Dated: 05 Feb 2011
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It seemed like the whole of Egypt was on the streets.
More than 200 people joined a demonstration and lobby of universities minister David Willetts in Havant, near Portsmouth, on Friday of last week.
Some 1,000 people marched in Finchley, north London, against Barnet council’s cuts and privatisation.
Some 800 people marched in Liverpool on Saturday against the council’s plan to cut 1,500 jobs.
About 150 people braved the bitter cold for an evening protest organised by Brent Fightback last Friday.
Up to 1,500 people protested in Grizedale Forest in the Lake District on Sunday against government plans to sell off the forests.
The government briefly delayed its attack on public sector pensions last week, saying it will wait until the summer to change them.
Thousands of students and trade unionists marched through London and Manchester last Saturday.
Over 450 postal workers and their supporters took to the streets of Birmingham last Saturday.
The Unite union has still named no new strike dates for cabin crew at British Airways—despite workers voting for strikes nearly two weeks ago.
Teachers in Oldham struck on Thursday of last week over the council’s plan to decimate services to some of the town’s most vulnerable children.
Teachers in Rotherham stepped up their campaign against compulsory redundancies last week by striking for three days—and leading a 500-strong march in Sheffield against Tory cuts.
Friern Barnet secondary school in Barnet, north London, suspended teacher and NUT union branch president, Sue Caldwell, on Monday 17 January.
The biggest teachers meeting in Tower Hamlets for more than 35 years last week unanimously voted to ballot all NUT union members in the east London borough for strikes against cuts.
Remploy workers have reacted with fury to bosses’ demands for voluntary redundancies.
Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union want to strike against job cuts and office closures in the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).
An alliance of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and the police means that Scottish socialist Tommy Sheridan was sentenced to three years in jail last week.
The working class movement in Britain faces its biggest challenge for decades. If successful the assault launched by the Con-Dem Coalition will devastate the lives of millions of people.
Thousands of students and workers marched through London and Manchester on Saturday to protest against student fees, education cuts and the scrapping of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
Last weekend’s protests have put the student movement back on the streets.
Can the army be on the side of the people in a revolutionary situation? That’s a question posed sharply by events in Egypt.
Anti-racists are determined to stage a united and defiant show of strength against the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Luton this Saturday 5 February.
The People’s Convention in central London next Saturday 12 February will bring together campaigners to discuss stepping up the fight against Tory cuts. Everyone should aim to take part in this vital conference.
Thousands of Birmingham council workers were holding mass meetings as Socialist Worker went to press—and looked likely to vote for an industrial action ballot.
The Tory pledge to keep the NHS safe from cuts is revealed as a lie this week as speech therapists in Southwark, south London, prepare to strike.
Drivers on Arriva Trains Wales have had their strike set for Friday of this week called off.
Cleaners on First Great Western trains at Cardiff and Swansea depots are to strike for 24 hours from 6am on Friday.
London Underground worker Arwyn Thomas won a second interim relief Employment Tribunal last week over his sacking.
Cleaners in Southampton NHS trust struck on Monday of this week against plans to cut their sick pay. This is the third strike in six weeks at Southampton General Hospital.
Police hospitalised three anti-cuts protesters and injured several more in central London last Sunday.
After several weeks of drip-feeding announcements to the press, the Con Dem government has finally revealed its plans for Employment Tribunals.
More than 3,000 council workers voted unanimously for a strike ballot at four mass meetings in Birmingham yesterday (Tuesday).
Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s visit to a job centre in Birmingham today didn’t go as he’d planned it. He arrived at the Sparkhill job centre in Sparkbrook to find some 30 protesters blocking the road.
5pm: Defiant protests by up to 5,000 anti-fascists in a number of locations blocked the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Luton today.
5pm, Saturday 5 Feb: There’s graffiti on the burnt-out hulk of the ruling NDP party’s headquarters: a cross and crescent. "We are all against the regime," it says.
Up to 1,000 people protested at the Egyptian embassy in London today (Saturday) in solidarity with the Egyptian revolution.
New Cross library in south east London is under occupation tonight (Saturday) by campaigners against its closure.
Two homes in Luton were attacked late last night – their windows smashed and the word EDL painted on the front door – just hours after the English Defence League’s (EDL) racist protest through Luton town centre.
US president Barack Obama said on Friday, "The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere."
The sacking of Andy Gray and subsequent resignation of Richard Keys from Sky Sports has opened up a much needed debate about sexism in football.
The UK media is full of horrific stories about the violence of the Egyptian revolution. Over the past few days this has been focused on violence against foreigners, particularly journalists.
2.40pm, Wednesday 2 Feb:
Imperialist domination of the Middle East, and resistance to it, have shaped Egypt for more than 100 years. The 30-year
One US-backed dictator has fled to a safe haven in Saudi Arabia and an even more ruthless one will probably join him any day now.
Egypt’s workers have the potential to play a decisive role in the revolution.
The figure of Gamal Addul Nasser towers over modern Egyptian history. As president between 1956 and 1970 he stood firm against imperialism and transformed Egypt (see page 10).
The battle for the future of the Tunisian revolution is continuing.
Luton gets a lot of bad press. And it will get even more this week when the English Defence League (EDL) descends on the town in an attempt to provoke a racist riot. Since the 7/7 bombings in 2005, the Bedfordshire town has been branded a "hotbed of Muslim extremism" and racist tension—all because the bombers took the train from Luton to London.
The rising in Egypt is an event of world-historic proportions. It has put the largest and most important country in the Arab world on the verge of revolution.
The people of Egypt, inspired by the Tunisian uprising, have taken to the streets determined to oust the dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Imperialism and its allies are decidedly nervous about the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in a post-Mubarak Egypt.
Much has been made in the media of the young men on barricades with sticks and crowbars—apparently a sign of chaos and violence. But the truth is different.
For many affluent Egyptians and Western governments one figure has emerged as the "face" of the secular opposition—Mohamed ElBaradei.
The army’s actions in the coming days will be vital. The majority of people see the army as a friend—"The Egyptian people and the Egyptian army are one hand" is a popular slogan.
"I was in Alexandria meeting some comrades on Monday of last week. I was followed by plain-clothes police who questioned the café owners about me, saying I was not from there.
It was like arriving in a warzone when I entered Cairo on Sunday.
The Egyptian revolution is Israel’s and the US’s worst nightmare. The US wants a "smooth" transition to another government that will do its bidding.
The Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak is attempting to turn back the revolution in Egypt today.
Today there were determined efforts to crush the Egyptian revolution.
A eye witness in Tahrir Square reports,"Walking into the square, rubble everywhere. Most people wearing head bandages, limping, wrapped in blankets. Some being treated by exhausted doctors. There is a woman speaking on a loud speaker. People smiling wearily with the victory after 11 hours of intense street fighting, with at least 1500 injured and unknown numbers killed.
Vast numbers of protesters have again filled the streets across Egypt to demand an end to Hosni Mubarak and his regime. By the middle of the day, Al-Jazeera was reporting that around one million were crammed into Tahrir Square in Cairo and the surrounding area.
The train reaches the buffers that mark the end of the line—we’re in the Wild West. Our hero has come to collect their murdered father’s body and is outraged that no one seems too bothered about catching his murderer.
This exhibition of British sculpture in the 20th century presents a dizzying array of artworks.
This 90-minute documentary celebrates the impact of reggae on British music and culture from the 1960s through to the 1980s.
In Paris in 1938 Pierre Pain ekes out a meagre living as a hypnotist and an acupuncturist.
The Egyptian revolution is in progress. It is a momentous event. The protests have the potential not just to bring down a dictator, but to transform the balance of power between the rich and poor across the globe.
Ray Challinor died on Sunday in Wallsend after a long illness. Ray became a revolutionary as a teenager in the Potteries during the Second World War.
Profit drive is behind crisis wracking NHS Newspapers last week were eager to report the tragic death of Laura Martin, who died shortly after being sent home from Queen’s hospital in Romford, east London.