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Just how far Tony Blair is prepared to go was shown last week when he replaced foreign secretary Jack Straw – because Straw was seen as too soft on Iran. A man who just weeks ago paraded US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice around north west England is now no longer regarded by Blair as being sufficiently enthusiastic about waging war alongside George Bush.
Respect shattered the Labour stranglehold on the east London borough of Newham last week, winning a magnificent 20 percent in the mayoral election and 26 percent across the entirety of the council seats.
Respect successes in Birmingham Salma Yaqoob was elected as a Respect councillor in the Sparkbrook ward in Birmingham, winning an astounding 4,339 votes, among the highest anywhere.
Thousands of victims of an asbestos-related cancer and the families of those who have already died of the disease will not receive full compensation in the wake of a legal victory by insurers last week.
The battle over the future of the local government pension scheme (LGPS), which saw up to 1.5 million workers strike on 28 March, is far from over.
Tens of thousands of union members in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) began voting this week in an indicative ballot for industrial action over job cuts and privatisation.
Two months into their action over pay, representatives from the university lecturers’ unions Natfhe and the AUT met with employers on Monday.
It was revealed last week that the London Underground’s East London line is to become the first tube line to be run by the private sector.
The high court last week ruled that the British government is not obliged to intervene on behalf of the British residents held at Guantanamo Bay.
Rail pensions lobby Hundreds of rail union members lobbied parliament on Tuesday of this week in defence of pensions. The unions are preparing to ballot for strikes over the issue.
Cleaners and engineers for First Bus in south Staffordshire and south Cheshire struck over pay for seven days from 28 April to 4 May.
Defend Council Housing (DCH) holds its annual conference in central London on 22 May.
The two-day strike by over 85,000 civil service workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week was incredibly successful.
A year long campaign for union recognition at the National Maritime Museum in south east London has ended in a stunning victory for its 500 members of staff. Staff have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the PCS and Prospect unions being recognised.
Wednesday 18 May is shaping up to be a crucial day for post office workers and every trade unionist.
An excellent CWU union local meeting was held in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, recently to discuss the Lib Dems’ idea of part privatisation of the Post Office. This proposal means that 49 percent of the company would be sold off, 25 percent kept by the government and 26 percent kept in a trust by the employees.
Imagine if the local government pension scheme strikes had gone ahead on 4 May as originally planned.
The 4 May local election saw the latest in a series of remarkable electoral results for Respect – especially for an organisation that is only two and a half years old fighting a local election campaign for the first time.
The Tories were crowing that the elections had opened the way towards a general election victory for them.
‘Tony Blair’s cabinet reshuffle has brought more Blairites into the cabinet. It is very much a last stand for Tony Blair, refreshing the Blairite wing of the party.
New Labour's savaging of the NHS has become too much even for some thought of as close to Tony Blair.
Respect’s strongest result in the 4 May local council elections was in Tower Hamlets, east London, where it took 12 council seats leaving it the largest opposition group on the new council.
Respect’s lawyers are preparing a legal challenge against Tower Hamlets council over a decision by the returning officer to exclude three Respect candidates from the ballot in St Katherine’s & Wapping ward.
What many of us feared became a reality on the night of 4 May, when the fascist British National Party (BNP) won 32 council seats, 11 of them in Barking & Dagenham. They now have 48 councillors around the country.
The first weekly Socialist Worker appeared in September 1968. We wanted a new paper, one that a militant would read and say, "That reflects what I feel, reports what I’m doing and tells me about other people in struggle."
Britain and the US are raising renewed threats of war against Iran in the run up to a crucial United Nations (UN) meeting.
Around 100 people braved the pouring rain to attend a Don’t Attack Iran rally in central Brighton on Saturday.
In a hostile act, Royal Mail has decided to impose on postal workers a pay offer already rejected by the CWU union. The imposition immediately follows the company's heavy-handed attempt to ban the union's consultative ballot on the future of the industry which includes a focus on higher basic pay.
We, the people of Zimbabwe, do solemnly declare on this day that we shall forever remember with heavy hearts and burning anger, the atrocious brutality visited upon the poor people of this nation by the government of Zimbabwe under the so called Operation Murambatsvina (which translates as "Drive out the Filth").
The fourth European Social Forum (ESF) met in Athens at a crucial point following the victory of the French movement against new labour laws and as the US threat of military attack against Iran gathers pace.
Anger at Britain’s occupation of southern Iraq is growing, with Iraqis demanding that British troops halt all low level flights over neighbourhoods and withdraw all troops from the cities.
Egyptian state security forces have arrested 11 democracy activists as part of a crackdown on the opposition Kifaya movement.
Last year the election of George Galloway was hailed as a bridgehead for Respect – one that had to be consolidated and extended. This May we succeeded in doing that. In east London and Birmingham Respect is breathing down the neck of New Labour.
The Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) was started in 1936 by three women, Janet Chance, Stella Browne and Alice Jenkins.They were joined on the committee by two other radical feminists, Dora Russell and Frida Laski. All had supported sexual freedom for women and worked on improving access to birth control.
It was the greatest May Day in generations. More than two million immigrants and their supporters took the day off work to demonstrate pride and defiance in the downtown streets of a dozen cities.
More than a million immigrants and allies took to the streets in cities across the US on 1 May in the latest of escalating demonstrations for recognition.
I wore the multicoloured Aymaran flag of Bolivia to the May Day march in Los Angeles, the same day that Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia, nationalised the oil and gas fields.
School children used to learn Emma Lazarus’s ode to the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door." (The New Colossus).
Kerri Parke's third and final column on US black radical Malcolm X looks at his last year
Read our monthly supplement, with a lead article by Chris Bambery on Italy, an interview with French novelist Faïza Guène, Third World Reports on Nepal, Nicaragua and Lebanon, and much more
When the folk boom of the 1960s brought a new crop of young, politicised singer/songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Buffy Sainte-Marie to the forefront of popular awareness, an influential critic famously referred to them as "Pete’s children".
The television series The Line of Beauty asks questions about sexuality and class.
Undercover SurrealismThe Hayward Galleryuntil 30 July<a href="http://www.hayward.org.uk" target = "_blank">www.hayward.org.uk</a>
When Venezuela's radical president, Hugo Chavez, visits London early next week, he will be a guest of mayor Ken Livingstone.
"Those people who maybe feel or hope that Gordon would take the Labour Party in a different direction from New Labour are completely mistaken.
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