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It almost defies belief that George Bush and Tony Blair could be contemplating a new war while the fires they have already started in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to rage.
Military families, including those with loved ones serving in Iraq, were set to lead Saturday’s Stop the War demonstration.
"I think that we have a good chance because people are disillusioned and dissatisfied with Labour," says Raghib Ahsan, Respect council candidate for Lozells & East Handsworth in Birmingham.
Thousands of activists will be heading to central London this July for Marxism 2006, five days of debate and discussion about radical politics today. Socialist Worker spoke to the event’s organisers about what’s new for this year.
Iran is being accused of breaking the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) by the West. The NPT is designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. It was originally signed by the US, the Soviet Union and Britain in 1968, and since by over 180 states.
Three years on from the most disastrous war of the past half century, we are sleepwalking towards a potentially even greater disaster. Iran is under threat from the "international community" for its supposed attempts to obtain nuclear weapons.
The unofficial strike by around 50 construction workers at Cottam power station near Nottingham against the exploitation of migrant workers was set to enter its third week after workers rejected a new offer from management.
The NUJ journalists’ union has won back union recognition on TSL Education, which runs the Times supplements.
Over 500 delegates attended the recall congress of the GMB union to discuss in detail the findings of the inquiry into allegations of corruption and fraud during the 2003 general secretary election.
Home secretary Jack Straw has invited US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to north west England.
A women’s delegation from the Palestinian town of Abu Dis visited Camden, north London, last week as part of the twinning project launched two years ago by the Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association.
Miltary families in Birmingham Some 120 people came to hear Susan Smith, Rose Gentle, Linda Holmes, Billy Hayes and Salma Yaqoob on Thursday of last week in Birmingham. Linda Holmes’ son is in the Guards. He is due to go to Iraq in May with a further posting to Afghanistan. Linda said she had voted Labour all her life – but never again. She is coming on the demonstration on Saturday. Susan Smith said her son Phillip told her, "I don’t think we’re helping, mum." Four days later he was dead.
On the 9 and 10 April Italian voters will be called to the polls to judge the five years of Silvio Berlusconi’s government. On the face of it, they should have an easy task.
Some 600 catering and cleaning staff have gone on strike in Aberdeen. The women workers, members of the T&G union, are demanding equal pay and backdated bonuses under the single status agreement.
Tenants in Selby, North Yorkshire, voted last week to stay with the council rather than transfer their homes. Over 65 percent voted to stay with the council. The turnout was 75.6 percent.
A one-day strike by thousands of lecturers in the AUT and Natfhe unions across Britain took place on tuesday of last week.
"Immigrants should be hunted down, rounded up and deported." "Homosexuality should be weeded out." These are just two of the foul comments made by Dr Frank Ellis, lecturer in Russian and Slavonic Studies at Leeds University in an interview with Leeds Student journalist Matt Kennard.
Plymouth postal workers struck for a day last week, the second time they have taken action in their latest dispute.
Civil service workers in the PCS union working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are continuing their fight against massive job cuts.
Talks to avert a massive pensions battle went nowhere on Tuesday, and a huge confrontation is looming.
The government was nervously awaiting a report from the parliamentary ombudsman this week over the scandal of collapsed pensions schemes.
Israeli forces stormed a Palestinian jail in the West Bank town of Jericho on Tuesday, just after British and US forces, who were monitoring it, deserted the complex. At least one Palestinian police officer and one prisoner were killed by the Israelis.
Tuesday 28 March will see nearly 1.5 million workers strike over pensions in the biggest show of unity since the General Strike of 1926.
Well over 100,000 anti-war protesters from across Britain marched in London today against three years of occupation in Iraq and the threats of a military attack on Iran.
"Disaster Fatigue" is not unlike "Weapons of Mass Destruction". It is a phrase that has been rammed into the public consciousness quicker than you can say "media spin".
Over half of the 82 universities in France are taking part in strike action against the Tory government’s plans. Twenty five universities are in occupation.
Even if spring has not officially begun, the temperature is rising very sharply on the streets in France.
The wave of protest in France reflects anger at the CPE labour law, which would drastically undermine the job security of young workers.
We’ve been on strike at Censier for a good two weeks now and we’re entering the third week. The whole university agrees with the strike, including teachers, admin staff and other workers – it’s just the president of the university who opposes it.
The Labour Party once stood for providing free education and equal access to state schooling. It once stood for low cost public housing as an escape route from the slums that scarred our towns and cities.
The death of Slobodan Milosevic, fittingly dubbed "the butcher of the Balkans", has provoked much sanctimonious commentary. Some of this has been hypocritical, uttered by figures blind to Britain’s butchery in Iraq, and to that of its acolytes abroad, such as Israel’s Milosevic, Ariel Sharon.
Background by Simon Basketter
In the My Lai massacre in Vietnam you saw the mundane racism of the US troops. On 16 March 1968, they killed between 90 and 130 men, women and children. What is important and notable is that it wasn’t until November 1969 that the story came out.
Some NUJ members have been unhappy about our opposition to the war, saying as journalists our job is to be impartial.
Conventional accounts of Britain’s participation in the Iraq war contend that Tony Blair was a "poodle" to the US.
Unhappy the nation whose death rates are featured only in the Lancet! This British medical journal has become famous recently for suggesting that 100,000 civilians died after the US/British invasion of Iraq, and then that four million people have died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 1998.
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WOW Film Festivalon tour <a href="http://www.wowfilmfestival.org" target = "_blank">www.wowfilmfestival.org</a> This is a small touring programme of films from Africa, Asia, and Latin America that are rarely shown in Britain.
Is this Tony Blair’s Ramsay MacDonald moment? Some 75 years ago Labour’s premier relied on Tory votes to push through cuts in unemployment benefit as the Great Depression gripped the country.
How we nailed the Mail The Mail on Sunday newspaper has been exposed for offering students cash to spy on Muslims. Journalists from London Student were approached by the newspaper and offered £100 per meeting to spy on student Islamic societies on campuses around London.
"We have ensured over the last few years that two of the four countries which posed a nuclear threat, Libya and Iraq, have had their nuclear weapons removed."Foreign secretary Jack Straw, still being plagued by hallucinations of weapons of mass destruction
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