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Issue: 2588

Dated: 23 Jan 2018


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Women’s March protests show the battle against Trump and sexism will go on

Thousands of protesters gathered outside Downing Street on Sunday, a year to the day after women’s marches took place in London and across the US.


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News

Elephant and Castle campaigners tell developers to pack their bags

A strong campaign pressured the Southwark council planning committee to vote down proposals to redevelop the Elephant and Castle shopping centre in south London.

40,000 UCU members could strike, shutting down 68 universities

40,000 UCU union members are being balloted for strikes over pensions. The ballot ends on Friday.

Updated - Theresa May’s Calais crackdown means more refugees will die

The Tories have promised £45 million for a fresh clampdown on refugees trapped at Britain’s border in Calais.

What would Labour in office need to survive?

New books try to answer how a government led by Jeremy Corbyn would survive, writes Nick Clark

Seize every chance to defeat the Haringey social cleansing plan

The fight against the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) continues to expose the contradictions inside the Labour Party.

Birmingham home care workers strike for jobs, the service and against brutal shift changes

Hundreds of striking home care workers marched through snow in Birmingham declaring they would fight to defend the service they provide.

Protesters ‘knock down the racist wall’ on Donald Trump anniversary

A year after Donald Trump became US president, protesters with Stand Up To Racism staged a “knock down the racist wall”’ stunt outside the new US embassy in south London

Richest 1 percent took 80 percent of wealth created globally last year

July 2016 to July 2017 saw the sharpest increase in the number of billionaires ever recorded, says the Oxfam charity

UCU calls 14 days of strikes after stunning vote for walkouts over pensions

The UCU union has called 14 days of escalating strikes across 61 universities starting next month. A two-day walkout is set to begin on or around 22 February, followed by three-day, four-day and five-day walkouts in the following weeks.

No charges for Rashan Charles cop

The police officer who stopped 20 year old Rashan Charles will face no charges over his death, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

Mass demos mark the end of Trump’s first year as the bigot in chief

Hundreds of thousands of people came onto the streets across the US to mark one year since racist, sexist US president Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Reports round-up - anti-racist protest humiliates EDL fascists in South Yorkshire

Supporters of the fascist English Defence League (EDL) were humiliated in Hexthorpe, Doncaster, last Saturday.

Picturehouse bosses resort to legal threats in response to strikes

Picturehouse cinema workers struck at five sites in London last Saturday and Sunday.

Join protest over dismissal of activist Louise Harrison and to defend women’s aid

Supporters of South Yorkshire Women’s Aid (SYWA) and Louise Harrison were set to protest in Doncaster on Saturday.

Is a risky pension scheme in the Royal Mail pipeline?

Postal workers’ CWU union leaders could draw up a deal with Royal Mail bosses this week that would leave thousands of workers with a worse pension scheme.

More strikes set to stop academy plans in east London

NEU education union members at Avenue School in Newham, east London, were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of next week against academisation

Solidarity with the People of Turkey conference says no to repression

Over 300 people came to the Solidarity with the People of Turkey (Spot) conference last Saturday.

Vote yes for Further Education pay strikes

Workers at 19 further education colleges began balloting for strikes over pay this week.

Keep up the Glasgow equal pay fight

Low paid women workers are one step closer to justice in their decade-long fight against Glasgow City Council. But they have to keep up the pressure.

Nurse speaks out—‘Join our vital health protest’

Health workers are calling on people to join the demonstration on Saturday 3 February in central London.

Three Manchester disputes to link up for day of coordinated action over jobs and pay

Strikers in Manchester from three long-running disputes are rallying together this week against penny pinching bosses.


International

Israeli siege leaves Gaza on the brink of collapse

The basics of life are in short supply, and an Israeli minister has called for more deaths, writes?Nick Clark

President Mnangagwa tries to woo big business and the white farmers

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa was set to tell the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week that the country is “open for business”.


Comment

Imperialism won’t end Kurdish agony

In a Middle East tormented by the domination of Western imperialism, the Kurdish people have been among the greatest victims.


Features

The great PFI swindle

It’s a long way from the partly built 40-mile £750 million Aberdeen bypass, work on which has been routinely delayed, to the £4 billion luxury development in Doha, Qatar.

Vietnam's blow to US empire

In January 1968 Vietnamese resistance fighters inflicted a shattering defeat to US prestige. The Tet Offensive sent shockwaves across the world, writes Alistair Farrow


Reviews

Go and see The Post, but it isn’t quite first class viewing

The Pentagon Papers exposed the US lies about Vietnam by successive governments. The battle to publish them could be gripping, says?Sam Lorde

Twilight—a poignant reworking of a play that exposes injustice

Martin Luther King said that riots are the language of the unheard—this play expresses that.


What We Think

Global elite wallow in wealth at Davos summit

Bosses, politicians and celebrities descended on Davos in Switzerland this week for the World Economic Forum (WEF).

We can push back sexism

A Fawcett Society report this week laid bare the scale of sexual harassment in Britain.


Other Categories

Letters - violent police will protect the bosses’ elite conference

Spare a thought for John McDonnell this week. He’ll be abandoning his comfort zone to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

The Troublemaker - badger throttler clings on after Ukip no confidence vote

The racist Ukip party is embroiled in a fresh crisis. Its national executive committee passed a motion of no confidence in leader Henry Bolton on Sunday—unanimously save for Bolton, who voted against.



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