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Desperate Tories will try to persuade us this week that their plans for NHS "reform" will not rip the service apart.
Western powers have presented their intervention in Libya as a selfless act to protect rebels from a dictator.
More than a thousand people demonstrated against the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Blackburn last Saturday.
Over 100 people attended the Fighting Fascism & Islamophobia conference organised by Unite Against Fascism and the Unite union in Liverpool last Saturday.
Connexions careers advice workers across Birmingham were set to strike on Wednesday of this week.
A deal at Scottish Borders Council should be a warning to trade unionists everywhere.
All London Underground drivers in the RMT union are balloting for strikes against the victimisation of Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas.
PCS Union reps for 10,000 call centre workers in Jobcentre Plus were waiting to see if management agreed to their demands over working conditions this week.
A solid strike vote by driving examiners and administration workers in the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has forced management to move over job losses and closures.
Bosses are going ahead with the closure of 33 interview offices in the Identity and Passport Service.
Campaigners are mobilising for the biggest possible vote for the United Left group in the Unite union national executive elections.
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg was due to do a Q&A at Capital FM at the Cinema De Lux in Leicester last week.
Thanet Press, which has been running for over 200 years, has gone into administration.
Cuts to firefighters in the West Midlands will put safety at risk, says their union.
Teachers are fighting a key battle against one of the Tory government’s flagship policies in schools across Britain.
Hundreds of students from schools across Dundee marched to the council on Friday of last week.
Teachers at a primary school in Hackney walked out for two days on 22 and 23 March against bullying.
Lecturers in the UCU union at Liverpool Hope University were set to strike on Friday of this week over threatened job cuts.
Over 50 students marched to the Leeds University Senate meeting on Thursday of last week.
Scottish teachers in the EIS union will begin voting this week on a deal on pay, jobs and conditions.
UCU members in Scotland met on Friday of last week in the midst of disputes on jobs, pay and pensions.
Delegates to Unison union’s annual health sector conference were in an angry mood this week.
Engineering construction workers locked out from their jobs at the Saltend chemicals plant near Hull, Yorkshire, looked set to escalate their battle this week.
It’s official—British Airways (BA) has the money to pay cabin crew a decent wage and reinstate sacked workers. Ex-boss Willie Walsh pocketed a £420,000 bonus for his "work" in the last nine months of 2010.
Six socialists in Zimbabwe have been released on bail, but they are still on trial for their lives and need international support for their legal fees.
East London saw Britain’s first big, united strike against Tory cuts last week.
Fury at the Tories burst onto the streets of Camden, north London, last week as teachers struck against £20 million cuts to key children’s services.
The mass demonstration against cuts on 26 March lit a fire under the working class.
A broad coalition of disability groups and campaigners has called a demonstration against cuts.
Two London day centres have won reprieves thanks to anti-cuts campaigns.
More than 50 people took part in a sit-down protest over cuts to bus routes in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on Thursday of last week.
David Emmanuel, also known as the reggae artist Smiley Culture, died of a stab wound to the heart during a police raid on his home on 15 March.
The police officer who pushed Ian Tomlinson just minutes before he died during the G20 protests gave evidence at the inquest into his death on Monday and Tuesday this week.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating West Midlands police after the death of a man who had "dealings" with the police.
MPs on the Commons Committees on Arms Exports Controls this week detailed the licences given to British firms to arm countries in North Africa and the Middle East.
Government repression of Bahraini activists inside and outside the Gulf state continues.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries has launched an attempt to restrict women’s access to abortion.
The British government has admitted holding 1,500 secret files on its role in the brutal suppression of Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s.
The boss of Goldman Sachs bank pocketed £12 million this year—almost double what he received last year.
The ruthless Tory drive to remove thousands of seriously ill and disabled people from benefits was exposed this week as a nurse employed to assess them spoke out to Socialist Worker.
The Military Council is the guardian of dictatorship and corruption The attacks by the armed forces on unarmed demonstrators at dawn Saturday using live bullets and tear gas, and their attempt to terrify protestors with armoured cars, puts the Military Council clearly in the camp of counter-revolution.
The brutal reality of Western intervention in Libya is being exposed by the day. As towns fall and are retaken, the revolution is being taken out of the hands of the revolutionaries.
In an important move, Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union, has called for an end to the air attacks on Libya.
Protests against president Ali Abdullah Saleh continued to rock Yemen this week. His security forces are continuing to try to crush the movement.
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French and United Nations (UN) helicopters bombed the compound of Ivory Coast’s sitting president Laurent Gbagbo on Monday.
As Japan tries to come to terms with the havoc and devastation wreaked by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, much has been written about the "stoical character" of the Japanese people. It's true that, for many, the only certainty in this world is disaster—specifically "tensai" (heavenly disaster).
A bomb killed Catholic police officer Ronan Kerr in Omagh in Northern Ireland last week.
Western intervention in Libya has exposed the extraordinary flux in relations among the great powers. In the first place, they’re badly split.
The poor of Brixton, south London, rose up against poverty and racism 30 years ago this week. Police stations and vans were set alight as thousands poured onto the streets. People were no longer prepared to put up with racist police officers and rising unemployment.
‘Brixton was a place of boarded up properties and squats in 1981. There were no opportunities. A lot of people lost hope—and we had a racist police force of course.
The scale of the rioting panicked the ruling class and Margaret Thatcher’s government was forced to respond with a two-pronged strategy.
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, like other Arab rulers, is determined to cling onto power in the face of the spreading revolts across the region. So far, that has meant killing more than 60 people in the first fortnight of protests.
Prison officers across Britain have held meetings over the Tory government’s controversial plans to privatise jails.
My first real encounter with anarchist ideas, although I didn’t know it at the time, was at school when I was part of organising a student walk-out against the Iraq war.
MC NxtGen’s "Andrew Lansley Rap" has been doing the rounds on Facebook for several weeks now. It has resonated with young and old alike.
A major new retrospective exhibition of Spanish artist Joan Miró opens in London next week.
This low budget independent film is set in a Northumberland pit village during the decisive 1974 miners’ strike.
Given its title, I hoped this film would be an ultraviolent critique of the U2 frontman’s nauseating neoliberal charity-mongering.
A site-specific play featuring a disused mill to explore migration and immigration around Bradford.
The Tories are in crisis over the NHS. They are running scared of mass opposition to their plans to hand over health service funding to GPs.
The nuclear industry is dangerous, expensive and corrupt—and the Tories are hellbent on making it even worse.
Bombs aren’t the way to bring liberation in Libya People have always paid a very high price to gain their freedom.
‘Whichever party was currently in power, the NHS would need to be driving greater efficiency through the system’Labour leader Ed Miliband’s strident defence of the NHS