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2 January 2009

spotTommy Sheridan in Celebrity Big Brother

The appearance of Tommy Sheridan in Celebrity Big Brother will have disappointed many people who know of his role as an uncompromising fighter for the interests of the working class over the past 25 years.

5 January 2009

spotIDF out of Gaza (update 2)

Stop the Slaughter in Gaza demonstration, photo Socialist Party

Stop the Slaughter in Gaza demonstration, photo Socialist Party

Mass struggle needed to defeat Israeli army attack
More than 1.5 million people live in the 'open air prison camp' that is Gaza.
For the last 16 months the blockade of the Israeli regime has intensified the nightmare - a majority of the population are unemployed and suffering from malnutrition.
Now the horror has reached its nadir with the Israeli invasion of Gaza - resulting in the deaths of many hundreds of Palestinians, including children.

7 January 2009

spotThousands protest against the Israeli onslaught

IN MANY cities throughout the country, last weekend, thousands of people attended demonstrations and vigils against the Israeli onslaught on Gaza.

7 January 2009

spot2009 - putting socialism back on the agenda

"GOODBYE AND good riddance to all that," declared the Financial Times, the big business mouthpiece, as it said farewell to 2008, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

7 January 2009

spotYouth fight for jobs

Fight for your future! Piles of cash so huge they're barely comprehensible are thrown at the fat cat financiers and bankers to bail them out of a crisis of their own making, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

7 January 2009

spotThe great rail fares rip-off

PRIVATE RAIL operating companies in the UK have announced huge fares increases, way above the rate of inflation, for 'peak' and 'off-peak' journeys...

7 January 2009

spotMadoff with the money!

WORSHIPPED BY financiers as the 'guru' of hedge funds, it turns out that wealthy New York socialite Bernard Madoff is nothing more than a fraudster, writes Dave Carr.

7 January 2009

spotNo festive joy for shop workers

CHRISTMAS IS finally staggering to a close at the lingerie company I work for. After 23 December, I was able to take four days off for Christmas. To be allowed this luxury I worked almost continuously...

7 January 2009

spotFor a fighting Usdaw leadership

Vote Robbie for a fighting, campaigning Usdaw.: Socialist Party member Robbie Segal is standing for election as president of the shopworkers' union Usdaw...

7 January 2009

spotUSA: Chicago factory workers occupation wins concessions

BY OCCUPYING their plant, and refusing to budge, workers at the Republic Windows & Doors factory in Chicago have provided an inspirational example to workers around the country of how workers can fight and win their demands, writes Bryan Koulouris, Socialist Alternative (CWI, USA).

7 January 2009

spotSouth Wales: Workers vow to fight job losses

There was strong media interest in a Swansea public meeting called on 16 December by the Linamar (ex Visteon car component plant) shop stewards' committee, writes Alec Thraves, secretary Socialist Party Wales, Swansea trade union council..

7 January 2009

spotLabour ministers' unsocial fund

NOT SATISFIED with attacking the benefits entitlements of the unemployed in the recent Welfare Reform Bill, the government proposed charging up to 27% interest on emergency state loans to claimants, writes Simon Carter.

7 January 2009

spotBT: reluctant vote for pension cuts

By a margin of two to one BT workers have reluctantly voted to accept the attacks on their pensions recommended by both their union, the CWU and the employer, writes Clive Walder, CWU Birmingham, Black Country and Worcs branch, personal capacity.

7 January 2009

spotPlutocrats lose

WHAT'S THE world coming to, when you buy an island and then the ungrateful peasants vote against you?...

7 January 2009

spotMake the poor pay

WHO SHOULD pay for the economic recession? Unsurprisingly, the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) says it should be the low paid...

7 January 2009

spotNo to the toxic incinerator!

IN CONJUNCTION with Devon County Council, North Devon Council has approved in principle the plan to build a rubbish incinerator as part of the redevelopment of a stretch of land by the river Taw in Barnstaple, writes Jim Lowe, North Devon Socialist Party.

7 January 2009

spotNo redundancies at GSK!

GSK (Glaxo Smith Klein) is adding to the growing ranks of the unemployed. GSK made over £6 billion last year but that is not enough, they want more, transferring high paid jobs here for cheap wages in...

7 January 2009

spotSalford council: Equal pay, not pay cuts!

Trade Union members in Salford have made it clear to our employer, Salford city council that we will fight their attempt to use equal pay legislation to cut pay, writes Steven North, Central Manchester and Salford Socialist Party.

7 January 2009

spotStop the Slaughter in Gaza

Mass struggle needed for liberation: Missiles from F-16 fighter planes screaming down on children sleeping or cowering in crowded homes and basements; this is state terrorism of the most brutal kind, raining terror onto a trapped population that doesn't even have enough fuel, water and medicines to treat the injured...

7 January 2009

spotStop the slaughter in Gaza

London protest against war on Gaza, photo by Paul Mattsson

London protest against war on Gaza, photo by Paul Mattsson

Editorial: Mass struggle needed for liberation: Missiles from F-16 fighter planes screaming down on children sleeping or cowering in crowded homes and basements; this is state terrorism of the most brutal kind, raining terror onto a trapped population that doesn't even have enough fuel, water and medicines to treat the injured...

13 January 2009

spotStop the Israeli state terror

Stop the Slaughter in Gaza: London demo, photo Paul Mattsson

Stop the Slaughter in Gaza: London demo, photo Paul Mattsson

"Terrified, starving, traumatised, thirsty, desperate", was how the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the Palestinian territories described the Gazan people...

13 January 2009

spotBritish economy heads deeper into crisis

The Socialist Editorial: Gordon Brown promised that New Labour would end the cycle of 'boom and bust'. He claimed that his government is a "rock of stability". Yet the government is being battered by forces of economic recession which become stronger every week...

13 January 2009

spotDaylight murder in Colombo - protest

Protest message sent from Committee for a Workers' International: We condemn the daylight murder in Colombo on Thursday, 8 January,of Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor of the Sunday Leader a well-known critic of the Rajapakse government...

14 January 2009

spot100,000+ on Gaza protests

The mass demonstration on 10 January against the attacks on Gaza showed an escalation in size and anger, writes Matt Dobson.

14 January 2009

spotStop job cuts

Robbie Segal

Robbie Segal

Tens of thousands of retail workers are being laid off. These workers are facing a bleak future, writes Robbie Segal, who is standing for president of Usdaw. Voting starts 19 January.
I am standing for election to become president of Usdaw because our union needs to be a fighting union. We should be building a mass campaign against job losses but also demanding a minimum wage of £8 an hour without exemptions. The union should be taking workers' wages and conditions forward, not watching them go backwards.

14 January 2009

spotFight for your future

ISR on the march, photo Paul Mattsson

ISR on the march, photo Paul Mattsson

From 'generation iPod' to generation unemployed in a matter of months - the government and media's portrayal of young people has changed dramatically as the credit crunch has unfolded, writes Ben Robinson, ISR national organiser.

14 January 2009

spotJobs meltdown hits Ireland

"THIS IS not about a company that's in trouble. This is about greed, corporate greed. They're going to Poland because apparently they can make an extra 3%.", writes Stephen Boyd, Cork.

14 January 2009

spotDebate and meeting in Dublin

Last week on a bitterly cold winter's evening 150 people packed into the ballroom of Wynn's Hotel in central Dublin for the Socialist Party public meeting: " Capitalism in crisis - The Socialist Alternative", writes Cillian Gillespie and Joe Higgins, Dublin.

14 January 2009

spotJob cuts announced at Nissan

Bosses at Nissan's Sunderland car plant have announced they are axing 1,200 jobs, around a quarter of the workforce...

14 January 2009

spotThe NHS today - can it meet everyone's health needs?

Desperately ill patients are being denied expensive drugs that could treat their conditions. Local NHS trusts claim they don't have the money and that treating one person with a drug costing thousands...

14 January 2009

spotDefend threatened Saudi Arabian trade unionist

EXILED SAUDI Arabian trade unionist, Yahya Al Faifi, has had his application for asylum for himself, his wife and children refused by the Home Secretary and they have been ordered to return to Saudi Arabia, writes Dave Reid, Cardiff.

14 January 2009

spotConference: 'The crisis in working class political representation'

RMT protests against privatisation on the London underground , photo Paul Mattsson

RMT protests against privatisation on the London underground , photo Paul Mattsson

The rail union RMT-organised conference to "discuss the crisis in working class political representation" which took place on 10 January, was initiated by a resolution passed at last year's RMT conference, writes Jane James.

14 January 2009

spotChe

Che Guevara in military fatigues, 2 June 1959

Che Guevara in military fatigues, 2 June 1959

The release of the first of Steven Soderbergh's two-part biopic on Che Guevara coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban revolution. It is attracting wide audiences of mainly young people. Given that many of those seeing the film are looking for an alternative to capitalism, Socialist Party branches are organising leafleting and book sales outside cinemas.
TONY SAUNOIS, secretary of the Committee for a Workers' International, looks at how the film deals with the important political questions raised.

14 January 2009

spotFight for free education

Over Christmas many students were working long hours to get cash together to meet the soaring costs of student life, writes Matt Dobson, Socialist Students national organiser.

14 January 2009

spotBuilding ISR and Socialist Students in 2009

On Sunday 11 January youth activists from Socialist Students and International Socialist Resistance (ISR) from across England and Wales converged for a joint national meeting in central London, writes Stephen Burrell.

14 January 2009

spotFight for your future: what ISR campaigns for

Brown and Co want to make young people pay for the economic crisis. That means higher education fees, low pay and unemployment. International Socialist Resistance launched the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign...

14 January 2009

spotGlaxoSmithKline: The fightback starts here

A handful of workers were present at the second National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) meeting for GlaxoSmith Kline (GSK) workers on 10 January, writes Mark Pickersgill.

14 January 2009

spotTube cleaners protest against victimisation

On 8 January, about 40 people turned up to protest outside the headquarters in Greenwich of the cleaning company ISS, writes Chris Newby.

14 January 2009

spotThe 2012 Olympics legacy

WHAT WILL be left when the Olympic games leaves town? That was the question debated by over a hundred people at Stratford Circus, east London, last week. Called by a loose coalition of interested groups...

14 January 2009

spotWirral: Marching to stop the cuts

ON SATURDAY 10 January, despite the freezing weather, around 350 Wirral residents, trade unionists, youth and community campaigners stepped up their protest in opposition to Wirral council's proposed cuts in jobs and services by marching from Wallasey town hall to Birkenhead town hall...

14 January 2009

spotHeathrow expansion protest

ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNERS staged a peaceful protest in Heathrow's Terminal One building on 12 January - part of ongoing opposition to the airport's proposed expansion...

14 January 2009

spotSri Lanka -: Vicious attacks on media and killing of newspaper editor

ON 8 January, in broad daylight in Colombo, the prominent and respected editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was hit in the head by gunfire through his windscreen as his vehicle was stationary in traffic...

14 January 2009

spotBangladesh: Protesters denounce global mining corporation

A PEACEFUL and powerful demonstration against Global Coal Management (GCM) Resources Plc and its destructive open coal mining activities in Phulbari, northern Bangladesh, took place in London outside GCM's annual general meeting on 16 December* 2008, writes Rumana Hashem.

14 January 2009

spotFast News

Lovingly sacked...: THE FINEST writing paper, using only the finest ink, lovingly folded into an immaculate white envelope... This is no ordinary P45, this is a Marks and Spencer P45!...

14 January 2009

spotWhy Manchester rejected the congestion charge

Greater Manchester residents have thrown out proposals threatening to bring in a "congestion charge" in return for some limited investment in public transport, writes Hugh Caffrey, Manchester.

21 January 2009

spotObama takes power: What change will the Democrats bring?

OBAMA'S VICTORY in the 2008 election was historic. It signified a clear rejection of the Bush administration and its war on Iraq and ultra-free market policies. Voters also made history by electing the first black president in a country that was built on slavery and racism, writes Ramy Khalil, Socialist Alternative, USA

21 January 2009

spotEgypt: Gaza conflict fuels anti-Mubarak opposition

THE HORRIFIC events in Gaza have caused fury throughout the Middle East. Fuelling this is the collaboration of the ruling classes with US and Israeli big business, writes Jon Dale.

21 January 2009

spotProtesting against Gaza attacks

Joining the demos across Wales: In the last week there have been meetings, protests and demonstrations all over the country against the attacks on Gaza...

21 January 2009

spotOpposing the expansion of Heathrow

The government's decision to give the go ahead for a third runway at Heathrow has dominated headlines in London, writes Neil Cafferky.

21 January 2009

spotHands off Royal Mail

Postal workers across the country reacted with dismay and anger when the Hooper review of Royal Mail was published in December 2008, writes Gary Clark, Sub Area rep Scotland No.2 branch CWU.

21 January 2009

spotCapitalism kills, concludes study of privatisation era

Russia and Eastern Europe in the 1990s: "SHOCK THERAPY sell-offs blamed for one million deaths" was the stunning headline in the Financial Times of 15 January, writes Clare Doyle.

21 January 2009

spotSave jobs - nationalise JCB

JCB is making another 700 workers redundant at its UK factories. This is the fourth round of cuts since August 2008 totalling over 1,500. There has been a rolling 90-day consultation period, meaning that...

21 January 2009

spotHoover workers march in protest at job losses

People on the streets of Merthyr applauded as over 200 Hoover workers marched from the factory to the town centre to protest at the threat to 337 jobs by Candy, the parent company, writes Dave Reid, Socialist Party Wales.

21 January 2009

spotFighting the cuts in Greenwich

In a quite vicious and vindictive move, Greenwich council have announced plans to attack pay, conditions, jobs and services right across the council...

21 January 2009

spotAmicus election

The nomination period for the election of the Amicus general secretary has now closed. Incumbent Derek Simpson, forced to put himself up for election following a challenge to the trade union certification...

21 January 2009

spotGlasgow Unison

International Socialists/CWI member Brian Smith has won the election for branch secretary of Glasgow City Unison...

21 January 2009

spotShop workers need a fighting trade union leadership

The Morrisons I work in dragged almost the entire workforce in over the Christmas period to do extra shifts to capitalise on higher sales, writes A Morrisons worker.

21 January 2009

spotCampaigning in Exeter

On 15 January, Exeter Socialist Students took to the high street to campaign on behalf of Robbie Segal, Socialist Party activist and shop workers' union Usdaw presidential candidate, writes Rob Edwards.

21 January 2009

spotRefugees and repression in war ravaged Sri Lanka

THE HUMANITARIAN crisis in Sri Lanka has worsened since the government forces captured Kilinochi on 2 January, writes Danny Byrne and Senan, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

21 January 2009

spotLawyer assassinated

Stanislav Markelov, a well known human rights lawyer, was shot dead after he left a press conference in Moscow, writes More in future issue.

21 January 2009

spotExiled Zimbabweans demand Brown acts

OVER 400 Zimbabweans in the UK demonstrated outside Downing Street, London, on 13 January. The singing and dancing protesters waved placards saying: "Mr Brown: Allow Zimbabweans to work and pay taxes"...

21 January 2009

spotWirral anti-cuts campaign

JUST BEFORE Christmas Wirral's ruling Lib-Lab coalition council announced plans to butcher cultural and leisure services, writes Merseyside Socialist Party members.

21 January 2009

spotWaltham Forest anti-incinerator campaign: Residents get results

Walthamstow's Residents Against Pollution campaign group had something to celebrate at the end of 2008, writes Paula Mitchell.

21 January 2009

spotCampaigners fight attacks on education and the environment

Don't dump on Sinfin: Teachers and campaigners packed Derby's town hall gallery for a meeting on 15 January, writes Graham Lewis, Long Eaton trades council.

21 January 2009

spotStudents fight academy status

Weston Favell School (WFS) in Northampton is threatened with academy status starting from September 2009, with the United Learning Trust (ULT) as sponsor...

21 January 2009

spotFast news: My Lords, Ladies and cash dispenser

DIGBY JONES, life peer, is stepping down from his post as the government's business minister...

21 January 2009

spotReaders' comment: media reporting on Gaza

When it comes to reporting on Gaza the conservative and liberal news media and the United Nations seemed to be lapping up the sour milk offered to the world by Egyptian president Mubarak and France's Nicolas Sarkozy, as if it were the only viable opinion on offer, writes Richard Bell, Bristol ISR and Socialist Party.

21 January 2009

spotWhat's going on? The meanderings of a comic mind in confusion, by Mark Steel

Mark Steel at Socialism 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Mark Steel at Socialism 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Mark Steel was one of the new wave of political ('alternative') comedians who emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s, writes Ken Douglas.

21 January 2009

spotNo more bailouts for bosses!

Please sir, can I have some more? Cartoon by Suz

Please sir, can I have some more? Cartoon by Suz

Nationalise the banks under full public control
BANK BOSSES, whose reckless greed for profit has helped push Britain and the world into the deepest financial and economic crisis since the second world war, are to receive another bailout from Gordon Brown's government, writes Roger Shrives.

21 January 2009

spotGaza war paves way for further conflict

Demonstrating against war on Gaza, photo Sarah Mayo

Demonstrating against war on Gaza, photo Sarah Mayo

Editorial statement `One thousand two hundred and fifty confirmed dead, with the numbers still rising as bodies are dug out of the rubble...' This is what the Israeli government calls 'achieving its aims'.

28 January 2009

spotCoventry protest over Gaza onslaught

FOLLOWING THE weekly protests in Coventry called by the Socialist Party against the Israeli state onslaught on Palestinians in Gaza, a dignified vigil and a 300-strong protest rally were held to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day last Sunday...

28 January 2009

spotIsrael: Thousands march in Jaffa against Gaza massacre

SHORTLY BEFORE the Israeli government decided to finish its onslaught on the Gaza Strip for the time being, thousands of Jews and Arabs marched in Jaffa, on 17 January, against the massacre, the siege, the occupation and against racism, writes Shahar Ben-Korin, Socialist Struggle Movement (CWI in Israel).

28 January 2009

spotNo pay discrimination against young people

I STARTED working for Clarks in the shoe shop's busiest period - 'back to school'. At the same time two 16 year-old girls started and from the off I was dismayed at Clarks' employment policies, writes Jack Youd, Salford and Central Manchester Socialist Party.

28 January 2009

spotDefend jobs and services

Youth Fight for Jobs: The Youth Fight for Jobs initiative by International Socialist Resistance is a timely campaign against rising unemployment figures, a Jobcentre Plus worker writes.

28 January 2009

spotThe crisis in manufacturing: Fighting for jobs and living standards

A FIGHTING socialist solution to the growing capitalist threat to workers' jobs and living standards is the only way forward for the trade union movement, writes Bill Mullins.

28 January 2009

spotJOIN THE MARCH FOR JOBS

Say no to youth unemployment: On 2 April the G20 - the leaders of the world's 20 major world powers - will be meeting in Watford. Young people and trade unionists will be marching from central London to meet them - demanding a future.

28 January 2009

spotStudents' angry sit-ins

Solidarity with Gaza: The huge demonstrations against the slaughter in Gaza once again gave the lie to the idea that young people are apathetic or apolitical, Socialist Students members write.

28 January 2009

spotLabour's abandoning of the working class

INCREASINGLY, THE media and politicians talk about the 'disadvantage suffered by white working-class people', and the need to 'listen to their concerns', writes Naomi Byron.

28 January 2009

spotCroydon: Striking against academies

ABOUT 100 education workers, other trade unionists and parents protested at the Croydon council meeting last week against the council's plans to bring in academies in place of community schools, writes Chris Newby.

28 January 2009

spotScotland: Step up opposition to cuts

THE IMPACT of the cuts in local government spending signalled by both the UK and Scottish governments in late 2008 is beginning to show, writes Brian Smith, branch secretary, Glasgow city Unison (personal capacity).

28 January 2009

spotFighting council cuts

Greenwich Unison in south London has won the first round of a campaign to stop Greenwich council's plans to 'reconfigure' the child protection service, writes Onay Kasab, secretary Greenwich Unison, personal capacity.

28 January 2009

spotUnison right wing exposed

As four Socialist Party members defend themselves against the ridiculous and malicious allegation that they "gave racist offence to members" by disstributing a leaflet at Unison conference bearing the Three Wise Monkeys symbol, disturbing evidence has emerged that the right wing leadership of the union has relied on a racist to pursue their witch-hunt in one case.

28 January 2009

spotBuilding a fighting Unison leadership

Elections for the branch leadership of Manchester local government Unison have started. One of the left candidates is Socialist Party member Jim Cessford, who told The Socialist: "Last year the branch...

28 January 2009

spotStop the deportation of Yahya Al-Faifi

YAHYA AL-FAIFI, an exiled Saudi trade unionist, and his family are facing deportation into the hands of the Saudi Arabian regime by the Home Office, writes Dave Reid.

28 January 2009

spotStop the racist BNP

ON SATURDAY 31 January, hundreds of people will be protesting against the British National Party (BNP) in Liverpool, writes Hugh Caffrey.

28 January 2009

spotBuild a mass movement for free education

NUS leadership severs links with students: The National Union of Students (NUS) governance review was passed at an extraordinary conference on 20 January in Wolverhampton, writes Ben Robinson.

28 January 2009

spotSave our school!

Parents and children in Greenwich and Lewisham have launched a campaign to save their school, Charlotte Turner primary, which Greenwich council is threatening to close...

28 January 2009

spotSay 'no' to the Metro privateers

In the north east, Labour MPs are unhappy. They are bleating that they are having to answer difficult questions from constituents over the privatisation of Tyne and Wear Metro. Norman Hall and Elaine Brunskill report.

28 January 2009

spotAmicus Unity Gazette left with egg on its face

Unite the union: The nomination period in the general secretary election in the Amicus section of Unite has now closed and the election has immediately descended into something of a farce, writes Mick Cotter, Amicus/Unite.

28 January 2009

spotSolid support for Glasgow strike

Glasgow council's 21 community service supervisors remain on indefinite strike. The strike is rock solid as it enters the fourth week, writes Brian Smith.

28 January 2009

spotVictory for left in Glasgow Unison

As reported in last week's issue of The Socialist, International Socialists (CWI Scotland) member, Brian Smith, has been elected to the post of branch secretary of the Glasgow City branch of Unison, writes Ronnie Stevenson, convenor Glasgow social work services (SWS) shop stewards.

28 January 2009

spotSocialist councillor opposes Tory plans for education privatisation

Last week's Kirklees council meeting brought in a new Liberal/Labour coalition administration after a vote of 'no confidence' in the ruling minority Tory cabinet took place, writes Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS councillor.

28 January 2009

spotFerengi dealers

'ROGUE TRADER' Jérôme Kerviel, sacked by the French bank Société Générale after amassing the biggest trading losses in history - £3.5 billion - revealed that he 'made a stock market killing' out of the 7/7 bombings in London...

28 January 2009

spotFast News

Final salary: IN AN economic recession, making workers pay for the crisis is the capitalists' guiding principle. The latest example of this 'philosophy' is the expected decision by 25 of 100 major UK private sector...

28 January 2009

spotGermany 1919 The Spartacist uprising

Historical feature: NINETY YEARS ago this month the German workers rose in the 'Spartacist uprising' - a turning point in the German revolution of 1917-1923 which led to the tragic deaths of revolutionary socialist leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht...

28 January 2009

spotRussia: Bosses sack auto-factory union leader

ON 19 January at the end of his shift, Dmitrii Kozhnev, Chair of the Tsentrosvarmash factory branch of the Trade Union of Auto Industry Workers (MPRA), and a supporter of Socialist Resistance (CWI, Russia), was sacked from his workplace in Tver city, Russia...

28 January 2009

spotCourageous socialist activist, campaigning journalist and human rights activist

Obituary: Andrei Klimentov: COMRADE ANDREI KLIMENTOV died from a heart attack on 20 January 2009, at the young age of 35. Andrei was a talented journalist, who for many years worked as a human rights activist in the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights, and a leader of Socialist Resistance (CWI, Kazakhstan) in the Aktubinsk area.

28 January 2009

spotObituary - Barry Malone

With regret I must inform members of the Socialist Party of the death of Barry Malone, Shropshire branch, on 12 January. Barry was just 60 but was battling with illness, writes Jim Reekie, secretary, Shropshire Socialist Party.

28 January 2009

spotA People's History of Sports in the United States

Book review: When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, hundreds of thousands of the poorest people in the city were left homeless...

28 January 2009

spotThe Reader

Film review: This thought-provoking film is about teenage passion meeting with Germany's Nazi past. It centres on Michael Berg, a successful lawyer, whose life becomes involved with a brutal SS concentration camp...

28 January 2009

spotEra of illusions in capitalism ending

Editorial: So the economy is now officially in recession. No great surprise, as most people feel they have been suffering recession-like conditions for six months already...

30 January 2009

spotWhat's On

30 January 2009

spotHouse of Lords Appeal judgement on 2001 'May Day Detainee Case'

Press Release for immediate use: 28/01/09

1 February 2009

spotWhat's really behind the Lindsey Oil Refinery strike

By Keith Gibson, Personal Capacity, G.M.B., elected onto unofficial LOR Strike Committee

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