Dated: 18 Feb 2014
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Hundreds of Kent flood victims listened with anger this week as officials explained that they could have to wait years for new flood defences.
Over 200,000 people have signed a petition started by Bristol school student Fahma Mohamed demanding government action over Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Council care workers in Glasgow residential homes voted unanimously for another three 72-hour strikes at the end of a three-day strike last week.
Tube workers’ unions the RMT and TSSA are set to enter seven weeks of talks with London transport bosses after calling off a 48-hour strike last week.
More than 100 protests against Atos Healthcare were set to take place around Britain on Wednesday of this week.
New rulings could open the gates to tens of thousands of successful appeals against the Tories’ hated bedroom tax.
Yorkshire ambulance workers struck for the fourth time on Monday of this week.
A post worker in Oxford has won his job back after workmates struck to demand his reinstatement.
The NASUWT teaching union has announced it won’t join a national strike this term to defend teachers.
Lecturers at Edinburgh College struck for three days last week in a bitter dispute over attacks on their terms and conditions.
Unite against Fascism (UAF) supporters protested in Manchester against the Nazis and Ukip during the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election on Thursday of last week.
The Fast Food Rights campaign held protests outside fast food outlets last Saturday.
Nurses at a supported living service in Doncaster have voted for a seven-day strike against attacks on their pay and conditions.
Over 300 workers at Wigan council will begin balloting for industrial action this week.
Cleaners at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) have voted by 100 percent for strikes.
Journalists working on Newsquest titles in Darlington, Bradford and York struck over job cuts on Tuesday of this week.
A Unite union convenor at London’s One Housing Group was suspended last week in what activists see as an attempt to victimise him.
A planned strike by hundreds of workers at two Scottish naval bases for Wednesday of this week was called off for talks.
The Nicky Jacobs is Innocent campaign was set to be launched this week.
The government and UK Border Agency’s treatment of asylum seekers is appalling—but campaigns give people confidence. Refugee Manjeet Kaur explains why to Ken Olende
A new wave of council spending cuts is set to hit the poorest areas the hardest.
The prime minister has retracted his ‘Money no object’ for flood victims promise, writes Dave Sewell
Pressure is growing on trade unions to fight for real wage increases. The Tories talk of a “recovery”.
Did cops spy after Hillsborough disaster? | After school care is at risk | Are jobless figures wrong? | Home evictions reach a record
Tory ministers and top civil servants have played a dizzying blame game in recent weeks.
Flood defence projects around nuclear sites were among those that didn’t go ahead because of funding cuts.
Armed police and locals with machetes, pipes, sticks and stones have attacked asylum seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The row over a currency union between a future independent Scotland and what’s left of the British state created much media noise last week.
Firefighters have been rescuing those trapped by the floods across Britain.
Flood waters bring contamination from overflowing sewers and drains.
Hundreds of people went without power for five days or more following storms in Wales last week.
Pensioners in the West Midlands have won a victory against public transport body Centro.
More than 600 delegates attended Unison Women’s conference in Brighton, which began on Friday of last week.
Up to 400 people attended a rally to defend union rights organised by the People’s Assembly on Tuesday of last week in London.
Around 60 striking GMB union members were camped out the front of Ealing Hospital on the first day of their second 48 hour strike yesterday, Wednesday. The strikers are porters, domestic, catering, and help desk workers employed by Compass Medirest. They are fighting for the London Living Wage and holiday pay, sick pay and unsocial hours pay. The action follows a 98 percent vote for strikes and a solid 48 hour strike last week.
Journalists protested outside the Egyptian embassy in London yesterday, Wednesday, as 20 journalists are being put on trial in Egypt for 'endangering national security'
Workers’ united resistance is defying the Western stereotype of ethnic rivalries, writes Andy Zebrowski
Wealthy students led right wing protests that turned violent in Venezuela last week. These included armed attacks on government buildings.
The storms that have battered Britain this winter have exposed the government’s complacency in the face of climate change.
After a period of sexual liberalism during the Second World War, the establishment cracked down, writes Noel Halifax
A new strike wave has the military regime in Egypt worried that the spirit of rebellion that gripped the nation is not yet snuffed out. Judith Orr and Anne Alexander report on a minimum wage fight with big implications
Politicians say “we” must change our ways to save the planet—but Sadie Robinson argues waste is built into capitalism
For a riotous celebration of resistance and creativity, The Lego Movie is the next best thing to a rummage in the toy chest, says Stephen Brackenridge
Give The People What They Want by Sharon Jones | I'm Tryin' by DeRobert and the Half Truths | Moon On a Rainbow Shawl
Jim Jarmusch's latest movie reviewed by Ken Olende
Nasty right wing Ukip pushed the Tories into third place in the Wythenshawe by-election in Manchester last week.
The Jamaican born left wing intellectual, cultural theorist and gifted orator Stuart Hall could be a contentious figure on the left.
Join barristers' fight to save legal aid, we can kill the bedroom tax, whipping up racism over birth rates, don't close Barnsley Central Library, bombarded by TV news, being sick is not a crime, no let-up in war on poor, reprint the war accounts
It’s time the Tories saw a real fight. They are under pressure. People blame them and their cuts for the chaos of their flooded homes. Polls show that 60 percent of people think that they have handled the floods badly.
Quotes of the week
Troublemaker rarely celebrates a win for Tory education secretary Michael Gove.
Our lives are being put at risk as cuts to inspections and testing make it easier for greedy food bosses to drive down standards, reports Raymie Kiernan