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The neo-liberal attack on wages and working conditions across Europe was dealt a great blow this week when a mass movement of young people and workers in France forced the country’s right wing government to scrap its CPE employment law.
The coalition that makes up Respect is broadening in the run-up to the 4 May council elections. A number of left wing Turkish and Kurdish activists have been selected to stand.
George Galloway launched the Respect local election campaign on Monday at a press conference in London. Respect is challenging the three main parties in many council seats across England.
Postal workers are angry that Royal Mail has been holding back from even tabling a pay offer, while at the same time pressing the government to start the privatisation process.
Firefighters ballot The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Hertfordshire has announced plans to ballot firefighters for industrial action against cuts to the service proposed by the county council.
Three years into the war in Iraq, Tony Blair has yet to meet the families of the 103 British soldiers whose deaths he is responsible for.
Rod Stoner, a former British army officer and Aegis employee, who worked for the company between 2004 and 2005, posted videos on the internet implicating Aegis in shooting civilians in Iraq.
The decision by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World to drop its efforts at a worldwide ban on identifying their "fake sheikh" is a step forward for genuine media freedom.
An actor due to perform in a play about Guantanamo Bay has been prevented from entering the US because authorities believed he was a terror suspect.
'Remember how you felt the day after last year’s general election when George Galloway won Bethnal Green & Bow for Respect? That victory made history.
The next national strike over attacks on the local government pensions scheme could draw in other groups of workers so that the day involves even more than the 1.5 million who struck on 28 March.
After two and a half months of struggle the mass movement of students, high school students and workers has forced the French government to abandon its youth employment scheme (CPE).
Leaders of the the 11 trade unions with members in the local government pensions scheme have called off further strikes over the future of the scheme. They say they have won a framework for further talks with the employers and the government.
When Washington looks at Latin America these days, the alarm bells must be ringing. In Bolivia, a vibrant mass movement brought Evo Morales to the presidency in December.
Some 5,000 Bolivian migrant workers brought the Floresta district of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to a standstill on Wednesday of last week. The placard reads: "Factory Owners the party is over!"
Massive state repression has failed to break a general strike that began in Nepal on Thursday of last week. The strike is backed by all the main political parties, including the Maoist rebels who control much of the countryside.
The continuing carnage in Iraq three years after the invasion is damaging George Bush’s popularity at home. Part of this is due to publicity around the mounting death toll for US troops. But failure carries a particularly heavy stigma in a context where success has been hailed as implying virtue, and even heavenly approval.
Half a million marching in defence of immigration in Dallas, Texas, last Sunday. Hundreds of thousands more the next day in more than 60 other cities. Half a million in Los Angeles a few weeks ago… something big is happening in the US.
Paradise Now, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, follows two Palestinian suicide bombers during their final days. It won the award for best foreign film at this year’s Golden Globes. In his acceptance speech, Hany said that he hoped the prize would bring "a recognition that the Palestinians deserve their liberty and equality unconditionally".
A stark choice: Leninism or liberalism
At a few minutes past noon on Easter Monday 1916, Irish Republican leader Padraic Pearse emerged from the General Post Office in Dublin and read out a proclamation announcing the birth of the Irish Republic. Overhead a banner announced, "We serve neither King nor Kaiser".
Through the vaguest promises, Tony Blair has managed to dissuade many backbenchers from open revolt against his education plans, though others remain firm.
Italy emerged as a footballing power in the 1930s. How important was football to Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime? Was it associated with opposition to fascism? Football was very important for fascism. Mussolini helped make the sport into a mass pastime, organised rallies around games and added fascist symbols.
The Harder They Come Written by Perry Henzell. At the Royal Stratford Theatre, London. Phone 020 8534 0310
The revelation by the leading US investigative reporter Seymour Hersh that the cabal in the White House is considering a nuclear attack on Iran should ring alarm bells across the world.