The Socialist

The Socialist 5 February 2005

Iraq elections: No end to nightmare

Iraq: No end to nightmare

Nothing resolved by Iraqi elections

Oppose Clarke's dictatorial plans

Teachers are fighting back

 Balloting against the occupation

The great pensions robbery

All out to defend pensions

All out to defend pensions!

Action now to stop the pay cuts!

Lib Dems declare war on voluntary sector

The Holocaust - who was to blame?

After the tsunami: Victims treated like beggars

Russia's 'cotton revolution' shakes Putin

World Social Forum: Lula's betrayal of poor sparks anger

 
 

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The Socialist 5 February 2005, Iraq elections: No end to nightmare

spotIraq: No end to nightmare

'THE FIRST free vote for fifty years.' That's how the media described the Iraqi elections. But how can a vote be 'free' when the whole country is under military occupation by foreign imperialist powers? This so-called free vote involved circumventing barbed wire, road blocks, tanks and armed soldiers, and risking death, in many cases to end up voting for anonymous candidates.


spotNothing resolved by Iraqi elections

BUSH AND Blair have been quick to hail the elections in Iraq as a "victory for democracy" and a vindication of their brutal occupation of Iraq, but this was largely for public consumption...


spotOppose Clarke's dictatorial plans

THE LABOUR government is prepared to erode civil liberties using the excuse of "fighting terrorism". Since 11 September 2001 the British government has used this to bring in measures that could potentially be used not just against terrorists but also to repress the rights of others who oppose the government's policies.


spotTeachers are fighting back

Sacked for being sick: TEACHERS AT Newton High School in St. Helens have asked their union to ballot them for one day's strike action in protest at the way in which one of their colleagues has been treated under new sickness policies imposed by the council.


spot Balloting against the occupation

On 29 January, on the day before the elections in occupied Iraq, ISR and Socialist Students in London organised a protest outside Aegis Defence Services Ltd...


spotThe great pensions robbery

THE PENSION rights of the majority of the British workforce are under attack.
Unless you're a judge, an MP or a fat cat chief executive of a FTSE 100 company then the chances are that you've either had your pension rights cut or are facing an attack on those entitlements.


spotAll out to defend pensions

UNISON's NATIONAL industrial action committee has decided to conduct a strike ballot of local government members...


spotAll out to defend pensions!

AN EXPLOSION of anger has swept the public sector against New Labour's plans to cut back on pension rights. Many of the major unions are making plans to ballot their members for strike action against the government attacks, particularly the raising of the retirement age.


spotAction now to stop the pay cuts!

Coventry 'single status' battle: "YOU'RE TAKING my mortgage off me" shouted one bin worker at a Tory councillor before the last Coventry council meeting...


spotLib Dems declare war on voluntary sector

OVER 200 people marched through the centre of Liverpool on 26 January in protest at the biggest attack on the voluntary sector the city has seen...


spotThe Holocaust - who was to blame?

The sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz has produced a plethora of TV and radio documentaries, newspaper features and statements from leading politicians. All of these rightly express revulsion and condemnation of the most evil and barbaric regime in history.


spotAfter the tsunami: Victims treated like beggars

AS WE arrived back in the eastern part of Sri Lanka, a graveyard silence greeted us - scores of eyes tired of crying for their kith and kin taken by the killer tsunami...


spotRussia's 'cotton revolution' shakes Putin

FOLLOWING THE 'orange revolution' in the Ukraine, Russia has been hit by what has been termed the 'cotton revolution' ('cotton' refers to the poor quality clothing worn by many pensioners)...


spotWorld Social Forum: Lula's betrayal of poor sparks anger

"LULA TRAITOR", "Lula your place is in Davos"*. These were just some of the chants on the 3,000 strong protest which greeted Brazilian...