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Republicans break the bottom of the barrel

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Danny Katch

It's big psychic shock coming to terms with the reality that Trump a bigoted, buffoonish blowhard, loathed by 70 per cent of the population will have his name on the ballot in November as the presidential candidate of one of the two political parties that run the most powerful nation in the world.

Donald Trump a bigoted, buffoonish blowhard, loathed by 70 per cent of the population will have his name on the ballot in November as the presidential candidate of one of the two political parties that run the most powerful nation in the world.

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Don't close the BBC!

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Elizabeth Butterworth

Broadcasters, actors and screenwriters have jumped to defend the BBC against the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, who recently reportedly told Cambridge University's Conservative Association that closing the BBC was a tempting prospect.

Broadcasters, actors and screenwriters have jumped to defend the BBC against the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale.

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News Line editorial of April 9, 1983, and comment by Ken Livingstone, on "the Zionist connection"

The Zionist connection. News Line editorial, Saturday, April 9, 1983

A powerful Zionist connection runs from the so-called left of the Labour Party right into the centre of Thatcher's government in Downing Street. There is no difficulty what ever in proving this.

"The Zionist connection". News Line editorial, Saturday, April 9, 1983

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Errol O'Neill, 1945-2016

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Martin Thomas

Errol O'Neill, an actor, playwright, and leftist in Brisbane, Australia, died in April 2016 at the age of 71.

Ian Curr has written a tribute on Workers' Bush Telegraph, especially about Errol's role in the movement against the Vietnam war which produced the beginnings of the contemporary far left in Australia.

Our condolences to Errol's family, and especially to his brother Dan, who remains active on Brisbane left.

Errol O'Neill, a long-time leftist in Brisbane, Australia, died in April 2016 at the age of 71.

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The left and anti-semitism

Recent controversies in the Labour Party have brought the issue of antisemitism on the left to wider attention.

"Left-wing" antisemitism is not a new phenomenon: from pre-First World War conspiracy theories about Jewish financiers (a critique which German revolutionary August Bebel labelled "the socialism of fools”) to anti-Jewish campaigns in Stalin’s USSR, there is a long history of antisemitism expressing itself on the left.

Daniel Randall spoke at a public meeting on the topic of anti-semitism and the left.

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Listen to junior doctors, Heidi!

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Gemma Short

Instead of joining the junior doctors picket lines and backing the strike like junior doctors and Labour members have asked her to, Labour′s Shadow Health Secretary appears to have been spending her time organising a cross-party letter to Jeremy Hunt calling for a trial imposition of the contract.

Why Labour Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander is wrong to propose trial run of junior doctors contract.

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Remembering Leon Brumant

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Daniel Randall

Leon, on the left, picketing Oxford Circus station during a London Underground strike in August 2015.


Leon Brumant, London Underground worker, RMT union rep, and socialist and anti-racist activist, died on Friday 22 April, aged just 30 years old. He is survived by Nailah, his young daughter.

Leon Brumant, London Underground worker, RMT rep, and socialist and anti-racist activist, died on Friday 22 April, aged 30 years old. His colleague and comrade Daniel Randall remembers him.

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Old photos, documents, memoirs?

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Martin Thomas

Do you have any old photos of the activity or the people of our tendency - of Workers' Liberty, or before that of Socialist Organiser, of the WSL, of the I-CL, or of Workers' Fight, back to 1966?

This year is the 50th anniversary of the political current now organised as the Alliance for Workers' Liberty. We are planning publications and events to mark the anniversary.

Five years ago we systematically collated all the old documents and files we had at our office, and deposited them at the library of the London School of Economics:

Do you have any photos from the history of Workers' Liberty, or before that Socialist Organiser, the WSL, I-CL or Workers' Fight?

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Algerian feminists comment on France's "Hijab Day"

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Marieme Helie-Lucas, Lalia Ducos, and Zazi Sadou

We republish commentaries from three Algerian feminists on the recent "Hijab Day" in Paris.


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By Marieme Helie-Lucas

Commentaries from three Algerian feminists on the recent "Hijab Day", organised by students in Paris.

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EU: stay and fight for a workers’ Europe

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Editorial

US President Barack Obama is expected this week to make a speech calling for Britain to remain in the European Union. When Obama does this, he is saying that Britain remaining in the EU is what is best for capitalism. However, what is bad for capitalism, in this case leaving the EU, is not necessarily good for workers.

Britain remaining in the EU is what is best for capitalism. However, what is bad for capitalism, in this case leaving the EU, is not necessarily good for workers.

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Malia Bouattia is NUS President

For the first time since Jack Straw was elected National Union of Students President in 1969, an incumbent NUS President lost their attempt at re-election yesterday, 20 April, with left candidate Malia Bouattia defeating current President Megan Dunn by a small but clear margin (44 out of 731 votes).

The right-wing media is attacking the new NUS President, Malia Bouattia. Why?

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“Now is the time for student unions to be what the government is afraid of”

Sahaya James, a student at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, part-time member of the National Union of Students national executive, and the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts candidate for NUS Vice President Union Development, spoke to Solidarity.


How do you think NUS has done over the last year, since more left-wing NUS officers were elected?

An interview with Sahaya James, part-time member of the National Union of Students national executive, and the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts candidate for NUS Vice President Union Development.

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Brussels transport workers take a stand for safety

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Janine Booth

I have been talking with Brussels transport workers and trade unionists in the aftermath of the 22 March Daesh bombings which killed 32 people and injured hundreds more. Amidst the news reporting and political demagogy, it is important that their voices are heard.

Two workers died in the Brussels airport bombing - one working on check-in, the other in baggage handling. Others were injured, and still more were traumatised by what they experienced: helping the injured and dying, seeing body parts among the baggage. At least 14 passengers also perished.

Transport workers say delays in shutting understaffed Metro caused casualities

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Egypt says Regeni murder was work of criminal gang

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Hugh Edwards
Questions left unanswered by Egyptian government

The weekend of the 14-15 April saw the diplomatic duel between Egypt and Italy  around the circumstances of the murder of Giulio Regeni come to a brusque finish.

Egypt's president Al Sisi, following what both his Foreign Minister and the general in charge of the official investigations had declared the day after the body was found in early February, reiterated the judgment that the murder had been the work of a criminal gang.

Northern Rail: No DOO, No Compromise!

We have been reporting for some time on moves within the UK rail industry, supported by the Department for Transport, to move most or all passenger trains to Driver Only Operation (DOO). Where DOO is in operation it means trains can enter service with only one member of staff - the train driver - on board.

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How Hollande's new "Labour Law" would slash rights

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Martin Thomas

Through struggles over many decades, workers in France have won more legal protections, and more rights to union representation, than in Britain. That is what the new "Labour Law" wants to change.

The "Labour Code" is a legal document covering all workers, much more extensive than the general labour-law rights of workers in Britain. Its table of contents alone covers 90 closely-printed pages.

Then there are collective agreements negotiated by the unions, often extended by government decree to cover all workers in the trade or sector.

Hollande's new "Labour Law" has been met by huge strikes and demonstrations.

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Lambeth library workers: striking to serve our community

As the community in Lambeth fights back against cuts and closures, a Lambeth library worker and Unison member describes the fighting mood of a recent branch meeting and comments on the lessons for trade unionism.


Lambeth library workers in solidarity with the Carnegie occupation

A Lambeth library worker and Unison member describes the fighting mood of a recent branch meeting and comments on the lessons for trade unionism.

The room was buzzing as I arrived, with people rifling through papers to look for the latest press reports. "I can't believe Lambeth Libraries have made it into the Financial Times!" came a shout across the Reference Library.

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If you want to save local libraries – join Labour

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Lambeth Unison
Why you should join Labour if you want to save local libraries.

A lot of people are unhappy with the Labour councillors in Lambeth – all the more reason to join Labour and fight for a change of policy.

That might sound like a strange title, after all, Lambeth Labour have slashed services and jobs on behalf of the Conservatives in government since 2010.

Campaign against the education white paper!

The attacks in the government's education white paper are enormous and include the forced academisation of all schools (smashing up remaining teachers terms and conditions and abolishing all local control of schools) and huge funding cuts for schools.

The NUT plans to run a political campaign linking up with other school workers and with parents and students. However it will be up to activists to make sure this happens in a real way locally rather than just being materials produced centrally by the union.

Model motions for Momentum and Labour Party branches to campaign against the attacks on schools.

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