Dated: 11 Nov 2006
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Thousands of health workers descended on parliament on Wednesday of last week to lobby MPs.
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.
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 in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and Manvers, South Yorkshire were to strike for 24 hours this week over changes in work practices without consultation.
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.
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.
About 900 divers and support workers have been on indefinite strike since last week, seeking a 50 percent pay rise.
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.
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.
There are fears that a private members bill could be introduced in parliament to curb abortion rights.
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.
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.
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 Members of the NUJ journalists’ union at the Daily Telegraph are set to strike for three days from Tuesday of next week.
Last Saturday saw Britain’s biggest ever march and rally against climate change. Around 50,000 people took to the streets of central London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The architects of the invasion of Iraq are deserting the war they launched and blaming George Bush for the disaster.
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.
Around 900 people attended a public meeting organised by Merseyside Stop the War Coalition in Liverpool on Monday of last week.
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.
Last week MPs had the opportunity to vote for an inquiry into the Iraq war - but just 12 Labour MPs took the chance.
This Saturday will see the biggest unofficial gathering of rank and file trade unionists since the mid-1980s.
The 6,000 delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, this week have a heavy responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
At least 15 people are dead, dozens imprisoned and hundreds injured by state-backed repression in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
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.
I wrote last week about the ideology that surrounds the nuclear family.
As could have been expected, the Israeli political system moved to the right as a result of the last Lebanon war.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
It was with great sadness that Lowestoft SWP learned of the death on 26 October of our friend and comrade Colin Leggett.
Muriel Hirsch was one of those people who bucked the conventional wisdom that socialists move rightwards as they get older.
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.
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