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Dated: 14 Jan 2014

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After Duggan case, cops are Licensed to Kill

A jury’s conclusion that Mark Duggan was “lawfully killed” when he was gunned down by cops shows that the police have a license to kill.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Thousands of tenants charged bedroom tax - but they were exempt

A loophole in the Tories’ bedroom tax legislation means the government owes hundreds of pounds to tenants who have paid the hated tax for the past nine months, writes Dave Sewell

Protest in Salford as Cameron goes "all out" for fracking

David Cameron has announced a bribe worth up to £1.7 million a year in business rates to councils that allow fracking for shale gas.

'We will stand up to racism and fascism on 22 March'

A day of protests against racism is a chance to push back politicians’ lies about immigration, writes Ken Olende

Glasgow's care workers strike against the bosses

Care workers in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes began a two-day strike on Tuesday of this week.

Protesters Ashok Kumar and Simon Behrman win a victory over the police

Two students have won a major victory against the police after officers were shown to have made false allegations against them.

Leon Briggs inquest opens

An inquest into the death of Leon Briggs has opened. 

Charlie Brooks 'hid evidence'

CCTV footage of Rebekah Brooks’s husband Charlie allegedly hiding evidence relating to phone hacking has been shown to a jury.

Historic abuse inquiry begins

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry is examining abuse claims in Northern Ireland children’s homes and juvenile justice.

Britain in war crimes probe

The International Criminal Court has been asked to investigate former British politicians and troops over allegations of “systematic torture” in Iraq.

Police shot unarmed Mark Duggan, but his killing 'lawful'

The family of Mark Duggan reacted with shock and fury to the decision of an inquest jury into his killing by police on Wednesday of last week. 

Solidarity protests against Spain's vicious anti-abortion law

Around 200 people marched through Edinburgh last Sunday in solidarity with protests against attacks on abortion rights in Spain.

Questions over how gun was 'thrown'

The jury ruled by nine to one that it was more likely than not that Mark threw a gun to where one was found 7.34 metres away from where he was shot.

Postal workers walk out in Southampton after steward is suspended

Some 90 post workers at Shirley delivery office in Southampton walked out of work on Wednesday of last week.

Racist EDL outnumbered in Bristol

Some 100 people turned up in Bristol to oppose the English Defence League (EDL) at very short notice on Tuesday of last week. 

Construction workers vote for strikes in Total's Shetland Gas Plant

Several hundred construction workers in the Unite and GMB unions on Total’s Shetland Gas Plant have voted to strike. 

Somerset cider workers are thirsty for a rise

Workers at the Gaymer cider factory in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, are balloting for action over pay.

Yorkshire ambulance staff say, give us a break

Yorkshire ambulance staff could strike against changes to their shift patterns.

Student solidarity march called in London

Students at the University of London have called a protest for Wednesday of next week. 

Bakkavor Pizza workers are demanding dough

Some 600 workers in the GMB union at Bakkavor Pizza Harrow are balloting for strikes over pay.

Mark's killer gets to keep his police gun

Armed police officers have shot and killed 54 people in England and Wales in the last 23 years. The Metropolitan Police has been responsible for 21 of those killings. 

Shameful media attack on grieving Duggan family

After the jury returned its conclusion of “lawful killing” sections of the media immediately launched a poisonous assault on Mark Duggan and his family.

Tube workers set for two 48 hour strikes

Tube workers on London Underground (LU) are set for two 48-hour strikes following a 77 percent vote to strike over jobs, services and safety.

Round up: Strikes and protests in schools and colleges

Strike at Copland Community School, Wembley | Strike at Abbey School, Rotherham | Strike at Dukeries Academy, Nottingham | Strike at Gateway Sixth Form College, Leicester | Strike at Birchgrove Comprehensive School, Swansea | Protest against Michael Gove at Marling School, Stroud | Meeting of NUT union executive

Fast food campaign calls for a union drive

Activists came together to launch the Fast Food Rights campaign at parliament on Wednesday of last week. 

Unison calls for protests over local government pay

The Unison union has called a day of action for local government workers on Tuesday 4 February.

Glasgow care workers call for more strikes

Striking care workers in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes are set to continue their campaign.

Leicester teachers strike again against 'unfair' observations

Teachers at Gateway sixth form college in Leicester were on strike today, Thursday, for the second day this week. The workers are members of the teachers’ NUT union.

UCU lecturers' union announce new strikes but members want more

The lecturers’ UCU union has announced a series of two-hour strikes in an ongoing dispute over pay. The first is set to take place on Thursday of next week from 11am. Further two-hour strikes are set for Tuesday 28 January from 2pm and for Monday 10 February from 9am.

New petition launched to save legal aid

After the successful strikes against the government attacks on legal aid earlier this month, a new petition has been launched to save legal aid and access to justice.

Disciplinary hearing against suspended University of Sussex students collapses

The case against the Sussex Five has collapsed over claims of the chair's bias, but the fight goes on writes Lewis Nielsen, one of the students facing disciplinary measures


Protests as Greece begins EU presidency

Government hopes of EU help are fading as Greece’s crisis continues, writes Dave Sewell

French comic Dieudonné is a bigot, but the minister trying to ban him is no anti-racist

Headlines in France have focused for several weeks on home secretary Manuel Valls’s efforts at banning antisemitic comedian Dieudonné.

The West tries to bolster its struggling Syrian allies

Foreign ministers from governments that back sections of the Syrian opposition have intervened to ensure their allies are part of plans for a post-Assad Syria. 

International: In Brief

 Basque Country; South Africa; Central African Republic; Syria

Attack on journalists backfires for Golden Dawn in Greece

Three more fascist MPs in Greece’s Golden Dawn party have been jailed to await trial.

Egypt's new constitution will entrench army rule

Egyptians were voting in a referendum on a new constitution as Socialist Worker went to press.


Ariel Sharon was a war criminal - not a peacemaker

John Rose looks at the career of the former Israeli prime minister who was even found responsible for a massacre by his own government

Dodgy labels like 'Mints' can't disguise inequality

Alex Callinicos looks at former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill's latest neoliberal musings


Scapegoat Street - furious residents speak out about Channel 4's 'Benefits Street'

Channel 4 promised participants that its new documentary would show the best of a working class community being hit hard by austerity. Instead Benefits Street has helped label the residents as “scum”. Dave Sewell went to Birmingham to investigate

Undercutting the racist myths on migrants

The tide of hatred against migrants is based on a series of myths. One of the main ones is that they undermine conditions for workers here. Socialist Worker looks at the facts


Inspirational documentary The Square is immersed in the Egyptian Revolution

Judith Orr looks at Jehane Noujaim’s inspiring new documentary The Square about the individuals caught up in Egypt’s turbulent revolution

Celtic Connections: A concert to counter the imperialist propaganda

Glasgow’s 21st annual Celtic Connections festival kicks off this week with more than 2,000 musicians—from little known folk performers to soul survivor Bobby Womack and indie five-piece Mogwai.

The Wolf of Wall Street raises broad questions about the way success is defined

The latest collaboration between Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio turns real life crooked banker Jordan Belfort into a modern day Caligula.

Bruce Springsteen's scorn-filled High Hopes is full of relevance for today

This collection of re-imagined live favourites and outtakes was pieced together over the past year while touring the world.

Equilateral: gently, but deftly satirising Enlightenment ideals

This thought-provoking novel imagines a fanatical Victorian scientist commanding almost a million Egyptian workers to build a giant flaming triangle to attract the attention of hypothetical Martians.

What We Think

Police serve the state and the rich

 The function of police forces under capitalism is to maintain order for the ruling class.  They do this by instilling fear of repression into people.

Coalition in the air

You wouldn’t think the general election was still over a year away from the behaviour of the main parties. 

Other Categories

Pete Whitwell 1932-2014

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of our comrade, Pete Whitwell, at the age of 81 after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

Roger Lloyd Pack 1944-2014

Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died of cancer aged 69, was a man of many roles and varied talents. As an actor and performer, he excelled in both popular comedy and classic drama.


Whistleblowing at Whipps Cross, taking on General Kitchener in Salford and struggling with service cuts in Birmingham

Ukip in Brussels gravy train trousering hypocrisy scam

Troublemaker looks into Ukip's Euroexpenses, portraits of our leaders and the great academies scam

The things they say

This week in quotes

Prisons for profit make inmates’ lives even worse

After two prisons have had “disturbances” already this year, Sadie Robinson looks at how privatisation is driving prisoners’ conditions down even further

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