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Liqa Omar Muhammad is waiting to die. The 26 year old Iraqi mother shares her Baghdad prison cell with her child, who was born in captivity.
In the same week that the big five banks announced profits of £40 billion, the government released a report that targeted lone parents and disabled people as the main problems in society.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in towns and cities across Britain in defence of the NHS last Saturday.
The sight of a queue of around 1,000 students and lecturers winding its way around the houses of parliament greeted MPs on Wednesday morning of last week.
More than a million NHS staff and others working in the public sector are facing a pay cut in real terms after chancellor Gordon Brown decided to implement their pay review body recommendations in two stages.
Over 300 workers at Manchester’s mental health and social care trust have won a victory against their bosses following a campaign that included strike action.
The full scale of the impending NHS crisis was laid bare last week. It emerged that three out of four primary care trusts (PCTs), which run GP clinics and health centres, are restricting patients’ access to treatment.
A special conference to discuss the government's new pension scheme met on Tuesday of this week. After 90 minutes of contributions the conference voted to accept the government's proposals by a sizeable majority. All the regions voted for acceptance, except Yorkshire and Humberside and Greater London.
Tens of thousands of civil service workers are preparing for the next round of strikes.
London firefighter Mick Shaw has been elected unopposed as the new president of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
The Labour government showed last week the gulf between its own agenda and that of even the most moderate unions when a minister crushed a new law to provide employment protection for millions of temporary and migrant workers.
Metroline Bus workers at Metroline in north London were shocked to learn last week that their final salary pension scheme was being closed. Alternatives to the final salary scheme are cheaper for the company but less secure for workers.
Sheffield City Council is at the forefront nationally of implementing the government's Building Schools For The Future programme. They have invited all comprehensive schools in the city to bid for trust Status.
Dundee University has withdrawn its threat of compulsory redundancies. This is a victory for the UCU lecturers' union after a vigorous campaign.
Amicus union members at Fujitsu Manchester plan nine more strike days.
When Brent's Liberal Democrats and Tories came to form a coalition administration after last year's local elections one of their first acts was to throw out Labour's plan for a new school as a City Academy in Wembley.
Open letter to government Ministers and Camden councillors
Signal workers across Scotland were due to strike for 48 hours from Wednesday of this week in a dispute over pay.
Unique women fight for rights The 17 care workers sacked by Unique Care in Huddersfield for standing up to bullying continue their fight for justice. The company receives all its funding from Kirklees council.
Over 100 abortion rights campaigners gathered near Westminster last Saturday. It was the launch of a year of celebrations of 40 years since the 1967 Abortion Act, and the beginning of a campaign for a modern abortion law.
Over 200 refugees launched a campaign to stop forced removals back to the Democratic Republic of Congo at a meeting in Manchester last week.
Over fifty sixth form students at Riverside College in Runcorn, Cheshire, reacted against the removal of IT facilities from the college and the atmosphere of secrecy in which the ill-disguised asset strip was carried out.
The campaign to defend leading Unison union and health service activist Yunus Bakhsh is driving those who are attempting to witchhunt him from the union to desperate measures.
Tony Staunton, Plymouth branch secretary and leading Unison union activist in the south west of England, has been informed that he cannot stand for election to the union’s national executive committee.
Beeston Postal workers at the Beeston mail centre in Nottingham walked out spontaneously and unofficially last week.
There used to be a saying, "When the US sneezes, the world catches a cold." It's a measure of China's power in the world economy today that a shiver in Shanghai can cause panic in the world's financial centres.
It was a six mile rampage of indiscriminate murder. US troops in Afghanistan gunned down tens of civilians following an attack on their army convoy in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan.
From across Britain, delegations from trade unions, mosques, anti-war groups, colleges and all walks of life will heading to Westminster Central Hall on 20 March – the fourth anniversary of George Bush and Tony Blair's disastrous attack on Iraq.
The mainstream media this week discovered the local government "single status" agreement with lurid headlines such as "£250 on your council tax to fund equal pay".
Around 100 people came to an Organising for Fighting Unions meeting in Birmingham on Monday – despite roads around the venue being closed by police after a stabbing.
A quarter of Scottish children are growing up in poverty, according to a new report on poverty in Scotland.
Pensioners storm Lambeth town hall Startled councillors cowered in fear when a group of furious pensioners and disabled people stormed Lambeth town hall in south London on Wednesday of last week.
The conference of Solidarity: Scotland’s Socialist Movement last Saturday gave a kick start to its campaign for the May elections to the Scottish parliament. Some 200 delegates met in Glasgow to plan strategy and decide the shape of its manifesto.
The future pensions for millions of local government workers are hanging in the balance.
Three reports released last week revealed the gender and racial discrimination that prevents people getting jobs in Britain.
The most likely outcome of the Northern Ireland Assembly election this week is that the radical Republican party Sinn Fein will enter government with the Unionist bigot Ian Paisley.
The Socialist Environmental Alliance is not running in this election just to make a point. We are in to win a seat – and we believe it can be done.
The Channel 4 fantasy programme The Trial of Tony Blair had the next general election culminate in a photo finish between a tongue-tied, terminally indecisive Gordon Brown and a vacuously trendy David Cameron.
Karl marx spent much of his life analysing how capitalism works.
There was a lively meeting with women from a range of ages and backgrounds on a woman’s right to choose at the Respect women’s day school.
"Ten years ago we all had high hopes and aspirations for the Labour government. But the Labour Party has let us all down, especially the British Muslim community and especially Muslim women.
Nigerian musician Femi Kuti was recently in Britain as part of the third African Soul Rebels tour.
Hot on the heels of Mark Wallinger’s State Britain installation in the Tate Britain, London, comes another exhibit from a major British artist addressing the issue of the Iraq war.
"Human beings will always betray you. You can only trust the numbers."
There should be two dates in every workplace activist's mind – 20 March and 1 May. The People's Assembly on 20 March is a tremendous opportunity to root anti-war opposition at work.
Sandie died last week following a respiratory arrest after a brain haemorrhage at the beginning of the year.
Protest and survive As a participant on the huge CND and Stop the War demonstration in London on Saturday 24 February I felt compelled to write about it.
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