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Dated: 27 Aug 2005




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‘Every day we discover more lies’ — the de Menezes family calls for justice

"Every day we discover more and more lies. We have heard too many. We simply demand truth and justice."


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Reports round-up

Free Palestine Exeter Palestine Solidarity Campaign recently hosted the visit of a dance and drama group from Balata Camp from Nablus on the West Bank. Some 250 people crowded into the hall to see A’edoon, a powerful drama of the experience of expulsion and life in occupied Palestine. They have been touring across Britain.

Going all-out to make 24 September anti-war demonstration huge

Brighton Over 100 peace campaigners from around Sussex assembled at the Peace Statue on Hove Lawns for a march through Brighton called by Sussex Action for Peace on Saturday of last week.

Civil service workers

Some 9,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in the department for work and pensions (DWP) are set to be balloted from Monday 5 September to take strike action over job cuts.

Post workers

Northampton Management has launched an attack on seven CWU union members, four of them reps, in the wake of the recent strike.

Plans to deport Iraqi asylum seekers

The home office is getting ready to start deporting people against their will to Erbil in northern Iraq. It hopes to start quietly over the bank holiday weekend.

Suffolk firefighters take strike action

Firefighters in Suffolk took three bouts of strike action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of last week in their campaign against 12 job losses.

Victory in Sefton housing ballot — now defend union

Tenants scored a major victory in Sefton, Merseyside, last week when they voted to reject plans to privatise their council houses.

Aberdeen council workers

Workers at Aberdeen City Council have been told that many of them face pay cuts as part of the implementation of a single status agreement which claims to harmonise conditions between manual and white collar workers.

Solidarity with Gate Gourmet workers

I did a collection round the housing office where I work in Camden council. Before I went round I e-mailed all the union members with information about the dispute and said I would be doing a collection. 

Lessons from NUJ Coventry strike

Journalists at Coventry Newspapers suspended their all-out strike against low pay on Wednesday of last week. The NUJ union members returned to work after management agreed a statement with the union.

BBC News 24

NUJ union members at BBC News 24 have won their fight with management over the non-payment of an Extra Responsibility Reward (ERR) for journalists who regularly act-up above their grade.

Eastern European migrant workers Midlands sit-down protest

Around 250 workers blocked a road on the Shropshire border in the West Midlands last week in protest at their pay and conditions. Their action has given a glimpse of the way young people from Eastern Europe are brought in to harvest the crops which then appear in Britain’s supermarkets.

Private opt out cut your pension

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) said this week that people who have followed the government’s urgings to "contract out" of a state pension scheme will be on average £4 a week worse off than those who stayed put.

A&E closures put patients at risk

A&E closures put patients at risk

Sacked Gate Gourmet workers are fighting ‘low pay Britain’

The workers sacked by multinational caterers Gate Gourmet quickly became a rallying point for everyone who is sick of long hours, low pay and an endless race to the bottom under New Labour.

Labour backtracked on legislation that would stop agency scabs

The British government has for three years repeatedly blocked a European Union regulation that would make it illegal for Gate Gourmet to bring in super-exploited agency workers to undercut permanent staff.

Gaza withdrawal offers space for freedom

The Palestinian refugees in Lebanon watched every second of the withdrawal of the Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip over the last few days.

Inconsistencies fuel claim of police disinformation over Jean Charles de Menezes

There are many unanswered questions about the death of Jean Charles de Menezes and the subsequent statements made by the Metropolitan Police.

Join the demonstration to back Rolls strikers

Ninety six engineers in a critical section of Rolls Royce aerospace began an indefinite strike on Tuesday this week as they escalated their fight against the victimisation of Amicus union convenor Jerry Hicks.

Azelle Rodney’s death echoes Jean’s

A botched surveillance operation. Failure to identify the main suspect. Seven shots to the head at close range and an innocent man lies dead, mown down by the Metropolitan Police.

Why did Paul Coker die in custody?

Around 150 people protested outside Plumstead police station in south east London on Tuesday of last week after the death of Paul Coker.

Who says?

"The speculation and leaks taking place in the media are not the best way to deal with such a serious matter."London mayor Ken Livingstone, attacking the media for the revelations over the slaying of Jean Charles de Menezes. Livingstone has yet to meet the dead man’s family


International

The rise of the new German left

"The left is back. The pact between WASG and PDS under the leadership of Gregor Gysi and Oskar Lafontaine has the potential to change the balance of forces in the political system forever." The editorial of the conservative newspaper Welt am Sonntag on the formation of a new political party tells of the sea change in German politics.

Hugo Chavez sparks debate on socialism

Over 20,000 young people, the vast majority from Latin America, attended the recent World Festival for Youth and Students in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

Two visions at the heart of the Bolivarian revolution

In the seven years since he was first elected to Venezuela’s presidency, Hugo Chavez’s government has faced three direct challenges.

The US mood swings against Iraq war

You can really see that the tide of opinion in the US has been turning against the Iraq war over the last few months.


Comment


Features

Can we change the world without taking power?

John Holloway and other writers known as autonomists have exerted a powerful ­influence on the anti-capitalist movement. Holloway’s main argument, expressed in books such as Change the World Without Taking Power, is that "you cannot build a society of non-power relations by conquering power".

Who decides how we see Africa?

In the spring of 1993 South African photojournalist Kevin Carter was covering the famine in Sudan. While visiting a feeding station, a starving child crawling through the dust caught his eye. Behind the child stalked a large vulture.

Leopold and Mobutu — colonialism and the ‘incorruptible Kodak’

At the beginning of the last century the American writer Mark Twain wrote a satire about Belgium’s King Leopold II, the colonial ruler of the Congo.

How to build the unions after Heathrow action

The unofficial action by British Airways (BA) airside workers — baggage handlers, bus drivers and check in staff — is significant for all those with a vested interest in militant trade unionism. It exposes the current weakness of official union structures and culture.

A philosophy that reveals contradictions

Philosophy is usually presented as something beyond the ken of everyday folk. It is seen as timeless truths handed down by great men.


Reviews

Roots reggae and resistance from Jamaica to Brixton

Once feared by the authorities and celebrated by rebels from Notting Hill to Zimbabwe, roots reggae has been sanitised. Bob Marley is presented as simply uplifting summer music. But a series 1970s reggae reissues is making it possible to see how innovative, influential and politically aware it was.

500 Years Later and the legacy of Africa’s enslavement

What makes 500 Years Later different to other films about slavery?

Reviews round-up

The Kliptown Snappers: photography from SowetoThe Horniman Museum, Forest Hill, south London <a href="http://www.horniman.ac.uk" target = "_blank">www.horniman.ac.uk</a>Until 31 OctoberFree entry


What We Think

Attacking those who speak against injustice

As the lies and disinformation put out by the Metropolitan Police are exposed the establishment is increasingly desperate to defuse the anger at the execution of Jean Charles de Menezes.


Other Categories

Letters

Military families take Iraq case to high court Military Families Against the War launched a high court bid last week to demand an independent inquiry into the legality of the Iraq war.

Meetings, events and film showings

Meetings And Events



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