title. The NUJ has a chapel of over 50 members and is growing.
People from across Merseyside gathered to convey their sympathy and support to the family of Anthony Walker, who was murdered by racist thugs on Friday 29 July, at two public events held in Liverpool last week.
Challenging anti-union practices at Asda and Wal-Mart A major dispute at Asda’s distribution centre in Washington, north east England, has highlighted anti-union practices that echo those of the supermarket chain’s US owner, Wal-Mart.
Defiance over Blair’s demo ban About 150 people assembled in Parliament Square at midday on Sunday in defiance of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, which makes it illegal to protest within 1 kilometre of parliament.
The future of the Post Office as a viable public service will be decided in the next few months.
Royal Mail chairman Allan Leighton has announced another "share in success" bonus scheme.
T&G union leaders called off a planned indefinite strike by Lothian Region bus drivers that was due to begin this week.
About 40 people attended a two hour vigil in Worthing, Sussex, for peace and against racism on Friday of last week, writes Lee Billingham. The protest was organised by Worthing Against War, people from other local groups including Worthing Islamic Society and Worthing Against Racism as well as individuals new to anti-war activity. The vigil attracted toots and waves of support from hundreds of passing motorists in the rush hour traffic.
At the recent G8 protests in Scotland there were some 450 people detained by the police. These are different from arrests, as the police in Scotland have the powers to "detain" for a set length of time.
Firefighters across Suffolk held their third short strike on Monday of this week, and were due out again on Thursday, when a national demonstration was to take place in their support.
Security guards working for Chubb at Eurostar depots at North Pole (west London), Waterloo and Ashford International have voted unanimously for action to win union recognition.
Blair's proposals will not protect Britain from terror. Not one of the proposals would have stopped the events of 7 July. They do not addresss the problems.
The first so called terror laws New Labour introduced in 2000 were so draconian I am surprised that these new proposals go even further away from Britain’s basic laws and traditions.
Acclaimed film director Ken Loach spoke to Socialist Worker about the latest anti-terror proposals:
"Have you been stopped before?" "Yes, twice in the last two weeks," I answer. The policeman at Euston tube station seems quite excited.
Tens of thousands of people held a minute’s silence to remember Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian man shot by police, at Burgess Park in south London last week.
"We’ve all got to be as British as Carry On films and scotch eggs and falling over on the beach while trying to change into your swimming trunks with a towel on. We should all feel the same mysterious pang at the sight of the queen. We do indeed need to inculcate this Britishness, especially into young Muslims."Tory MP Boris Johnson, helpfully clarifying the debate about what constitutes British values
This government has brought in 700 new offences since 1997 — but it hasn’t helped stop terrorism. Now it has unveiled draconian proposals that will further undermine civil liberties.
You can be stopped and searched mainly for two reasons:
There have been two disturbing cases in recent years of counter-terrorism powers being used to clamp down on peaceful and legitimate protests.
In a magnificent show of solidarity, thousands of workers at Heathrow airport in London have walked out unofficially in support of sacked colleagues at caterers Gate Gourmet. At the moment check-in staff, baggage handlers and bus drivers are on strike at Terminals 1 and 4. Some 20 incoming flights have been re-routed away from Heathrow and outgoing flights halted.
The threat of strikes has forced Gate Gourmet to back off in the US.
"T&G union, zindabad! BA staff, zindabad!"
OUR MEMBERS have come out 100 percent countrywide in support of the battle. All the main mine companies—AngloGold, Gold Fields, Harmony, South Deep—are stopped.
Around 180,000 municipal (council) workers are also on indefinite strike.
The US-led occupation of Iraq lurched further into the quagmire last week as the coalition body count crossed the 2,000 mark.
The current food crisis in Niger is the clearest indictment of the "deal for Africa" agreed by the G8 last month. The deal continues to push the very neo-liberal reforms that are responsible for the unfolding disaster.
A paper in Science magazine in November 2003 showed that rainfall in the Niger region is driven by temperatures in the nearby south Atlantic and Indian oceans.
The sudden death of Robin Cook is a major blow to the Labour Party as it was traditionally conceived, as a party of progressive social reform.
The House of Saud’s long career in the service of imperialism began in 1913, when King Abd al Aziz, the ruler of the Najd area of the Arabian peninsula, came seeking a British subsidy for his kingdom. His first request was unsuccessful, despite winning the backing of the British government’s India office.
A new book by Leon Kuhn and Colin Gill uncovers the hidden history of London’s many statues and landmarks — shedding light on the brutality of the British political elite at home and abroad.
Frederick — the "grand old Duke of York" immortalised in the nursery rhyme, was the son of George III and the brother of George IV. Frederick combined gluttony with a disastrous military career.
When Victoria came to the throne in 1837 it was like a breath of fresh air to the middle class compared with her extravagent, arrogant and stupid uncles, two of whom had preceded her as kings.
When George III was declared mad in 1811 his eldest son became prince regent. The future George IV celebrated by inviting 2,000 guests to a banquet that cost a quarter of a million pounds — at least £20 million in today’s money.
Haig was the spitting image of the upper class officers portrayed in the film Oh What a Lovely War — decades behind advances in military technology, useless at strategy and preferring, in the words of AJP Taylor, "an unsuccessful offensive under his own command to a successful one under someone else’s".
Peel was made chief secretary for Ireland at the age of 24. His main "achievement" was founding the Royal Irish Constabulary, an English-run body protecting landlords from desperate peasants and preventing nationalist rebellion. Peasants became the main targets of the "peelers", as the new police came to be known.
Our book Topple the Mighty involves two parts of a whole. The first part goes through some of London’s statues, using them as a "coat hanger" to talk about what these people really did and who they were.
Pick up the brochure for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and it’s hard to know where to begin. But there are a few companies and venues whose track records make them a fairly safe bet for theatregoers who are in search of powerful drama.
The Last MitterrandDirected by Robert Guédiguian
The Eden Project St Austell, Cornwall£12/£5Phone 01726 811911
How many times must Tony Blair have daydreamed about how much easier life would be if Iraq and the anti-war movement went away? The draconian policies he announced last week are measures to cow and silence his critics. Britain already has a raft of policies to deal with terrorist offences.
The Marxist historian Pierre Broué will never achieve the status of posthumous fashionability now awarded to CLR James, nor will he ever be widely as feted as Eric Hobsbawm among literati and opinion former circles.
From El Salvador to Iraq Recent leaks in Britain and the US promising troop reductions in Iraq should not be taken as a weakening of Anglo-American commitment to winning a protracted war.
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