Dated: 12 Nov 2005
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Tony Blair's grip on office weakens each passing day. Yet he remains determined to pursue his pro-market agenda to the bitter end and to shadow George Bush’s every step.
Nick Griffin, leader of the fascist British National Party (BNP) was pelted with eggs and flour as he arrived at Leeds Crown Court to face charges of incitement to racial hatred on Wednesday of last week.
The growth of the Military Families Against the War campaign in Britain is one sign of the growing pressure on Tony Blair over his part in the war on Iraq.
The International Peace Conference on Saturday 10 December will see delegates from Britain, Iraq and the US come together to organise the next steps for the international anti-war movement.
Over 80 people attended the first ever Military Families Against the War (MFAW) public meetings in Aberdeen and Inverness last week.
Sefton council on Merseyside has thrown down the gauntlet to the country’s biggest public sector union by sacking Nigel Flanagan and Paul Summers, two full time activists with Sefton Unison.
Cleaners, some of Britain’s lowest paid workers, are stepping up their campaign for decent wages and conditions — and they have already forced one set of bosses to negotiate.
Some 5,500 members of the GMB union working as British Gas engineers are balloting for strikes in the run-up to Christmas over the company’s intention to close the final salary pension scheme of parent company Centrica to new starters from April next year.
All out in Huddersfield Caretakers at Huddersfield Technical college have entered their second week of indefinite strike action to win equal pay with their council counterparts.
Wigan Over 300 people staged a rally in Wigan, north west England, last Saturday to protest against the deportation of Sarah Hata and her family. The family were depoted to Uganda last week.
The Tricycle Cinema in Kilburn, north London, hosted the launch of a new film about the issues facing young people on Tuesday last week.
Tenants, trade unionists and MPs took part in a lobby of Tower Hamlets council, east London this week in support of Eileen Short, a council press officer who faces the sack.
Postal workers at the East London mail centre at Bow Locks have pushed back an outrageous assault from management.
In the coming months we’re going to have quite a fight on to defend what remains of the comprehensive education system, or indeed, to make some advances. As we now know the government is hellbent on bringing in a whole new way of running secondary schools.
New labour was due to face a tough battle this week to force its draconian assaults on civil liberties through parliament.
Despite the disasters of rail and tube privatisation, the New Labour government could press ahead with its neo-liberal plans to sell off the postal service.
Health secretary Patricia Hewitt’s half baked plans to reorganise and privatise services run by NHS primary care trusts (PCTs) are running into deep trouble.
Some 10,000 workers took to the streets of Dublin last week to protest at Irish Ferries’ plans to sack 550 staff and replace them with temps working for £2.40 an hour. Irish Ferries is trying to implement the spirit of the Bolkestein directive, which attacks the terms and conditions of workers across the EU.
US forces used chemical weapons indiscriminately against civilians when they besieged the Iraqi city of Fallujah one year ago this week.
Tony Blair is unleashing a vicious assault on migrants and asylum seekers that has gathered pace the more unpopular his policies have become.
"George Bush is a murderer. I’m going to head the march against him stepping foot on Argentine soil."Diego Maradona, speaking out against the visit of the US president to South America last week
Rachid Taha, the radical French Algerian singer, will join Brian Eno, Nitin Sawhney and others for the most exciting musical event of the year.
The government is preparing further assaults on pensions and incapacity benefit.
Twenty four hours after the arrest of about 120 demonstrators against poverty their lawyers are still told that arresting officers have not finished preparing papers for the arrested. Last night most of them were transferred from Harare Central to Chitungwiza and Dema, respectively 25km and 30km outside the capital Harare.
Blair must go now, and take all his rotten policies with him.
The 120 demonstrators who were arrested on Tuesday have been released from police custody after spending three nights in the cells. The attorney general's office recommended that their cases be pursued by way of summons.
Mar del Plata was practically militarised during the summit, and security fences separated the presidents from the people.
The slums of France have risen in revolt.
Seine-Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, is known as the Banlieue Rouge, the red suburb.
A wave of student demonstrations and occupations has swept through Italian cities, including in Rome, against the government’s plans to increase privatisation of higher education.
Around 200 trade unionists were arrested in Zimbabwe on Tuesday as they tried to hold protests. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) had called the day of action over food shortages and other issues.
I’ve said it before and been wrong — but now I’m pretty confident that the skids really are under Tony Blair.
Something has been happening in recent weeks which should not be possible according to much orthodox wisdom. The government has been doing its utmost to stop trade unions using the power of their members to protect public sector pensions.
My previous column explained how "evolutionary psychologists" claim to show that all basic aspects of an organism are best understood as the product of its genes.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has become a focus across Latin America for resistance to George Bush, writes Hugh O’Shaughnessy
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Diane Arbus exhibitionV&A museumuntil 15 January
The Great War for Civilisationby Robert FiskBookmarks price £20
"Riots are the voice of the unheard," said the great black civil rights leader Martin Luther King in response to the uprisings that swept US cities in the 1960s.
From inside the bunker that 10 Downing Street is increasingly becoming we are told that Tony Blair is "full of gusto". The reality is that Blair is fading from power.
The appeal to raise £150,000 for Socialist Worker has reached over half way to its target.
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