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Issue: 2005

Dated: 17 Jun 2006

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After east london terror raid fiasco – dump Tony Blair! Sack Ian Blair!

The two brothers seized in a police raid on their home in Forest Gate, east London, and released without charge last week, spoke out about their experiences on Tuesday.

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Stop the War Conference: prepare to encircle Labour’s warmongers

"We must flood Manchester with people saying that they are not prepared to let Bush and Blair attack Iran." This was the message from Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn as he called on people to mobilise for a national demonstration at the Labour Party conference in Manchester on 23 September.

Deportation threat for Shetland man, Sakchai Makao

Uthai’s mobile phone rang. She looked at it anxiously, crying out, "It’s him! It’s him!" It was her brother Sakchai Makao. This was the first time he had called since his arrest.

Wayne Kelly campaign: 'the state doesn't care how Wayne died'

Wayne Kelly was a popular 21 year old from Neasden, north west London, known as Smiley to his friends. He died in April 2005, following a fight with bouncers at a local pub.

We can win the ‘fourth option’ for housing

Ruth Kelly, the secretary of state at the department for communities and local government, last week announced new investment options for council housing as an alternative to privatisation.

Highlands rises against housing stock transfer

Council housing tenants in the Scottish Highlands have set up a campaign to resist moves by the Highland council to transfer council housing stock to the private sector.

Oscar Olivera to speak at Marxism 2006 conference

Twice in recent years, in 2003 and in 2005, the people of Bolivia have risen up in mass struggles that have forced the country’s ruling elite onto the back foot.

Respect makes an impact on Birmingham council

At her first council meeting, Respect councillor Salma Yaqoob touched a raw nerve in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition that runs Birmingham.

Nottingham bus strikes drive up the offer

After a third solid one-day strike last Saturday bus drivers at Nottingham City Transport (NCT) have suspended their action so that management’s latest offer can be put to a ballot of all 830 drivers.

Crucial debate on pensions at Unison conferences

The Unison union’s local government conference was set to start this weekend, followed by the union’s national conference.

Reports round-up

Heathrow protest There was a protest in west London last Saturday against the expansion of Heathrow airport

Herts firefighters now need wider support

The long running campaign by firefighters in Hertfordshire against plans to close two fire stations and axe up to 40 frontline jobs is set to enter a critical phase this week.

PCS conference: national strike vote if no jobs guarantee in civl service

The PCS civil service workers’ union conference in Brighton saw delegates vote to confront New Labour over job losses and national pay.

Aircelle aerospace strike

Workers at Burnley’s Aircelle aerospace company struck on Monday following a half-day strike on Wednesday of last week over pay.

Protest against George Bush Senior in Harrogate

Around 100 anti-war campaigners protested against the appearance of war criminal George Bush Senior at a conference in Harrogate on Friday of last week.

postal workers

On 26 June a battle will begin that will decide the future of every postal worker for years to come. It will be the start of the national strike ballot process.

GMB union conference: Blair and nappies

The first two days of the GMB union conference in Blackpool saw talk of fighting the bosses.

Feminism and Islam meeting

Condemnation of Islam’s "treatment of women" has been widespread in the press and among politicians as part of Tony Blair and George Bush’s "war on terror".

Guantanamo suicides an ‘act of despair’

Like many people, I am angered by the reaction of US authorities to the deaths of three men in Guantanamo Bay.

Pensions assault means we lose 2 percent of pay

A top figure in the world of pensions finance has demanded a renewed assault on workers’ futures.

Suspended for supporting the union’s fight at Asda

Asda suspended Hugh Bennett, a truck driver and GMB union shop steward in Wigan, last week for writing "vote yes" on an England flag attached to his cab. The words refer to a strike ballot currently under way.

Collections show support for SSP

The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is appealing for people to collect funds after policy director Alan McCombes was recently fined £500 and instructed to pay costs that could be as high as £25,000.

Anger at police over east London raid

"We’re just a normal average family – we don’t know how this could happen. The only difference is I’m not white."

Police complaints committee set to slam Met chief over Jean Charles

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair will be criticised in the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report into the death of the innocent Brazilian man Jean Charles de Menezes.

Stephen Whenary case: Police to investigate themselves

As Socialist Worker reported two weeks ago, Stephen Whenary from Teesside was severely beaten during a police raid on his home last September.

Special branch spy on schools

Scottish Special Branch have launched an initiative to encourage teachers to inform on school students suspected of "flirting with Islamic extremism".

The World Cup and the collectivist principle

Early doors, during one of Nigeria’s games in the 1994 World Cup, ITV commentator Ron Atkinson mentioned an "iguana" a number of times. Unable to spot the lizard on the lush green turf, I realised Atkinson was referring to the "Supereagles" defender Eguavoen. This was not the last time his mouth would let him down.

Organising across the campuses to campaign against the offer

Lecturers across the country have reacted with anger to the offer. A significant number of universities have already passed motions attacking the proposed deal.



Lecturers: vote no to the deal

Union leaders last week suspended the lecturers’ action over pay after receiving a "new" offer from managers.

Whatever happened to Make Poverty History?

A year ago many of us were gearing up for the protests at the G8 summit at Gleneagles, Scotland. We were doing so in a climate of great optimism that the summit would achieve real improvements for the poor of the world, especially in Africa.


Marxism and the global south

In 1848 Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote in the Communist Manifesto, "The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere."

When Soweto rose up

On 16 June 1976 South African school students took to the streets of Soweto to protest at being forced to learn Afrikaans, which they saw as the language of their white oppressors.

The struggle for justice continues in South Africa

In the days leading up to the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising, young people have been urged by the government to take part in nationwide commemorations.

We need to complete what they began with the Soweto uprising

The Soweto rebellion was a magnificent moment of revolt against apartheid and the way the system crushed people’s lives.

British repression that bred resistance

In 1921, when Republican leaders entered Downing Street to negotiate Irish independence it marked the irreversible decline of the British Empire.


Che Guevara: an image that keeps the spirit of revolution alive

The handsome face with the far away gaze stares down from posters on streets and bedroom walls all over the world, more recognisable perhaps than fellow beardie Jesus Christ.

National Architecture Week: a chance to enjoy design, the Gherkin and Shakespeare

This week of events aims to explore architecture and the built environment via the arts and culture.

Reviews round-up

Brothers & Sisters Pete SeegerOut now After Bruce Springsteen’s recent album of Pete Seeger covers this release is a timely chance to get to know Seeger’s music better.

What We Think

Palestinians are never safe from Israeli attacks

The British papers greeted the recent heatwave with pictures of crowded beaches. In Gaza, one of the most crowded corners of this planet, the beach provides one of few escapes.

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"We’ve been here so many times – the capture of Saddam, the transfer of sovereignty, the new government – all marked by euphoria, talk of tipping points, and then dismay as Iraq continues to spiral into oblivion." Dale Davis, a former US intelligence officer, on the killing of Al Qaida’s Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq

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