Dated: 29 Aug 2009
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The row over the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, opens up an enormous scandal.
There can be little doubt that Margaret Thatcher’s election as Conservative prime minister 30 years ago and her period in power have had a major impact on British society – both politically and economically.
I’m not clear what "myth" Bob Fotheringham thinks he is challenging here. I agree that Thatcher was always deeply unpopular with most of the working class and was highly vulnerable down to the defeat of the Great Miners’ Strike – points in my original article. It is not helpful, however, to underestimate our enemies or refuse to recognise their achievements for the capitalist class, which in Thatcher’s case were considerable.
The case of Daniel Fitzsimons, a former British soldier facing the death penalty in Iraq, reveals a lot about the chaotic hell in which that country is mired.
ArmorGroup is just one of the "private security" contractors that have descended on Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. These companies have won millions of pounds of contracts from the US and Britain, and private firms, to provide "security" in Iraq.
CIA agents carried out mock executions and threatened a prisoner with a gun and a power drill as part of the "war on terror".
Wootton Bassett, a market town near Swindon in the south west of England, is now synonymous with the terrible reality of Britain’s war in Afghanistan.
The European Union’s (EU) chief observer described last week’s elections in Afghanistan as "fair" but not "free".
One of London’s free newspapers, the London Paper, is to close.
Anxious students gathered outside Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow, east London on Thursday of last week, as they did at colleges and sixth forms up and down Britain.
Staff at Brighton Housing Trust (BHT), a homeless people’s charity employing more than 200 workers across Sussex, walked out on a one-day strike on Wednesday of last week.
Youth and community workers in Coventry were set to protest on Wednesday of this week against drastic cuts in services for young people.
Defend Council Housing (DCH) has called a national meeting for tenant activists in Birmingham on Saturday 5 September.
Sacked workers at a chain of Christian bookshops have won a substantial payout after taking their employer to an industrial tribunal.
The election for the Unite union’s general secretary is set to take place next year. Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley are the joint general secretaries at the moment following the merger of Amicus and the T&G unions.
Some 150 ServisAir workers at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport are on all-out strike.
The RMT transport union is claiming "victory" over job security on London Underground after a 48-hour strike by thousands of workers in June.
Lecturers at Manchester College are set to strike on Thursday of this week in an escalation of their dispute over job cuts.
Wind turbine firm Vestas – which was at the centre of a two-week occupation after closing and sacking all its 600 staff – wants to sponsor city academies.
A series of disputes in the fire service over attacks on jobs, pay and conditions will see around 8,000 firefighters in England – almost one in five across the country – taking industrial action this week.
Workers on all out strike at a gas terminal in Barrow are refusing to back down over their pay dispute.
Cleaners on Eurostar trains began a ballot for strike action this week over attacks on their pay, conditions and their RMT union rep.
Around 400 bus drivers at Go North East’s depots in Deptford in Sunderland and Washington held a one day strike on Monday.
Drivers employed by First Bus in Chester struck on Friday of last week over pay.
More than 400 bus workers at First Aberdeen struck on Tuesday and Friday of last week. They are in the frontline of the fight against First’s national pay freeze for bus workers.
Lecturers at Tower Hamlets College in east London are set to begin an all-out indefinite strike from Thursday of this week to defend education and jobs.
The battle for the future of Royal Mail is hotting up – with over 20,000 postal workers in the CWU union set to strike this week.
Royal Mail workers say that conditions in the company have been getting tougher – and management even more aggressive – in the last few years.
Racists in the English Defence League (EDL), who were chased out of Birmingham by hundreds of anti-fascists earlier this month, are planning a series of protests around the country.
Anti-fascists celebrated a victory this week when the British National Party (BNP) admitted that it would not be returning to the Derbyshire village of Codnor to hold its Red, White and Blue summer "festival".
The first anniversary of the tragic death of Sean Rigg saw more than 200 people march through Brixton, south London, on Friday of last week accompanied with drums and chanting.
Police are yet again planning to "clamp down" on and criminalise people attending the Notting Hill Carnival.
Climate activists were poised to swoop to a site in London on Wednesday of this week to set up a Camp for Climate Action. But another group is also ready for action – the police.
Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland and returned to Libya last week.
The decision to release Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi last week has produced much fury and bluster from politicians in Westminster, Edinburgh and Washington.
The real scandal of the last week is that, in forcing Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi to drop his second appeal case, evidence regarding what really happened will not now be heard in court.
Blackheath in South London is the venue for Climate Camp 2009. Activists gathered at "swoop spots" all over London today in preparation for Climate Camp 2009. They were waiting for a text message to tell them where the camp was to be sited so activists could create a coordinated action.
Lecturers formed mass pickets outside Tower Hamlets college in east London today, on the first day of an all-out, indefinite strike.
Protesters occupied Sedgemoor Splash swimming pool in Bridgwater, Somerset at 3pm today. They are demanding that the Tory-run council reverses plans to close the pool.
It took Judge Pitts just ten minutes to find me "not guilty" of the theft of an ASP type metal police baton at Southwark Crown Court on 17 August.
Agents of the British state overthrew the elected government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in the Caribbean on 14 August and replaced it with direct imperial rule.
What defines a woman? The way you look? The way you dress?
The Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight was Britain’s only significant producer of wind turbines – and one of the biggest employers on the island. But despite government promises of "green jobs", bosses there were able to suddenly close the factory, sacking 600 people.
This satire takes us down the corridors of power in London and Washington where chillingly amoral politicians are putting together tissue-thin justifications for invading a country in the Middle East.
This magnificent two person play takes a fictional look at the last night of Martin Luther King’s life.
This acclaimed theatrical production of the inquest into the police killing of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station in 2005 is transferring to the Tricycle Theatre.
This exhibition is a small but important monument to one of the most significant struggles in Britain in the 20th century. It charts the history of the women’s suffrage movement from the setting up of the first groups in 1866 to their eventual victory in 1928.
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s new film Broken Embraces is a homage to his own cinematic influences, and the process and paraphernalia of film-making.
"No deal has been made between the British government and the Libyan government in relation to Megrahi and any commercial interests in the country." British Foreign Office spokesperson