Dated: 28 Mar 2009
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With millions of jobs and homes under threat and the planet on the brink of environmental catastrophe, the urgent need for global action over the economy could not be clearer.
The G20 will do little to help Africa escape the cycle of debt and misery, according to studies by leading NGOs and aid agencies working in the continent.
When London taxi driver John Worboys was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting his passengers, it emerged that many women had been reporting attacks for almost seven years, only to have their claims dismissed by the police as "no crime".
Evidence is mounting of the scale of Israel’s war crimes against the people of Gaza during its recent offensive.
Details of Barack Obama’s new strategy for the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan make for grim reading.
Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker who has been held in jail for over four years, won a small taste of justice last week. The Metropolitan Police admitted to beating him up in December 2003 and paid him £60,000 in compensation.
The US government this week agreed to hand over another $1 trillion to the banks as part of an effort to "unblock" the financial system.
"Popular anger around the world is growing as a result of rising unemployment, pay cuts and freezes, bailouts for banks, and falls in house prices and the value of savings and pension funds."
Newspaper headlines that talk of zero inflation are masking two crucial facts – prices for many essential goods are rising fast, and the poor are paying a bigger proportion of their incomes for them.
Gordon Brown wants working class people to pay for the government’s growing budget deficit by cutting pay, slashing jobs and axing services.
Comedian and activist Mark Thomas spoke at the Hyde Park rally after the Put People March march last Saturday. He was cheered as he said, "We are here to kill neoliberal capitalism."
The week of protests against the G20 summit to be held in London this week kicked off on Saturday with the Put People First march in central London organised by a broad coalition of trade unions, NGOs and activist groups.
Workers from the occupied Prisme packaging plant in Dundee will be joining the Put People First march in London this Saturday.
Staff and students at Birkbeck College in central London celebrated a victory over poverty pay for cleaning and catering staff last week.
Two of Liverpool’s three universities – the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moore – are facing attacks.
Workers and students at London Metropolitan University were cheered by the news of vice-chancellor Brian Roper’s resignation last week. But they were also clear that the fight to save jobs at the university is far from over.
The recession is taking a big toll on further and higher education, as a programme of job cuts and course closures threatens the quality of education and choice of courses for a generation of students.
The government’s attempts to drive the free market ever deeper into the NHS aren’t just damaging the ethos of the health service. They are severely damaging patient care – and even costing lives.
The scandal in Mid‑Staffordshire Hospitals Trust exposes how the bodies responsible for overseeing the NHS are so committed to implementing government "reforms" that they fail to protect the public.
Around 80 people protested against the newly opened army showroom in Hackney, east London, last Saturday.
Drivers in the Unite union working for First Bus in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster in South Yorkshire have voted by 403 to 42 in favour of strike action in a consultative ballot.
A planned strike in defence of a sacked teacher, due to take place on Thursday of last week, was called off.
Workers at Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne struck on Tuesday of this week over proposed changes to their contracts that would downgrade their positions.
NUT and NASUWT teachers’ union members took joint strike action at the Royal Docks school in Newham, east London, on Thursday of last week.
The PCS civil service workers’ union is resisting plans to close down the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) at the Archway Tower in north London and relocate its 500 workers to the north and across London.
The RMT transport union began a strike ballot of its 10,000 members on London Underground and Transport for London this week over pay and job cuts.
Around 1,500 RMT transport union members at National Express East Anglia and First Capital Connect are set to strike on Monday of next week over job losses.
Thousands of journalists in the BBC are poised for strike action after workers voted for two one-day strikes against attacks on jobs and conditions.
Some 150 people marched through Wigan against job cuts and privatisation last Saturday.
The RMT transport union has initiated a challenge in June’s European elections, to oppose the dominant neoliberal policies of the European Union.
High profile union activist Yunus Bakhsh is this week fighting for reinstatement to his job as a psychiatric nurse.
Striking Community Service Supervisors in Glasgow are now in their 12th week of action. Last week 100 Glasgow City Unison union members, local students and school closure protesters joined the supervisors to lobby Glasgow City Chambers.
There is a new sense of urgency in the battle to save Royal Mail from privatisation and to stop tens of thousands of job cuts.
Hundreds of thousands of workers in the Republic of Ireland are set to take part in a general strike on Monday of next week.
The second general strike in two months brought France to a standstill last week.
A left wing candidate has become president of El Salvador in Central America, as part of a sweeping defeat for the right.
Workers at Waterford Crystal in south east Ireland have ended their determined and inspirational occupation of their factory after eight weeks.
There is an increasingly ugly and strident – but also quite ridiculous – campaign building up against the public sector.
Last week I set out the differences between a revolutionary socialist party and a mainstream socialist party.
The financial meltdown that is spreading across the globe may have drawn attention away from the world food crisis, but it continues to fester and even grow.
It seems that life just gets tougher for young people. Tested at school from an early age, demonised and criminalised by a hostile media, police and politicians and daunted by huge debts should they go to university, young people are now also being hit hard by the recession.
The governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, last week admitted that the regulatory mechanisms of the world’s financial systems "all failed to some degree to prevent the accumulation of risks that finally produced the crisis".
These two 60 minute documentaries tell the story of seven British people who fought for the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-9.
The Pet Shop Boys have just released Yes, their brilliant tenth studio album.
Channel 4’s recent drama based on the events of the English Civil War has just been released on DVD.
Land of Marvels is a novel about the decline and fall of empires. It is set in 1914, with the First World War looming.
Capitalism is stupid, and there’s a new film that says so. The Age of Stupid is about the very real threat of catastrophic climate change, but it doesn’t stop there.
Millions of people across Britain struggle through decaying public transport systems every morning to get to work.
Tens of thousands of people will converge on London this Saturday for the Put People First demonstration in the run-up to next week’s G20 summit of world leaders.
‘The government has put its eggs in that basket and it’s now in a very vulnerable position.’Robin Niblett, director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs on Gordon Brown’s attitude to the G20 summit