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The 50 richest people in the world are worth £1.046 trillion, up by 23 percent on last year. The figure was revealed in the Sunday Times Rich List last week.
British troops in Iraq tortured then hanged a teenager, his uncle has told a public inquiry.
It is “indisputable” that the US government used torture after 11 September 2001—and top officials are ultimately to blame.
The people of Uddingston, Lanarkshire, suffered more than most from Margaret Thatcher’s policies.
Many of those hit by the bedroom tax have a history of fighting Tory attacks. John Flanagan, who lives in Uddingston, is one of them.
The two main political parties in Scotland say they oppose the bedroom tax.
The newly-formed Uddingston campaign against the bedroom tax is affiliated to the West of Scotland Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation.
Former MSP and socialist campaigner Tommy Sheridan spoke at the Uddingston meeting against the bedroom tax (see main).
The horrific explosion at a Texan fertiliser plant last week highlights the deadly risks of deregulating health and safety.
The Tories have overspent on academy schools by more than £1 billion, according to a committee of MPs.
A former sheep farmer and father of two shot himself this month because he was losing his disability benefits, according to a coroner.
Over 400 barristers protested against government plans to limit legal aid on Monday of this week.
The government estimates that 40 percent of student loans won’t be repaid. The figure gives the lie to the idea that students leave university and head into well-paid jobs.
A new survey has exposed the lies that recent scaremongering about immigration has been built on.
The Tories came under fire over the Staffordshire NHS scandal at the annual conference of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) this week.
The Unison union healthcare conference began on Monday this week. Unison activists looked for strategy and coordination from their officials.
NHS bosses have spent millions of pounds hiring ambulances from private companies as NHS ambulance jobs are slashed.
Around 1,000 people marched through the streets of Leeds on Saturday of last week while hundreds marched in Birmingham against the Tories’ hated bedroom tax.
Construction workers protested repeatedly over blacklisting last week.
Hundreds of workers protested at Ford’s plant in Dagenham, Essex, on Thursday of last week as they began a strike ballot.
Workers at Hewlett Packard were set to strike next week after negotiations with bosses failed to improve a 1.6 percent pay deal.
Wales | West Midlands
Angry chants rang through the streets of Levenshulme, south Manchester, on Sunday as a march against cuts wound its way to the threatened library and Arcadia sports facility.
Members of the Unite union face their second national ballot of the year, this time over the future of the union’s political fund.
London Underground train drivers on the Piccadilly line are set to ballot for strikes from Thursday of this week.
STUC conference called for “an industrial action strategy, including a Scotland-wide one day strike, aligned with any industrial action at a UK level as appropriate”.
Kiln burners at Hanson Brick near Peterborough have entered their third week of indefinite strike.
Some 55 trade unionists and campaigners came to a East Midlands Unite the Resistance launch rally in Leicester last Saturday.
BBC tour guides struck for 12 hours on Tuesday against a 17 percent pay cut.
MPs voted without a debate to scrap the last of the wages boards on Tuesday of last week. The Agricultural Wages Board is now set to be abolished on 1 October.
A protester has won compensation from Essex Police after being arrested and held for hours with no access to water or a toilet.
Some 350 workers at the Molson Coors brewery in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, are to be balloted for strikes from next Tuesday.
Teachers were set to rally in Liverpool and Manchester on Saturday of this week. The action is part of a joint campaign by the NUT and NASUWT unions to defend teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions.
Some 60 teachers and students attended the first seminar of the Defend School History campaign last Saturday.
Bosses at the University of Central Lancashire (Uclan) in Preston have abandoned plans to privatise the institution after fierce protests from staff and students.
The campaign against the privatisation of 235 posts at Sussex University held a week of action last week.
Over 100 people marched in Accrington, Lancashire, last Saturday in memory of Lucy Meadows.
Home Office workers in the PCS union took four days of industrial action last week.Walkouts were organised on a rolling and targeted basis across the UK from Tuesday to Friday.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) held its conference in Bournemouth this week.
Up to 4,000 workers struck at 373 Crown Post Offices for half a day on Friday afternoon of last week.
Fascists were humiliated in Brighton last Sunday, and outnumbered ten to one by anti-fascists.
Some 150 workers at Thera East Midlands, which supports people with learning disabilities, struck on Thursday of last week over pay and conditions.
Yusur Al Bahrani looks how the arrival of the Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain has sparked off a new round of protests
The police manhunt for the people who planted the Boston bombs targeted two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Savita Halappanavar died because of “medical misadventure”, an inquest jury in Ireland has ruled unanimously.
French president Francois Hollande reached record unpopularity in the polls last week. More than three quarters of the population say they are unsatisfied with him.
The Italian parliament has re-elected Giorgio Napolitano as its president in the sixth round of voting. The country has been gripped by a political crisis since a general election in February failed to deliver a majority.
Judges in Tunisia struck last week against a threat to the independence of the judiciary. There was a split in their professional association.
Farm supervisors opened fire into a crowd of 200 migrant workers on a strawberry farm in the village of Manolada, western Greece, last week.
Tensions around Korea are making many people nervous. Some are reminded of the Cuban missile crisis.
One of the many puzzles about the economic crisis is that people still listen to economists after they failed to anticipate the financial crash of 2007-08, writes Alex Callinicos.
North Korea is demonised as a pariah state. Sadie Robinson argues that its fear of attack is not so irrational if you know its history
The Syrian revolution is portrayed as degenerating into anarchy and sectarianism, now at the mercy of outside powers. But Simon Assaf interviewed revolutionaries taking part in the committees determined to take control of their own lives in the midst of the fighting
Haitham is a revolutionary from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. He spoke about the role of Palestinians in the Syrian revolution at last month’s World Social Forum in Tunisia
The remake of cult classic Evil Dead shows us good old fashioned demonic possession without misogynistic, sexual violence says Sally Campbell
This is one of the most exciting, vibrant and enjoyable art exhibitions mounted in London for some time.
Peter Hain’s documentary on last year’s massacre of striking miners at Marikana, South Africa, shows the distress of a natural supporter of the governing ANC.
This is a four part documentary that follows prisoners in jail, on their release and for some who reoffend the return to prison.
Matt Damon stars as Steve, an energy company salesman who has to buy permission to drill for gas from struggling farmers.
Britain is more unequal today than it was a year ago.
The racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence opened up the institutional racism at the heart of Britain’s police 20 years ago.
Measles, Mauritius and more on Margaret Thatcher
Not content with making school life even more of a misery with his Victorian-style curriculum, Tory education secretary Michael Gove wants to slash holidays.
Comments from the week's news
A small number of largely unregulated commodity trading houses have seen their profits rise astronomically over the last decade. And their wealth has come at the expense of poor people, largely in the Global South.
The commodities market is notoriously volatile. Just last week the market for the most reliable commodity, gold, dropped 15 percent.
Commodity firms pay low rates of tax, on average no more than 15 percent.
Trafigura accounts for 40 percent of trade in refined copper, lead and zinc. But the one time it made world headlines was in 2006 when a ship it owned was responsible for dumping toxic waste in Côte D’Ivoire.
Ian Taylor is head of the world’s largest oil trading company, Vitol. While the company is based Switzerland, he has donated £550,000 to the Tories.