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Issue: 2330

Dated: 24 Nov 2012

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Resist Israel's bloody assault

Today I saw a 14 year old boy with serious head injuries from shrapnel—and another kid with his intestines hanging out.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


By-election deposit losses leave coalition humiliated

The parties of government found out just how unpopular they were on Thursday of last week. Labour won a by-election seat from the Tories for the first time in 15 years.

How did the Cyril Smith MP abuse dossier go missing?

Did the security services cover up for a child-abusing MP? Tony Robinson was a special branch cop in the 1970s. He said he saw a police dossier "thick" with allegations from boys claiming they had been abused by Cyril Smith, the former Liberal MP for Rochdale.

Hillsborough survivors level new complaints against police

Survivors of the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster have made fresh complaints about their treatment by police after the crush.

Expert witnesses give evidence to Azelle Rodney inquiry

The public inquiry into the 2005 police shooting of Azelle Rodney heard from two expert witness firearms officers from Northern Ireland last week.

Strikes at Amnesty push back cuts

Workers at two different parts of Amnesty International struck in London on Tuesday of this week.

TUSC is taking on racism and the cuts in Rotherham

As the Rotherham by-election hots up, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate Ralph Dyson is taking his campaign to the streets.

Teachers step up strikes to stop academy conversion

Teachers at Connaught School for Girls in Leytonstone, east London, plan an indefinite programme of two-day strikes against the school becoming an academy.

Education round-up

Lecturers to walk out at Queen Mary Lecturers at Queen Mary University in east London were set to strike on Thursday of this week over redundancies and attacks on conditions.

Workers protest in Britain to support strikes in Europe

Over 300 people protested outside the European Commission in London on Wednesday of last week in solidarity with the strikes in Europe.

Alfie Meadows and Zac King trial is put back - again

The trial of student protesters Alfie Meadows and Zac King has been aborted and a retrial scheduled to begin on 11 February next year.

Lewisham health workers gear up for cuts protest

Around 100 health workers and activists from Lewisham Save Our A&E campaign in south east London met on Wednesday last week to build for the demonstration next Saturday.

Sparks take on sackings

Workers protested over the sacking of Crossrail electrician Frank Morris on Wednesday of last week.

Kurdish conference says follow Egypt's example

Some 250 people packed into a conference on Kurds in the Changing Middle East in central London last weekend.

EDL arrest in Bristol

The leader of the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Bristol has been arrested in connection with racist graffiti sprayed on mosques and temples.

King's Cross disaster memorial

Around 50 people gathered in central London on Sunday of last week to remember the 31 people killed in the fire at King’s Cross underground station 25 years ago. The event was backed by the RMT and FBU unions.

Reports round-up

Upbeat bus pickets take on scabbing First Devon and Cornwall bus drivers struck on Thursday of last week over pay. The RMT union members had rejected a revised offer from management. Workers are demanding a pay rise and that all drivers are paid the same rate of pay for doing the same job.

Police hold 347 children in cells

More than 347 children were held in police cells last year in England and Wales because police thought they were mentally ill. The children, some as young as 11, had not necessarily been involved in any crime. Some were held for over 24 hours.

Cameron's media mates charged

Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former spin doctor, has been charged with illegally paying to get the royal family’s phone numbers.

NHS workers strike back

Medical secretaries, admin and clerical workers at three West Yorkshire hospitals began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week.

Attacks on education give students many reasons to march

Students are angry at attacks on education, the crisis of youth unemployment and a recession that is hitting the poorest hardest.

Protesters occupy Salford council chamber over cuts to social care

Mental health campaigners occupied Salford council chamber this morning, Wednesday, in protest against cuts to adult social care.

Bristol post workers vote to strike against their management

Postal workers in the CWU union at the Royal Mail delivery depot in Mead Street, Bristol, have voted to strike by over 80 percent.

Thousands of students march in London against education cuts

Thousands of students marched in central London today, Wednesday, to protest against the coalition attacks on education. The demonstration, which began at Temple, saw students from across Britain take apart.

Striking Mid Yorkshire hospital workers fight on against pay cuts

Over 100 strikers at Dewsbury, Pontefract and Wakefield Pinderfields hospitals packed into Wakefield town hall on Thursday afternoon for a rally.

Lewisham marches to defend its A&E and maternity services

Thousands of marchers wielding placards and umbrellas wound their way through Lewisham in south east London today, Saturday, to defend their local health services.

March to Israeli embassy demands justice for Palestinians

<iframe width="500" height="375" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Saturday’s Gaza solidarity demo in London (Video: Terry McGrath)


Savita's death is turning point in abortion rights struggle

The story of the struggle for abortion rights in Ireland is punctuated with the names of dead women—Sheila Hodgers, Anne Lovett, Michelle Harte and now Savita Halappanavar.

14 November strikes in Europe

The centre of Madrid became a sea of people when millions of workers walked out on strike last week. Estimates put one demonstration outside the city’s congress building at 360,000—more than ten times the official figure.

Big march for choice in Dublin

The biggest ever pro-choice protest in Dublin took place last Saturday after the death of Savita Halappanavar.

Israel lies to justify its murder

Israel has once again unleashed terror on the people of Gaza. Since its military assassinated Hamas military chief Ahmad al-Jaabri last week, Israel’s Operation Pillar of Cloud has killed more than 100 Palestinians.

Questions and answers on Israel and Palestine

&raquo; Why does Israel exist?

Why the Arab Spring has changed everything in the Middle East

There was mounting panic in Washington, London and other capital cities at the beginning of this week. It was caused by the prospect of an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza.

Gaza round-up

Hamas and negotiations Contrary to Israeli propaganda Hamas has not opposed all negotiations.

Getting Egypt's second revolution

Great revolutions in the modern era take years to ebb and flow. They usually begin with temporary and superficial unity between all the opponents of the old regime.

No to dictatorship, no to trading on the revolution and the martyrs

Today all the masks fell from Mohamed Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood organisation, who trade in revolution and for whom the revolution is nothing but a means to reach the seat of power. They and the remnants of the old regime are two sides of the same coin, which is tyranny and enmity towards the people.



Unite the Resistance conference report: 'We all want to fight now'

The Unite the Resistance conference saw around 1,000 people fill London’s huge Emmanuel Centre for a lively debate on the way forward last Saturday.

Unite the Resistance round-up

‘Long live workers. Away with capitalism’ For many a highlight of the Unite the Resistance conference was hearing striking South African miner Tumi Moloi speak.


The Pre-Raphaelites: painters who rewrote the rules

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood began in 1848—a year of revolutions across Europe. The movement’s name was a rejection of the establishment Royal Academy’s idea that Renaissance artists such as Raphael had set ideal standards for how artists should paint.

Tragedy explores mental illness and racism: but i cd only whisper

Bold and fragile in equal measures, the new play "but i cd only whisper" explores the psyche of a black Vietnam war veteran after he allegedly commits a terrible crime. It delves into the history of a man whose war began long before he joined the army.

Reviews round-up

The Hour The second series of this drama set behind the scenes of a 1950s BBC current affairs show is now on. Post-war austerity is fading and the government is stoking fears of nuclear war and the arms race.

What We Think

Nerves in Israel over the influence of the Arab revolts

If we disregard Israel’s story that its brutal Operation Pillar of Cloud is a response to Hamas rockets, the question that arises is: why now?

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Julie Waterson (1958-2012): our most fearless fighter

Julie Waterson, who died absurdly young at the age of 54 on Friday 16 November, was one of the most outstanding figures to have emerged from the Socialist Workers Party. Whether as organiser, party leader or activist, she inspired everyone who came into contact with her.

Tim's view


Tim: Goliath


The truth about child abuse and the family At last! A paper that gets to the real issues about child abuse and dares to discuss the power relationships within society that are reflected in the make-up of the family.

Quotes from this week's news

‘If Israeli troops are in Gaza they are much more at risk of incurring fatalities or being wounded’

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