Dated: 04 Nov 2006
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Two smears, forming part of the barrage of attacks on Britain’s Muslims, fell apart last week. Both were splashed over the pages of the Murdoch press. Both proved to be completely baseless.
Some 30,000 Royal Mail workers across the London area have started a consultative ballot this week, which could lead to major strikes before Christmas.
Hundreds of relatives and friends of those who have died in custody held a remembrance procession in central London last Saturday.
The number of young people and children in custody in England and Wales reached a record high last week. Facilities for imprisoning young people are almost entirely full.
Coventry council single status protest Workers in the Unison union protested on Tuesday lunchtime outside a Coventry council meeting as part of their single staus campaign.
Immigration minister Liam Byrne visited Scotland last week to calm controversy over dawn raids and deportations of refugees in Glasgow.
I asked Roger what he saw as the future of the new union. He said, "We will be the biggest post-16 education union in the world. And we need to, in a number respects, do better than we have managed to do so far.
Thousands of students travelled to London last Sunday to join a National Union of Students (NUS) demonstration over education funding.
UP TO 200 people attended the National Shop Stewards meeting called by the RMT union last Saturday.
Peterborough and Stamford hospital trust Maintenance workers in Amicus at Peterborough and Stamford hospital trust are being balloted for industrial action over pay.
Some 300 people joined a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) rally in Dudley last Sunday on the site of a proposed new Mosque. It was organised in response to a demonstration held by 30 BNP supporters two weeks earlier on the same site.
At least 120 people came to the 'Celebrate & Educate' Black History Month event at Barking College on Saturday.
GMB union members at the Martland Mill JJB Sports warehouse in Wigan held a 24-hour strike on Tuesday and another on Thursday of this week.
Some 550 workers at Grampian Foods plants in Sandycroft and Llangefni, both in North Wales, struck on Monday against a pay freeze.
A rank and file initiative over local government pensions has proved a startling success.
Five members of the Queen’s Lancashire regiment (now amalgamated into the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment) and two members of the Intelligence Corps are being tried on charges connected with the death of Baha Musa and the abuse of other prisoners in Iraq.
Recently released pictures of troops desecrating Afghan graves have rocked the "grand coalition" government in Germany.
‘It’s a very modest motion before the house - a call for a committee of inquiry comprising seven members of the privy council.
‘I am attending the Organising for Fighting Unions conference to join in the discussions about political representation.
Campaign group Health Emergency revealed that 21,000 jobs have been lost since February this year, as NHS trusts struggle to claw back financial deficits.
While public services are cut, City bankers are setting even higher records for their bonuses.
The cost to the NHS of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) is £45 billion - enough to reverse all the present cuts and lay a secure basis for the future.
Total so far £84,775 Help us raise £200,000. Help us to keep providing a voice for the movement…
The anti-war movement is the inspiration for these artworks by Kagan Guner. "When two million people marched against the war in February 2003, I felt we were one. Nobody was a foreigner in that rally," he told Socialist Worker. His work is part of the exhibition Belonging: Voices of London’s Refugees which brings together the experiences and contributions of refugees in the capital.
‘There is an extraordinary awakening taking place on the issue of climate change. What some of us have been campaigning about for 20 years has suddenly begun to materialise.
The Stern report, which was published this week, is a significant report into the economic effects of climate change. It acknowledges that climate change is happening and calls for immediate action.
The central aim of Tony Blair’s education policy is the abolition of the state comprehensive system.Education privatisation was not a New Labour invention. Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government set in motion processes to create a new world of competition between schools.
Fascist BNP leader Nick Griffin and his sidekick Mark Collett appeared in Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday morning for re-trial on charges of race-hatred. The trial was adjourned until Friday when the prosecution will open their case.
NHS staff job cuts that will run into more than 20,000 have been announced since February as the NHS struggles to balance the books
Thousands of health workers descended on parliament on Wednesday of this week for a lobby of MPs.
The Uruguayan ruling class made its first big move against Tabare Vazquez’s centre-left government by launching a lockout in the goods transport industry on Monday of last week.
Primary school teachers in Greece ended their six week all-out strike on Monday of this week over pay and the government’s plans for education.
Labour’s long anticipated approach to the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union (EU) was announced last week. As expected, Home Secretary John Reid has opted for various restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians working in Britain.
‘A climate has been created where Muslim students are worried about their safety.
‘Politicians have made comments about Muslims in the past few weeks that they should not have made.
‘We decided unanimously at the branch committee to advertise the assembly among members.
There is a real chance that the Democrats will win both Houses of Congress in the US mid-term elections on Tuesday of next week. This would reverse the historic defeat they suffered in 1994 at the hands of Newt Gingrich’s "Republican revolution".
One hundred years ago this week, Sylvia Pankhurst found herself in prison for the first time. The crime of the 24 year old? Campaigning for votes for women.
I wrote last week that the formation of the family was central to understanding the origins of women’s oppression. This week I will look at how the role of the family changed with the birth of capitalism.
There is now near consensus among climate scientists that, without substantial reductions in emissions of gases that contribute to global warming, the future of the human race is threatened.
One of Africa’s greatest novelists, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, spoke to Ken Olende about his latest work, Wizard Of The Crow, and the state of the continent today
The State Within begins at breakneck pace. It cuts between rapid close ups of shrink wrap, wire and explosives leaving the dizzy impression that we’re in for another imitation of the hit US series 24.
Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte ("all women behave that way") is his exploration of the tangled area of love, desire and sexual politics.
Reel NewsDVD out now £6 Powerplay Production has launched a monthly DVD chronicling radical movements.
All the main parties are now in favour of "green taxes" to reduce carbon emissions. Environment secretary David Miliband, for example, wants levies on air flights and more tax on some cars.
New wave of xenophobia The possibility of Romanians and Bulgarians being able to travel to seek work when their countries join the European Union (EU) in the new year has been greeted by the usual xenophobic noises.
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