Dated: 21 Oct 2006
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Britain is facing a sustained attempt to whip up full-blooded racism. Each day government ministers are clamouring to appear on camera denouncing Muslims and demanding their neighbours and teachers spy on them.
The injustice of the government’s process of secret hearings for the deportation of terrorist suspects should be obvious to everyone after a barrister revealed that MI5 had offered contradictory evidence against two men.
Last weekend saw another round of demonstrations against NHS cuts, which have provoked protests across the country.
The death toll of the war on Iraq is much higher than even the most gloomy estimates. That is the conclusion of the most extensive study made of the country to date.
The occupation in Iraq hit another bloody landmark earlier this week with the number of dead coalition troops rising to 3,000. This includes 119 British soldiers.
The third annual Respect conference took place in London last weekend with delegates in an upbeat and confident mood.
Student unions, Student Respect groups and other activists are gearing up for what it’s hoped will be the largest free education demonstration in years, called by the NUS in London on 29 October.
Hundreds of postal workers across Britain are to ballot for strikes after management reneged on pledges made in earlier national agreements.
Workers at Mackinnon Mills continued their strike action with strikes on Tuesday and Thursday of last week.
Hurlingham and Chelsea School is a mixed secondary comprehensive in Fulham, west London. It was in special measures for two years and came out with a very positive Ofsted report at the beginning of this year.
A strike by some 2,500 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union on Friday of last week severely disrupted the Identity and Passport Service (IPS).
In a victory against the government’s attempt to force through privatisation, tenants in Stirling have voted to stay with the council - with 68 percent voting against transferring their homes.
With around three weeks to go until the ballot over housing transfer, Taunton tenants’ campaign is reaching its peak.
Coventry Street cleaning staff downed tools to join the school admissions staff who started strike action last week at picket lines throughout Coventry.
NUJ protest at Russian embassy The NUJ journalist’s union protested outside the Russian embassy in London last Saturday, over the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
Reading extracts from David Blunkett’s diary took me back to a time when the Labour Party looked very different to the one we see today.
The government’s attacks on Muslims have led to a series of racist attacks across Britain, but there is also resistance and signs of a new fighting unity between Muslims and non-Muslims.
One of the more distasteful features of the wave of attacks on Muslims has been the sight of feminists lining up to support Jack Straw’s comments against the veil.
Ruth Kelly, New Labour’s communities secretary, told a meeting of council leaders and police chiefs last week that she wants them to target Muslim "hotspots" - schools, universities, mosques and colleges which are supposedly centres of extremism.
The government is asking staff at British universities to spy on "Asian looking" students and report their activities to Special Branch in order to counter "radicalisation" among Muslim students.
Phil Woolas, minister for "community cohesion" and race relations, last week called for Aishah Azmi, a Muslim teaching assistant who has been suspended for wearing the Islamic veil, to be sacked.
Migrant workers are risking their lives every day according to new research.
Around 100 trade unionists from the Unison, Amicus, PCS, UCU, NUT, T&G and GMB unions demonstrated outside the meeting room of Newcastle Trusts headquarters on Wednesday of last week. They were protesting at the summary suspension of NHS activist Yunus Bakhsh.
The battle to defend local government pensions is on again in earnest.
The Daily Star was forced to withdraw a spoof "Daily Fatwa" page just before the presses started rolling last night in the face of a revolt from the paper’s NUJ union chapel (branch).
Around 500 refuse workers in the east London borough of Newham walked out unofficially and spontaneously today over attempts to cut their pay.
We may have our own views about Orhan Pamuk’s novels, but there can be no doubt that Pamuk richly deserves the prize both in literary terms and as a man with deeply-held views which he is not afraid to express regardless of the consequences.
On October 9, North Korea announced that it had just conducted a nuclear test. The test came just six days after an official statement by the Foreign Ministry that North Korea would proceed with such a test. Experts had warned unequivocally that the North Korean government in Pyongyang wasn't simply bluffing this time. But the US administration, by ignoring such warnings and responding with the usual blackmail, practically asked for this to happen.
Tony Blair received a body blow last week from a most unexpected source - General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the British army.
This week I’ve been told that women like myself are submissive, oppressed creatures who need rescuing by white, male politicians.
‘The best way to understand the growth of anti-Muslim racism is to see it as an attempt to punish those who are resisting the imperialist policies of our government.
Saturday 28 October will reflect a remembrance rally in Trafalgar Square with a silent vigil along Whitehall to Downing Street for those who have died in custody. Organised by the United Families and Friends Campaign, the annual event provides a constant memory and mirror to British society of those who have died in custody of the police, prison and psychiatric care institutions.
A new book and exhibition tell the story of the Labour Party through newspaper cartoons. We look at individual cartoons and the period they represent
The 1910 general election saw 42 Labour MPs elected. Labour had made an agreement with the ruling Liberals that gave it a clear run in a number of seats. In return, Labour agreed to support the Liberal government that was returned with no overall majority.
The end of the First World War coincided with a huge wave of workers’ uprisings across Europe, fuelled by the Bolsheviks coming to power in the 1917 Russian Revolution.
By 1943 workers were already stepping up pressure for radical social change - and for the implementation of previous promises - even though the war against Nazi Germany was still raging.
Left wing Labour MP Aneurin Bevan led the biggest rebellion in the history of the Labour Party in the early 1950s. Many Labour Party members were angry about the growing consensus between the Tory government and the leadership headed by Hugh Gaitskell.
Harold Wilson’s Labour government was elected in 1964 and re-elected in 1966. Wilson had presented himself as a "moderniser", but over the next four years his government turned away from socialist policies, held down wages and presided over rising unemployment.
The opportunities for revolutionary socialists in Britain began to improve in the 1960s. The long economic boom was faltering, with Britain falling behind its competitors.
North Korea is facing threats from the West over its recent nuclear testing. Owen Miller looks at the history of a country torn apart by the superpowers
Diego Velazquez is considered Spain’s greatest painter, "the painters’ painter" as Edouard Manet described him, and his influence on subsequent artists is beyond doubt. Painters as different as Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso have paid homage to him and painted their own versions of his masterpieces.
A recent Royal Shakespeare Company poster declared that "in war there are no winners". It is a view that German playwright Bertolt Brecht would have disputed.
The London Film Festival is a great opportunity to see some exciting films from around the world. Most of these will not get a general release in Britain.
It caused an earthquake in British politics last week when the head of the army openly contradicted government policy on Iraq and called for a speedy withdrawal.
Gillo Pontecorvo, the Italian director of The Battle of Algiers, died last week. Despite the fact his last film came out 27 years ago, the tributes paid have been enormous.
Andy Birchenough died last week just under two months after a diagnosis of stomach cancer. He was 47.
Jack Straw and the veil In "urging" Muslim women to remove the veil Jack Straw has broken the first commandment of the West to the Islamic world, "Thou shall not tell women what to wear".
"It’s senior ministers that need bloody sacking for getting us embroiled in an unwinnable open ended mess in the first place. Cheeky bleeders!"Soldier’s post on a military forum website, following the crisis sparked by General Sir Richard Dannatt’s comments that Britain should withdraw from Iraq
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