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The geographies of capitalism, a king of Geography, and the destruction of political dreams

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Camila Bassi
Professor Nigel Thrift, VC at the University of Warwick, called in the police to evict a student occupation on his campus. He also writes about the future of the left. Camila Bassi exposes his politics.

Republished from Camila Bassi's blog. Camila is a human geographer academic and lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.

Jerusalem: the unholy city

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Uri Avnery

Jerusalem has been in flames — again. Two youngsters from Jabel Mukaber, one of the Arab villages annexed to Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in the west of the city during morning prayers and killed four devout Jews, before themselves being killed by police [18 November].

Jerusalem is called "the City of Peace". No city in the world has seen as many wars, massacres and as much bloodshed as this one.

Jerusalem was annexed (or "liberated", or "unified") immediately after the Six Day War of 1967.

Jerusalem has been in flames — again. Two youngsters from Jabel Mukaber, one of the Arab villages annexed to Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in the west of the city during morning prayers and killed four devout Jews. Uri Avnery looks at the context to these killings.

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Elect Pat Murphy as NUT deputy general secretary

Patrick Murphy, a founder of the schools activist network Lanac, a socialist, and a member of Workers' Liberty, is running for deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers. The ballot will be between 5 and 28 January.

Patrick Murphy, a founder of the schools activist network Lanac, a socialist, and a member of Workers' Liberty, is running for deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers. The ballot will be between 5 and 28 January.


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The two Trotskyisms during World War 2: Workers' Liberty 3/48

Tracing the development of "two Trotskyisms" from the 1940 split to the 1944 polemic between Harry Braverman and Max Shachtman.

Tracing the development of "two Trotskyisms" through from the 1940 split to the 1944 polemic between Harry Braverman and Max Shachtman.

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The pagination in the pdf is correct, but, by a mishap, the pages of the printed version of Workers' Liberty 3/48, as a pull-out in Solidarity 347, are in the wrong order. Our apologies to readers.

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The Labour Party: taking stock

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Jon Lansman talks with Martin Thomas

Jon Lansman is a long-time activist on the Labour left, a leading figure in the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, and active on the Left Futures blog. He talked to Martin Thomas about how things stand in the Labour Party four years on from the end of the Blair-Brown era.

Jon Lansman, a long-time activist on the Labour left, discusses how things stand.

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Kurdish construction workers demand recognition

The Kurdish Construction Workers' Organisation, active mainly in Iraqi Kurdistan, is appealing for support in its campaign to get recognition from the Kurdish Regional Government.

The Kurdish Construction Workers' Organisation, active mainly in Iraqi Kurdistan, is appealing for support in its campaign to get recognition from the Kurdish Regional Government.

The Kurdistan Regional Government must formally recognise the Organization of Construction Workers in Kurdistan!

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Firefighters battle government austerity

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Darren Bedford

Firefighters showed the government the depth of their anger over pensions and cuts last week when they successfully disrupted a planned media event around a new fire station in south London on 25 November.

Fire minister Penny Mordaunt was met by 200 angry firefighters when she arrived at the new West Norwood fire station, blocking the entrance and preventing the car from getting in. As the vehicle sped away, cries of “1 – 0 to the FBU!” rang out.

During this government over 5,000 firefighters’ jobs have been cut and 39 fire stations closed. The Fire Brigades Union has refused to accept these austerity measures and continues its industrial, political and legal campaign.

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Mass protest and occupation at Warwick University as police attack new wave of student protest

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Workers' Liberty students


Warwick University students and their supporters protest against police violence

Following the 10,000 strong 19 November demonstration for free education, organised by National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, Wednesday 3 December saw student protests across Britain, including at least six student occupations.

Following a thousand-strong protest, students are taking part in an occupation of the VC's suite at Warwick University after police repression against an (ongoing) wave of student protests for free education.

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Social mobility increases. Downwards.

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Martin Thomas

It used to seem common-sense that switch to comprehensive schools from the mid-1960s, and the big expansion of higher education, must have increased people's ability to move into a better-off social layer than their parents.

New research finds that social mobility has not decreased in Britain. Only, more of it is downward mobility.

Support the Northern Line drivers' strike!

Alex McGuigan, a Northern Line driver at the Mordern depot with 29 years' service, was unjustly sacked by London Underground after he failed a breathalyser test which failed to take his Type-2 diabetes (which can trigger false positives) into account, and after which the company failed to test his urine sample for alcohol (testing it only for drugs, then destroying it).

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Unison LGBT conference report

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By a conference delegate
Report on Unison LGBT conference by a Workers' Liberty member who was a delegate.

Over 500 delegates met in Blackpool for the 2014 Unison LGBT Conference. Motion debates were interspersed with regional and service group meetings as well as campaigning workshops, elections and guest speakers.

A wide range of motions was passed from greater support to LGBT people leaving care, for better housing provision, tackling biphobia, defending the NHS services needed by trans people, kicking Homophobia out the World Cup and the need to campaign for a Labour victory in 2015 General Election.

Interview with Kurdish and Turkish community organisation Day-Mer

Day-Mer is a Kurdish and Turkish community organisation in London. Oktay Cinpolat, who is part of the management of Day-Mer and Day-Mer Youth, spoke to Solidarity.

An interview Oktay Cinpolat from London-based Kurdish and Turkish organisation, Day-Mer.

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Report: ten thousand students demonstrate for free education

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Workers' Liberty's Beth Redmond leading the chanting

On Wednesday 19 November, ten thousand students marched through central London to demand free education. The political waves from this demonstration, organised by left activists despite sabotage from the leadership of the National Union of Students, are having a positive impact on the student movement. We hope they will have a positive impact on the wider class struggle.

On 19 November, ten thousand students marched through London to demand free education – on a demonstration organised by left activists, despite sabotage from the National Union of Students.

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Off The Rails - Winter 2014/2015

The latest edition of Off The Rails, a platform for rank-and-file rail workers published by Workers' Liberty.

This issue includes news on...

  • Northern Rail pay dispute
  • East Midlands Trains Senior Conductors' dispute
  • London Underground jobs fight
  • Cleaners' struggles
  • ...plus...

  • Keep the Guard on the Train: interview with a campaign organiser
  • Fighting DOO
  • Can we force Labour to renationalise the railway?
  • ...and...

    The latest edition of Off The Rails, a platform for rank-and-file rail workers published by Workers' Liberty.

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    Keep the Guard on the Train!

    Moving to “Driver Only Operation” (DOO) is a key recommendation of the McNulty Report, commissioned by the last Labour government and enthusiastically taken up by the Tories. TOCs like Northern Rail and TransPennine Express are already moving towards DOO. But workers are fighting back. A guard on Northern Rail, who has been actively involved in the “Keep the Guard on the Train” campaign, spoke to Off The Rails.


    OTR: Can you tell us a bit about what you’ve been involved in locally and on a national level?

    A railworker and organiser of the "Keep the Guard on the Train" campaign against job cuts and "Driver-Only Operation" spoke to Off The Rails, the rank-and-file railworkers' magazine produced by Workers' Liberty, about how the campaign has been built.

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    We can win free education!

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    Tom Harris

    The British student movement should take its lead from its counterparts in Germany, Chile and other countries, which succeeded in overturning the introduction of a shambolic, transparently unfair system of tuition fees.

    And it must go further, and demand that the debt hanging over millions of students who have already left study is abolished.

    On the introduction of tuition fees in 1998, many predicted that the change would further entrench university education as the preserve of those wealthy enough to pay.

    The British student movement should take its lead from its counterparts in Germany, Chile and other countries, which succeeded in overturning the introduction of a shambolic, transparently unfair system of tuition fees.

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    Labour's NHS Bill: not good enough

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    Jill Mountford, Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, personal capacity.

    After months of speculation and vague promises Labour's Clive Efford MP has published his NHS (Amended Duties and Powers) Private Members Bill.

    Was it worth waiting for? With the political limits of the Labour Party and the practical limits of what a Private Members Bill can achieve it was never going to repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act , nor reverse the cuts and privatisation of the NHS. But the Bill does tackle some of the worst bits of the Health and Social Care Act.

    After months of speculation and vague promises Labour's Clive Efford MP has published his NHS (Amended Duties and Powers) Private Members Bill.

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    Kobane fighters say tide is turning

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    Simon Nelson

    The situation in Kobane has been boosted by the arrival of Iraqi-Kurdish peshmerga fighters, whose commander Ahmaf Gardi has stated that: "We will not leave until the city is wiped clean of ISIS".

    A representative of YPG, the military wing of the PYD, is quoted as saying that the "existence of peshmerga in Kobane changed the balance of power. We are advancing towards ISIS positions, and now the majority of the city is under our control". 

    The situation in Kobane has been boosted by the arrival of Iraqi-Kurdish peshmerga fighters, whose commander Ahmaf Gardi has stated that: "We will not leave until the city is wiped clean of ISIS".

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