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Ritzy cinema workers' strike hots up

Ritzy cinema workers struck again on 20 July to demand a living wage. This time, the bosses tried to keep the cinema running.

On 20 July workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton were on strike again as part of their Living Wage campaign. The strike had been timed to disrupt a live screening of the new Monty Python musical, the kind of screening that normally draws packed audiences and big profits.

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Italy: 1.2 million more absolute poor last year

In 2007 2.4 million Italians were living in a state of “absolute poverty”, a condition officially defined as "lacking the means to acquire the goods and services considered essential to a standard of living minimally necessary to subsist".

Between 2007 and 2012 the figure doubled, underlining the collapse of the Italian economy, as the global financial crisis bit deeper.

Sharp declines in standard of living for big majority.

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End homophobia in the Commonwealth

The sound of African drums reverberated across Whitehall to Downing Street on Wednesday 16 July accompanied by calls for David Cameron to make a public statement and speak out against homophobia in Commonwealth countries ahead of the Games in Glasgow. 

Protest highlights how in 42 of 53 Commonwealth countries it is illegal to be LGBT.

Pro-Russian separatists regroup

Despite promising to defend the town to the last man and the last drop of blood, pro-Russian separatists pulled out of Slaviansk the weekend of 5-6 July. Kramatorsk and some smaller population centres were also abandoned. The separatists regrouped in Donetsk.

In an article entitled “We Left Slaviansk in Order to Return to Kiev”, Igor Druz (adviser to the self-styled “Minister of Defence of the Donetsk People’s Republic”) explained:

By regrouping in Donetsk and Lugansk, Russian separatists are able to use the civilian population as “protection”: bombardments by air or land by the Ukrainian forces would inevitably cause major civilian casualties.

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Impasse in Iraq

Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent (13 July): "Since the capture of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) on 10 June, Shia women and children have been killed in villages south of Kirkuk, and Shia air force cadets machine-gunned and buried in mass graves near Tikrit."

Shia-sectarian militias are mobilising against ISIS more effectively than the Iraqi army.

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Obama to deport 52,000 children

The White House has announced plans to spend $3.7 billion deporting 52,000 children to Central America.

The majority of these children come over the southern border into Texas from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, countries which are rife with drug wars and have been devastated by decades of US intervention.

Money is going to be spent on care for the children whilst they await detention and electronic tracking devices (in the form of ankle bracelets), enhanced border control and transport.

The White House has announced plans to spend $3.7 billion deporting 52,000 children to Central America.

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Support Calais migrants

Authorities in Calais have created a by-law prohibiting groups of people occupying or setting up camps across the town.

Whilst the text of the decree does not specifically mention migrants, after the recent mass evictions on 28 May and again on 2 July, where riot police violently removed over 600 people from makeshift camps in the area, it is clear that they were in mind when the law was made.

Authorities in Calais have created a by-law prohibiting groups of people occupying or setting up camps across the town.

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Sweeping spy powers rushed through

David Cameron has unveiled new “emergency” legislation on data surveillance that would compel internet service providers and mobile operators to store information on their customers for up to twelve months so that the police can use it for criminal cases.

New “emergency” legislation on data surveillance compels internet service providers and mobile operators to store information on their customers for up to twelve months so that the police can use it for criminal cases.

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Justice for victims of child abuse!

On Monday 14 July, Lady Butler-Sloss resigned as the chair of an inquiry into the sexual abuse of children by MPs and other high-profile, powerful people in the 1980s.

Time and time again we hear about cover-ups of instances of powerful people in our society raping children. It feels like the papers are full of stories of famous and privileged paedophiles.

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Day out for the unions

Over 100,000 people came out for the glorious sunshine, music, banners, politics, history and beer at the Durham Miners’ Gala on 12 July.

For over a hundred years the miners used to march with their banners and brass bands through Durham. This tradition nearly died after the closure of the pits, but the event has been reinvented. The ex-pit communities now walk with the banners, and other unions turn out with their banners and bands. The speakers are from a broad range of unions.

Over 100,000 people came out for the glorious sunshine, music, banners, politics, history and beer at the Durham Miners’ Gala on 12 July.

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Defend our unions!

The bleating from the bourgeois press about disruption on 10 July strike day has given Cameron an excuse to restate the Tories’ intention to almost ban strikes in the public sector through changes to balloting laws.

The bleating from the bourgeois press about disruption on 10 July strike day has given Cameron an excuse to restate the Tories’ intention to almost ban strikes in the public sector through changes to balloting laws.

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Marxist Revival magazine, no.2

No.2 of the international revolutionary-socialist discussion magazine Marxist Revival is now out, and available for £2 (or £3.20 including postage) from AWL.

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No.2 of the international revolutionary-socialist discussion magazine Marxist Revival is now out, and available for £2 (or £3.20 including postage) from AWL. Please send payment via this website.

The first section of the issue is short articles from the participating organisations on recent interventions.

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Firefighters begin eight days of strikes

Firefighters in England and Wales began strike action on eight consecutive days this week, in an increasingly acrimonious and protracted battle over pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has organised strikes from 6 until 8 in the morning and 5 and 7 in the evening from Monday to Thursday, and on Monday week. Friday’s strikes are 6-8am and then 11pm-1am. On Saturday the strikes are 11am-1pm and 11pm-1am. On Sunday they are 5-7pm. The union also commences action short of a strike from 7pm on 21 July.

Firefighters in England and Wales began strike action on eight consecutive days this week, in an increasingly acrimonious and protracted battle over pensions.

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July 10 Strike bulletin

Nearly two million workers could go out on strike on July 10. This bulletin lays out our ideas ahead of strike day.

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Nearly two million workers could go out on strike on July 10. This bulletin lays out our ideas ahead strike day.

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Turkish workers commemorate historic struggle

The Association of International Workers' Solidarity (UID-DER) in Turkey organised a commemoration this year of the 15-16 June 1970 workers' protests against anti-union laws, known as "The Great Workers' Resistance".

Comrades in Turkey organised a commemoration of the 15-16 June 1970 workers' protests against anti-union laws, known as "The Great Workers' Resistance".

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