Dated: 16 Apr 2011
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The government has had a terrible week.
Residents on the Avenham Estate in Preston are preparing for a rent boycott in response to their appalling living conditions.
The Socialist Workers Party is part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). TUSC is standing 154 candidates across more than 50 councils in the upcoming elections on 5 May.
Socialist Workers Party members are standing in seats in the upcoming council elections in England on 5 May, all supported by TUSC.
The post workers’ CWU union has called a demonstration for jobs and against the British National Party (BNP) in Stoke-on-Trent.
Around 90 members of the Unite union took part in the United Left group’s annual general meeting last Saturday.
Workers at the Connexions youth service in Birmingham struck on Wednesday of last week.The half-day strike was to defend the service from attacks by the Tory-Lib Dem council.
The RMT transport union last week demanded an urgent review of safety procedures after flooding at London’s Charing Cross station almost ended in disaster.
Voting has begun in the elections for the Unison union’s national executive council.
The racist English Defence League attacked a Brighton Unite Against Fascism (UAF) meeting of over 40 people on Tuesday of last week.
Activists from 16 London boroughs gathered last Saturday to discuss next steps for the anti-cuts movement.
Egyptians have witnessed many extraordinary protests in the months since the revolution began on 25 January.
Syrian protests face violence The past week has been a bloody one for those resisting the regime in Syria.
Moves by the African Union (AU) to impose a ceasefire in Libya pose a grave danger that the country’s revolution will be betrayed.
This week is the 30th anniversary of the Brixton riots—when black and white working class people rose up against police violence and racism.
"Smiley’s case should be a spark to help light up the issue of deaths in custody.
PC Simon Harwood, a TSG police officer who pushed Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demonstrations in 2009, gave evidence at the inquest into Ian’s death last week.
Job centre workers around the country have been instructed to drive people off benefits, the government has been forced to admit.
The News of the World admitted that its illegal phone tapping went further than they had previously claimed.
A youth centre in Worcestershire was occupied overnight on Thursday of last week to protest its closure.
The National Union of Students’ conference began on Tuesday of this week in Gateshead.
Some 100 carers and social workers in Staffordshire have been told they will be forced to retire—just a day before a new law would have made it illegal.
Travellers and other campaigners are stepping up their fight to defend people living at Dale Farm.
Voters in Scotland have an opportunity to make a stand against the agenda of cuts of the four main parties in elections to the Scottish parliament on 5 May.
The Tories added a miserly 15p to the minimum wage this week—and it’s even worse for young people.
Pensioners protested in London on Monday of this week as part of a national day of action over pension cuts (see picture).
The Unite union will not be calling strikes at British Airways this month, it has announced. It has agreed to continue talks with BA bosses instead.
Thousands of NHS workers in the Unite union could strike alongside teachers, lecturers and civil servants in a fight with the government over public sector pensions.
Around 7,000 call centre workers are set to strike on Monday of next week against the appalling working conditions they are forced to endure.
DWP workers will strike at the following offices on Monday 18 April:
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has exposed Tory and Lib Dem lies about the NHS.
Locked out construction workers in Hull staged a sit down at their construction site on Monday.
Supporters of blacklisted worker Frank Morris stopped traffic going into one of the main entrances to the Olympics site in Hackney, east London, on Thursday of last week.
The lecturers’ UCU union will meet this week following recent strikes of more than 100,000 lecturers to defend jobs, pay and pensions.
UCU members at Sheffield College and the University of Stirling have voted to strike against job losses.
Tony Souter, an NUT union rep at Kingsbury secondary school in Warwickshire, has been charged with gross misconduct and dismissed from his job.
The campaign at Moreland School in Islington received a major boost last week.
The clock is ticking at British Airways. Cabin crew voted overwhelmingly for strikes at the end of March.
Delegates to the National Union of Journalists’ annual delegate meeting voted overwhelmingly to back the call for a general strike.
Activists gathered in Conway Hall, London, on Tuesday of last week to discuss the next steps in the fightback against the Tory cuts.
The British government is finally being forced to reveal the true horror of atrocities committed during the Mau Mau war in Kenya in the 1950s.
The anti-colonial Mau Mau rebellion broke out in Kenya during 1952.
"The new documents strengthen our case. How can they say that the Kenyan government is responsible for compensation when they didn’t even hand over the files?
Western forces played a key role in the capture of Ivory Coast’s sitting president Laurent Gbagbo in the city of Abidjan on Monday.
Portugal has become the third EU country, after Greece and Ireland, to ask for a European bailout.
The disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has underlined the danger of nuclear power. Authorities in Japan have now officially ranked the crisis on the same level as the Chernobyl disaster.
The world’s worst nuclear disaster took place 25 years ago when a nuclear reactor exploded at Chernobyl, in Ukraine, on
Radiation occurs naturally. But nuclear power creates highly concentrated, unnatural, forms of radiation. Radiation is linked to cell damage and cell mutations. Children, foetuses, older people and ill people are more at risk from radiation because their cells are damaged, weak or rapidly growing.
Teachers at Darwen Vale High School in Lancashire went on strike last week. The media spun the strike as being one against "unruly children".
All kinds of cultural expressions have had the term "postmodern" hooked on them—from architecture, literature and art to lifestyle. But postmodernism is also the ideological bedrock central to most universities.
When I first came across Manning Marable’s writing around 20 years ago, I had just come badly unstuck addressing a Socialist Workers Party meeting on the US Civil Rights Movement.
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable reviewed by Yuri Prasad
This term I got my first-year students to create manifestos for the future of the arts.
The Spanish surrealist film‑maker Luis Buñuel said he made movies "to show that this is not the best of all possible worlds".
Alex Glasgow was a left wing singer-songwriter from Gateshead, who sang the theme to the BBC TV series When The Boat Comes In.
This Danish documentary is about the Armadillo "forward operating base" in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, shared by Danish and British troops.
Covering your face in public in France is now illegal. Muslim women in France who choose to wear a niqab, or face veil, in public face arrest and a fine of 150 euros.
There is a growing consensus in the global ruling class on the need for cuts.
Drivers are fighting back at London Midland
Having a vote is better than not having one. But what we vote for bears little resemblance to what we get.
‘My nine year old is starting to sense things… he asks, "Why are the students angry with you, papa?"’