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Overfishing: is it the end of the line for North Sea cod?


A century ago, it was common to catch North Sea cod that were two metres long and weighed more than 90kg. Today they are more likely to come in at a puny 35cm.

Violence is at the core of the Northern Irish state


Sectarian rioting broke out earlier this month in Northern Ireland. It followed a series of provocative Orange Order marches going past the St Patrick’s Catholic Church, just on the outskirts of Belfast city centre.

Map of Belfast showing link between poverty and violence



Nature is not to blame for the human cost of hurricanes


The reality of how devastating storms affect different populations differently can be seen with 1994’s Hurricane Jeanne. Like Isaac, it raged through the Caribbean and the coast of the US.

How the police and the law fail women over rape


The entire criminal justice system is stacked against women who experience rape—from the attitudes of the police to low conviction rates and low sentences.

It's time to stop the private train firms in their tracks


Sky-high ticket prices. Overcrowded trains. Bumper profits for private firms. Massive bonuses for bosses. The reality of Britain’s privatised railways was brought to everyone’s attention last week as another year of above inflation fare increases sparked protests at 40 stations.

Both coalition parties are haemorrhaging members


The coalition has a hidden crisis. The membership of both its parties is in freefall. The Liberal Democrats have lost a quarter of their members in just one year.

Tory cuts mean that life is far harder than a decade ago


Workers are poorer today than they were a decade ago. That’s the shocking finding from an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report last week.

Recession or no recession, the bosses take the cash


Even before the recession less money was going to workers. Britain’s gross domestic product (GDP), the total economic output of the country, rose by 11 percent between 2003 and 2008.

Milk pricing row turns sour as farmers blockade cartels


Several thousand farmers have staged demonstrations outside dairies in Britain. They have blockaded entrances with machinery and poured milk down drains. But why?

Tory claims about ‘troubled families’ just don’t add up


Right wingers were drooling last week after the publication of a government report on "troubled families". They jumped at the chance to characterise poor people as benefit-scrounging, drug-addled criminals who have loads of children just to abuse and neglect them.

Israel's endless lies cover up devastation in Palestine


The human rights group B’Tselem reveals the horrific reality of daily life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in its annual report for 2011.

Recycling bosses make millions dumping waste


There’s one industry that’s booming despite the recession—recycling. Waste management firm Veolia reported a 6.7 percent rise in the revenue from its UK waste business to £1.38 billion in 2011.

Exposed: the myth that wages are being driven down by migrants


It can seem like common sense that migrant workers would cause wages to fall. After all, if they’re willing to do the same work for a lower wage, surely there will be downward pressure on pay?

'We are migrant workers and we fight for our rights'


"I work in a factory of 500, almost all of them migrant workers like myself. When I started there were only about 30 or 40 people in the union, and no union recognition.

The tax scams that shore up the profits of the rich


Avoiding tax isn’t just for comedians and ageing boy bands—it is the way British capitalism operates.

A&E feels the strain from latest health service cuts


Four out of the eight accident and emergency (A&E) departments in north west London could close within 12 months.

Healthcare in the community does not make up for closures


Supporters of closures often argue that many patients currently going to A&E could be treated better elsewhere.

Tories' private pals target NHS


McKinsey, a US‑based consultancy firm, has picked up NHS contracts worth £5 million in north west London. it is also providing advice on cuts and closures there.

What's the real pensions deal for council workers?


Local government workers who have been battling to save their pensions are being offered a deal that means massive cuts.

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