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ANTI-RACISTS in Tottenham, north London, have called a demonstration against police racism and harassment.

Charity workers jailed by cops

TWO CHARITY workers from Cambridge were jailed in December after being accused of allowing drugs to be sold in the homeless shelter they help run...




EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK (Sat, 12.30am, C4). Woody Allen comedy. Worth watching just to see the sketch about parachuting sperm

Inside the Millennium Dome: A corporate theme park

"IT IS all about big business and commerce." That is what one Dome helper whispered to us as we visited the Millennium Dome on New Year's Day....

The issues that will not go away

THE BARBARITIES which marked the last century have continued into this one. War rages in Chechnya and in central Africa. The climatic changes caused by global warming have brought disaste

West praises Putin, the butcher of Grozny

WESTERN leaders welcomed the appointment of Vladimir Putin as stand-in president of Russia when Boris Yeltsin stepped down last week...

When I come home it's 'Hello stranger'

"THE YEAR 2000-the year of leisure" was the theme of a two day conference I went to when I was at a further education college in 1980. We were told that new technology would lead to a shorter working

Beluga, bolly and billions

m into disarray

Forcing us to work longer

A HIGH court judge tore himself away from his goose, vintage port and cigars to wreck the Christmas break for hundreds of rail workers...

Fight for a better world

Seattle shows new mood

Russian army makes Grozny hell on earth

THE 20th century is ending with the horror of Russia's barbaric war against Chechen civilians. As Socialist Worker went to press 40,000 people were still trapped in Grozny after Russian generals threatened last week to annihilate the Chechen capital. Most of those sheltering from the onslaught were too old, sick and frail to leave the city.

Most dangerous beef in Europe

THE TABLOID press has launched a frenzy of French bashing after the French government refused to lift its ban on British beef. Tory politicians and papers such as the Daily Mail have led the pack. Now others are joining in. The Mirror has launched a "Say Non To French Golden Delicious" campaign. The Scottish Daily Record ran a page article on how France has always "betrayed" Scotland.

Homeless under attack

New Labour's "homelessness tsar" has insulted people living on the streets yet again.

Poverty to rise

THE WORLD Bank has admitted that it will not meet international targets for halving world poverty by the year 2015. This is despite its predictions of faster economic growth rates.

We face job cuts

THOUSANDS of workers have learned this week that they will start the new century on the dole, as bosses sack them to boost profits and dividends. Workers in the privatised water industry are reeling after a string of job cut announcements in the last week.

In brief

THE FIRM that runs the Aldermaston nuclear weapons research plant was fined £17,500 last week for dumping radioactive waste into a nearby stream. Hunting Brae admitted in court that it had illegally started dumping water contaminated with tritium into the Aldermaston stream in April 1997.

Haringey high

Altogether 62 copies of Socialist Worker were sold on the Haringey council picket lines in north London on Tuesday last week while on Saturday 108 papers were sold in Wood Green campaigning in support of the strikers. Elsewhere on Saturday 196 papers were sold at the Monument in Newcastle, 140 in Birmingham High Street, 100 in Sheffield, 36 in Sunderland and 26 in Port Talbot. In Manchester 205 papers were sold in Market Street, 44 in Gorton and 31 in Cheetham Hill.


<h4Liverpool SOME 300 workers at Liverpool Community College held a one day strike on Tuesday of this week over pay. The strikers, members of the UNISON union, held picket lines on all the college sites.

Fight councils' attack on sick

HARINGEY council again faced strike action this week by thousands of workers. This was despite the Labour council's attempt to head off action by a crude repackaging of its attack on workers. Workers in the UNISON and TGWU unions struck again on Tuesday, and planned a march on the town hall when the action continued on Wednesday.

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