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Issue: 2417

Dated: 19 Aug 2014

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No justice, no peace—revolt rocks racist US state after cops shoot Michael Brown

Protesters enraged at the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown have filled the streets of St Louis’s Ferguson suburb night after night.

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New attacks lie behind Tory talk of protecting 'the family'

The government’s aim to look at how policy affects the family is pure hypocrisy, writes Sadie Robinson

Talha Ahsan remains in immigration centre due to British passport delays

A hundred people gathered outside the Home Office in London last Sunday to welcome home Talha Ahsan.  

Tragedy in Tilbury - Afghan refugee killed by cruel border system

Some 35 Afghan Sikh migrants were discovered inside a cargo container in Tilbury docks, Essex, last Saturday. 

The West launches fresh attacks on Iraq in bid to regain control

Western forces are becoming more deeply embroiled in a new military intervention in Iraq, which they now admit will last months. 

Firefighters call on union to escalate pensions strikes

More firefighters call on the FBU union leadership to step up the action in the long running pensions dispute

Anti-fracking protesters rock Blackpool

Hundreds of anti-fracking campaigners occupied a field in Little Plumpton near Blackpool last weekend, by two sites where Cuadrilla plans to drill for shale gas.

Welsh museum workers in second weekend of action

Front of house staff at Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales walked out last weekend as part of our fight against management plans to cut weekend payments. 

Jay Abatan's family asks, 'How close were the police to the men who killed him?'

The family of a man who died following a racist attack say police withheld crucial information from the investigation into his killing.

Barnsley college lecturers vote on strike against 'restructuring'

Barnsley College workers are balloting for strikes over a controversial restructure. 

Firm behind failed e-Border system awarded millions in public money

A fiasco over a new computer system to monitor travellers into Britain has meant that US firm Raytheon will be paid £224 million of public money. 

Israel launches new airstrikes on Gaza as death toll mounts

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the government of Gaza, broke down on Tuesday of this week as Israel resumed its bombardment of Gaza.

Lambeth College strikers face new term and new attacks

Workers at Lambeth College in south London returned to work on Monday of this week after a summer break.

Government will only suspend arms to Israel if hostilities resume

The British government announced the results of its review into arms sales to Israel on Tuesday of last week.

Protests around the world in solidarity with Gaza

A number of protests and vigils took place last weekend as part of a national day of action for Gaza.

Border controls kill

The immigrants found in a locked container at Tilbury docks last week (see page 20) only undertook their perilous journey because it was less daunting than the alternative.

How did the sectarian nightmare come true in Syria and Iraq?

Lebanese socialist Bassem Chit argues counter-revolution and imperialism created Iraq and Syria’s army of sectarians the Islamic State. Something else must defeat it

Doncaster Care UK workers build for their longest walkout yet

Workers at Care UK in Doncaster have voted unanimously for a three-week strike in their ongoing campaign to defend pay and conditions.

Reports round-up

Unite Against Fascism; Food Standards Agency workers; Scottish shipyard closure; People's Assembly national meeting; Campaign Against Climate Change

Show of strength against bigots at Doncaster Pride

Doncaster Pride saw around 2,000 people return to the town centre for a free festival last Saturday. 

Freedom riders force talks from rail bosses

South Yorkshire freedom riders have seen a dramatic increase in their campaigning.

Transport round-up

Department for Transport protest; Heathrow Express ovetime ban; ISS cleaners; Alsef drivers' union

More join Stafford hospital camp

Campaigners are continuing to hold a protest camp outside Stafford Hospital—and new protesters are joining it.

NHS campaigners set off on Jarrow march

Health campaigners began a People’s March for the NHS last Saturday. 

Emergency protest called after Israel resumes airstrikes on Gaza

Around 22 Palestinians have been killed in fresh Israeli attacks on Gaza since the ceasefire collapsed on Tuesday of this week. They include a number of children and a pregnant woman.

Drivers' strike hits major London Tube lines

The crucial Waterloo and City and Central Lines of London Underground were hit by major disruptions this morning, Friday, as train drivers in the Aslef union walked out on strike.


Fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine as rival powers trade sanctions

Heavy fighting is continuing between government and pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.

Rally for massacred Marikana miners

More than 10,000 people rallied for the second anniversary of the Marikana massacre last Saturday. In 2012 South African police gunned down 112 striking platinum miners, killing 34. 

4,000 die in Nigerian military custody

Up to 4,000 people have died in Nigerian military custody since  2012, human rights investigators believe.

Protesters rally at Downing Street against Israel's new attacks on Gaza

Several thousand people joined an emergency protest in front of Downing Street in central London today, Saturday, against Israel's renewed bombing of Gaza.


Pregnant in Ireland? The state owns your body

The Irish state was compelled to introduce limited abortion legislation in 2012 and give women the right to abortion if their life was at risk.

Arming the Kurds won’t stop Iraq’s brutal civil war

It will be a disaster for Iraq’s Kurds if the West succeeds in hijacking their cause, argues Ken Olende


How the independence vote can radicalise Scotland

Raymie Kiernan looks at why Scottish independence activists believe a last push for votes can bring victory—and raise wider issues about the alternative to capitalism


New film Pride tells an extraordinary story of solidarity in struggle

Nicola Field, who was part of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, says a new film shows how struggle forged unity and helped break down prejudice

Disobedient Objects exhibition shows how protests unleash our creativity

You don’t often get to walk up the Victoria and Albert museum steps following quotes from leading activists such as Martin Luther King Jr.

The Three Degrees - how three black players helped change British football

Paul Rees’s new book does a fine job documenting the impact three black footballers had on 1970’s Britain playing for West Bromwich Albion. 

What We Think

Only mass struggle can beat U.S. racism

Despite having a black president and a black attorney general the US state remains profoundly racist.

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Our society is depressing - the level of care shouldn't be. Plus letters on pollution, Scotland and A-levels

RAF on standby as Scotland is revealed to have oil reserves

The humanitarian case for bombing Scotland became more urgent after it was found to have lots of oil

How Egypt’s state plotted its bloody revenge

A year has passed since the army massacred protesters in Cairo's Rabaa al Adawiya Square

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