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Issue: 1678

Dated: 06 Jan 2000

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Forcing us to work longer

A HIGH court judge tore himself away from his goose, vintage port and cigars to wreck the Christmas break for hundreds of rail workers...

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Michael Menson: Verdict exposes police racism

MICHAEL MENSON was murdered. We now know this, but no thanks to the police. Mario Pereira and Harry Charalambous Constantinou were jailed at the Old Bailey on 21 December 1999 for killing the black mu

Boris Yeltsin's bloody legacy

THE MEDIA were geared so exclusively to covering the millennium non-event that the appearance on New Year's Eve of a genuinely big news story-Boris Yeltsin's resignation as Russian president-threw the

Race to save 'voice of the voiceless'

THE US establishment hopes it will soon be able to silence one of its most consistent critics. Only urgent worldwide protests will be able to stop them...


NICK LEEOVERY, branch secretary of Leicester East SWP, died suddenly on 17 December at the age of 37....

World of pain

Every DAY 30,500 children under five die from mainly preventable causes. Every MONTH another 250,000 children and young people become infected with the fatal HIV/AIDS virus...

Byers' disaster dam

THE GOVERNMENT is giving public money to build a dam in south eastern Turkey even though its own official reports have concluded that the project will lead to an environmental and human disaster...

Islington by-election

THE SCOTTISH Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has called a blockade of the Faslane nuclear base for Monday 14 February...


UNION LEADERS Ken Jackson of the AEEU and Roger Lyons of the MSF will be campaigning hard this year to ram through the merger of their two unions....

John Brown: he fought for slaves' freedom

SOME 140 years ago white enemy of slavery John Brown stood in the dock of a Virginia courtroom, knowing that Southern slaveholders were certain to pass the death sentence on him...

Civil rights, soul music

CURTIS MAYFIELD, the black soul singer, died on Boxing Day. He produced some of the most inspiring music of the last 30 years. Songs like "Move On Up" and "Keep On Pushing" became rallying cries...

Business buddies take bow

TONY BLAIR used the New Year's honours list to reward the rich and powerful. Richard Branson of Virgin and Alan Sugar of Amstrad were both made knights...

Do we consume too much?

DO WE consume too much? Not long after Christmas, the answer might seem to be obviously yes!...

Climate change kills

STORMS AND gales wreaked devastation in Latin America and Europe at the end of 1999. Floods in Venezuela killed up to 30,000 people and made over 200,000 homeless. In France over 80 people were killed...

Pledges on debt are 'all mouth'

MUCH OF the press hailed chancellor Gordon Brown as the liberator of the new millennium for his pre-Christmas pledge to cancel Third World debt. But the reality is utterly different...

Delroy Lindo

ANGER WITH Tesco bosses erupted at one of the company's biggest warehouses near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, during the Xmas holidays.

Interview: Politics and inspiration

LEFT WING film maker Ken Loach's new movie Bread and Roses is due to be released this spring. His previous films include the brilliant Land and Freedom, about the Spanish Civil War...

This class society

A RECORD number of elderly people died of the cold last winter. The Office of National Statistics says over 49,000 people died, the worst figure for ten years...

MSF London

NEW LABOUR lost control of Islington council, north London, before Christmas after a by-election defeat....

Kosovo leak expos

MORE MYTHS about the war in Kosovo were exposed this week by a leaked report which showed the British military were far from the efficient machine they claimed to be...

How Labour tried to outlaw strikes

THE FORMER Labour prime minister James Callaghan had a warning for Tony Blair this week.

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ANTI-RACISTS in Tottenham, north London, have called a demonstration against police racism and harassment.

Charity workers jailed by cops

TWO CHARITY workers from Cambridge were jailed in December after being accused of allowing drugs to be sold in the homeless shelter they help run...




EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK (Sat, 12.30am, C4). Woody Allen comedy. Worth watching just to see the sketch about parachuting sperm

Inside the Millennium Dome: A corporate theme park

"IT IS all about big business and commerce." That is what one Dome helper whispered to us as we visited the Millennium Dome on New Year's Day....

The issues that will not go away

THE BARBARITIES which marked the last century have continued into this one. War rages in Chechnya and in central Africa. The climatic changes caused by global warming have brought disaste

West praises Putin, the butcher of Grozny

WESTERN leaders welcomed the appointment of Vladimir Putin as stand-in president of Russia when Boris Yeltsin stepped down last week...

When I come home it's 'Hello stranger'

"THE YEAR 2000-the year of leisure" was the theme of a two day conference I went to when I was at a further education college in 1980. We were told that new technology would lead to a shorter working

Beluga, bolly and billions

m into disarray





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