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9 November 2016
During the night of 3 November the homes of several leaders and members of parliament of the left-wing and pro-Kurdish party, HDP (People's Democratic Party), were raided by Turkish police. The two co-chairs of the party, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, along with at least nine members of parliament, were arrested and taken into custody.
2 November 2016
A tidal wave of protest swept through the streets and squares of Spain on 26 October
26 October 2016
Fight for publicly run schooling: The new Tory government under Theresa May will continue converting state schools to 'academy' status and setting up new 'free schools'.
12 October 2016
University students have resumed their battle from last year against tuition fees hikes and for free education. In doing so, they have taken on South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) political establishment. Workers and Socialist Party (Wasp, CWI South Africa) activists explain what's at stake.
21 September 2016
Irish state criminalises right to protest: Anti-water charges demonstrators were arrested following a peaceful sit-down protest against water charges against Irish Labour deputy premier Joan Burton. They are now facing ludicrous charges of "false imprisonment".
21 September 2016
New allegations claim an undercover cop who infiltrated the Socialist Party may have tried to provoke a dangerous criminal act.
31 August 2016
International outrage has resulted from the decision of over 20 town mayors in the south of France to ban from beaches the wearing of 'burkini' swimsuits, on the grounds of 'inciting terrorism' and 'threatening public safety'. Despite a court decree rejecting the ban as unconstitutional, the mayors say they will ignore the ruling. Judy Beishon reports on how the issue has become the focus of an ugly backlash to the recent terrorist attacks in France.
24 August 2016
The Tories have handed the contract for the government's Equality Advisory and Support Service discrimination helpline to notorious privatisers G4S.
11 August 2016
Trotskyism has been in the news since Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party, accused some new members of the Labour Party of being supporters of Trotsky.
27 July 2016
The recent failed military coup d'état in Turkey has been followed by a massive purge of the state machinery and assault on democratic rights by right-wing president Recep Erdoğan. By arresting thousands of people, sacking thousands of state employees, imposing a three month 'state of emergency' and mobilising his AKP members, Erdoğan is ruthlessly accelerating his drive towards an authoritarian regime. Workers' and left organisations must mobilise to resist these draconian moves and fight for democratic rights.
29 June 2016
The appalling racist abuse and physical attacks reported since the EU referendum must be condemned and opposed.
15 June 2016
As we approach voting day for the EU referendum, panic has set in for the establishment and 'project fear' has been stepped up. The official campaigns on both sides have bandied about arguments full of lies and misrepresentations. We answer three key questions: Does the EU build international solidarity? Does the EU defend workers' rights? Does the EU keep the peace?
15 June 2016
Theatre review - The Government Inspector: A fantastic achievement - fast paced, very funny, innovative and inclusive. The closest description might be a lost episode of Fawlty Towers - from 1836.
1 June 2016
Culture secretary John Whittingdale recently published the government's White Paper plans on the future funding and governance of the BBC. Ken Smith explains what lies behind the changes and why they must be fought.
11 May 2016
Blacklisted workers have won millions of pounds in compensation after a long-running legal battle finally ended in victory. The total figure for compensation paid out by the blacklisting firms is estimated at £50 million with an additional £200 million worth of legal costs.
29 April 2016
The recent verdict of the inquests into the Hillsborough football stadium disaster of 1989, which killed 96 people vindicates the 27-year campaign for the truth, which battled against establishment lies and slurs on the victims. Tony Mulhearn, who was an anti-cuts, socialist city councillor in Liverpool from 1984 to 1987, responds.
14 April 2016
Socialist Party members joined hundreds protesting at the Polish embassy in London on 9 April in solidarity with thousands demonstrating in Warsaw and at other embassies around the world against attacks on abortion rights
16 March 2016
A recent meeting of the PCS civil servants' union national executive committee (NEC) gave a big boost to the campaign under way to stop millions of pounds of public funding being given to Tory and Ukip Brexit campaigners
9 March 2016
Workers entering employment in Britain today could have to wait until their mid-seventies to retire.
27 January 2016
'Arab Spring' five years on: Five years after the fall of the dictator Ben Ali, the demands of the revolution remain unsatisfied. And in recent days Tunisia has been swept by a new 'intifada' (uprising) from its impoverished youth, fed up with a life of misery and mass unemployment.
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