Dated: 20 Sep 2008
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The collapse of Lehman Brothers, the fourth biggest investment bank in the US, has left the world reeling.
Child M (who can’t be named for legal reasons) is aged eight. He lives in Manchester with his mother, brother and sister.
"The news that the US is now bombing Pakistan emphasises yet again the appalling dangers that have followed from the so-called ‘war on terror’.
The start of the war was a catalyst for thinking about the world and activism for me.
The resistance to the occupation of Afghanistan is growing, spreading and winning. In response, a frightened US military is edging closer to war with Pakistan.
The bankruptcy of the fourth largest investment bank in the US, Lehman Brothers, has triggered fears of a wider banking collapse.
Around 1,250 members of the RMT transport union at Southeastern Trains are set to strike for 48 hours on Monday and Tuesday of next week in two separate industrial disputes.
Around 800 technical workers in Royal Mail are set to strike for 72 hours from 6am on Tuesday of next week in a dispute over management’s plans to change attendance patterns.
More than 100 workers at clothing manufacturer J Barbour and Sons in South Shields, took to the picket line on Monday as part of a series of one day strikes over pay.
The UCU lecturers’ union is holding a special sector pay conference for further education lecturers this Saturday in Birmingham.
The PCS civil service workers’ union is set to begin balloting its 270,000 members in civil service departments from Wednesday of next week for a national strike over pay.
Visiting a picket line should be included in one of those "50 things to do before you die" lists.
Teachers in the NUT union are beginning a crucial battle in their fight for higher pay.
The next battle against the government’s determination to hold down wages takes place on Wednesday of next week in Scotland with over 150,000 local government workers coming out for the second time.
Some 34 scanner workers at Stansted Airport are set to strike on Friday of this week and Monday and Thursday of next week.
Members of the NUJ journalists’ union at were set to take planning further industrial action on Wednesday of this week against management’s plans to make cuts.
When you sit GCSE English, you have to read an approved anthology of poems and then answer questions on it in the exam.
Postal workers are facing huge challenges and it is urgent that our CWU union gets its act together quickly.
Around 3,500 striking London bus workers brought many garages and routes to a standstill on Friday of last week.
The pay revolt against Gordon Brown’s government can win.
Panic is spreading in New Labour as it becomes clear that the party faces not just the prospect of defeat at the next general election but an electoral wipe out.
The election of Iain Gray as the new leader of Scottish Labour was greeted by one MSP with the claim that this was a "Tony Blair moment".
Labour goes into its annual conference this week mired in a civil war over whether Gordon Brown will remain as leader.
The Nazi British National Party (BNP) has called a national demonstration in Stoke-on-Trent for this Saturday. Party leader Nick Griffin is the keynote speaker.
More than 5,000 people marched through central Manchester today against the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the spread of war to other countries.
Masked groups of young men smash their way into government offices, burning documents and destroying everything they can find.
The German SPD, one of the world’s oldest mass Labour parties, is in a deep and growing crisis. It has been moving steadily rightwards, is haemorrhaging support and has recently suffered a leadership coup at the hands of those most associated with the party’s embrace of neoliberalism.
Ethiopia’s US-backed occupation of Somalia is fast unravelling, threatening US control over the Horn of Africa.
A one-day general strike brought Uruguay to a halt on 20 August. It was strong across industry, transport, education, the health service and even in the shops.
Harriet Harman’s fairly unremarkable comments on class to the TUC last week – essentially saying that the class system exists – have elicited a flurry of protest from the old right.
Not least of Gordon Brown’s worries at this week’s Labour conference is the "war on terror". His government, like that of Tony Blair, is mired up to its neck on a number of fronts.
"There will be no ‘glad confident morning’ for free market principles for a long time to come."
Following the recent state take-over of financial giants, Ian Birchall reveals the limits of nationalisation, and why socialists stand for a different vision – that of workers’ control
My journey started in Miami, Florida – a city of conspicuous wealth where grand mansions jostle for space along bleached white beaches. But there is another side to Miami – the poverty of the Magic City trailer park where I met Marcos Antonio Prado, a migrant from Guatemala.
This new play from South Africa was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Set in Beirut, this film explores the lives of five working class women in modern Lebanon. It is set in a beauty parlour called So Pretty.
Who would have imagined that a play about the struggles of teenagers leaving care would make such a powerful, thought-provoking and visually stunning work?
Richard Hamilton’s Protest Pictures exhibition at Inverleith House in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens contains a body of work spanning over four decades.
Don Giovanni, written in 1787, is the third of Mozart’s five operatic masterpieces. In exquisite music, conveying the whole range of human emotions and aspirations, it tells the story of the irredeemable womaniser Don Juan.
There have been some truly astonishing reactions to the economic chaos that hit world markets this week.