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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...

Islington by-election


THE SCOTTISH Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has called a blockade of the Faslane nuclear base for Monday 14 February...

CND


UNION LEADERS Ken Jackson of the AEEU and Roger Lyons of the MSF will be campaigning hard this year to ram through the merger of their two unions....

John Brown: he fought for slaves' freedom


SOME 140 years ago white enemy of slavery John Brown stood in the dock of a Virginia courtroom, knowing that Southern slaveholders were certain to pass the death sentence on him...

Civil rights, soul music


CURTIS MAYFIELD, the black soul singer, died on Boxing Day. He produced some of the most inspiring music of the last 30 years. Songs like "Move On Up" and "Keep On Pushing" became rallying cries...

Business buddies take bow


TONY BLAIR used the New Year's honours list to reward the rich and powerful. Richard Branson of Virgin and Alan Sugar of Amstrad were both made knights...

Do we consume too much?


DO WE consume too much? Not long after Christmas, the answer might seem to be obviously yes!...

Climate change kills


STORMS AND gales wreaked devastation in Latin America and Europe at the end of 1999. Floods in Venezuela killed up to 30,000 people and made over 200,000 homeless. In France over 80 people were killed...

Pledges on debt are 'all mouth'


MUCH OF the press hailed chancellor Gordon Brown as the liberator of the new millennium for his pre-Christmas pledge to cancel Third World debt. But the reality is utterly different...

Delroy Lindo


ANGER WITH Tesco bosses erupted at one of the company's biggest warehouses near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, during the Xmas holidays.

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