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Revolt against imperialism

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.

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Opposition to war grows among military families

Military families, including those with loved ones serving in Iraq, were set to lead Saturday’s Stop the War demonstration.

Respect candidate: ‘We need to stand for the millions left out’

"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.

Marxism 2006: a festival of resistance

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.

The US and Britain are nuclear hypocrites

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.

Marching to stop the warmongers

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.

Cottam power station deal is rejected by determined strikers

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.

A victory for the union at TSL Education

The NUJ journalists’ union has won back union recognition on TSL Education, which runs the Times supplements.

GMB recall conference

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.

Condoleezza Rice is not welcome in the north west

Home secretary Jack Straw has invited US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to north west England.

Palestine solidarity in Camden

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.

Reports round-up

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.

The tainted Mister Berlusconi

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.

Aberdeen council workers inspiring fight for equal pay

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.

Selby tenants win housing vote

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.

Lecturers continue with pay campaign

A one-day strike by thousands of lecturers in the AUT and Natfhe unions across Britain took place on tuesday of last week.

Dr Frank Ellis at Leeds university

"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.

Postal workers strike in Plymouth

Plymouth postal workers struck for a day last week, the second time they have taken action in their latest dispute.

Civil service workers

Civil service workers in the PCS union working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are continuing their fight against massive job cuts.

Army of 1.5 million ready to battle over pensions

Talks to avert a massive pensions battle went nowhere on Tuesday, and a huge confrontation is looming.

Scandal of schemes that go bust

The government was nervously awaiting a report from the parliamentary ombudsman this week over the scandal of collapsed pensions schemes.

Outrage at Israeli siege of Jericho

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.

The strike is on: pensions revolt looms on 28 March

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.

100,000 march in London against Blair’s wars

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.


Pakistan and Kashmir earthquake didn’t get Blair’s compassion

"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".

French students in new rebellion

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.

Unity between workers and the young has put the Tory government onto the back foot

Even if spring has not officially begun, the temperature is rising very sharply on the streets in France.

This is the spirit of the 1960s

The wave of protest in France reflects anger at the CPE labour law, which would drastically undermine the job security of young workers.

Inside the occupation movement: ‘Together we are recreating our university’

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 Tory-Labour coalition against our welfare state

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.

Slobodan Milosevic: not the only monster

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.


Bobby Sands: how ordinary people become ‘terrorists’

Background by Simon Basketter

The first casualty of war

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.

Tim Lezard: ‘Journalists must not be silenced’

Some NUJ members have been unhappy about our opposition to the war, saying as journalists our job is to be impartial.

Blair, Bush and the dogs of war let loose

Conventional accounts of Britain’s participation in the Iraq war contend that Tony Blair was a "poodle" to the US.

DR Congo: victims of the power

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.


Kad Achouri: ‘I understand why people feel forced into violence’

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Reviews round-up

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What We Think

Echoes of the Labour Party’s great betrayal

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.

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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.

Who says?

"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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