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Issue: 2617

Dated: 14 Aug 2018

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Boris Johnson’s racist rant makes Muslim women a target

Muslim women are facing growing attacks in the wake of Tory MP Boris Johnson’s racist rant.

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Migrant workers wage fight against low pay in London

Two groups of mainly migrant workers are waging a fight against low pay in London.

Campaigners protest as Northamptonshire council votes through brutal cuts plan

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) voted through swingeing cuts on Wednesday. Council services are set to be completely decimated.

Anti-racists protest outside Boris Johnson’s office over Islamophobic article

Anti-racists held a lively picket outside Tory MP Boris Johnson’s office in west London

Supporters pack into Bookmarks bookshop for day of solidarity after Nazi attack

Solidarity poured in from across the left and the labour movement to socialist bookshop Bookmarks

Housing bosses ignored fire warnings given before Grenfell blaze

Housing bosses knew that Grenfell Tower was unsafe and did nothing to fix it, according to damning new evidence.

The importance of politics for the art of Orson Welles

Mark Cousins’ documentary The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of the filmmaker. He spoke to Simon Basketter about his work and how Welles still resonates today

Hundreds of home care strikers and supporters join march in Birmingham

Around 400 home care workers and their supporters staged a lively march through the centre of Birmingham last Saturday.

The Prague Spring of 1968—50 years since the uprising that fought Stalinism

Czechoslovakia had been one of Stalinist Russia’s most economically advanced and politically reliable satellite states. Then, in 1968, the monolith suddenly cracked open. Tomáš Tengely-Evans explains what happened

Northern Rail workers keep up their safety battle as ticket prices soar - again

Workers on Northern Rail have announced three new strikes as bosses “make a mockery” of negotiations.

North Sea oil workers stage strikes to defend rotas

North Sea oil rig workers struck for 12 hours on Monday and a 24-hour strike is planned for Monday 20 August.

Vote to reject the unjust Ministry of Justice pay plan in PCS union

The civil service workers’ PCS union is urging its members who work for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to reject a pay plan tied to cuts to working conditions.

Reports round up: Crane builders’ walkout aims for higher pay offer

Crane manufacturing workers struck on Thursday and Friday of last week over an “inadequate” pay offer.

Unofficial post strikes deliver results

Some 150 postal workers staged an unofficial strike at a Royal Mail delivery office In Grimsby, Lincolnshire, last Thursday.

Tories face backlash over paltry pay deal for doctors

A growing number of health workers are frustrated with Tory proposals that mean they will only receive below-inflation pay rises.

Johnson’s burqa attack gives boost to far right

Former foreign secretary is feeding on years of Tory Islamophobia, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Tory housing green paper will not solve the crisis - we need more council housing

The Tories announced their new social housing green paper on Tuesday.

Corbyn says he’s right to stand up for Palestine

Labour’s leader showed how to turn the tables on the right by bringing solidarity with Palestinians to the fore

Trade union leaders pile pressure onto Labour to silence criticism of Israel

Trade Union leaders and allies of Corbyn have put increasing pressure on him to adopt a definition of antisemitism that restricts criticism of Israel.

Top bosses’ pay soars by 11% as workers suffer wage freezes

While workers face wage curbs and freezes, bosses’ pay is soaring away.


Racist Trump plans to exclude 20 million migrants from citizenship

Millions of migrants could be banned from US citizenship if they claimed benefits, in the latest racist attack by Donald Trump’s White House.

Big protest shows fury over racist law in Israel

Israel’s Nation State law exposes the anti-Palestinian racism at the heart of the state

Britain’s ally Saudi Arabia kills 29 children in Yemen

As many as 29 children in Yemen were killed in an airstrike carried out by a military coalition armed and funded by Britain.

Western fears in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s crackdown on opposition forces is causing jitters among the West and big business


Turkish turmoil could trigger wider collapse

The plunge in the value of the Turkish currency is a sign of escalating tension with the US. But it may also indicate a coming economic storm that could hit many more countries and wreck millions of lives.

A long and sordid history—Labour’s support for Israel

The Labour Party has extended the hand of friendship to Israel for a century


How the Anti Nazi League beat back the fascists

Labour’s John McDonnell’s recent call for a movement “emulating the work of Anti Nazi League” was incredibly important. Paul Holborow, who co-founded the organisation, looks at its history and its legacy


Twisted images of a shattered society

The term “magical realism” is today generally used to describe a form of literature and is strongly associated with writers in South America.

Reason in Revolt

“Revolutions would be a lot more successful if we could make them with the people of the future, not the flawed, self-centred specimens we have now,” says Bolshevik soldier Pavel in Alan Gibbons’s fictional account of the Russian Revolution.

What We Think

The media love racism—they just hate Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has never and will never receive fair treatment from the media.

The unfare rail rip off

The latest plans to hike rail fares show why we have to stop the private train companies in their tracks.

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LETTERS - the state will facilitate the far right threat in the US

Police attacked an anti-fascist demonstration in downtown Portland, Oregon, on 4 August.

The things they say

‘Boris just needs to be Boris—true to his nature and his calling—and I think he has potential to be a great prime minister, not a good one’

The Troublemaker - Jim Ratcliffe leaves a sinking ship to avoid paying more taxes

Britain’s richest man and Troublemaker regular Sir Jim Ratcliffe is off to live in Monaco after spending two years here.

Fertility firms harvest a profit misleading women

A new study shows how the fertility industry charges inflated prices for egg freezing treatment—and manipulates success rates, reports Sarah Bates

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