Dated: 22 Aug 2009
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Growing numbers of families in Britain, the US and, most of all, Afghanistan are shedding tears for their loved ones killed in a hellish war.
Celebrations are under way this week in Indonesia. The country is looking back on 64 years since founding president Sukarno and vice-president Mohammed Hatta proclaimed independence from the Netherlands.
Recent figures showing Japan, Hong Kong, France and Germany creeping out of the recession have been hailed in some quarters as heralding the end of the global economic crisis.
More than 250,000 young people across Britain will receive their A-level results this week.
Anti-fascists scored a huge victory last Saturday when more than 2,000 people protested against the British National Party (BNP) Red, White and Blue "festival" in the village of Codnor, Derbyshire.
Residents of Codnor and Denby Village in Derbyshire’s Amber Valley have had to put up with the Nazis’ festival coming to town for three years now.
Cleaners working for Eurostar contractors The Carlisle Group are to ballot for strike action over pay, conditions and management bullying.
Some 150 ServisAir workers at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport may stage a continuous strike from Thursday of this week.
More than 2,000 engineering construction workers in the Unite and GMB unions at seven petrochemical plants and power stations are balloting for an official strike over jobs.
Sean Rigg died after being arrested and restrained by four police officers in Brixton, south London, on 21 August 2008
An informal support network for building workers blacklisted for their trade union and safety activities has been set up.
The Unite union has warned IBM of a coming backlash from thousands of workers over its decision to withdraw its final salary pension scheme from around 28 percent of workers.
Human Resource managers are starting to take note of resistance to job cuts. Personnel Today, their house magazine, has two articles of interest to Socialist Worker readers.
Transport unions suspended strike action at National Express East Anglia last week after receiving a new offer from management.
Disputes are erupting across the fire service as workers refuse to bow to a string of attacks on their working conditions and the service.
Voting in by-elections for the UCU lecturers’ union national executive committee begins this week.
Workers at a Tesco distribution centre threatened with closure have voted overwhelmingly to strike.
The pressure of the protests on Saturday forced the Nazis to show their true colours.
Residents of a south London tower block, similar to one where six people died in a fire last month, say Southwark council misled them about safety issues in their building.
Hundreds of police officers, many on horses or with dogs, protected the Red, White and Blue event.
Yasmin Rassool, student at the University of Brighton‘I think what we’ve done here today is amazing. We did what we set out to do – stopped the BNP from getting to the festival and put our message across.
A hurricane of solidarity with the Vestas workers hit towns across Britain on their first national day of action on Wednesday of last week.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) has been at the centre of building resistance to the Nazi BNP. It called the national mobilisation and blockades that took place at Codnor.
People in 25 towns and cities across Britain organised solidarity on the first Vestas national day of action on Wednesday of last week.
Danni Hamilton’s son is in the British army. He has now been given battle orders to go to Afghanistan. She spoke to Socialist Worker about why the troops should be brought home:
Clare Glenton’s husband, Joe, is a British soldier who has refused to return to fight in Afghanistan and is being charged with desertion. Clare spoke to Socialist Worker:
People lined the streets of Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire on Tuesday to show their respects for the British soldiers recently killed in Afghanistan.
The beleaguered president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai was facing a national election on Thursday of this week after Socialist Worker went to press.
There is a growing sense that the war in Afghanistan is heading for even greater disaster and cannot be won.
Royal Mail bosses are on the rampage against the CWU postal workers’ union, but they face growing resistance.
Over 100 postal workers at Stoke mail centre are taking all-out indefinite strike action.
Bus drivers, cleaners and garage staff employed by First Bus in Aberdeen were set to strike over pay for two hours from 3pm on Tuesday of this week.
POSTAL workers in Wallasey have walked out on strike unofficially this week.
Thousands of postal workers in London struck solidly today against management attempts to ram through changes that will lead to a mass cull of jobs and the undermining of the union.
Right wing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to London to meet Gordon Brown.
In downtown Belgrade, the Roma community’s settlements are under attack.
Against steadfast public opposition, the British government is attempting to rejuvenate its tired case for war this summer. As Operation Panther’s Claw was launched in Helmand, southern Afghanistan, this June the government went on an ideological offensive.
The wonderful people who brought you the invasion of Iraq certainly took Joseph Goebbels’ principle of "the bigger the lie the better" to heart.
If you have been unfortunate enough to listen to environment minister Hilary Benn over the past week you may have the impression that Britain is running out of food.
If A socialist prime minister was ever elected the establishment would do everything it could to prevent any real change. That was the sensible premise of A Very British Coup, the novel by Sunderland Labour MP Chris Mullin.
Property tax collectors across Egypt converged on Hussein Hegazy Street in central Cairo on 11 August for a strike in protest at the finance minister’s refusal to honour a recent agreement to set up a welfare fund.
CLR James was a Marxist, anti-imperialist, pioneer of Pan-Africanism and author of one of the finest books ever written on cricket.
While New York at the end of the 1960s was a city electrified by political dissent, riots and cultural fusion, many second generation Peurto Ricans, like Bobby Marin, were busy combining an impromptu version of baseball with street corner crooning.
Daniel Barenboim is recognised as one of the greatest pianists and conductors alive.
"Why aren’t you all queuing up outside McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC if you all want a job so badly?"
I’ve always listened to the radio. It seemed closer, more intimate than television, and you could read or cook while it was on. It seemed freer, too, because soundscapes have no dimensions except the ones you imagine.
It was with the deepest sadness and shock that the very many friends and comrades of Andy Abel learned of his sudden and untimely death of a heart attack.
Solidarity will win the Vestas workers’ fight When Luke, partner to my daughter Hannah, started a sit-in with his co-workers at Vestas, I was awe-struck by the show of solidarity locally, nationally and from around the world.
‘Some in Britain believe the fight is not worth it.’Defence secretary Bob Ainsworth bemoans "defeatism" on the home front