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Theresa May’s visit solidifies friendship with Saudi Arabia

Britain has backed Saudi Arabia since the kingdom’s birth because it wanted to maintain its influence in the Middle East. But its rulers are running into difficulties, writes Nick Clark

Vicious housing attack is on the rocks in Haringey

Plans for a regeneration project by a Labour-run council has split the local party—and campaigning has pushed back the right, says Alistair Farrow

Workers need a pay rise the budget won’t deliver

Chancellor Philip Hammond will likely claim that he’s scrapped the 1 percent public sector pay cap when he delivers his budget this week.

What kind of society could solve the climate crisis?

United Nations talks this month are the latest chapter in our rulers’ failure to deal with climate change. But there are still solutions, argues Dave Sewell

What are the odds of that? The Tories are in the pockets of the gambling bosses

A report on fixed odds betting terminals is completely toothless in the face of big bookies—and refuses to admit that poverty causes problem gambling, argues Sarah Bates

Celebrate the 1967 Act—and extend abortion rights too

Fifty years ago the 1967 Abortion Act marked a major breakthrough for working class women. Sarah Bates looks at what life was like before the Act—and why abortion rights are so crucial

Cutting post workers’ conditions - the real costs of privatising Royal Mail

As 110,000 postal workers prepare for a national strike for 48 hours from 19 October, Nick Clark rifles through the bosses’ mail to expose the excuses for worsening conditions

Ticking debt ‘time bomb’ may blast holes in weak recovery

Millions of people are scraping by in badly paid jobs and are being forced to take out loans. Ten years after the ‘credit crunch’, Sarah Bates looks at what’s behind the debt explosion

New report into Rotherham child abuse excuses top council officials and police

A new report says senior officials at Rotherham council knew of problems with child sexual exploitation—but none should be charged over failures.

War without end in Afghanistan

After sixteen years of occupation the US is preparing to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan. Nick Clark argues it could be the graveyard of empire

Postal workers get organised to counter Royal Mail’s squeeze on their conditions

The rumblings of a brewing storm in Royal Mail have grown louder over the past few months—and could soon burst into a huge national strike.

Every train still needs a guard—as the rail tycoons know full well

With leaked emails, a trial by jury and an accident report, evidence against the Tories’ push for ‘driver-only operation’ is mounting, writes Raymie Kiernan

Tories’ punishment and privatisation fuels crisis in prisons

Prison riots that broke out last week put the spotlight on the overcrowded jail conditions in England and Wales under Tory rule. Simon Basketter investigates

Victims speak out over contaminated blood agony - and call for justice

With a possible inquiry on the way, contaminated blood scandal victims spoke to Sadie Robinson

‘Football Lads Alliance’—the threat of a new racist movement on the streets

After thousands join a march with anti-Muslim speeches, Raymie Kiernan looks at who is behind it, what they are doing—and how to stop them

Israel’s power cuts push the Gaza Strip deeper into crisis

Gaza is a city ready to burst. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are suffering after Israel drastically cut their power supply last week.

The racist ‘Trojan Horse’ lie hits the rocks after case is thrown out

An Islamophobic scheme to accuse Muslims of taking over Birmingham schools was further exposed as a lie last week. Sadie Robinson says the scandal is how Muslims were demonised

Update: Tory extension of Prevent strategy is a recipe for racism and an alibi for war

Tory home secretary Amber Rudd has promised an “uplift” for the Islamophobic Prevent strategy.

Tory wreckers manifesto is only for the rich

Theresa May tried to pitch her manifesto as progressive with false promises on the NHS and schools. Nick Clark unpicks the attacks that they’re planning

Disabled person’s suicide shows up the Tories’ cruelty over benefit cuts

Government welfare ‘reforms’ are having deadly consequences for disabled people. Eleanor Claxton-Mayer investigates the devastation of the cuts

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