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Around the world newspaper front pages screamed with celebration at the announcement that US forces had killed Osama Bin Laden in his compound in Pakistan.
Governments of all kinds have promised in recent years to break down barriers to social mobility.
Osama Bin Laden is often presented as single-handedly controlling world "terrorism" from a bunker in Afghanistan or Pakistan. It is a myth that has suited both Bin Laden and his enemies.
The war in Afghanistan is in its tenth year. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have died, and 2,375 foreign troops have been killed, including 1,509 US and 360 British soldiers.
Thousands of trade unionists and other activists celebrated International Workers’ Day last weekend by joining protests in towns and cities across Britain.
Left wing campaigners are standing in this week’s elections to step up the fight against the government’s austerity programme.
Metropolitan police, and other forces across Britain, used the royal wedding to crackdown on "potential protesters".
Up to 200 people attended a public meeting in defence of student protester Bryan Simpson at Strathclyde university last Friday.
Bristol’s streets were again in flames as riots erupted for a second time on Thursday of last week.
NHS campaigners in east London last week reacted with fury to health authority plans to close the Connaught Day Hospital at Whipps Cross hospital in Waltham Forest.
Around 120 people in Lewisham, south London, demonstrated last week against £500,000 of cuts to child and adolescent mental health services.
Strikes after Kirklees worker locked in office by bosses Around 100 cleansing workers at the Sita company in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, are striking against alleged management bullying and intimidation.
London Underground will likely face severe disruption for at least 48 hours after tube drivers voted for strikes over the victimisation of union reps.
Teachers at Islington Arts and Media School began balloting for strike action against threatened compulsory redundancies last week.
Teachers in the NASUWT union at Sinfin Community School in Derbyshire were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Lecturers at Sheffield College struck on Wednesday of last week in protest at bosses’ plans to cut jobs.
Over 300 Unison union members at the newly-formed Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) body have just finished voting in their official strike ballot.
Over 200 campaigners joined a lively march through Stoke called "Defending jobs, Standing up for communities" on Saturday of last week.
Scottish teachers narrowly voted to accept a two-year pay freeze and changes to their pay and conditions last week.
Voting continues in the elections for the national executive of the Unison union.
Union activists joined a protest outside Buckingham Palace the day before the royal wedding as part of the campaign to win the royals’ cleaners the London Living Wage.
Workers who look after the financial affairs of vulnerable people struck on Tuesday against plans to relocate their jobs.
PCS union members at offices of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) across Britain were to walk out for an hour from 11am on Wednesday of this week and again on Wednesday of next week.
Journalists at Tindle Newspapers in north London last week completed a 14-day strike to demand more staff.
Protests across Britain marked Workers Memorial Day last week.
Locked out construction workers at Saltend in Hull spread protests to a British Sugar plant in Newark last week. Some 400 workers have been in dispute since March.
The Tories and the Liberal Democrats dreaded voters giving them a hammering in this week’s elections for their vicious attacks on working people over the past year.
Dozens of hospitals already struggling to cope with the government’s crippling financial demands will be forced to slash even more jobs and services.
Egypt’s workers have reclaimed May Day as a celebration of struggle and solidarity.
Around 2,000 people joined the first public May Day celebrations in Tunis for 50 years.
Six Kurdish Iranian refugees are on hunger strike in London in protest against British government plans to deport them to Iran.
The jury at the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson had just ruled that he was unlawfully killed as Socialist Worker went to press.
The Localism Bill sets out the legislative framework for David Cameron’s "Big Society".
Bahraini citizens living in Britain are set to take their case against the Gulf state’s royal family to court this week.
Anti-choice MPs have launched a fresh attack on abortion rights.
While the Tories talk of a "fragile economic recovery", life is getting increasingly worse for most people—not better.
Students are occupying London Metropolitan University against bosses’ plans to axe 70 percent of all the courses at the college.
Postal workers in London are starting a strike ballot after Royal Mail rejected union plans to save jobs in the capital’s mail centres.
Around 200 activists packed into a meeting in London yesterday (Thursday) called by the Defend The Right To Protest group. The diverse gathering was a response to recent attempts by police to criminalise dissent.
Workers at Southampton City Council have voted to strike to stop bosses forcing through pay cuts, their union announced today (Friday).
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Come and hear British trade unionists report from May Day in Cairo.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) will decide this week as to whether it plans to accept a case of war crimes against Bahrain’s government. A group of Bahrainis living in Britain, with a team of international lawyers, travelled to The Hague last week to present their report to the prosecutor.
Around 300 postal workers in Liverpool are on unofficial strike after Royal Mail sacked six workers—for following management instructions!
The British embassy in Tripoli was burned to the ground when news broke that a Nato attack had killed the second youngest of Colonel Gaddafi’s sons, 29-year old Saif al-Arab, and three grandchildren under the age of 12.
Western commentators were quick to blame Pakistan for allowing Bin Laden to hide in Abbottabad—a military town just miles from the capital Islamabad.
Rebels in Syria are still protesting on the streets despite a brutal government crackdown.
The gushing drivel that passed for media coverage of the royal wedding felt like a long advert for the institution of marriage. Every little girl apparently wants to become a princess.
Barack Obama concluded his announcement that US forces had assassinated Osama Bin Laden by saying, "Tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to."
The biggest wheat crop in world history is expected this year—yet half the globe’s population are at risk of going hungry. Globally, food prices have risen by 36 percent in the past year, meaning millions of people are priced out of the basic foods.
Bobby Sands was a young working class man from Belfast whose death 30 years ago shook the establishment. After his 17th birthday, he never saw a Christmas outside prison. He died aged 27, an MP in the British parliament.
Blue Labour is the latest wheeze to try to reinvigorate the fortunes of the Labour Party, and it is nonsense.
The punk rock movement of the late 1970s threw up many brilliantly talented figures. But Marianne Elliott-Said—better known as Poly Styrene—was one of the most original and unusual among them.
There are 95 movie sequels currently in production in Hollywood. Despite this, sequels aren’t where the industry sees itself going. It is now into what they like to describe as a "reboot".
Peter Kennard has produced radical photomontages for 40 years, some of the most striking being for Stop the War.
The restored version of Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent film about a naval mutiny in the 1905 Russian Revolution can now be seen on the big screen.
This work by a Turner Prize winning artist features the wreckage of a car blown up in the bombing of a book market in Baghdad in Iraq, which killed 38 people.
The killing of Bin Laden will not stop terrorism any more than the preceding ten years of the "war on terror" did. It may even increase it.
‘Calm down, dear’