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"Expanding and strengthening" the onslaught against the people of Lebanon. That was Israel’s response to the international outcry over the slaughter of 56 civilians, most of them children, in Qana.
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Six West Midlands police officers have been cleared of all charges relating to the death of Mikey Powell in police custody.
The route of the march on Saturday in London against Israel's onslught on Lebanon
All members of the Socialist Worker Platform offer their heartfelt congratulations to Tommy, Gail and Gabrielle Sheridan, their families and supporters on the success of Tommy's court case against the News of the World.
Marching against Israel's onslaught on Lebabon. London, Saturday 5 August 2006
Some 100,000 protesters took to the streets of London on Saturday to demand an end to Israel's assault on Lebanon and Gaza - and to express their fury at Tony Blair's refusal to call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire.
The speech given by Respect MP George Galloway to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
Scenes from the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
The speech given by veteran socialist campaigner Tony Benn to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
The speech given by Stop the War convenor Lindsey German to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
The speech given by John Rees, national secretary of Respect and one of the founders of the Stop the War coalition, to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
The speech given by Rose Gentle of Military Families Against the War to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
The speech given by Soumaya Ghannoushi from the British Muslim Initiative to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
The speech given by Diane Abbott MP to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
The speech given by Professor Manuel Hassassian, the main Palestinian representative in London, to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
The speech given by Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS public service union, to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006
Israel’s war in Lebanon is the latest stage in the imperialist offensive mounted by the United States and its allies since 11 September 2001. The conquest of Iraq was intended to unleash a process of "regime change" that would remove the obstacles to US domination of the Middle East. Instead, thanks to the resistance in Iraq, the Pentagon finds itself bogged down in a guerrilla war that it cannot win.
US military flights carrying bombs to Israel will no longer use any British civilian airports. The decision follows protests at Prestwick airport.
Military Families last week won their appeal against the government’s decision to refuse a full public inquiry into the Iraq war.
A BBC programme last week again shone the spotlight on a case from 1993 that revealed so much of the reality of life in Britain.
Around 8,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union struck on Monday of this week at ten large processing offices in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) department.
Over 1,700 drivers went on strike last Saturday in a show of solidarity for their colleague Mohammad Parvaiz, who was killed in Golcar in Yorkshire.
Anger was spreading among PCS union activists in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at news of a deal recommended by the union leadership in the department over the long running job cuts dispute.
Another young man from Tooting, south London, has been arrested by British police following an extradition request by US authorities on trumped up "terrorism" charges.
Around 300 workers at an Iceland supermarket depot in North Wales voted last week to accept a new redundancy deal.
Signallers accept Network Rail deal More than 5,000 RMT union signallers at Network Rail have voted to accept the revised pay and hours offer recommended by the union.
No to ending final salary pensions Journalists in the NUJ union at Cumbrian Newspapers in Carlisle and Barrow have voted to ballot for industrial action over plans to scrap their pension scheme.
Haringey Refuse workers in the north London borough of Haringey began an indefinite strike on Monday.
Low paid domestic staff working for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust struck on Thursday of last week in protest over new contracts. Their second one-day strike followed an overtime ban and a work to rule.
From Monday postal workers will all be voting on the proposed "Shaping our Future" pay and conditions agreement. If we vote yes we will be throwing away a great chance to hit back at our management and accepting a bad deal. It will, at best, postpone crucial battles to a time when we’ll be weaker and management will be stronger.
Respect councillors in Tower Hamlets, east London, have raised concerns over allegations of impersonation and vote manipulation during "housing choice" ballots on two council estates.
‘There has been a new development. This is the latest phase of the "war on terror" and there has been a response from the existing anti-war movement. In addition there is a new layer of people who are demonstrating.
With the gaze of the world’s media fixed on Lebanon, Israel’s onslaught on the Palestinians continues. The Gaza Strip has been under siege for a month and, on 19 July, an assault on the West Bank city of Nablus began.
The United Nations (UN) observation post at Khiam, southern Lebanon, was destroyed by an Israeli guided missile on Tuesday of last week, killing four UN observers.
These are the real weapons of mass destruction
Middle East Report "Hizbollah is more than a militia, the movement is also a political party that is a powerful actor in Lebanese politics and a provider of important social services."
The streets of Beirut are becoming more and more radical, day after day. It’s still quite early days, but you can see a new movement coming together.
Israel claims that it is fighting the war partly to secure the release of two of its soldiers captured and held by Hizbollah.
Members of the radical party Rifondazione Comunista in Italy’s chambers of deputies voted in favour of the bill regarding Italy’s participation in international peace missions.
The anger against Tony Blair is increasing in response to his support for Israel’s assault on Lebanon. Even Blair’s former foreign secretary, the leader of the Commons Jack Straw, has broken ranks and criticised Israel’s attack on Lebanon as "disproportionate".
Leading figures in the anti-war movement are calling on people to demonstrate in Manchester on Saturday 23 September at the Labour Party conference to drive Tony Blair from office.
Health unions met at the TUC on Wednesday of last week to agree a plan of action to fight job losses and privatisation in the NHS, culiminating in a national demonstration in early 2007.
Boris Kagarlitsky said, "The rise of Russian transnationals has created a new stage in Russian capitalism. The left must address this. At an early stage oligarchic groups formed around bank, oil, and gas companies.
The massacre at Qana is typical of the malicious brutality with which Israel has conducted all its wars, not just the present one. It poses the perennial question of how Israel can ever coexist peacefully with the rest of the Middle East.
The closing days of the recent parliamentary session saw home secretary John Reid roll out a new law and order agenda that could have been drafted by the Sun.
The "war on terror" is deeply unpopular across the world - including in Britain and the US. People in many different countries are questioning and criticising their governments for participating in George Bush’s imperialist project.
For London’s Lebanese community, the past few weeks have been a traumatic time. Many of those now living in the capital arrived here following the start of Lebanon’s civil war in 1976, or were forced to flee during the Israeli invasion of 1982.
Being radical is one thing - being radical and Muslim is quite another, as Aki Nawaz discovered last month.
The Edinburgh Festival presents so many shows that choosing what to see can be like trying to find a a in a haystack. Nevertheless, some shows come with such a strong track record, or are just so intriguing, that they jump out of the programme.
This independent film festival and competition is a chance to see new filmmakers work and a host of other events, with showings taking place in at least two venues each night - Westbourne Studios and Inn On The Green.
A new movement is being born in Britain, building on the previous anti-war mobilisations.
Israel started conflict I’ve been reading that the war on Lebanon was caused by Hizbollah entering Israel and capturing two Israeli soldiers. Israel called this common occurrence an "act of war" (it isn’t) and has used this to ignore criticisms for its violations of international law and ironically, the Nuremberg rulings.
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