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Jailed for helping the homeless


THE CASE of Ruth Wyner and John Brock seems like an impossible nightmare. The two Cambridge charity workers were jailed on 17 December for five and four years respectively ...

Report says New Deal fails


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'Flatten estates in north'


"PEOPLE ARE very angry. We work non-stop, we never have time to sit down and we get paid �3.60 an hour. It's not fair." So said a McDonald's worker in south Wales...

France: Bosses out to block hours cut


FRENCH LORRIES were blockading Channel ports and border crossings at the start of the week. The protest is over the issue which has dominated French politics in recent month

Brilliant rage


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Patent first, patient last


GENE THERAPY is one of the most hyped "scientific breakthroughs" in recent times. The promise was that it would cure people of killer diseases...

Leadership in the struggle


THE capitalist view of the world divides people into leaders and led. It places the capitalists and their hangers-on at the top and the rest of us down below...

Felled by strong arm of the law


"POLICE ATTACKED As 1,000 Anarchists Bring Terror To Capital's Streets". That was the headline of the Express the day after the protest against the World Trade Organisation...

Workers confront fat cats


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Hope died in Newport


RECENT ARTICLES in the national media have talked about the violent nature of provincial towns across Britain. They named Newport in Wales as the worst...

Where next after Seattle


WORKERS FROM Baird's clothing factories staged a protest outside a London Marks & Spencer store last week. They were highlighting the retail giant's decision to scrap supply contracts with Baird's...

Preview


* 1900 USA (Sat, 7pm, C4). Second part of documentary about the US at the beginning of the 20th century. It promises to contrast the hopes for a new world with the reality of racism in the Southern st

Time to unionise


THE GOVERNMENT'S new Employment Relations Act will become law over the next four months. It will give workers in Britain the opportunity to win trade union recognition...

Goldmine of songs


STAND UP and Be Counted is a new compilation album of funk, soul and jazz tracks inspired by the struggle for black civil rights in the US during the 1960s. This album is a little goldmine...

Michael Menson: Verdict exposes police racism


MICHAEL MENSON was murdered. We now know this, but no thanks to the police. Mario Pereira and Harry Charalambous Constantinou were jailed at the Old Bailey on 21 December 1999 for killing the black mu

Boris Yeltsin's bloody legacy


THE MEDIA were geared so exclusively to covering the millennium non-event that the appearance on New Year's Eve of a genuinely big news story-Boris Yeltsin's resignation as Russian president-threw the

Race to save 'voice of the voiceless'


THE US establishment hopes it will soon be able to silence one of its most consistent critics. Only urgent worldwide protests will be able to stop them...

Obituary


NICK LEEOVERY, branch secretary of Leicester East SWP, died suddenly on 17 December at the age of 37....

World of pain


Every DAY 30,500 children under five die from mainly preventable causes. Every MONTH another 250,000 children and young people become infected with the fatal HIV/AIDS virus...

Byers' disaster dam


THE GOVERNMENT is giving public money to build a dam in south eastern Turkey even though its own official reports have concluded that the project will lead to an environmental and human disaster...

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