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‘We’ll kill as many faggots and bastards as we can’ Nicholas Federici, US army corporal
THE ASSAULT on Fallujah has started. It is being sold as liberation of the people of Fallujah. It is being sold as a necessary step to implementing "democracy" in Iraq. These are lies.
THE MILITARY trial of a Guantanamo Bay detainee has been halted after a US federal judge ruled it unconstitutional.
PROTESTS TOOK place across Britain on Monday of this week within hours of the start of the US assault on Fallujah. Stop the War Coalition activists report:
"There’s civilians in there who want to just try to live. Beating the crap out of their city is not the best way to co-opt them into the political process."
IT WAS only as the death toll mounted that the former textile workers in Bradford began to suspect what was happening.
Railway safety warning ignored RAIL UNION leader Bob Crow braved media scorn when he called for scrapping level crossings in the aftermath of the derailment in Berkshire that claimed seven lives last weekend.
THE TGWU, Amicus and GMB unions have called a march and rally to save Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in Coventry.
CHANNEL 4’s Dispatches programme has finally admitted it portrayed postal workers unfairly and misleadingly in a programme broadcast in April.
FIRE STATION cooks staged a lobby of a meeting of the London Fire Authority on Thursday of last week as part of their campaign to stop the scrapping of station catering.
AROUND 70 members of the Unison United Left met last Saturday in Liverpool after the march in support of striking social workers.
THE BRITISH government is turning back refugees from Darfur in Sudan, even though it says that appalling suffering and mass murder are going on in the area.
George Bush won re-election by proving himself a militarist and imperialist that would make the "founding fathers" proud.
THE VICTORY of George Bush on 2 November is a stunning defeat for the Democratic Party. But it is not a defeat for the progressive political movement in the US.
THE anti-war movement was already taking to the streets before the all-out assault on Fallujah.
The dreadful killing of David Morley in London has brought to attention the continuing prevalence of homophobia.
ONE FACTOR has been largely overlooked in the coverage of Bush’s election—Blair’s crucial role in securing him a second term.
EWS MANAGEMENT has been trying to impose a new contract for some drivers, which would mean them doing the jobs of engineering and ground staff.
CONSTRUCTION workers at Laing O’Rourke’s site at King’s Cross, London, have won a significant battle in the campaign for a decent contract.
THE NATIONAL Union of Journalists (NUJ) is preparing a nationwide Fair Pay Now campaign against low pay in the media industry.
Overwhelming concern and considerable opposition. This was the response of parents to proposals to close down the St Mary Magdalene Church of England Primary School in Islington, north London, at a "consultation" meeting last week.
Baggage handlers at GroundStar/Swissport at Stansted airport were celebrating victory this week after voting to strike over pay.
Strikers smoke out bosses SOME 400 members of the Amicus union at the British American Tobacco plant in Southampton went on strike on Wednesday of last week.
UKRAINE IS in the midst of a general election.
THERE IS an electric atmosphere in our country as we move towards an indefinite strike which will begin next Tuesday.
Some 4,300 hotel workers in San Francisco remain locked out by their employers in a dispute over pay and conditions, centring on healthcare costs.
SOCIALIST WORKER readers have raised a total of £64,357. That means you’ve raised over £11,000 in the last week alone towards our moving fund.
‘The strength of feeling, the unity of purpose, the confidence, the determination and the anger were in the air in every town and city across Britain on 5 November.
AROUND 300 people demonstrated in Liverpool city centre last Saturday in support of the social workers who have been on indefinite strike for the past 11 weeks.
You have recently carried out research talking to social workers about their working experience. What did you find? The study found dramatic results. Not a single social worker I spoke to said they would recommend the job to a friend or family member. Large numbers were actively looking to get out.
A HUGE groan went up around the world on Thursday of last week when it became clear that George Bush had won another term of office as US president. Even those who doubted whether John Kerry would have been much better were depressed at the thought of Bush and his gang winning another four years to pillage the planet and wage the global war they declared after 11 September 2001.
By Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St Clair
IN 1989 mass demonstrations, strikes and confrontations brought lightning-fast transformation to the Stalinist states that most people thought would never change.
In 1989 you helped organise the Monday demonstrations. What were the goals?
In my new book, The Defender, the main character, a 14 year old boy called Ian, comes home to find two menacing characters waiting for his dad.
Taking its title from one of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s greatest poems, in which the future poet of the Russian Revolution revealed that he could be as tender hearted as "a cloud in trousers", this play sets out to bring us the story of the man himself.
Camouflage is Relative Pete Miser
Children should be heard and not hit So let's get this right. After last week’s parliamentary vote you can smack your child – but only a mild smack – and take care to leave no signs of visible bruising, or you will be in trouble!
Tuesday 16 November TUC public service pensions lobby of parliament. Contact your union for transport details.
LOUISE MICHEL was one of the leaders of the Paris Commune in 1871, when workers took control of Paris.
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