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Issue: 1687

Dated: 11 Mar 2000



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THE HEAD of the Roman Catholic church in Scotland, Cardinal Winning, is being praised as a model for "family values" in his campaign to keep the anti-gay Section 28 law.

How do we get sexual liberation?

International Women's Day began as a day to mark the struggles of working class women. Today the fight against sexism is far from over. If you pick up a newspaper you will find sexist pin-ups of women...

Butcher Pinochet makes a miraculous 'recovery'

"HE BOARDED the aeroplane a destroyed man and with the passing hours he began to recover." That admission came from the daughter of former Chilean dictator General Pinochet this week. It came just hou...

Four on dole for every vacancy

TRADE UNION leaders have slammed chancellor Gordon Brown's claim that there are jobs for those who want them. The TUC trade union body tears the government's claim apart in a new report this week...

Teachers

"TEACHERS have been saying we have to do something." That is how Paul Vernell of the National Union of Teachers in south Gloucestershire describes the response of teachers to the government's plan

Mumia must live!

AROUND 1,000 people marched through central London last Saturday as part of a day of action to stop the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, on death row in the US for 17 years after being framed for murder...

'Now let's hear from an atheist'

YOU ARE listening to a radio or TV discussion. It's about morals. Four people are getting to grips with a problem such as euthanasia. Or perhaps they're thinking about victims of violence.

Preview

PANTHER (Sat, 1.55am, C4). Inspiring film about the 1960s US black revolutionary organisation the Black Panthers...

Back Faith Ryan

JUST DAYS after the Labour-supporting Dave Prentis won the leadership of UNISON last week, he showed the assault on activists within the union would go on...

An eager audience for socialist ideas

"NO ONE will do a hand's turn to help get Frank Dobson elected." That is how Judy Atkinson describes the fury at New Labour's stitch-up over the London mayor.

Extra fees plan

THE PRICE of going to university could be set to rocket. Already the government is making students pay tuition fees of over �1,000 a year. Now the heads of some colleges are pushing for the introduct...

'I've seen the destruction'

I WAS expecting the situation in Iraq to be bad. But I did not expect to find a level of destruction that went so deep and extended into every corner of society...

It's divide and rule

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to oppose the government's plan to impose a deposit, or bond, of up to �10,000 on people from the Indian subcontinent and Africa...

Students

OVER 500 people marched through Huddersfield last Saturday in a fight against a Private Finance Initiative scheme which threatens vital services at the local hospital...

Massive attack on the tracks

RAIL WORKERS are facing a big battle. The RMT union has taken the unusual step of writing to every overhead line (OHL) member in the country. OHL workers carry out essential and dangerous repairs...

Reject Tony Blair's 'party of business'

KEN LIVINGSTONE'S decision to stand as an independent for London mayor is a turning point. The support for Livingstone reflects the fact that millions of people are disillusioned with the government. ...

Is science out of control?

BARELY A week goes by without press stories of "Frankenstein foods"-genetically modified crops which threaten our health and the environment...

Millbank-the lie machine

Dobson and the Millbank machine accuse Ken Livingstone of breaking trust because he had previously said he would not leave the Labour Party.

Capitalism's two extremes

TOO MUCH junk food in the First World. Not enough food in the Third World. That is the conclusion of a new report which finds that 1.2 billion people in the world are obese and 1.2 billion go hungry...

More nuclear safety scares

BRITISH Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) was hit by crisis again last week, only two weeks after one of its chief executives was sacked because of the company's appalling safety record. This time the threat to ou...

Ayr by-election special report

Many Labour voters in Scotland are up in arms at New Labour's Tory policies. There is a real possibility that Labour will lose the Ayr seat. The 16 March poll could see the Tories win...

In brief

POSTAL WORKERS at a CWU union conference have given a sign of the deep anger about New Labour's policies....

Lecturers on strike against 'partnership'

LECTURERS AT new Scottish universities and colleges of art were out on the picket line on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week against their management's imposition of a new contract...

Drop the debt

THE CONFERENCE of the NUS Scotland student union last weekend was both left-leaning and largely in agreement...

Rebel!

74 COPIES of Socialist Worker were sold outside 4 schools, 3 dust depots, 2 post offices, a bus garage and 2 benefit offices in Hackney last week. Elsewhere 23 papers were sold outside Riverside House...

Protest roundup

THE SACKED Sky Chefs workers at Heathrow Airport have been offered a new deal...

Brutal police face new rap

"YOUNG, GIFTED and Black" is a famous song from the 1960s. The man who wrote the lyrics, Weldon Irvine, is still recording music over 30 years later...

Unite left to fill void

I AM not an admirer of Ken Livingstone, but New Labour has resorted to the most disgraceful methods to stop him becoming mayor of London...

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Keep it in the holy family?

THE HEAD of the Roman Catholic church in Scotland, Cardinal Winning, is being praised as a model for "family values" in his campaign to keep the anti-gay Section 28 law.

The Mirror's shares con

MIRROR EDITOR Piers Morgan is engulfed in a scandal after being accused of trying to make a quick profit through dodgy share dealing...

Should socialists break from New Labour?

SHOULD SOCIALISTS leave the Labour Party? That is the question raised by the contest for London mayor. Many Labour members are questioning if they have a future in the party...

Justice for the McGowans

The family and their lawyers then met home secretary Jack Straw at Parliament. Deborah Todd, campaign coordinator in Telford, says, "We followed up on Friday by picketing Telford's police station."...

Not a lot to smile about

ROSETTA, A powerful and upsetting film, follows Rosetta, a young Belgian woman, over a few days in her brutish life.

Mozambique flood crisis has exposed Britain and the US

AT EVERY stage in the crisis in Mozambique New Labour has put balance sheets before saving lives. It has been too slow and too mean in sending aid, too enslaved to the market to help a country recover...


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