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Issue: 2570

Dated: 05 Sep 2017


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Trump—horseman of imperialist apocalypse

Two deeply unpleasant men are facing off over North Korea’s nuclear weapons. The world feels closer to the possibility of nuclear war than at any time for half a century.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Good riddance to Kezia Dugdale as Corbyn's nemesis in Scotland steps down

In a move that could boost Labour’s chances in Scotland, Kezia Dugdale has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

Profit From Illness—how PFI schemes are still draining millions from the NHS

As the Tories slash the health service, eight multinational corporations are leaching millions in profits from the NHS.

Hundreds strong protest challenges fracking bosses in Kirby Misperton

Hundreds of protestors gathered outside Kirby Misperton Village Hall yesterday, Thursday, to show their opposition fracking firm Third Energy.

Bin workers strike again in Birmingham after council betrayal

Birmingham bin workers returned to the picket line at short notice this morning, Friday, after the council reneged on a deal

Protest targets McDonald's headquarters ahead of first strike

Some 200 people joined the protest ahead of the first-ever strike by workers at the multinational fast food giant in Britain

Workers take to the picket lines for first ever McDonald's strike in Britain

McDonald’s workers have launched the first-ever strike at the multinational in Britain

‘We can win,’ say McDonald’s strikers at rally outside parliament

Chants of “I believe that we can win” rang out as McDonald’s strikers and their supporters rallied in front of parliament

Three strikes show coordinated power on railways

Workers on Southern, Northern and Merseyrail trains have struck in coordinated action against plans to remove guards from trains.

Civil service workers fight pay cap and jobcentre closures

Civil service workers at government offices across Britain took action last Friday—pay day—to demand an end to the public sector pay cap.

Postal workers ‘going to war’ for pensions

Postal workers were set to ballot for national strikes as Socialist Worker went to press. They are gearing up for a battle to defend their pensions, pay and conditions.

Pay insult makes women strikers more determined at Fawley oil refinery

Canteen workers employed by Baxterstorey at the Fawley oil refinery in Hampshire were on the picket line again on Tuesday and Friday last week and Monday this week.

Nazis not welcome as EDL flops in Keighley

More than 150 anti-fascists, trade unionists and residents joined a protest against the English Defence League (EDL) in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on Saturday of last week.

Ukip is cruising nowhere fast as youth conference cancelled

The threat of an anti-racist protest has forced hard right party Ukip to scrap a planned conference of its youth wing in Sheffield.

Reports round-up: Protest against ward closure in Mansfield

Also: One Housing tenants won't be divided | Burston strike school centenary | Argos strike ends | Pay dispute at HTC Wolffkran | Big Ben blacklisting protest | Flashmob against firings at Glasgow Grosvenor | Rally called in Liverpool

Tories try to hide report into deaths in custody

The government is delaying the publication of a Home Office report into deaths in police custody that criticises the cops.

An anti-austerity message is key for the Scottish Labour Party’s new leader

The resignation of Kezia Dugdale as Scottish Labour leader is a chance for a shift to the left, writes Nick Clark

Take action when the Football Lads Alliance marches in London

Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) will take a message of unity and opposition to racism and Islamophobia onto the streets of London on Saturday 7 October.

McDonald’s workers cheer successful first strike

McDonald’s workers launched their first ever strike at the multinational in Britain on Monday.

‘Scrap the pay cap,’ demand nurses ahead of an RCN rally at parliament in London

Nurses and their supporters were set to hold a #ScraptheCap protest in London’s Parliament Square this Wednesday.

Thousands set to join Bristol Labour mayor Rees in a protest to say ‘fund our city!’

Thousands of people were set to march against austerity in Bristol this Saturday


International

Chemical leaks threaten poorest suburbs in Houston's danger zones

In the shadow of some of the world’s biggest oil refineries, Storm Harvey’s floodwaters brought dangerous toxins to poor black and Hispanic communities.

‘Cops care more about property than people,’ say Houston activists after Storm Harvey

Tens of thousands of people in Texas are in shelters facing an uncertain future

Togo protesters defy police brutality in fight to topple regime

Mass demonstrations for democratic rights have swept across Togo

Myanmar's military and Aung San Suu Kyi stoke racist attacks on Rohingya Muslims

Thousands of Rohingya minority Muslims have been forced to flee their homes in western Myanmar in the last week.

Donald Trump’s showdown with North Korea risks disaster

Threats against the US’s imperial rivals China and North Korea are reckless and dangerous

West leaves victims of South Asia floods to rot as homes are swept away in monsoon

Over 1,200 people are dead, millions displaced and a third of Bangladesh is under water after devastating floods hit parts of South Asia.


Comment

Diana's death was used for cynical ends

We republish what Socialist Worker wrote following Diana’s death in 1997

Brexit isn’t just a problem for the Tories

Predictably enough, negotiations between the Tory government and the European Commission over the terms of Brexit are running into difficulty.


Features

No is not enough—but we need more than ideas to change society

Naomi Klein’s vision of how to win change only gets half way there

How the shockwaves of the Russian Revolution spread across the world

News of revolution in Russia inspired workers to take action against their own rulers—and showed them they could win

Blood Money—the real cost of the Tories’ murderous arms deals

Arms dealers, top ministers and government officials from across the world descend on east London for the DSEI arms fair next week


Reviews

Patti Cake$ shows poverty and escapism from the wrong side of the tracks

A working class white woman finds her voice through hip hop in a provocative new film that’s tipped for awards

What was it like to work deep under central London? Ride the Mail Rail at the Postal Museum

After more than 14?years hidden beneath the streets of central London, Mail Rail—Royal Mail’s underground electric railway—is open

Levar Burton Reads—fantastic tales of past and future

Three months in, this new podcast is proving a reliably delightful source of short stories with a twist of fantasy.


What We Think

Strikes can bust public sector pay cap

The Tories are rumoured to be preparing to lift the 1 percent public sector pay cap—at least for some workers.


Other Categories

Jane Emerson 1961-2017

Fearless revolutionary socialist, anti-Nazi and shop steward Jane Emerson has died aged 56. Jane was a member of the Socialist Workers Party for 22 years.

LETTERS: A vulnerable child’s future was used to foster racism

The issue of a “white, Christian child” who was fostered by a Muslim carer has been used to increase Islamophobia and racism.

The things they say

‘If you don’t like it, sell your shares and fuck off

The Troublemaker - For lobbyists, ‘It’s time for us to start doing Labour again’

Lobbyists are slowly moving towards Labour.



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