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Issue: 2313

Dated: 28 Jul 2012


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Trillions looted by the rich

At least £13 trillion has been hidden in tax havens by the super rich. That’s about as much as the economies of Japan and the US put together.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

It's right to strike back against the Tories' cuts

Tory minister Jeremy Hunt had the audacity to attack a planned strike by civil service workers as "an absolute disgrace" this week.

PCS union calls off planned Home Office strike

A planned strike by PCS union members has been called off after management concessions.

Remploy workers strike again: reports and pictures round-up

Remploy workers strike again: reports and pictures round-up

London Underground cleaners walk out as Olympic games begin

London Underground cleaners in the RMT union are striking today, Friday, to demand a living wage.

Trade unionists protest against Turkish Airlines strike ban

The Unite union organised a protest today, Friday, outside the Turkish embassy in solidarity with Turkish Airlines workers who have been banned from striking.

East End protest march opposes Olympic corporate sponsors

Around 500 marched through east London today, Saturday, in protest at the commercialisation and militarisation of the Olympic games.

Is manufacturing dead in Britain?

From the unions to the Labour Party, it’s common to hear the idea that Britain’s manufacturing base is now all but destroyed. "We don’t make things any more," they say.

Vote to reject the local government pensions deal

Unison’s local government service group executive is recommending a yes vote in the ballot which starts next week on the government’s pensions deal.

Reports round-up

Sunderland print workers on strike Workers in the Unite union at Paragon print company in Sunderland struck on Tuesday of this week and were set to strike again on Friday. This follows action on the same days of last week.

Liverpool trade union march defies threats from far right

Around 300 trade unionists and activists marched in Toxteth, Liverpool, last Saturday for an annual commemoration of the life of Liverpool-born Irish socialist James Larkin.

Bus workers accept Olympics deal

London bus workers have voted by 71 percent to 29 percent to accept the Olympic bonus offer.

Portsmouth demo hits ferry firm

Some 40 people protested at Portsmouth International Ferry Port on Saturday of last week.

Transport round-up

Workers in the RMT union at Barton Hall rail depot in Bristol have voted to strike over a reduction in their hours.

Protest for Coryton inquiry

Up to 80 workers and supporters protested outside the Vopak oil terminal in Purfleet, Essex, on Saturday and Sunday of last week.

Sean Rigg inquest recalls officers

The inquest into the death of Sean Rigg has recalled four police officers after new evidence came to light.

Resistance to NHS cuts rises

NHS employers’ plans to slash the pay and conditions of hundreds of thousands of health workers in England are meeting resistance.

Unofficial post strike wins reinstatement victory

Royal Mail workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, won a colleague’s reinstatement after a three-day unofficial strike.

Anti-academies campaign takes off in Gloucestershire

Parents, workers and students are organising a mass campaign against academies in Gloucestershire. Private firm Prospects Group is set to take over Whitcross School in Lydney and run it as an academy from September.

Civil service round-up

Workers across the Department for Transport are taking rolling sectional strikes until 3 August.

Activists campaign for a no vote on local government pensions

Voting in the Unison union’s ballot on the local government pensions deal begins next Tuesday. Activists are gearing up for a campaign to reject the proposals, which will see workers working longer and getting less.

Cashing in on Olympic gold

London has been invaded—by super-yachts. The billionaires’ massive boats have turned up in town as the Olympics gets underway. Up to 100 of the yachts, belonging to the likes of Bill Gates and Roman Abramovich, set sail for the capital.

Remploy: 'It's better to live a day as a lion than a lifetime as a sheep'

Disabled workers took to picket lines to fight for their jobs on Thursday of last week. It was the first of two 24-hour strikes by Remploy workers in the Unite and GMB unions.

Britain's crimes in Kenya cannot go unpunished or forgotten

A group of elderly Kenyans have been told they can sue the British Foreign Office for torture they suffered under colonial rule in the 1950s.

Tomlinson family vow to continue fight for justice

Outrage followed the news on Thursday of last week that Simon Harwood had been found not guilty of Ian Tomlinson’s manslaughter.

Police faked story in riot case

The Birmingham riots murder trial almost collapsed after the judge found a senior police officer "invented" evidence.

News round-up

Fukushima firm lies on radiation Bosses at a firm cleaning up the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan tried to cover up radiation levels beyond the legal limit.


International

Anaheim: a community rises up against killer cops

Manuel Diaz was killed by the police in Anaheim, California, last Saturday. The official story is that he was in an alley running away from the police.

Syria's rebel battles rage on as regime goes on offensive

A devastating bomb attack on Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle has exposed deep fractures and a crisis of confidence inside his regime.

Austerity fuels protests in Europe

Stock markets plummeted this week as the economic crisis deepened across Europe.

Egypt's strikers defy crackdown and win concessions from regime

Workers’ tents and banners started to appear in the street outside the Abidin palace in Egypt’s capital Cairo a few weeks ago.


Comment

The revolution in Syria is rooted in popular uprising

The past few days may have seen the balance of forces tilt decisively against Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Paradoxically, a significant section of the Western left seems to have tilted as decisively in their favour.


Features

How did human beings evolve?

Darwin’s theory of evolution is double-edged for Marxists. On the one hand it is a revolutionary theory, and it makes up a part of the arsenal we use to analyse the world.

Once upon a time in America

In March 1928, Richard Mellon told a congressional committee in Washington DC that you could not mine coal without machine guns.


Reviews

Coming out in style: the radical rap of Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has hit the hip-hop and R&B scene hard with his new wave style.

The Dark Knight Rises: Batman as a fairytale hero for the 1 percent

Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman film is a pacy, edgy and gripping summer blockbuster. It also a spectacularly reactionary fairytale for the 1 percent.

Us and Them

Karamel Gallery, London N22 6UJ, until 28 July


What We Think

A glimpse of our real rulers

The revelation that at least £13 trillion is hidden away in tax havens by the super-rich is a scandal. But it also gives a glimpse of the world’s ruling class.

They just can't hack it

David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson is being prosecuted for phone hacking. So is his good friend Rebekah Brooks.


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Tim's view

 

Letters

Remploy closures are the Tories’ most wicked cut yet It gives no satisfaction to be able to rank the coalition’s cuts in terms of wickedness. But the proposed closure of the Remploy factories—and the loss of thousands of supported jobs for disabled workers—must be one of the most evil policies they’ve announced so far.

Quotes from this week's news

‘It’s chaos, absolute chaos’

Politicians might bicker, but they all still want austerity

It’s a little unnerving when the representatives of global capitalism say we need to make fewer cuts.

Tory claims about ‘troubled families’ just don’t add up

Right wingers were drooling last week after the publication of a government report on "troubled families". They jumped at the chance to characterise poor people as benefit-scrounging, drug-addled criminals who have loads of children just to abuse and neglect them.



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