Dated: 21 Apr 2012
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The police are in crisis following revelations of racism and corruption. Top cops will once again say that the problem is down to a few rotten apples.
The government pretends that its energy policies are good for keeping prices low, cutting carbon emissions and creating jobs.
Next month the caravan for a million climate jobs will undertake its 2,000 mile tour of 25 towns and cities.
Employment judges slammed the lack of legal protection for construction worker Dave Smith in a judgement released last week.
Capitalism is a world riven by inequality.
Some 100,000 health workers in the Unite union will strike to defend pensions on 10 May.
Health workers in the Unison union across England and Wales are balloting on the Tories’ pensions offer.
The NUT teachers’ union will meet next week to discuss further strikes over pensions.
Get together with other workers and put pressure on your union to join the strikes on 10 MayInvite a Unite union member to speak to your union branch about the strikesContact other trade unionists and organise to visit picket linesDo a collection in your union branch or organisation for the strikersFind out if there are any rallies or protests planned on the strike day and publicise them—or organise one yourself
Fascist killer Anders Behring Breivik went on trial in Norway this week—cheered on by his Muslim-hating friends in Britain’s far right.
Anders Behring Breivik appeared in court in Oslo on Monday. He pled not guilty and showed no regret—but burst into tears while watching his own pathetic propaganda video.
An 18 year old woman died after plunging 17 stories from a tower block window after police visited her on Tuesday of last week.
Up to 140 refugees in Glasgow face destitution as responsibility for housing vulnerable people passes to the multinational security firm Serco.
Around 70 people attended a "Carnival for Choice" in Worthing, West Sussex, on Sunday organised by campaign group Brighton Pro-Choice.
The fight is on to stop the closure of factories employing more than 1,500 disabled workers.
Maintenance and upgrade workers employed by Tube Lines on the London Underground are to strike for 72 hours from 4pm on Tuesday of next week.
Journalists at BBC Wales are to begin a ballot in defence of Bectu union rep Heidi Williams after she was dismissed.
Campaigners in West Cumbria have successfully campaigned to save two care homes from closure.
Voting begins this week in the election for the PCS union’s national executive committee.
Elections continue for the Unison union’s service group executives.
Grants for Wales’s poorest students are to be cut by around 15 percent.
Striking teachers in Rotherham were in determined mood after closing their secondary school during a 24-hour walkout over job losses on Tuesday.
NUT union members across Nottingham struck on Tuesday of this week against council plans to change their term structure.
Teachers at Downhills Primary School in Haringey, north London, are balloting for strikes against government plans to force the school to become an academy.
Teachers and support staff are set to strike at Central Foundation Girl’s School in east London on Wednesday of next week.
Lecturers at London Metropolitan University were set to meet on Wednesday of this week to discuss an ongoing dispute over redundancies.
The Unite union was set to decide on Wednesday of this week whether to call almost 2,000 petrol tanker drivers out on strike—or to accept a secret offer from six major haulage companies.
The business press gloated last week at Unilever bosses’ "victory" as most workers at the firm accepted the end of their final salary pension scheme.
Workers at BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford could be set to strike for the first time in 28 years after overwhelmingly rejecting a pay offer.
Workers sacked by Meyr Melnhof Packaging in Bootle, near Liverpool, have been protesting outside the company’s clients and their shareholders.
Unite union members in Ealing, west London, have called off a two-week strike for talks with management.
"I’ve been involved in election campaigns for seven years, and I’ve never seen such a positive response.
Almost 50 people from a variety of different campaigns and organisations attended a Counter Olympics planning meeting in east London on Saturday of last week.
Camden Council has agreed to launch a public inquiry into the privatisation of the Camden Road GP practice after a public outcry at its closure.
Vocal protesters marched through Coventry with the message "Save our leisure centre" last Saturday.
Boris Johnson’s reign as London mayor has been great for his friends. The number of senior managers earning more than £100,000 a year in City Hall has risen from 16 to 28 during his four years there.
The trial of five student protesters concluded on Monday this week at Kingston Crown Court in south London.
David Cameron is on tour, touting for trade for his arms dealer chums in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Burma.
Government "behaviour tsar" Charlie Taylor has recommended that some parents of children who miss school should have their child benefit docked.
Health campaigners have called a weekend of protests against Richard Branson’s Virgin Care, one of the leading private companies bidding for NHS contracts.
Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has been hit by a series of brazen attacks by the Taliban rebel group. The attacks have exposed the weaknesses of Hamid Karzai’s Western-backed government.
Students are set to join a lobby of parliament organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) on Wednesday of this week.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance—a right wing pressure group with strong links to the Tory party—has admitted one of its directors pays no tax in Britain.
A luxury jeweller has come up with a particularly tasteless ornament to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
The jury returned their verdict in the trial of Alfie Meadows and four other student protesters today, Wednesday.
Tanker drivers in the Unite union rejected an offer from six oil distribution firms today (Wednesday). Unite is now seeking further talks through the Acas conciliation service.
Some 115 factory workers in Corby, Northamptonshire, received the shocking news today (Thursday) that they have lost their jobs—with immediate effect.
BBC workers could strike during the queen’s diamond jubilee in June after a ballot for action was announced by the Bectu, Unite and NUJ broadcasting unions today (Thursday).
Tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets on Friday of last week in a mass show of support for the revolution.
Tens of thousands of protesters filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday of last week.
The Formula One grand prix race is due to take place in Bahrain this week despite the continuing government crackdown on protests there.
The first round of the French presidential elections is set to take place on Sunday of this week.
Six Zimbabwean socialists have won a high court appeal against their sentences of community service.
The first round of the French presidential election will take place on Sunday. The Socialist Party candidate François Hollande is set to defeat incumbent right winger Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round on 6 May.
Alex Callinicos recently argued in these pages that the global economic crisis is far from over. The ink had hardly dried on his words when the crisis in Spain started growing to "Greek" proportions.
Chanie Rosenberg, along with her husband Tony Cliff, were founder members of what is now the Socialist Workers Party.
The leaders of Britain’s political parties have never, as a group, been so unpopular.
Some 800 people came to a Respect rally on Sunday in Bradford to hear the party’s 12 council candidates speak alongside George Galloway, newly elected MP for Bradford West.
Michael Lavalette is standing as an independent socialist in Preston in an effort to take back his council seat for the left.
The Irish-American dramatist and Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill is widely considered the father of modern American theatre. His most famous play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, has just opened at the Apollo Theatre in London.
Günter Grass, the German writer and Nobel laureate, has been in the headlines recently for his poem "What Must Be Said".
This new radio series sees presenter Neil MacGregor exploring the world at the time of William Shakespeare by examining the history of 20 objects from that period.
It’s a brave band who opens an album with a seven minute dirge attacking the venality and hypocrisy of a swathe of early popes.
A festival celebrating the works of maverick Marxist composer Conlon Nancarrow takes place at London’s Southbank Centre this weekend.
The US billionaire and convicted tax evader Leona Helmsey once famously said, "Only the little people pay taxes".
Ahmed Ben Bella became the first president of independent Algeria, after leading the struggle against the brutal rule of French colonialism.
Racist cops no surprise for young black people The Metropolitan Police has always been institutionally racist. I first encountered them when I was stopped and searched at the age of nine, just yards from my family home.
‘This completely understandable mistake amounts to racially stereotyping black people as criminals and this will be portrayed by some of our critics as deliberate police racism of the "racial hatred" variety’