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Support grows for Prague demo

MOBILISATION for Prague is taking off. Prague collectives are being set up all over Britain to get people to the demonstration planned against the IMF and the World Bank in the Czech Republic on 26 Se

Is it time to 'dump the pump'?

CAMPAIGNERS FOR lower petrol prices launched a nationwide protest to "dump the pump" this week. The campaign is backed by the Tory party, the right wing press and the truck business lobby...

Protest against nuclear base

THE US government wants the World Trade Organisation to outlaw labelling which identifies food with genetically modified (GM) ingredients. The US is ready to make a complaint against the European Uni

Boom time

PETER MANDELSON is refusing to return the 11,000 "golden handshake" he received when he resigned in December 1998 as trade secretary after his secret 373,000 home loan was revealed...

Getting active!

In York comrades are involved in demanding that York City signs up to Kick Racism out of Football. They joined others on Saturday petitioning and collected several hundred names-including two City pla

The US did this to rule world

FIFTY FIVE years ago this Sunday the US state committed one of the greatest crimes in history. It detonated an atomic bomb half a kilometre above the Japanese city of Hiroshima at 8.15am on 6 August 1

Inside the system

BRIAN SOUTER, the millionaire head of the Stagecoach transport firm, had an example of the anti-gay bigotry he supports brought close to home last week. Souter spent 1 million on an unsuccessful camp

If Concorde crashes, how safe are others?

BRITISH AIRWAYS' fleet of seven Concordes has suffered 12 blown tyres since 1988. That is the disturbing figure quoted by a BA executive in the aftermath of the tragedy that saw 114 people killed ...

Fed up with being worked like robots

"THIS PLACE is hell on the hill. We want our lives back." That was how one worker at Peugeot's plant in Coventry explains the massive feeling behind their strike which has forced bosses into a humilia

WTO has to go

THE VALUE of share bonuses for top executives has doubled over the past year, says a new report. Chris Gent of Vodafone has just pocketed 10 million and Bob Ayling received 2 million..

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...

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