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Israel has rained terror down on the people of Gaza – and yet world leaders respond with nothing more than soft words and no action.
Associate Professor Giles Ji Ungpakorn is fighting charges of lèse majesté (offending the dignity of a sovereign) over his book A Coup for the Rich, an academic work on the 2006 military coup.
In 1978 a Labour government was on the verge of declaring a state of emergency. It drew up plans to use thousands of troops in an attempt to undermine strikes as its policy of holding down wages fell apart.
Some 21 community service superisors in Glasgow in the Unison union have begun their second week of indefinite strike action.
While the government continues with plans to further push the market into all parts of the health service, campaigners against privatisation have responded by issuing a call for a day of marches, stunts and protests on Saturday 14 February.
The RMT transport union is accusing the ISS contractor of "victimising" its cleaning reps on London Underground.
While the government embarks on a collision course with the labour movement with its plans to privatise Royal Mail, it seems that the company is intent on stoking conflict with the union by victimising activists.
Workers at Network Rail are facing a major attack on their pension rights.
Nearly a thousand protesters braved the icy Mersey breeze last Saturday to oppose a drastic round of closures being proposed by Wirral borough council.
RMT debates the way forward Around 120 people attended a conference in London last Saturday on the crisis in working class representation.
Management at Sovereign bus company in north-west London have attempted to hit back at workers following a successful strike there last week.
The main hall of Friends Meeting House in Euston was packed out last Sunday with people demanding an end to the Guantanamo prison camp and similar institutions.
When Margaret Thatcher opened the Nissan car factory in Sunderland in 1986 it was presented as the birth of a new era for the north east of England after the ravages of the recession of the early 1980s.
Gordon Brown has promised to help 500,000 people into work or training as part of the government’s plans to deal with the recession.
Workers at the Chemilines pharmaceuticals firm in Wembley, north west London, are stepping up their campaign for decent pay and dignity at work.
A most extraordinary scandal has been exposed in the case of Yunus Bakhsh, a health worker who has been sacked by his employer and expelled from the Unison union.
It has shockingly come to light that the allegations against Yunus Bakhsh were available to Nazis before Yunus knew what they were.
British foreign secretary David Miliband’s hope for a "winter lull" in Afghanistan has proved to be hopelessly optimistic.
Last weekend saw hundreds of thousands spilling onto the streets in cities and towns across the world to protest against Israel’s murderous attack on Gaza.
Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza is creating a wave of human suffering of unimaginable proportions.
The true horror the events in Gaza is only slowly emerging from under Israel’s press embargo.
The anger at Israel’s assault on Gaza has reached new heights across the region.
As Gaza’s hospitals overflow with the casualties of Israel’s aggression, growing numbers of medical staff – including specialist trauma surgeons – are stuck in Egypt on the border with Gaza.
The Scottish parliament has spoken out against the humanitarian disaster in Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire.
Students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London have occupied the Brunei Gallery Suite in protest at a Ministry of Defence exhibition being held there and in solidarity with the people of Gaza.
Students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) occupying the Brunei Gallery in solidarity with Gaza have declared victory after winning significant demands from the university management.
Over 40 pro Palestine students occupied a lecture theatre at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Thursday afternoon to demand that the university releases a statement condemning the attack on Gaza and stops investing in arms companies that supply the Israeli military.
Sixty students occupied a lecture theatre at Essex University in solidarity with Gaza.
The movement against Greece’s right wing government returned to the streets last week.
As US president-elect Barack Obama prepares for his inauguration next Tuesday the impact of the recession on the US grows more severe by the day.
Barack Obama was elected on a wave of hope following eight years of the warmongering neoliberal George Bush.
News of the shooting of Oscar Grant by Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) police in Oakland on New Year’s Day has made its way around the world.
Radical historian Sheila Rowbotham spoke to Colin Wilson about her new biography of Edward Carpenter, the pioneering gay socialist writer
Let us remember what colonisers and occupiers have done throughout the past 150 years. They divide in order to rule.
The Palestinians have a long history of resisting imperialism and Zionism – the belief that Jewish people need a separate homeland in Palestine.
In April 2008 Egypt’s interior ministry was faced with a dilemma. Should it send state security forces to Mahalla al-Kubra, the restive industrial town in the Nile Delta, or to Egypt’s border with Gaza, where it feared hungry Palestinians would attempt another breakout.
The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) held its annual conference last weekend in London.
Chris Harman, editor of the International Socialism journal, introduced the opening session on the state of the capitalist system held on Friday evening.
A debate on Sunday focused on the importance of building the SWP to help resist the effects of the economic crisis and imperialist wars.
Lindsey German introduced a session on imperialism and the Stop the War Coalition.
The session on responding to the economic crisis saw a productive discussion of strategies for encouraging working class resistance.
Alex Callinicos introduced a session looking at the party’s handling of the 2007 split in Respect and the issues that this threw up regarding the SWP’s internal life.
At its annual conference last weekend the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) faced one of its biggest tests in three decades.
Conference established a commission that will spend the next few months examining ways of strengthening party democracy.
T he 19th century saw the development and growth of workers’ struggles and organisation in Wales. The emergence of Chartism—which demanded the vote and political representation for workers—galvanised people across Britain.
No apology can alter the simple fact that Prince Harry calling one army colleague a "Paki" and another a "raghead" is racist and unacceptable. Thousands of people have heard those words as they became victims of racist violence and harassment.
Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyhu wrote that "militant Islam threatens us all". The Israeli state has lost the political and moral argument over its assault on Gaza just as it did over its invasion of Lebanon in 2006.
Big business and trade union leaders formed an unholy alliance this week when they backed the expansion of Heathrow airport. In doing so they stand against widespread opposition from ordinary people in the area around the airport and millions more across the country.
Chris Dean, a veteran member of the SWP in Shrewsbury, died peacefully in the early hours of 6 January after a courageous fight against cancer.
Rage against Israel’s terror attacks on Gaza The news reports from Gaza have reminded me that while politicians posture, it is the civilian people who suffer.