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Russian fascism on the march

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Dale Street

On 4 November fascists and other ultra-nationalists marked the Day of Popular Unity by staging a series of demonstrations and rallies in Russia cities.

The Day of Popular Unity is an official public holiday which commemorates the 1612 liberation of Moscow from Polish occupation. The holiday was celebrated under the Tsars, scrapped by the Bolsheviks in 1917, and reinstituted by Putin in 2005.

Demonstrations of fascists and ultra-nationalists took place across Russia on 4 November.

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How war changed them

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Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson was born in Hexham, Northumberland in 1878.

He made his living as a poet after leaving school, at first writing poetry in the standard, Victorian-Romantic style. But during his twenties he grew more socially aware, and became well-known for writing about workers and poor people in accessible, everyday language. 

Two poems by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson — “The Return” and “Back” — portraying the mental trauma of war.

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Over a thousand rally to support the Kurdish struggle, but British left largely absent

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Sacha Ismail

1,500 people protested in Trafalgar Square on 1 November as part of the International Day of Action in support of Kobane, the Syrian Kurdish town being besieged by ISIS.

1,500 people protested in Trafalgar Square on 1 November as part of the International Day of Action in support of Kobane, the Syrian Kurdish town being besieged by ISIS.

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Ukraine: undemocracy and pluto-democracy

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Dale Street

Neo-Nazis, fascists, and other ultra-nationalists from throughout Europe converged on Lugansk and Donetsk on the weekend 1-2 November to act as observers in the 'elections' staged by the so-called People's Republics of Lugansk (LPR) and Donetsk (DPR).

Vlaams Belang and the National-European Communitarian Party (Belgium), Jobbik (Hungary), Forza Italia (Italy), the Rassemblement bleu Marine (France), Attaka (Bulgaria), "Zuerst" (Germany), and "No to Brussels, Yes to Popular Democracy" (Czech Republic) were all represented among the election observers.

Neo-Nazis, fascists, and other ultra-nationalists from throughout Europe converged on Lugansk and Donetsk on 1-2 November as observers in the 'elections' staged by the so-called People's Republics.

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Outsourced workers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital strike for equal pay and rights

On 8 October, outsourced workers – cleaners, caterers, switchboard workers, seamstresses, porters and others – employed by ISS at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, South London, struck for the same pay and conditions as directly employed workers.

On 8 October, outsourced workers – cleaners, caterers, switchboard workers, seamstresses, porters and others – employed by ISS at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, South London, struck for the same pay and conditions as directly employed workers.

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Tubeworker 29/10/14 — Reinstate Vicky, Noel, and Alex!

An industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

This issue includes a call for solidarity with the Kurds; info on the fights to win reinstatement for Vicky Hayward, Noel Roberts, and Alex McGuigan; the latest on the "Every Job Matters" dispute; plus your local and workplace stories.

Click here to download the PDF.

An industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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"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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