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The initials of the English Defence League were daubed on the wall of a Muslim community centre burned to the ground in north London.
The government’s hated bedroom tax came into force on 1 April. But the policy—and the Tories’ thin justifications for it—are already starting to fall apart, writes Dave Sewell
Birmingham Benefit Justice Campaign has called a demonstration against the bedroom tax in Birmingham on Saturday of this week.
The government will stop accepting claims for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) this week.
The new Universal Credit benefit could include a mechanism for landlords to chase up rent arrears.
The government agreed on Thursday of last week to compensate Kenyans tortured by the British during the 1950s Mau Mau war.
The Foreign Office was quick to clarify last week that the foreign secretary was not making an apology for the British government.
Protesters marched on the Scottish Tory conference last Saturday
Police in Northern Ireland are preparing to arrest hundreds of people during the G8 summit next week.
Delegates to the largest public sector union, Unison, are meeting this week in Liverpool
Health workers face a barrage of attackes—we need to link up local fights
Over 2,500 people have signed up for the People's Assembly on 22 June in central London. The event will bring together benefits campaigners, cuts activists and trade unionists to oppose the Tories' austerity programme.
The blacklisting of construction workers finally made it onto television this week as the BBC’s Panorama interviewed Mary Kerr, the book-keeper for blacklisters
Postal workers are holding workplace meetings to support their CWU union’s opposition to the privatisation of Royal Mail and below-inflation pay rises.
Hundreds of riot police raided a building being used by G8 protesters in central London before the summit which takes place in Northern Ireland next week
New immigration rules are tearing families apart
Leader of the British National Party has posted abusive tweets about Nelson Mandela
Vodafone makes millions in profit but still pays no tax
Over 100 striking care workers and their supporters rallied in Rochdale on Saturday of last week
New research shows people from poor areas of Britain die earlier than those from rich areas
All over Britain, anti-racists are challenging Islamophobia after the Woolwich attack. Annette Mackin reports from Sheffield where the racist EDL were blocked by a 2000-strong protest
Clara Osagiede, cleaners’ secretary in the RMT union on London Underground, faces an outrageous attempt to sack her
A Muslim organisation in Ipswich now believes it was wrong to organise a 'joint walk' with members of the English Defence League
Around 20 protesters slipped through security at the yearly financial report of security giant G4S last week.
Up to 200 people attended a conference on Confronting the Climate Crisis on Saturday of last week.
Some 200 people protested against the potential closure of the National Media Museum in Bradford last Saturday. Local MPs George Galloway and Gerry Sutcliffe addressed the rally.
More than 100 protesters greeted Ukip and its leader Nigel Farage when they came to Brighton last week.
The BFAWU bakers’ union conference opened in Bridlington, east Yorkshire, last Sunday, with union president Ian Hodson calling for a general strike.
Thousands of civil service workers struck this week against job cuts and attacks on pay and conditions
Lecturers in the UCU union at Chesterfield college plan to continue their strike against redundancies with action this week
Lecturers are set to march against job cuts in Lambeth, south London, this Saturday
The conference of the main Scottish teachers' union, the EIS, has voted for action over increase workload associated with the new curriculum
A selection of short stories from schools
Ambulance workers in Yorkshire are out on strike against de-skilling and the de-recognition of their Unite union
Campaigners are set to rally against the bedroom tax in Birmingham tomorrow, Saturday, in memory of Stephanie Bottrill from nearby Solihull, who committed suicide last month after her benefits were cut.
Today some 300 Brighton bin workers employed by Cityclean started a week long strike against a pay assault led by Green Party Council leader Jason Kitcat and council chief executive Penny Thompson.
More than 20 students at Warwick university in Coventry occupied the university’s Senate House yesterday, Friday. This morning saw the inaugural meeting of the Protect the Public University campaign inside the indefinite occupation.
The killing of Clément Méric is a result of the toxic climate of racism and homophobia that gives fascists confidence, writes Dave Sewell
Syrian government forces, supported by the Lebanese Hizbollah militia, retook the crucial city of Qusair last week.
As police try to remove protesters in Istanbul, Ron Margulies looks at the political make-up of the protests and their growing popularity across Turkey
A workers' occupation of the Greek ERT state broadcasting corporation was the only media outlet broadcasting in the country today, Wednesday. Journalists across the rest of the Greek media struck in solidarity with occupation.
John Parrington looks at new research that claims to show that biology, rather than circumstance, causes crimes
The education minister is doing what’s right for capitalism—not children say Nick Grant and Terry Wrigley
One might say that the historical role of Labour leaders is to disappoint their supporters. The fundamental contradiction of Labourism lies between its promise to make the world a better place and its commitment in government to managing capitalism efficiently.
The protests that have exploded in Istanbul’s Taksim Square can only be understood by seeing the pressures on Turkey’s rulers that pull them in different directions
The British state has used the recent killing of a soldier in London to whip up racism against Muslims. Racists have seized on the story to try and mount a campaign of terror against all Muslims.
New film Behind the Candelabra shows the lengths the pianist Liberace went to hide his sexuality, and the liberation still to be won
This is a ten part series based on Philippa Gregory’s historical novels The Cousin’s War, set during the 15th century Wars of the Roses
In this radio drama ten year old Mark struggles to cope with his violent dad.
Five working class people sit in a coffee shop and talk about their lives all of them affected by the legacy of Tony Blairi
A group of Muslim men who planned to bomb the EDL cannot be regarded as equivalent to the racists that they oppose
Revelations that Britain's GCHQ listening station is involved in the US Prism scandal should surprise no-one
The left lost more than a high-profile champion of good causes and a writer of great warmth and wit when novelist Iain Banks died last Sunday, writes Dave Sewell
A solicitor speaks out, polemics about prehistory, and facts on the bedroom tax
In their own words
Political party funding, footballer's homes and the number of golf courses in Surrey
A recent report shows an increase in trade union membership last year. Sadie Robinson looks behind the figures at who’s signing up, where and why
I started working in the voluntary sector in 1994. We were expected to work all hours.
Unions are more diverse than we are often told. Firstly black workers are more likely to be in unions than white.