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Condemn the attack on George Galloway

Bradford MP George Galloway was hospitalised with a broken jaw and rib after being attacked in Notting Hill on 29 August.

The evidence suggests that Galloway was attacked because of his positions on and comments he has made about Israel-Palestine.

The man accused of attacking Galloway, Neil Masterson, has said in the press that he was bothered by Galloway's anti-semitism. Galloway's politics on Israel are very bad; Masterson seems to be a right winger, a defender of the Israeli government and its oppression of the Palestinians.

Bradford MP George Galloway was hospitalised with a broken jaw and rib after being attacked in Notting Hill on 29 August.

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Russian nationalists demand war on Kiev

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Dale Street
Report of far-right rally in Moscow

“Death to liberals! Death to anarchists! Long live Novorossiya! Long live Russia!” enthused Aleksei Zhivov (leader of the Right-Conservative Alliance) in concluding last Saturday’s rally in Moscow in support of “Russian Donbas”.

The rally had been organized by the “Battle for Donbas” coalition, set up in June of this year as a coalition of nineteen far-right Russian-nationalist organisations. Apart from Zhivov’s Right-Conservative Alliance, the coalition also includes:

Israel: Stop bombing Palestinians! Lift the Blockade! Withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza!

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Sean Matgamna
What Israel is doing to the Palestinians now is a political, moral, and military obscenity!

What Israel is doing to the Palestinians now is a political, moral, and military obscenity!

Is the media biased over Gaza?

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Gemma Short

Gaza demonstrations, mainly lacking any physical target to protest at, have been taking demonstrations to BBC offices across the country. Claiming BBC bias over coverage of the conflict in Gaza, chants have included 'Shame on you BBC!'.

With many Gaza protests aiming their anger at the BBC, is the BBC biased? Is it more biased than other news sources?

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Health workers to ballot for strikes: unions must coordinate the action!

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

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How to turn around low turnouts: unions must fight!

After just a single day's strike over pay by workers local government, education, and the civil service, the press and the Tories are on the offensive against unions, highlighting the low turnouts in ballots, and pushing for new anti-union legislation.

A union strategy for actively fighting the attacks we face can rebuild workers' confidence.

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From Israel/Palestine Workers' Advice Centre: "The only livable alternative is a political settlement based on a two-state solution"

WAC-MAN, the Workers' Advice Centre, is an independent trade union centre organising both Israeli-Jewish and Arab workers, in both Israel and the Palestinian territories. Below is its statement on the current war on Gaza, reposted from its website here.


The Independent Trade Union Centre WAC-MAAN, unionizing Arabs and Jews in Israel, calls on the Israeli government to stop the attack on Gaza. The only livable alternative is a political settlement based on a two-state solution.

The Workers' Advice Centre, an independent union centre in Israel/Palestine organising both Israeli-Jewish and Arab workers, has published this statement against the Israeli assault on Gaza.

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Tubeworker 30/07/14 — Take action against cuts!

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

This issue contains the latest news from the fight against job cuts and discussion of how to fight back, plus updates from the ISS cleaners' struggle, as well as your local and workplace stories.

Click here to download the PDF.

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

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Glasgow Council workers face down anti-union bosses

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Anne Field

Unison members employed by Glasgow Life, an “arms-length company” set up by Glasgow City Council, staged a series of protests last week to highlight their employer’s treatment of them as a second-class workforce.

Workers at Glasgow City Council are taking on anti-union employers during the Commonwealth Games.

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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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