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British and US troops are turning away from confronting the Iraqi resistance – despite the rhetoric from Gordon Brown
There are proposals to use the Human Tissue and Embryology Bill – which will be put before parliament in the next few months – to amend the Abortion Act and finally extend it to Northern Ireland.
Bakerloo action over safety Members of the RMT rail workers’ union on the Bakerloo line of the London Underground struck on Friday of last week.
Jurors trying the Metropolitan Police over events leading to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes have been told the police are not "above the law".
Around 400 drivers in the Aslef union struck on Friday of last week bringing the Silverlink company’s service to a halt. The strike hit London commuter services, including from Milton Keynes and Watford.
Members of the Aslef rail drivers’ union at Midland Mainline have planned a series of strikes in their dispute over the application of a pay offer to drivers from 2001.
In Edinburgh High Court last week, Mohammed Atif Siddique, a 21 year old Scottish born Muslim student, was sentenced to eight years in prison for terrorism offences.
Journalists in the NUJ union are preparing for the Stand up for Journalism day of action in defence of quality and standards in the profession on Monday of next week.
Well known Unison union activist Yunus Bakhsh has been suspended from work for his trade union activities for over a year, and the campaign for his reinstatement has gained widespread support – producing some of the biggest fringe meetings at Unison conferences.
There will be no strike in support of of the local government pay claim this year.
MORE than 3,000 Newham council workers in east London were set to strike on Wednesday of this week in defence of their union.
As teachers return from half term, the School Teachers Pay Review Body (STRB) will be preparing to publish its recommendations, following consultation with ministers.
The UCU union has organised a series of equality conferences in recent weeks.
The first UCU college workers’ union national meeting for fixed term and hourly paid workers took place in London on Friday of last week.
Ross Wilkie has worked with people with disabilities for over 20 years. He was on the picket line in front of the Carlton Day Centre, which is set to be closed, sold, and replaced with a three-story commercial building.
Never has there been a greater need for a radical challenge to the pro-war, pro-free market consensus represented by Gordon Brown and David Cameron.
As we go to press nearly 1,000 Respect members and supporters have signed the statement against the witch-hunt of the SWP and the left in Respect – in just six days since the statement’s launch.
Four Tower Hamlets councillors resigned the Respect group whip last week.
Jennifer Jones, a member of Goldsmiths Student Respect and president of Goldsmiths Stop the War Coalition responds to an attempt to exclude Student Respect groups from sending delegates to this year’s national Respect conference. Last year student groups were encouraged to play an important role in the conference.
Harlow Respect supporters achieved a decent result in the Toddbrook ward by-election for Harlow council in Essex on Thursday of last week despite illness, accident and difficult political circumstances.
Manchester Health workers are refusing to allow their bosses to victimise leading Unison union activist Karen Reissmann, and are pledging to continue their strike action until she is returned to her normal duties.
Health trade unionists across Britain have been preparing for this Saturday’s London demonstration for the NHS. Most will have been organising meetings and leafleting hospitals.
Chichester march Up to 15,000 people marched in Chichester, West Sussex, on Saturday of last week against the closure of St Richard’s hospital.
The ninth annual United Friends and Families Campaign remembrance march in London for those who have died in custody saw angry speeches by bereaved relatives outside Downing Street. Sadly, as with every year, there were new faces on the march.
Elderly victims of the summer flooding in Hull are facing further anguish as several residential homes and day care centres that were damaged by the floods are threatened with closure.
A debate is raging among postal workers about a deal brokered between their CWU union and Royal Mail to end the dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.
A key argument inside the CWU union centres on the relationship between the union and the Labour Party.
Crick Workers at the Royal Mail’s flagship National Distribution Centre in Crick, Northamptonshire, are threatening to ballot for strike action in a dispute over the introduction of new routes for network drivers.
More than three years after 19 year old Gordon Gentle was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, an inquest into his death finally opened on Monday.
‘We in Britain focus on the abuse committed by US troops in Iraq. But we are uncomfortable with what our own troops have been up to.
The strength and determination of the anti-war movement in Britain was clearly demonstrated at the Stop the War Coalition’s annual conference held in London last Saturday.
"The coverage of our strike has been brilliant. But I read Socialist Worker for more than that. The paper takes on the important arguments of the day, can explain why the world is the way it is, and most importantly, what we can do to change it."
Over 250 people attended a national council of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) held on Saturday to discuss the crisis engulfing Respect and the way forward for the left in Britain.
Leading Unison union activist and psychiatric nurse Karen Reissmann has been sacked by Manchester mental health trust for the "crime" of bringing her employers into disrepute.
Evidence is emerging that the Lebanese army deliberately destroyed the homes of Palestinians in the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon during a siege this summer.
Thousands of construction workers walked out on strike in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last Saturday. The labourers, mainly from South Asia, were attacked by police as they protested for higher wages.
China has always been the last frontier of Western capitalism. Since the British East India Company first penetrated the Chinese market in the second half of the 18th century, exporters have dreamt this ancient civilisation harboured vast numbers of consumers for their products.
From Russia in 1905 to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 the 20th century was an era of revolutions. Yet the Russian Revolution of 1917 was the only one that was successful in putting the working class in power. What was different about the 1917 revolution?
The 1917 Russian revolution ushered in a radical new society. Workers’ control of production, land to the people who worked it, an immediate peace with no annexation and the right to self-determination for colonised people.
From day one the Russian Revolution found itself under attack. On only its second day a counter-revolutionary army advanced on Petrograd.
Internationalism was at the heart of the 1917 revolution, both as a principle and as a practical necessity. The Bolsheviks believed that the revolution must spread in order to survive.
Revolutions are bad things. Or at least the social ones are. Revolutions are fine if they are restricted to political changes at the top. Then only the icing on the cake is changed. As the French revolutionary Babeuf once said, these revolutions take one set of robbers and replace them with another.
"The most indubitable feature of a revolution is the direct interference of the masses in historic events.
The revolutionary upsurge in Europe during and after the First World War threw the trade union movement across the continent into a profound upheaval.
The Russian Revolution is one of the most important events in world history and has inspired many debates, articles and books.
Mayra Andrade comes from a Cape Verdean family via Lisbon and Paris, and mainly sings in the island’s Portuguese dialect.
London Indymedia presents a photographic exhibition of two of the major protests of this year, the Climate Camp protest in Britain and the Rostock protests against the G8 in Germany.
Philosophy Football has released a set of four original plate designs to celebrate the idealism of Soviet design on the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. These beautiful plates are available from <a href="http://www.philosophyfootball.com">»www.philosophyfootball.com</a>
Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most enduringly popular 19th century operas.
Sometime in January 2003, walking along Dalston Lane in Hackney, east London, I found it lined with posters bearing the simple message "15".
A new row erupted over immigration this week, after the government admitted that 300,000 more immigrants were working in Britain than had previously been announced.
Fighting fascism today Over 50 people attended a protest against Holocaust denier David Irving in Birmingham on Friday of last week.
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