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Turkish anti-war movement delegation in Damascus


The Turkish anti-war movement has taken a lead in protesting against the threats by Bush against Syria. I was one of a delegation of 60 trade unionists, doctors, writers, journalists and peace activists that visited Damascus last week to give solidarity and support to its people.

Protesters greet Bush in Brussels


George Bush’s recent visit to Belgium was not the sweet love-in envisaged by European Union governments and the European Commission, as this picture shows. The US president was greeted by three days of demonstrations in Brussels, called by various non-governmental organisations, peace groups and trade unions. Despite the best efforts of the weather and the police, the protests were lively and noisy, attracting up to 5,000 people.Hugh Jenkins Brussels

Union power needed


By this time next year there will only be seven deep coal mining pits left in this country, and a further 520 miners will have lost their jobs at the whim of an increasingly avaricious free market system. As the pangs of a fuel shortage still rumble away in the distance, growing ever nearer, the government is sticking to its Thatcherite ideal of laissez faire economics.

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Time to make poverty history Last week I visited a local sixth form college in my council ward in Preston. As I walked in, I was met by students wearing white bands, and a building covered with white paper chains. The college was going all out to raise issues of debt and poverty as part of the Make Poverty History campaign.

Syrian refugees' classmates determined they should stay


Amnesty International has reported its grave concern that families returning to Syria are being imprisoned, and that children are being tortured in custody.

Firm escapes after an asbestos death


I AM reeling from shock and anger, and I just had to tell as many people as possible about a great scandal and injustice. So I have written to you. My old workmate, James Maguire, had to watch his wife, Teresa, die from cancer.

Help create history


THE PROBLEM of debt repayment is at its most acute in Africa where countries already blighted by war are also forced to spend billions repaying or simply servicing debt. This means that there is no investment in infrastructure, education or health. As a campaigner for refugees in Glasgow I have been working with the African community to stop deportations.

Refugees welcome


Working class Glaswegians have responded much more positively to the dispersal of asylum seekers to their city than many media reports have suggested, according to a recent study. The Building Bridges report, by Dr Karen Wren, identifies the voluntary work of local people within community networks as the single most positive aspect where the integration of asylum seekers in Glasgow is concerned.

Culture of brutality


"I SAW recruits bullied to death. It was disgusting and I’ll tell that to the inquiry." Those were the words of Scott Knowles, a former serviceman who served at the notorious Deepcut army training camp in Surrey between 1992 and 1997.

His legacy lives on


THE INTRODUCTION of identity cards is not a small step in the fight against terrorism—it is a giant leap towards a police state that will affect the privacy of every person in the country.

The debate on ASBOs


I WAS delighted to see your recent supplement on Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) in Salford (Socialist Worker, 4 December). It covered a situation that the mainstream press has largely shunned.

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I'd strike tomorrow I read your coverage about working in supermarkets (Socialist Worker, 27 November).

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Fit for next US call? NEW LABOUR’S decision to fight the next general election on a law and order and security platform is more than just electioneering.

Climate issue hots up


COMMENTING ON "Can We Stop Global Warming?" (Socialist Worker, 20 November), there is an aspect seldom touched upon when discussing global warming and climate change—are humans as a species too clever by half and so incompatible with their continuance on earth?

War as a video game


The mainstream media have covered the devastating US assault on Fallujah as if it were a video game, using cartoonish graphics to depict attacks which have cost hundreds of lives.

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Children should be heard and not hit So let's get this right. After last week’s parliamentary vote you can smack your child – but only a mild smack – and take care to leave no signs of visible bruising, or you will be in trouble!

Already watching us


IDENTITY CARDS were abolished in this country because the then Tory government, led by Winston Churchill, described them as "draconian" and an "extreme measure".

Did he really say ‘It’ll be over by Xmas’?


Tony Blair promised the Black Watch troops serving in Iraq last week that, even if they are sent north, they will still be "home by Christmas".

They said I would fail


THANKS TO your paper my eyes have been well and truly opened. I didn’t realise there was so much that they don’t tell the general population.

The union leaders who vote for murder


AT THE recent Labour conference the big four unions—including my own, the TGWU—voted to endorse the war in Iraq.

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