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Issue: 2026

Dated: 11 Nov 2006




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US troops revolt against Iraq war

The growing crisis faced by the US occupation of Iraq was the key issue in midterm elections, taking place in the US as Socialist Worker went to press.


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News

Hurlingham and Chelsea School demonstration

Five hundred students, staff and parents marched through local streets near Hurlingham and Chelsea School to protest against plans by Tory Hammersmith and Fulham council to shut the school.

Fat cat feeding frenzy fuels rising inequality

Chief executives grabbed pay packages 98 times more than the typical British employee last year. That’s two and a half times the gap that existed little more than five years ago.

New report shows that London is a divided city

House prices in London are going through the roof, pricing ever more people out of the housing market and fuelling an "increasing social divide", according to a recently released report.

Health workers lobby parliament

Thousands of health workers descended on parliament on Wednesday of last week to lobby MPs.

Solidarity founding conference

Last Saturday saw the founding conference in Glasgow of Solidarity, the new movement founded by MSPs Tommy Sheridan and Rosemary Byrne following a split in the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) earlier this year.

Merseyside firefighters allege management bullying

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on Merseyside has raised allegations of bullying by management in the wake of the union’s month-long strike over cuts and victimisation.

Postal workers to strike over changes in work practices

Postal workers in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and Manvers, South Yorkshire were to strike for 24 hours this week over changes in work practices without consultation.

DWP civil service workers accept management offer

Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have voted by nine to one (18,758 to 2,081) to accept management’s offer to end our jobs, rights and services campaign.

Third one-day strike at JJB - and protests this Saturday

Workers at sports retailer JJB in the GMB union staged a third 24-hour strike on Thursday this week in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Divers’ strike holds out for 50%

About 900 divers and support workers have been on indefinite strike since last week, seeking a 50 percent pay rise.

Reports round-up

Glasgow City Unison branch is now balloting its members for strike action over a pay review. The review is part of the city council’s single status scheme and involves pay cuts for 4,500 workers.

Rallies for the NHS in Waltham Forest

More than 800 people attended two public meetings last week to launch a campaign to defend Whipps Cross Hospital in North East London. The hospital is facing £44 million cuts in the next two years. This has already led to ward and operating theatre closures, the loss of 107 beds and 276 redundancies.

Attacks on abortion rights

There are fears that a private members bill could be introduced in parliament to curb abortion rights.

Islington Green School staff vote against academy

Staff at Islington Green School in north London recently voted in a secret ballot by 89 to three against their school becoming a semi-privatised academy.

Partial closure threatened for Redhill College

Redhill college in Surrey, which caters for blind, partially sighted students, and students with learning difficulties faces department closures from next July and management say there is nothing that can be done about it. 

Counthill School in Oldham on strike

Members of the NUT teachers’ union at Counthill School in Oldham struck on Tuesday and Thursday of last week as part of our ongoing dispute over pay cuts imposed by the government restructuring of teachers’ roles.

Telegraph to strike | BBC to take action | Campaign at Express

Telegraph Members of the NUJ journalists’ union at the Daily Telegraph are set to strike for three days from Tuesday of next week.

50,000 join London march against global warming

Last Saturday saw Britain’s biggest ever march and rally against climate change. Around 50,000 people took to the streets of central London.

Nazi thugs reveal the violent reality of the BNP

The true face of the British National Party (BNP) was revealed last Saturday in Morley, West Yorkshire, when anti-BNP campaigners were systematically assaulted by an organised gang of fascist thugs.

Serving police officer writes on prejudice in the force

Britain's highest ranking Asian police officer, Tariq Ghaffur, recently spoke out frankly about issues of policing and race relations. It was clear from the outset that some within policing circles - the home office, the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), and the Police Federation - were keen to criticise his comments.

Students oppose Islamophobia

Thirty five students at Goldsmiths College in south east London came to a discussion on Thursday of last week against the attacks on civil liberties.

Dundee meeting backs People's Assembly

More than 130 people from diverse backgrounds attended a public meeting at Dundee university on Monday to discuss Tayside constabulary’s Special Branch unit activities on campus. It is gathering intelligence against students.

£95,368 raised so far for Socialist Worker appeal

Rolls Royce test areas shop stewards’ committee donated £50 to the Socialist Worker appeal. They said, "Socialist Worker was a key supporter of our 2005 fight to reinstate Jerry Hicks, the victimised and sacked convenor at the Bristol Rolls Royce test areas site.

Court hears new abuse evidence

Stewart MacKenzie, a former soldier, who allegedly sold fake photographs of British troops mistreating an Iraqi prisoner to the Daily Mirror, gave evidence at a court martial against seven colleagues who are accused of abusing Iraqi detainees in Basra last week.

Military families back in court

On Monday of this week, families of British soldiers killed in Iraq returned to the High Court for a three-day hearing to press for an independent inquiry into the reasons for the war.

Statistics show the growing strength of the resistance in Iraq

At the beginning of the Iraq occupation, supporters of the war talked about the "tipping point" - the moment at which the occupation becomes accepted by the population.

Army newspaper says Rumsfeld must go

The Army Times, the main newspaper for US troops, recently published an editorial it said was "the hard bruising truth" about the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq war.

Bush and the neocons: rats leave sinking ship

The architects of the invasion of Iraq are deserting the war they launched and blaming George Bush for the disaster.

The ‘war on terror’ and the US on the web

Voters across the US were casting their ballots as Socialist Worker went to press. Here we suggest some of the websites likely to provide comment and analysis of the election, and the crisis surrounding George Bush.

Huge anti-war meeting in Liverpool

Around 900 people attended a public meeting organised by Merseyside Stop the War Coalition in Liverpool on Monday of last week.


International

French unions resist after Muslims are sacked

Islamophobia isn’t just taking place in Britain. Authorities in France have withdrawn the security clearances for 40 mainly Muslim workers at the Paris airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, one of Europe’s busiest airports.


Comment

If we want better political representation we will have to fight for it ourselves

Last week MPs had the opportunity to vote for an inquiry into the Iraq war - but just 12 Labour MPs took the chance.

Organising for Fighting Unions Conference is a chance to rebuild movement

This Saturday will see the biggest unofficial gathering of rank and file trade unionists since the mid-1980s.

Climate change: African poor will suffer

The 6,000 delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, this week have a heavy responsibility.

Anger at Iraq war causes US election blow for Bush

The consequences of the occupation of Iraq came home to US president George Bush this week as his Republican Party suffered major defeats across the US in Congress elections. Until very late in the campaign, Bush was seen as a pariah for his own party’s candidates.

Letting Bush and Blair off the hook

What a cowardly bunch of timeserving lickspittles Labour backbenchers are. Last week they were offered the opportunity to vote for an official inquiry into the Iraq war.


Features

Ghost prisoners: the truth about ‘extraordinary rendition’

Since the beginning of the "war on terror" the CIA intelligence agency, on the orders of George Bush’s administration, has used a fleet of executive jets to secretly transport prisoners around the globe.

Oaxaca - solitude in flames

At least 15 people are dead, dozens imprisoned and hundreds injured by state-backed repression in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Migrants and wages

Newspapers last week wanted us to panic about the 64,000 workers from eastern Europe who came to Britain last year. We are apparently supposed to be less concerned by the 68,000 people who came from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa - and we are expected to ignore the thousands of people from Britain who left the country.

Decades of change but not of liberation

I wrote last week about the ideology that surrounds the nuclear family.

Ilan Pappé on Israel's crisis after the Lebanon war

As could have been expected, the Israeli political system moved to the right as a result of the last Lebanon war.

France: One year after the riots

Read our monthly supplement, featuring Jim Wolfreys and Jess Hurd returning to France a year after he most prolonged rioting the country had ever seen.


Reviews

When Orson Welles and Macbeth went to Harlem

For several weeks in 1936, people walking around the Harlem area of New York would have come across the word Macbeth cryptically daubed in glowing paints on every street corner.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist | Failed States

Accidental Death of an AnarchistWritten by Dario FoHackney Empire, LondonUntil 9 December <a href="http://www.anarchistplay.com" target = "_blank">www.anarchistplay.com</a> Dario Fo’s most famous play has become a classic. It combines wit and slapstick comedy with a devastating and chilling critique of the abuse of institutional power.


What We Think

Bush and Blair should have been in the dock with Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein, who was condemned to death by an Iraqi court last weekend, was a thuggish dictator. But the far greater criminals—those who created Saddam Hussein, those able to deal out death and destruction on a global scale—will not face justice any time soon.


Other Categories

Wendy Richardson

Socialists and anti-war campaigners on Teesside will be saddened to learn of the death of Wendy Richardson, partner of Respect member Alan Dixon. Wendy and Alan have two lovely daughters - Lauren and Jemma aged 11 and ten.

Colin Leggett

It was with great sadness that Lowestoft SWP learned of the death on 26 October of our friend and comrade Colin Leggett.

Muriel Hirsch 1928-2006

Muriel Hirsch was one of those people who bucked the conventional wisdom that socialists move rightwards as they get older.

Peter Fryer 1927-2006

Peter Fryer, who has died aged 79, was the journalist for the Communist Party’s Daily Worker (now the Morning Star) paper who reported from Hungary during the revolutionary events of 1956.

Leon Kuhn: remembrance

Tim: against death penalty

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