Dated: 13 Feb 2010
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Manufacturers of weapons of mass destruction can pay their way out of the courts. Young people protesting against war crimes are subject to harsh jail terms.
Up to ten protesters faced severe jail sentences on Friday of this week for joining protests against Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2008 and 2009.
‘There is unfairness in the way cases are being built against protesters arrested after the Gaza demonstrations.
Anti-fascists are celebrating after planned racist events in Durham and Bolton were called off last week.
The campaign to stop fascist BNP leader Nick Griffin becoming MP for Barking hit the streets again last Saturday.
The BNP leader Nick Griffin is planning to appear at a conference organised by "American Renaissance", a US white supremacist group.
The corrupt arms dealer BAE has always believed itself above the law – and proved on Friday last week that it is.
Tony Blair cancelled an investigation into BAE providing £600 million in bribes for Saudi Arabia.
Chile – BAE secretly paid £1 million to General Pinochet in return for help over arms deals.Romania – The 2003 sale of two ex-Royal Navy frigates saw payments of £7 million in "secret commissions" to clinch the £116 million ship refurbishment deal.Czech Republic – The 2003 sale of Gripen fighter aircraft to the Czech Republic saw the CIA, rival arms companies and the Czech police confirm bribery attempts by BAE.Qatar – After the sale of UK arms to Qatar in 1996, BAE paid a £7 million "commission" into three Jersey trust funds under the cont
Milford Haven Port Authority pilots and launch crews have voted for strikes.
Around 100 people came to a dayschool on women’s liberation last weekend, organised by the Socialist Workers Party.
Campaigners are set to protest against the suspension of Unite union activist Alberto Durango by the Lancaster cleaning company at the UBS building in London.
The planned strike at the Fujitsu Services IT company did not take place on Monday of this week.
Firefighters at Birchwood fire station in Warrington face cuts that could see them "working from home" at night.
Unison Union members at Kirklees council, West Yorkshire, have voted for an industrial action ballot after the council reneged on key single status agreements.
Workers at Premier Foods cannery in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, have voted to restart their strikes. They rejected a revised pay offer by 208 votes to 96.
The battle for the general secretary of the 1.3 million- strong Unison union is on.
Over 100 campaigners met in Bilston, West Midlands, last week to launch a campaign to stop the closure of the local postal delivery office.
A strike by 750 signal workers caused major disruption on London Underground last week.
Our city is facing a wave of cuts that could devastate services, destroy jobs, and even cost lives. With up to 2,000 jobs at stake, our unions must lead resistance.
Bosses at Manchester Metropolitan University have launched an outrageous assault on workers’ rights to organise in trade unions.
Lecturers at Leeds University have voted strongly for strikes over job cuts.
Lecturers have called a London-wide demonstration in defence of jobs and education on Saturday 20 March.
The NUT teachers’ union national executive will meet on 25 February to decide the terms and timing of a ballot on action over the hated Sats tests.
Strike ballot papers arrived at the homes of more than 270,000 civil service workers last week. The workers’ PCS union is urging them to vote yes to defend their redundancy rights and jobs, and oppose privatisation.
Some 150 construction workers staged a series of protests over exploitation on Wednesday of last week.
Activists across Britain are forming networks to fight the cuts, stop job cuts and support local campaigns.
Hospitals across Britain are threatened with ward closures while thousands of health workers face redundancy in a new wave of government cuts.
Education is being attacked as the government plans to cut a staggering £449 million from university budgets.
Saturday 13 FebruaryUnite Against Fascism national conference 9.30am-5pm,TUC, Great Russell Street, London WC1B
The "scabin crew" at British Airways is getting jittery.
Workers across Greece’s public sector are set to strike over cuts on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Speculators have bet a record £5 billion in the last few days that the euro is about to fall sharply in value. Why is this happening?
The government’s favoured method for "reducing" carbon emissions is failing.
Nickel products made by scab labour in Canada are heading for a refinery in Wales.
Women held in Yarl’s Wood asylum detention centre were subjected to a brutal lockdown on Monday.
The number of people declared insolvent has reached record levels.
Royal Mail bosses in Wimbledon, south London, have sacked Kevin Tester, a CWU postal workers’ union rep. He is also a part-time soldier awaiting deployment to Afghanistan.
The grassroots campaign to get rid of Salford MP Hazel Blears has nominated its candidate for the general election.
Tens of thousands of Afghan people fled the city of Marjah in Helmand province this week, just before a planned Nato assault.
Lecturers at Leeds University have set three days of strike action.
The courts jailed seven young people on Friday who had taken part in the protests against the Israeli assault on Gaza.
Five Turkish trade union federations held a one-day general strike in solidarity with 12,000 Tekel workers on Thursday of last week.
An enormous amount of nonsense is talked about China these days. Generally it takes the form of what Perry Anderson has described in the London Review of Books as "Sinomania". This is the proclamation of China as a new superpower that will soon displace the US at the top of the global pecking order. That’s if it hasn’t already.
Preston City Council was presented with a "Delegation of Powers" report at our full council meeting on Thursday of last week.
The prospect of the Tories in government rightly fills many workers with horror. The party of Eton boys and bonus-grabbing bankers, the party that openly celebrates capitalism, could soon be in Number 10.
It was my mate Charlie who started it off. "Do you still have access to the media?" he asked at work one day. "Can you still get stories published?"
When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, 50,000 people turned out to hear him speak.
Last week I explored how divisions over the question of revolution led to the break up of the First International.
Drawn Out & Painted Pink This exhibition documents LGBT history from the 1970s to the present day – through cartoons.
In his first film for eight years Mel Gibson plays Thomas Craven, an ex-forces police officer.
British politics is increasingly being dominated by the looming general election. Yet, paradoxically, parliament is viewed with widespread and growing contempt.
The Right to Work conference of resistance and solidarity on 30 January was a stunning success. It needs to be quickly followed up.
Parliament is rotten to the core. Three Labour MPs – David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine – and one Tory peer are facing criminal charges over their expenses.
Diane Mitchell died on 14 January.
Climate sceptics don’t prove science wrong Listening to the radio last week, I was told that recent revelations about climate change scientists must have "shaken my belief" in climate change.
"There’s always got to be a scandal as to why you hold your view."Tony Blair explains why people are so upset about the Iraq war in an interview on Fox News