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The US’s decision to seek the death penalty for six Guantanamo Bay detainees in connection with 9/11 is a crime against the very idea of justice.
A successful Campaign Against Climate Change trade union conference in London last Saturday attracted 300 people.
Around 400 pro-choice protesters staged a loud and lively picket of Tory MP Ann Widdecombe’s anti-abortion meeting in London on Wednesday of last week.
A new report argues that the use of Anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) against young people is counterproductive.
Health visitors in east London, who have suffered a 40 percent reduction in numbers since 2000, are warning that unless cuts are reversed the safety of hundreds of children could be compromised.
<table><tr><th>Name</th><th>party</th><th>constituency</th><th>ACA claimed 2006-7</th><th>declared rental details</th></tr> <tr><td>Arbuthnot, James </td><td>Conservative</td><td>North East Hampshire </td><td align="right">£22,110 </td><td>Two flats in London, one providing rental income</td></tr> <tr><td>Barlow, Celia</td><td>Labour</td><td>Hove </td><td align="right">£22,110</td><td>Freehold maisonette and one bed flat in London, from which rental income is received.Freehold house in Witterings from which rental income has been received from January 2007</td></tr> <tr><td>Baron, John </td><td>Conservative</td><td>Billericay</td><td align="right">£22,110</td><td>Residential rented pro
Pauline Campbell arrested at Styal Prison Dedicated campaigner Pauline Campbell returned to Styal Prison on Tuesday of last week, following another death inside its walls.
Unite, Britain’s largest trade union, has become the latest union to back the Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) carnival set to take place on Sunday 27 April in Victoria Park, east London.
UCU union members at Keele university have called a national rally as part of their campaign against proposed cuts which would leave more than half of the academic staff in the school of economic and management studies facing redundancy.
Teachers in the NUT union in Darton High school in Barnsley took part in a one-day strike on Thursday of last week after management decided not to honour an agreement signed with Acas two years ago.
Ballot papers will go out from 20 February to members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in eight of its 27 districts where places are being contested for the new national executive committee.
Around 400 workers marched through Liverpool last Saturday against plans to close the Rolls Royce plant in Bootle which would mean the loss of over 200 jobs.
More than 100 disabled Merseyside workers were on strike last week in a protest over job cuts.
London bus workers in the Unite union are pushing for a city-wide pay rate across all companies and a schedules charter to regulate breaks and working time.
There was anger last week as Royal Mail announced that it intends to close its final average salary pension scheme to new entrants.
Around 900 members of the PCS and Prospect civil service workers’ unions working for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are balloting for strike action in a dispute over pay.
Thousands of civil service workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are moving towards strikes after pay talks with management collapsed.
The campaign by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) to ensure firefighters qualify for ill-health pensions took a step forward this week when the Scottish government pledged to alter regulations to safeguard firefighter pensions in Scotland.
The fight to reinstate Manchester Unison union activist Karen Reissmann to her job as a community psychiatric nurse continues with campaigners this week launching a series of initiatives.
Council workers in Birmingham are set to take further action over the Tory-Liberal Democrat council’s implementation of job cuts under the guise of single status.
The debate around cannabis is once again in the spotlight. The government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) last week started a review of cannabis classification, the third such review in six years.
The newspapers are terrified. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, has raised the suggestion that some forms of sharia law be introduced as a means of "constructive accommodation" with British Muslims.
Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, gave a lecture last week on the Islamic tradition of sharia law and its relationship to the law in Britain.
The bugging scandal that has erupted over the last couple of weeks has cast a harsh light on the concept of "British justice".
Young people in Brixton, south London, packed into a mayoral hustings meeting at The Base on Monday.
New Labour further education minister Bill Rammell is stirring up Islamophobia with claims this week that colleges are under "serious" threat of terrorism.
Socialist Worker has previously reported that disgraced MP Peter Hain took over £15,000 from the GMB union and then decided to slash jobs for disabled workers at the Remploy factories, many of them represented by the GMB.
Alan Johnson, the health secretary, seems to have given special access to a private NHS contractor owned by one of the biggest donors to his deputy leadership campaign.
£1,284 – The increase in annual average household bills in the last year as food and fuel prices rose21% – Rise in the number of home repossessions. Some 27,100 homes were repossesed last year, up from 22,400 in 2006 and 8,200 in 2004129,800 – The number of borrowers at least three months behind in their mortgage repayments, up by 8.6 percent4.5 million – Number of British households in fuel poverty—spending more than 10 percent of their income on fuel19.3% – The increase in petrol prices in the last year15% – The average hike in fuel b
A Labour peer has admitted taking money to introduce an arms company lobbyist to the government minister in charge of weapons purchases.
For those having trouble meeting their housing costs there is over £20,000 available to help. The only catch is you have to be an MP.
In which area set to host the Olympics are trade union rights denied? Certainly they are in China, but it’s also true in Labour-run Newham in east London – one of the key areas for the 2012 games.
Two women whose sons were killed serving in Iraq took their case for a public inquiry into the legality of the war to the House of Lords on Monday of this week.
George Bush’s defence secretary Robert Gates is making increasingly shrill pronouncements as the occupation of Afghanistan lurches into a deeper crisis.
The Tories are demanding that the government ban Ibrahim Mousawi, editor of the Hizbollah newspaper Al-Intiqad (Criticism), from speaking at the World Against War tour that will kick off with a rally in London on 28 February.
Respect did well in two local elections on Thursday of this week.
‘For students in Iran 7 December is an important date. It was on this day in 1953 that students staged mass protests in the University of Tehran at the visit of then US vice-president Richard Nixon.
The Zimbabwe People’s Convention met last week. It was attended by nearly 4,000 delegates from civic groups, trade unions, the Zimbabwe Social Forum and the left.
"From above, they looked like a white river flowing through the streets of Colombia’s capital. They wore white T-shirts that read, ‘Yo soy Colombia (I am Colombia). Stop the kidnappings, the lies, the murders. No more Farc’."
Civil service workers in Egypt celebrate after hearing that the government has caved in to their demands for higher wages in December last year.
"It is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows – the Iraq war is largely about oil," Alan Greenspan, the arch-Republican ex-chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board, admitted in his memoirs last year.
Since Gordon Brown became prime minister in June last year it seems as if the Labour Party has lurched from one crisis to another. The crisis at Northern Rock and the funding scandals engulfing Brown’s allies are just a couple of the deep problems he faces.
It was about a week before the demonstration when I think I realised it was going to be big – at least a million.
‘I went to the demonstration with a group of people from work. We went on the "peace train" – a specially chartered train to the demo. The atmosphere was fantastic. People at work still talk about what an inspirational day it was.
The 1905 Russian Revolution started when troops massacred over 1,000 peaceful demonstrators.
This two disc CD is a trilogy. The first part, No Hay Caminos, commemorates the Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky.
The Belarus Free Theatre are independent artists who face persecution in their home town of Minsk.
Slavery was a recurrent theme in the work of radical artist, poet and writer William Blake.
The Russian Revolution of October 1917 represented such a fundamental transformation of society that no part of the old world would be left untouched.
Foreign secretary David Miliband this week reasserted "our national interest never mind our moral impulse, in supporting movements for democracy".
Britain is one of the very few countries in the world that allows people to declare it as their place of residence whether or not they live here.
Digby Jones, the former leader of the CBI bosses' organisation and now Gordon Brown's trade minister, has attacked the government's plans for a tax crackdown on the superrich who pay no tax.
We need houses and jobs, not more threats I am a council tenant in Doncaster and Caroline Flint, the new housing minister, is our local MP. Tenants here were shocked at her proposal last week that council housing should be made conditional on people actively seeking a job.