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A step forward for the Palestinians

On 13 October, MPs voted to recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.

The motion, proposed by Labour MP Grahame Morris, was passed by 274 votes to 12. It is an additional commitment to a two-state settlement for Israel-Palestine of this and the last government .

In 2012, when the UN General Assembly voted on whether to recognise the Palestinian state, the UK was one of the 41 nations which abstained. Nine voted against, 138 in favour – but the nine included Israel and the US, the two states with an ability to bring justice to the Palestinians.

On 13 October, MPs voted to recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.

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Solidarity with the Kurds is our first concern

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Michéal MacEoin

As fighters from “Islamic State” (IS) enter the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria, Kurds abroad have been demonstratiing in several major European cities.

In a conflict between the democratic, secular Kurdish forces and the fascistic barbarism of IS, Kurds should expect the support and solidarity of the UK left.

Over the summer, British socialist organisations were rightly a dynamic force in building demonstrations against Israel’s murderous attacks on Gaza, with up to 150,000 marching in London alone.

In a conflict between the democratic, secular Kurdish forces and the fascistic barbarism of IS, Kurds should expect the support and solidarity of the UK left.

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Hong Kong protest: time to regroup

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Chen Ying in Hong Kong

The tide has continued to turn against the democracy protest movement in Hong Kong.

The HK Government became emboldened to break off talks with the HK Federation of Students. It insisted on adherence to the Basic Law provisions and the recent decision of the China’s People’s Congress to limit chief executive candidates to not more than three, vetted by 50% approval of an election committee packed with Beijing supporters. The students’ demands that the HKSAR government files a supplementary report to Beijing was ignored.

The tide has continued to turn against the democracy protest movement in Hong Kong.

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Democracy in Donetsk?

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Dale Street

The Central Election Commission (CEC) of the "Donetsk People’s Republic" (DPR) has published a list of the organisations which will not be allowed to participate in the DPR elections on 2 November.

Pavel Gubarev’s "Novorossiya" is among those excluded, although Gubarev is the former "People’s Governor of Donetsk Region" and a regular of Moscow’s television studios.

According to Roman Lyagin, head of the CEC:

The Central Election Commission of the "Donetsk People’s Republic" has published a list of the organisations which will not be allowed to participate in the DPR elections on 2 November.

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Police kill another black youth in St Louis

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Gemma Short

An off-duty police officer shot dead Vonderrit Myers Jr, an 18 year old black man, in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday 8 October.

The unnamed police officer was wearing his police uniform while working for GCI, a private security firm. The practice of police officers taking second jobs as security guards is widespread. GCI alone employed 168 officers in 2012. The wearing of police uniform is permitted by the state police department. It appears that these security firms are often employed to patrol residential streets.

An off-duty police officer shot dead Vonderrit Myers Jr, an 18 year old black man, in St. Louis, Missouri on 8 October.

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Help the Kurds against ISIS!

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Simon Nelson

Kurds and their supporters demand that the Kurdish Peshmerga, YPG (People’s Protection Units) and other militia be armed with heavy weapons, armour-piercing bullets and tanks in order to resist the ISIS ultra-Islamists who threaten them with massacre in Kobane (near Syria's border with Turkey) and elsewhere.

Kurds demand that the Peshmerga, YPG and other militia be armed with heavy weapons, armour-piercing bullets and tanks to resist the ISIS ultra-Islamists who threaten them with massacre in Kobane near Syria's border with Turkey.

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Kurdistan/Middle East solidarity bulletin for 18 October TUC demo

Workers' Liberty has worked with Iraqi Kurdish socialists active in the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees to produce a bulletin for the 18 October TUC demo, appealing for solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Middle East.

It includes details of upcoming solidarity meetings and actions, campaign info, model motions for unions and campaign groups, an IFIR appeal for funds for aid, and political background on the Kurdish struggle.

Workers' Liberty has worked with Iraqi Kurdish socialists to produce a bulletin for the 18 October TUC demo, appealing for solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Middle East.

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Hong Kong social workers versus the police

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Andrew Casey
Protest at police brutality restarts democracy movement.

Hundred of members and supporters of the Hong Kong General Social Workers Union last night marched onto the Hong Kong police HQ.

They were there to protest the treatment of Ken Tsang a prominent HKGSWU member, a political activist, who works with street kids and was bashed by police during democracy protests earlier in the day.

"It is the Kurdish people fighting, but this is a much bigger issue": interview with Roza Salih

Roza Salih, who is Vice President Diversity & Advocacy at University of Strathclyde Students' Association in Glasgow and NUS Scotland's International Students' Officer, has been organising protests in solidarity with the Kurdish struggle. She spoke to Solidarity.

An interview with Glasgow-based Iraqi Kurdish student activist Roza Salih about the struggle in Kurdistan.

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Italian students lead the way against Renzi

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Hugh Edwards

Friday 10 October saw the first mass national protest against the latest reactionary reform of the Italian educational system introduced by the goverment of Matteo Renzi.

Friday 10 October saw the first mass national protest against the latest reactionary reform of the Italian educational system introduced by the goverment of Matteo Renzi.

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The rich up 15%, the rest down

Real wages in the public sector went down 15% between 2008 and 2013. Across the economy real wages have fallen by 8.2%.

Across the economy the average wage rise last year, concentrated in manufacturing and financial services, was just 2% in money terms. Price inflation was 2% (CPI) or 2.7% (RPI). Over half of the wage rises were below RPI. In a sample survey of wage settlements for six million workers between August 2013 and August 2014, 13% faced a wage freeze and only 8.3% had a wage rise above 3%.

Real wages in the public sector went down 15% between 2008 and 2013. Across the economy real wages have fallen by 8.2%.

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What is Ebola virus, where does it come from?

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Les Hearn

From a scary but rare problem, Ebola Virus has exploded into public consciousness as a real disaster in West Africa and a potential threat to anywhere else connected by any means of travel.

The problem has been exacerbated by the lack of local health care infrastructure, distrust of aid agencies and lack of help from the richest countries. Where has the virus come from and why is it now such a problem?

From a scary but rare problem, Ebola Virus has exploded into public consciousness as a real disaster in West Africa and a potential threat to anywhere else connected by any means of travel.

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Next steps in Hong Kong

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Chen Ying in Hong Kong

The protest movement in Hong Kong has been forced to retreat in the face of orchestrated violent attacks by Beijing-funded triad gangs, with the complicity of the police force.

The gangs began their attack in Mong Kok, a high density urban working class district with a high concentration of organized crime.

The spontaneous occupation of Mong Kok on 29 September — in response to the deployment of teargas — was initially hugely successful and took the police completely by surprise.

The protest movement in Hong Kong has been forced to retreat in the face of orchestrated violent attacks by Beijing-funded triad gangs, with the complicity of the police force.

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Local government and tube strikes called off: organise to return to action

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Gemma Short

Unison has voted to call off planned strike action for October 14.

GMB and Unite swiftly followed in calling off their strike.

It is believed that the Local Government Association [the employers association for local government] made an offer similar to the proposal proposed earlier last week (for more detail, see here), but with perhaps some small concessions.

Local government unions have called off planned action on October 14. The RMT has also called off planned action on the Tube on 14-16 October.

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Inside Islam

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Matt Cooper

With the Trojan Horse controversy in Birmingham’s schools and press concern about Muslims travelling to fight with Sunni Muslim militias in Syria and northern Iraq, suggestions of “extremism” amongst British Muslims have become a staple public discussion. Innes Bowen’s well researched book on the organisations and ideologies of British Islam puts this into a clear context.

Review of Innes Bowen's Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam.

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Support the Kurds! Resolution for trade union branches

The Central Line East branch of the RMT union has passed this motion in support of the Kurds. Could your union branch pass it too, or a version of it?


Support the Kurds!

1. We strongly oppose "Islamic State" and its attack on the mainly-Kurdish city of Kobani, Syria.

2. We support the Kurds of Kobani - including the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women's Brigades - in their valiant fight; we support their right to resist attack and to ask for help in doing so.

The Central Line East branch of the RMT union has passed this motion in support of the Kurds. Could your union branch pass it too, or a version of it?

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Syrian Kurds face ISIS massacre

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Simon Nelson

Tuesday 7 October: Forces of the “Islamic State” movement (ISIS) have entered the Kurdish city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border.

After taking a hill commanding the city on 5 October, ISIS has now begun to enter at ground level.

Kobani had taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees and was touted at one time as a safe haven for those escaping IS.

Forces of the “Islamic State” movement (ISIS) have entered the Kurdish city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border.

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Hong Kong workers strike for democracy

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Charlotte Zalens

Democracy protests in Hong Kong are escalating, and the state has responded with severe police repression and brutality.

The protests are against limitations on candidates for a 2017 election, by universal suffrage, for the next Hong Kong Chief Executive.

All candidates will be vetted by a nominating committee composed largely of Beijing loyalists, making it impossible for genuine radicals and democrats to stand.

Democracy protests in Hong Kong are escalating, and the state has responded with severe police repression and brutality.

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The fly in China's ointment

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Chen Ying

The current wave of protest has spread like wildfire from the Admiralty area, where the administration centre of the Hong Kong government is located, to Wanchai, Central and Causeway Bay areas on Hong Kong Island, and to Mongkok in the centre of Kowloon.

In short, the major roads of HK's financial district and all key urban areas with the highest population density is occupied 24 hours around the clock by protestors.

Chen Ying reports from Hong Kong (30 September).

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