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My friend Jean Charles As a friend of Jean Charles de Menezes, shot and killed recently by police, I feel a great mixture of emotions in this sad time.

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Let's stand together against racism and war I WAS travelling on a bus four days after the worst terrorist attack to hit Britain on 7 July. Two pseudo-policemen—wearing bullet proof vests over civilian outfits—got on the bus. They began questioning a young Asian man. Anger welled up inside of me—the Muslim community of London were being tracked in the city they call home.

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Today’s housing struggle Council tenants in Bow, east London, are angry at being blackmailed and rushed into a ballot for privatisation of their estates by Tower Hamlets council.

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March of NHS privateers The government is making a further concession towards the private sector in the NHS, in addition to those mentioned in last week’s Socialist Worker.

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Stop this housing sell-off The government is breaking its election pledges already — and just 500 yards from John Prescott’s sumptious headquarters. In the 19th century the philanthropist George Peabody founded the Peabody Trust and built decent housing for the benefit of London’s poor.

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A left ‘no’ to Europe The position trade unionists should take on the EU constitution will be a live debate at next week’s annual delegate conference of the PCS civil service workers’ union.

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State of exclusion Seven women from Birmingham recently attempted to take money to a project for needy Palestinian children in the Occupied Territories.

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These troops say no A serious crisis is developing in the US military. Thousands of US soldiers are AWOL, refusing to fight in Iraq — including 37 army recruiters. A growing number of deserters are seeking refuge in Canada.

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Our legal challenge It took a long time for the truth to finally start to come out, but the world now knows that Tony Blair lied to take us into an illegal war on Iraq.

Liberation of Saigon inspires struggles today


The coverage of the liberation of Saigon by Vietnamese fighters 30 years ago is a reminder of the inspiration of that victorious struggle against US imperialism

Postal votes are an invitation to fraud


Your story (Socialist Worker, 16 April) on the scandals surrounding postal voting points to a very serious issue.

Backing for G8 demo


The Scottish council of the Unison public sector union has passed a motion supporting the protests against the G8 summit which are due to take place in Scotland this July.

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Money grabbed from Woodcraft Folk The recent government decision to cut off department for education funding to the Woodcraft Folk has put the organision into jeopardy.

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Teachers will march in Edinburgh against poverty At this year’s National Union of Teachers conference our general secretary Steve Sinnott said on a number of occasions that he would be taking the national banner to the Make Poverty History demonstration in Edinburgh on 2 July.

Respect for school students


Jill Russell, Respect’s parliamentary candidate for Tyne Bridge constituency, took part in a question and answer session at a school recently in the north east of England.

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Defending a woman’s right to choose Are we going to sit back and watch as politicians, the state and the church use our bodies as an election issue?

Ukraine’s oranges turn bad


The revolution has been privatised. Although the upheaval in Ukraine was driven by disgust at the authoritarianism and corruption of Leonid Kuchma’s regime, those who assumed leadership have very quietly, but very rapidly, embarked on an agenda of International Monetary Fund (IMF) restructuring and privatisation.

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