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Poverty-the issue they can't spin away


BRITISH BANK bosses celebrated massively increased profits this week-the result of job cuts, branch closures, excessive charges and forcing debt payments from the Third World...

Labour retreats as bigots attack


THE HOUSE of Lords struck a blow for bigotry this week by blocking repeal of the anti-gay Section 28 law. And the government caved in. The Tories headed the campaign to keep Section 28...

Charge for the bridge too far


THE WOBBLY Millennium Bridge may be soon be reopened to the more daring members of the public-for a fee...

Middle East talks fail


The Middle East peace process talks broke down on Tuesday of this week. US president Clinton had been eager to claim a deal at the Camp David talks between Israel's Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader...

MPs call for a mass campaign


OVER 300 people packed into a meeting in the House of Commons last Wednesday. It wasn't a parliamentary debate, but tenants, trade unionists and MPs coming together to build the campaign...

Does Marxism apply to the Third World?


IS MARXISM relevant only for workers in the industrial nations of Europe and the US? This is a central question for many who are looking to explain a global system which causes devastation...

Council workers


SOME 400 people demonstrated in Plymouth last week to protest against the Tory council's proposed �2 million cuts and the axing of 150 jobs...

Axe falls again on steel jobs


"I JUST can't see what future there is here. I think they are going to keep cutting and cutting and then they will close a big plant, and we'll all be on the scrapheap unless somebody stands up and fights."

Blair's GM food scandal


TONY BLAIR has sided with US president Bill Clinton in backing the multinationals behind the genetically modified (GM) food industry. At the G8 summit Blair urged unconditional support for the biotechnology industry which develops GM foods...

Pay gulf widens


WORKERS' PAY is running below inflation while company executives' pay soars. Independent pay analyst IRS says that pay settlements in Britain averaged 3 percent in the three months to June...

World is not for sale!


SOCIALIST WORKER sellers hit the streets last week demanding that Blair and the G8 summit cancel Third World debt...

Luxury life of union leaders


A VIDEO recorder worth �169.99 and two radios worth �78.21-these are just two of the items MSF union leader, Roger Lyons, has claimed on expenses...

Protest at IMF in Prague


The failure of the leaders of the G8 rich countries to cancel any Third World debt in Okinawa last week underlines why it is right to protest against the bosses' and bankers' system...

Hands off our homes


COUNCIL TENANTS in Farnham and Godalming in Surrey have rejected a plan by Tory-run Waverley Borough Council to hand their homes to a private housing company...

UNISON


LEADERS OF the public sector workers' UNISON union in Scotland are ignoring a democratic vote and look set to allow Glasgow Labour council to get away with sacking two shop stewards...

Britain's global profiteer


MORE AND more people are revolted by the domination of the world by multinational corporations. Often the targets for people's anger are giant corporations based in the US...

Buy our arms, but please don't fight


"WE CAN'T possibly write off the debt of Third World countries-they'll only spend the money on arms." That was a key justification offered by Western leaders for leaving the poorest countries...

Home studies rise


THE NUMBER of students living at home while studying for a degree is going up as the cost of a university education rises...

Shame of empire


"AN ACT of mass kidnapping." That's how the US Washington Post newspaper described one of the dirtiest episodes in British and American foreign policy...

Whipping up the lynch mob terror


THE NEWS of the World is exploiting the murder of eight year old Sarah Payne to boost its sales through a cynical campaign which could unleash lynch mobs across Britain...

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