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Dated: 06 Jan 2015

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From Greece to Britain—we can break austerity

A great battle is taking place in Greece between the forces of capital and those who want to hurl off the chains of austerity.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Britain denies help to refugees in ship horror

The true horrors of the European Union’s “Fortress Europe” have been revealed again over the new year. 

Farage admits labelling Ukip racist could 'bury' their support

Ukip’s fear of being called racist shows that there’s a solid base to build a fightback against the hard right party, writes Sadie Robinson

Labour gives no alternative to Tories as election year begins

The Tories hope they can lie their way back into Downing Street.

Deepening crisis in Scottish Labour

A poll released just after Christmas put the SNP on 43 percent and Labour on 26 percent. 

New Era residents celebrate victory in fight over homes

Tenants were celebrating at the New Era estate in Hackney, east London last month, after beating the corporation that had planned to kick them out and treble the rent.

Witness challenges cops' story after Adrian McDonald tasered

A man died after police tasered him last month. Adrian McDonald collapsed and later died after police were called to an address in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

Newly released Thatcher documents show that miners could have won

A Downing Street report into the aftermath of the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike showed how close Margaret Thatcher’s government “came to disaster”. The National Archives released the document under the 30-year rule.

Did tycoon groom girls for Prince Andrew to abuse?

Prince Andrew scuttled from his £22,000 a week Swiss chalet this week to make sure his spin doctors briefed the media that he’s teetotal and doesn’t like parties. 

Disability campaigners Independent Living Fund protest

Disabled people Against Cuts (Dpac) and the Save ILF campaign held a protest outside Parliament on Tuesday of this week. It was against the closure of the Independent Living Fund, which was upheld by the Appeal Court last month

Child abuse inquiry crisis

The farce around the Child Abuse panel inquiry continues.

News in brief

Short news stories of the week, including: Ebola, Bank Fashion, and Rolls Royce

Unite union calls London-wide bus strike for equal pay

Over 27,000 London bus drivers are set to strike across the capital’s 18 bus companies on Tuesday of next week.

Lambeth College strikers say, 'Our fight is for every worker'

Lambeth College workers began a two-day strike today, Wednesday, in a battle to defend their contracts.

Statement from the Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists on the confiscation of members' assets

Down with the corrupt judges … Down with military rule

Socialist Workers Party statement on Paris killings

Racists and right wingers are trying to use yesterday’s horrific killings in Paris to divide working people, justify imperialist intervention and whip up Islamophobia.

Barbour strikers march against new shifts

Workers at Barbour Jackets marched on the company’s head office in South Shields today, Friday, as part of a fight over working hours.

Momentum grows ahead of Tuesday's London bus strike

Around 27,000 London bus drivers in the Unite union are set to walk out on Tuesday of next week. It’s part of a pay dispute with 18 bus companies and Transport for London (TfL). 

Reports round-up

Dnata airport strike threat wins small pay rise | Unity statement against racist EDL in Dudley | Hundreds at vigil for Leelah Alcorn | Post Office strikes are off after talks | Love Activists cook up housing protest | Freedom Riders protest over cuts

Al-Sweady inquiry clears soldiers - but more torture cases expected

Allegations that British soldiers murdered Iraqis and mutilated their bodies after a battle in Iraq were rejected by an inquiry at the end of last year.

PCS members organise to defend union democracy and take on Tory attacks

Also: strike at Garston DWP, legal challenge at National Gallery

Barbour workers begin four-week strike against new contracts

Workers at Barbour’s clothing warehouse in Gateshead in north east England began a four-week strike on Monday of this week.

London protest for jailed Al Jazeera journalists

Around 100 journalists and human rights campaigners protested outside the Egyptian Embassy in central London on Monday of last week.

Unison activists prepare challenge for more union democracy

Activists on the left in the Unison union are set to hold an important national meeting in Manchester.

Strike to beat the NHS crisis

As cuts and privatisation leave hospitals struggling to cope with winter, new strikes over NHS pay are a chance to fight back, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

London Tower Transit bus workers fight back against unequal pay

Tower Transit workers strike

Rail union steps up campaign over privatisation chaos

Rail workers’ union RMT held a series of campaigning events on Monday of this week against the threat to jobs, fares and services from new franchises on the Northern and Trans-Pennine Express routes.

Lambeth College strikers can beat the boss

Workers at Lambeth College in south London were set to begin a two-day strike on Wednesday of this week.


Anti-racists march in Germany

Thousands have marched in cities across Germany throughout December and again on Monday to counter the rise of new anti-Muslim street movement Pegida.

Airline passengers in Australia halt deportation of Chinese asylum seeker

The forced deportation of asylum seeker Wei Lin was halted by passengers on a commercial airline in Sydney, Australia, on 19 December. 

Egypt regimes launches new attack on left

The Egyptian state has launched new attacks in the approach to the Egyptian Revolution’s fourth anniversary on 25 January.

Palestine UN vote rejected

A UN Security Council motion calling for an end to Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem was rejected last month.

New York cops ramp up backlash against civil rights protests

US cops have launched an offensive against calls for an end to police brutality, writes Annette Mackin

US to end 55-year embargo of Cuba

The US government has finally agreed to re-establish full diplomatic ties with Cuba. The two countries are set to exchange ambassadors for the first time since 1961.


Former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg speaks out against the West’s torture

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg has been tortured and hounded by the state, and vilified by the media. He never let it stop him speaking out.

What is behind the oil price plummet?

Real economic recovery remains as elusive as ever, writes Alex Callinicos


Greece resists - another government falls but will Syriza break with austerity?

A government promising a break with austerity could be elected in Greece’s 25 January general election, in the form of radical left party Syriza. Panos Garganas argues it’s a big step forward—but the struggle will continue whoever wins

Out for freedom - socialists and the fight for LGBT liberation

Laura Miles argues that we won’t win LGBT liberation until we get rid of capitalism—and to do that we have to look towards workers’ solidarity and struggle


Celtic Connections festival celebrates folk legends

There’s a number of great performances to look out for in this year’s Celtic Connections­, an annual music festival held in Glasgow. 

Post Pop—uncovering the tension among Soviet bloc dissidents

A new exhibition on Pop Art has polarised art critics. The liberals cried that it’s “without taste” while conservatives branded it “bonkers”.

Reviews round-up

Films due out in 2015

What We Think

Go all out to build the fightback in 2015

For the next four months politicians and the media will seek to persuade us of the gulf between the Tories and Labour on every key issue we face.

Combat sexist system that treats women with contempt

Convicted rapist Ched Evans sees himself as a “role model”. He cannot be welcomed back into professional football.

Other Categories


Taking on toxic Ukip, counting the real cost of academies, Tory torture in Ireland... and the Engels beard debate continues

Do health workers have the power to hit the bosses?

Not all workers are exploited in the same way—but capitalism still needs their work, and that gives them power to hit back

Job slaughter City Link boss backs Ukip to get more cuts

Leading on how City Link boss Jim Moulton wants even more cuts and including stories on more bonuses for bankers

How the tenants of Cressingham Gardens are fighting back to save their homes

Residents on a south London estate are taking on the housing crisis in London

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