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Issue: 1759

Dated: 28 Jul 2001



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Scandal of PFI hospitals

SUFFOCATING HEAT leaves patients with respiratory problems gasping for breath. A failed generator plunges operating theatres, intensive care and casualty departments into darkness...


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How Italian state caused the violence

THE BRITISH media focused almost entirely on one aspect of the Genoa protests-the violence of a few hundred supposed anarchists belonging to the "Black Block"...

Two men killed for baker's profit

BOSSES OF one of Britain's biggest bread firms should be in jail for murder this week. Instead the company only has fines to pay after two workers burned to death in a bread oven...

Outrage at shoot to kill

ANGER ERUPTED in Brixton, south London, last week following the police killing of Derek Bennett. Derek was gunned down on the Angell estate on Monday of last week...

Workers, students & greens together

THE BRITISH press chose to ignore it, but the 300,000-strong march through Genoa last Saturday was amazing. It was five times the size of the protest in Seattle in November 1999...

Behind Bristol child deaths

THE REPORT into the deaths of dozens of young children at Bristol Royal Infirmary during the 1980s and 1990s was released last week. It is a devastating insight into health service failings...

Coca-Cola's link to death squads

COCA-COLA stands accused of using right wing death squads to assassinate trade unionists in Colombia. The accusation comes from the US United Steelworkers of America union...

What's behind the backbench revolt?

"IT'S MUTINY." That was the Sun's headline last week as Labour backbench MPs staged their biggest ever rebellion against Tony Blair...

Fighting cuts and privatisation

The council plans to privatise 200 jobs in the council core services, backed by Tory and Liberal councillors. Council workers in Hemel Hempstead are furious that their jobs will be privatised...

A conspiracy to wreck the tube

NEW LABOUR'S drive to privatise the London tube is showing all the crazed obsession of the Tories when they introduced the poll tax...

'Create climate against Nazis'

TENS OF thousands of people attended the TUC's Respect festival in Finsbury Park, north London, on Saturday. It sent a powerful message against the Nazi BNP and racism...

Arms: Labour sells more

ARMS SALES have doubled under the New Labour government. The government's own figures revealed a shocking rise in the trade in lethal military equipment to some of the world's most repressive regimes...

Another world is necessary

TONY BLAIR denounced the demonstrators outside the G8 summit of world leaders in Genoa last week and claimed the "summit has done much to help the world's poor"...

Refugees

SOME 20 to 30 refugee supporters in Haringey, north London, met last week to plan more activities after...

Sacked for joining a union

FOUR CHINESE workers have recently been sacked from a restaurant in London's Chinatown. Their "crime" was joining the TGWU trade union...

US stoked up war with Iraq

THE US has deliberately provoked conflicts with Iraq to provide an excuse for war. Former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter says the US set up clashes in order to justify its bombing raid...

Race, culture and class today

RACISM IS not simply one group of people disliking another. It is systematic discrimination against ethnic minorities. It is built into British society...

Real schools, not McSchools

JOHN O' FARRELL'S lead article in the Guardian's education supplement on Tuesday of last week highlighted the campaign for a secondary school in Lambeth, south London...

Fantasy illness...

GIANT DRUGS firms have a new pitch-make up a disease and then sell a "cure". Social anxiety disorder, an acute form of shyness, has become a popular disease over the last few years in the US...

Can mass action topple the state?

THE ITALIAN state used ferocious repression against demonstrators at the G8 summit last weekend. It would be capable of much greater violence if the whole system was at stake...

Elderly betrayed globally

THE WORLD Bank admitted last week that over 85 percent of the world's population has absolutely no income after retirement...

A fightback in Argentina

ARGENTINA WAS rocked by a two-day general strike last week against savage cuts designed to placate international bankers. Transport and other public sector workers as well as groups like bank workers...

Repression in Genoa

BLOOD WAS dripping from the walls of the Genoa Independent Media Centre after Italian police raided it on Saturday night. They seized files, smashed computers and savagely assaulted protesters...

Marconi

TRADE UNIONISTS from Marconi factories across Britain picketed the company's AGM last week...

Council housing

AFTER A three-year battle, Tooley Street council tenants in south London have forced councillors to abandon plans to chuck out tenants and demolish their homes...


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