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Hundreds of inmates in the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay have been on hunger strike for six weeks against their indefinite detention without charge or trial.
People from across Britain joined the march for peace and liberty in central London today. The demonstration of around 100,000 was organised by the Stop the War Coalition, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB).
New Labour’s draconian policies towards asylum seekers claimed another victim last week.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) meeting last week passed a motion to oppose the attempts of the US administration and Venezuelan bosses to overthrow Hugo Chavez.
The last Tory government used to fantasise about privatising the whole of the National Health Service. Tony Blair is fulfilling the Tories’ maddest dreams.
Councillors in Mid Devon who are sceptical about a proposed stock transfer recently scored a victory by getting a motion carried at full council agreeing that an anti-transfer leaflet would be distributed to all tenants.
First Eastern buses First Eastern bus drivers in Norfolk and Suffolk started a week-long strike on Thursday of last week over pay and pensions.
Distribution workers at Morrisons depots were set to strike this week, sending shivers down the spines of bosses at the supermarket chain.
About 1,000 workers at Grampian Foods have voted by three to two to strike over pensions.
Actress Julie Christie and musician Brian Eno last week handed in a letter, signed by almost 100 celebrities, academics, musicians, MPs and activists to 10 Downing Street calling for British troops to be brought home from Iraq by the end of the year.
Around 160 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union struck aginst job cuts in Nottingham on Monday. The workers at the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) headquarters are angry about plans to cut 50 posts.
Suffolk fire authority has conceded talks with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) after a further round of solid strike action against cuts last week.
The North West regional committee of the Unison union has launched an urgent financial appeal for members in the Sefton branch on Merseyside.
Over 300 people gathered outside the immigration department of the home office in Glasgow last Saturday to protest at the arrest and deportation of families in the city.
A mobilisation by Barrow Unite Against Fascism stopped the British National Party from handing out leaflets in Barrow-in-Furness last Saturday.
The ferocity of the recent loyalist riots in Belfast astounded commentators, but came as no surprise to anyone who lives or works in Protestant working class areas.
The chasm between the hopes of millions of workers for a decent retirement and New Labour’s plans to make us all work longer was laid bare at the TUC conference last week.
The Gate Gourmet dispute rightly dominated the TUC conference and led to a unanimous call to end the legal ban on solidarity action.
The home secretary Charles Clarke wants to bring in new laws that would make it illegal to justify or glorify terrorism.
The family of Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker who faces extradition to the US on trumped up terrorism charges, learned recently that home secretary Charles Clarke has applied for another two month extension to make his decision.
This is a seminal moment in the US. You wouldn’t know it from the media coverage in Britain — including the now Hutton-compliant BBC.
New York police attacked a 150-strong rally addressed by Cindy Sheehan on Monday. Sheehan who lost a son in Iraq, has become a prominent figure in the US anti-war movement.
Tom Hayden, one of the US’s leading anti-war and civil rights activists since the 1960s, is set to speak at the London Stop the War demonstration on Saturday.
A new opinion poll in Time magazine says that 61 percent of Americans think funds for the war should be redirected to aid and clean-up for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
"When I led my men of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment into Iraq we believed we were going to do some good. It was to be a liberation. Now I believe we have to get out of Iraq. Not just the British, but the entire Western force."Colonel Tim Collins, whose speech made from a tank in Iraq was pinned to the wall of George Bush’s office
Iraqis have accused British special forces of planning a terrorist attack on Basra.
One of the European countries that receives high numbers of asylum seekers is Italy. It is now common for unscrupulous boat owners to throw their human cargo overboard with horrific consequences.
President Gayoom is the longest serving dictator in Asia having ruled the state for 27 years.
Eleven years and nine months have elapsed since the fateful New Year’s Day 1994 when the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) conquered San Cristobal de las Casas, the capital of the Mexican state of Chiapas.
The United Nations (UN) summit in New York last week utterly failed the world’s poorest people. Leaders have dashed hopes and squandered opportunities — and empty promises cost lives.
There were some glimmers of progress, but overall the tone of this summit has been bleak and depressing.
I know many people were uplifted by the agreement at the UN summit of a "Responsibility to Protect" citizens against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
To understand what is happening in Venezuela you have to go back to 1989 when there was a rebellion which became known as the Caracazo.
The last Israeli troops left during the night. As dawn broke small crowds of Palestinians began to filter in. They were wandering among the ruins with a mixture of curiosity, excitement and relief.
The hung parliament that emerged from the German federal elections is a serious setback for the forces seeking to impose yet more free market "reforms" on us all.
Last week the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan and spokesman for the regime, was released from the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay and sent home — a free man — at the request of Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
Sunday 3 July Jafallah Mari, the only Qatari prisoner, has fallen in the hunger strike. He was taken to hospital. His weight was 120 pounds, now reduced to 103 pounds.
Clive Stafford Smith is worried that time is running out. The human rights lawyer represents the increasingly desperate residents of Guantanamo Bay, currently on hunger strike as a protest about their treatment.
One of the best things about the current anti-war movement is the range of people involved. Nuns, Muslims and atheists march together in good-humoured unity. But one face that hasn’t been very visible is Lenin’s. If he appears at all, it is on banners alongside Stalin and Mao Zedong — company he would have detested.
Nearly a century and a half after the American Civil War ended slavery in 1865, and more than a generation after the "triumph" of the civil rights movement, African Americans remain locked at the bottom of society.
The First World War precipitated an international revolutionary crisis. That the climax had already occurred in the Bolshevik revolution of October 1917 was far from apparent during the immediate post-war years.
A new film charting the history of Rock Against Racism (RAR) premiered on Thursday of last week at an electric gig in London. RAR was part of the movement against the Nazi National Front in the 1970s.
Tell me about your new album, Plat du Jour
Porgy and BessGeorge and Ira GershwinOn tour in Malvern, Liverpool, Lowestoft, Birmingham, York and Bournemouth
Bob Dylan exhibition
To clear the way for proposed legislation threatening prosecution for anyone who "glorifies" or "justifies" terrorism, home secretary Charles Clarke is now burrowing through the history books working out what can be described as "terrorism" and what can be termed a justified rebellion against tyranny.
Bert Whittle, a lifelong militant in the National Union of Miners (NUM), and a socialist activist in the Doncaster area died unexpectedly last week after a short illness. Bert was an inspiration to all who knew him, a man of socialist principles, wisdom and energy.
Sheffield Socialist Workers Party are saddened at the recent death of Kevin Murphy at the age of 44.
Build the movement Whether in opposition to war, racism or privatisation, we have thrown ourselves into building the biggest mobilisations possible. The last few years have shown how the actions of ordinary people through strikes, protests and resistance provide hope for transforming our world. We believe the greater this movement, the greater the chance of putting an end to the global dominance of capitalism and war.
"Music can reflect political movements. That was true of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when soul and funk became the voice of the civil rights and Black Power movements. Black and Proud charts the music of this period.
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