Dated: 17 Jun 2006
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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.
"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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
At her first council meeting, Respect councillor Salma Yaqoob touched a raw nerve in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition that runs Birmingham.
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.
The Unison union’s local government conference was set to start this weekend, followed by the union’s national conference.
Heathrow protest There was a protest in west London last Saturday against the expansion of Heathrow airport
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.
The PCS civil service workers’ union conference in Brighton saw delegates vote to confront New Labour over job losses and national pay.
Workers at Burnley’s Aircelle aerospace company struck on Monday following a half-day strike on Wednesday of last week over pay.
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.
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.
The first two days of the GMB union conference in Blackpool saw talk of fighting the bosses.
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".
Like many people, I am angered by the reaction of US authorities to the deaths of three men in Guantanamo Bay.
A top figure in the world of pensions finance has demanded a renewed assault on workers’ futures.
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.
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.
"We’re just a normal average family – we don’t know how this could happen. The only difference is I’m not white."
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.
As Socialist Worker reported two weeks ago, Stephen Whenary from Teesside was severely beaten during a police raid on his home last September.
Scottish Special Branch have launched an initiative to encourage teachers to inform on school students suspected of "flirting with Islamic extremism".
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.
Lecturers across the country have reacted with anger to the offer. A significant number of universities have already passed motions attacking the proposed deal.
Union leaders last week suspended the lecturers’ action over pay after receiving a "new" offer from managers.
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.
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."
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.
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.
The Soweto rebellion was a magnificent moment of revolt against apartheid and the way the system crushed people’s lives.
In 1921, when Republican leaders entered Downing Street to negotiate Irish independence it marked the irreversible decline of the British Empire.
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.
This week of events aims to explore architecture and the built environment via the arts and culture.
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.
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.
"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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