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KERRY’S THE guy who made a fiery anti-war speech the day he left Yale, then promptly signed up to fight in Vietnam. He’s the guy who wouldn’t throw away his own combat medals at an anti-war demonstration, but borrowed some from a friend to toss over the fence.
ABOUT 1,000 marchers held a two-minute silence outside the Potters Wheel pub in Swansea’s Kingsway last Saturday.
TOWER HAMLETS Respect activists have shown their support for direct investment in council housing, and their opposition to privatisation and stock transfer housing schemes.
AROUND 1,000 people attended a rally in support of the declaration for an independent Scottish republic in Edinburgh last Saturday.
Merseyside AROUND 150 people came to a Stop the War Coalition meeting in Merseyside last Friday. This had been organised as a "Save Ken Bigley" meeting, although events overtook us with the sad news of Ken’s death.
SIX HUNDRED workers in the TGWU union at Servisair in Gatwick airport were set to strike for 12 hours on Wednesday, and again later this week.
Swansea IT workers have suspended their strike action pending negotiations between the Unison union and management.
Wall won’t stop us from twinning ALMOST 70 supporters of the Camden Palestine Campaign packed into Daphne Restaurant in central London last Wednesday to attend the launch of the Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association.
THE EXECUTIVE of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has had to reinstate national officer Paul Woolstenholmes, who was elected on a wave of criticism of the way the union handled the long-running pay dispute.
HEALTH WORKERS in the Unison union met last week to decide whether to recommend Agenda for Change—the government’s sweeping reorganisation of NHS pay and conditions—in their ballot which starts this week. Karen Reissmann, a member of Manchester Community and Mental Health branch, was one of those calling for a "no" vote. She spoke to Socialist Worker about the conference.
A CAMPAIGN in defence of leading PCS civil service workers’ union activist Charlie McDonald has forced bosses to back off.
ROYAL MAIL has delivered another slap in the face to everyone suffering from its 30,000 job losses.
WORKERS at the Soapworks factory in Glasgow returned to work last week with their pay claim still unresolved.
NEXT TIME you see lurid tabloid headlines about "union bully boys" holding tube passengers to ransom, remember the name Joanne White.
LECTURERS AT Hackney Community College struck on Tuesday of this week against 71 job losses and cuts that will savage educational provision in the east London borough.
WELCOME TO the European Social Forum, and welcome to the new-look Socialist Worker. To readers old and new, we hope you like the new design and, more importantly, the new content!
PAUL BIGLEY’S extraordinary battle to save his brother Ken continued right up to his appalling execution last Thursday.
BABAR AHMAD, the British Muslim IT worker imprisoned without charge in HMP Woodhill, appeared in court last week for an extradition hearing to the US.
IT’S NOT just the US army that is seeing anti-war feeling. More British soldiers are becoming disillusioned by what they are being told to do in Iraq.
"When this election’s over, you’ll see us move very vigorously. We’re not on hold right now. We’re just not as aggressive." Senior US administration official, outlining plans to "pacify" rebel cities in Iraq
A LEGAL injunction has been served on three TGWU union organisers, the national union itself, and myself as a member of the Globalise Resistance steering committee, to prevent a demonstration by low paid workers.
When did you decide to act?
THE PUSH for the campaign, which could affect sites across Britain, comes in the wake of the victory by 240 steel erectors at the Wembley stadium site.
Steel erector Garry Jackson is one of two workers who have been sacked for raising health and safety concerns at the incinerator construction site on Bernard Road in Sheffield.
THE MAIN proposal to come out of Blair’s trip was not debt relief or money to combat famine and AIDS.
TO HEAR British chancellor Gordon Brown and European leaders speak you would think that Africa’s debt crisis is almost over.
ONE OF the most striking things about the movement against capitalist globalisation that began with the Seattle protests of November 1999 has been the relatively limited influence of Marxism within it.
ON 15 February 2003 I joined a million or more people on the historic demonstration against war. This was an extraordinary experience for all of us. If you want to know what solidarity feels like, think back to that day. If you doubt that "another world is possible", think back to that day.
It’s been five years since the Seattle demonstrations kickstarted the global justice movement. What do you feel we have achieved so far?
Thursday 14 October International Socialist Tendency a red guide to the ESF
THE PEOPLE of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean were forcibly expelled when their island was stolen 35 years ago in order to create a giant air base for US bombers.
INCREASING NUMBERS of chidren are being locked up in Britain’s prisons, not because they have committed a criminal offence but because they have fallen foul of draconian Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs).
The situation is being made worse by the lack of facilities and opportunities for young people.
It was just a few months after the Notting Hill "race riot" of 1958. The small Caribbean immigrant population living in the London borough of Kensington was still reeling after being attacked by violent racist and fascist mobs during the summer.
THE TWO most celebrated books to have come out of the anti-capitalist movement are Naomi Klein’s No Logo and Empire, by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. The first brilliantly diagnosed some of the insidious ways in which market capitalism penetrated ever deeper into our lives in the 1990s.
PABLO NERUDA’S last act of defiance came after his death in November 1973.
THEATRE Stuff Happens
AT THE recent Labour conference the big four unions—including my own, the TGWU—voted to endorse the war in Iraq.
Liberate your mind!
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