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Issue: 2529

Dated: 08 Nov 2016

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Stop the war on the poor

Nearly half of all children in some areas of Britain are living in poverty. New figures this week released by the End Child Poverty coalition (ECPC) highlighted the savage impact of the Tories’ war on the poor.

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Campaigners and trade unionists march together to save libraries, museums and galleries

Up to 2,000 people marched in central London today, Saturday, to defend libraries, museums and galleries under threat from cuts.

Courts cause confusion and chaos for Tories and Labour

Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader who is in temporary charge again, has pledged to lead a 100,000-strong demonstration in London.

Campaigners unite across Britain to stop Tory attacks on the NHS

Opposition is growing to the Tories’ Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) for the NHS. STPs would slash hospital departments and services across England.

Reports round-up: immigrant cleaners take on John Lewis

Also: Nazis suffer humiliated in Telford and Darlington | UAF trip learns lessons from the Holocaust |Aberdeen UCU members balloting | Aberdeen Seatruck ferries slammed over pay | Don’t close Crown Post Office in St Leonard’s

Meeting demands Futurist theatre is saved from demolition in Scarborough

Also: Holloway prison protest says no to more luxury flats | Tent dwellers vow to stop redevelopment of Hornsey Town Hall

Mass movement demanding resignation of hated South Korean president is growing

The movement demanding the resignation of South Korean president Park Geun-hye reached new heights last Saturday.

Strikes over pay in York, Hackney and Manchester

Also: Offshore workers reject bosses’ sham pay offer

Benefit attacks have violated disabled people’s rights, says United Nations

Tory benefit reform has meant “grave or systematic violations of rights of people with disabilities”, the United Nations (UN) has found.

As politicians begin climate talks, anti-fracking campaigns unite for march

Hundreds of people were set to march in Manchester against fracking on Saturday. It brings together local anti-fracking campaigns from across Britain.

Why should Scottish FE college workers waste time voting on ‘not a penny more’?

Also: Privatisation opens third front in Glasgow council battle

Jail for the poor as coppers’ clampdown beggars belief

Charlie Jennings received a nine-week jail sentence for begging in Norwich last week.

Stand Up To Racism gets going as new groups form

A movement against racism is taking shape as activists set up local Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) groups across Britain.

Thousands face eviction due to lower benefit cap

A tightening of the benefit cap from this week will make up to 150,000 more households unable to pay their rent. It would also affect over 300,000 children.

The things they say

John Chilcot who took rather a long time to write a report on the Iraq war explains Tony Blair’s views

Durham teaching assistants walk out to stop Labour council’s pay attack

Two thousand teaching assistants (TAs) walked out of schools across County Durham on Tuesday for the first day of their 48-hour strike against huge pay cuts.

Trouble upon Tyne as Newcastle Labour chiefs threaten to slash wages

A Labour council in the north east of England has told workers to take a pay cut of thousands of pounds or lose 100 jobs.

Not guilty verdict for cop in Sean Rigg perjury case

The trial of former Metropolitan Police sergeant Paul White delivered a not guilty verdict on Tuesday.

West Midlands cops to face misconduct proceedings

Cops from West Midlands Police (WMP) will face Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) misconduct proceedings. They relate to the arrest and racial abuse of Don Lorenzo in Birmingham in 2007.

Prisoners riot in Bedford

Around 230 prisoners protested over terrible living conditions and took control of at least two wings of Bedford Prison last Sunday.


Turkish state gets support from Britain despite its brutal crackdown on HDP

The British government has lined up to support the Turkish state’s brutal assault on democratic rights.


Why is Labour in such a muddle over migration?

Labour needs to choose between defending migrants and pandering to racist ‘concerns’, writes Nick Clark

Ruling class in open warfare after court ruling on Brexit

Is Britain beginning to experience the kind of “culture war” that divides the political elite in the US?


Is Britain becoming more segregated?

A report claiming to show parts of Britain being ‘segregated’ by ethnic minorities and Muslims has fed racist scaremongering and political posturing. But its flawed definitions paint a misleading picture, residents told Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Behind the American nightmare—an interview with Gary Younge

Journalist and author Gary Younge spoke to Socialist Worker about racism, class, violence and the turmoil in US society—and what the election campaign means


Brutal reality of US power exposed in new play on war

Arcola Theatre’s new production, Drones, Baby, Drones, has uncomfortable questions on warfare for a liberal conscience, writes?Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Shaking off colonial restrictions in 1960s Bamako—the photography of Malick Sidibe

photographer Malick Sidibe became known as “the eye of Bamako” for his black and white images chronicling youth culture in Bamako in the wake of Mali’s independence in 1960.

What We Think

We can win if left can offer a way forward

Politics in 2016 have apparently been bad enough to trigger a “Brexistential crisis”

Don't lose Momentum

Labour can fight—to defend migrants and the NHS, for affordable housing and a £10 an hour living wage.

Other Categories

LETTERS: Tories’ attacks on benefits make claimants more sick

The government’s claims to help Employment Support Allowance (ESA) sickness benefit claimants into work are ridiculous.

The Troublemaker

The Daily Mail was outraged last week at Fifa’s poppy ban. But it found an extra angle to get the venom really flowing.

Rich want a smash and grab raid on our pension schemes

A crisis in one pension fund in the West Midlands has lifted the lid on an industry determined to make workers and pensioners pay for the economic crisis

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