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Genoa 2001: “Injustice seen to be done”

Earlier this month Italy’s final appeal court upheld a previous guilty verdict on twenty-four of the most senior police officers involved in the planning and execution of the shocking acts of police violence at the 300,000-strong G8 protests in Genoa in 2001.

The most senior officers involved in police violence at the G8 protests in Genoa in 2001 will not spend a day in gaol as the penalty for the crimes they committed has been timed out in a case that lasted almost ten years.

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Imperialism Two BANKS AND THEIR NEW ROLE

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Vladimir Lenin

The principal and primary function of banks is to serve as middlemen in the making of payments. In so doing they transform inactive money capital into active, that is, into capital yielding a profit; they collect all kinds of money revenues and place them at the disposal of the capitalist class.

Vladimir Lenin: Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

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STATE AND REVOLUTION CHAPTER 3: EXPERIENCE OF THE PARIS COMMUNE 1871. MARX'S ANALYSIS

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Vladimir Lenin

What Made the Communards' Attempt Heroic?
What is to Replace the Smashed State Machine?
Abolition of Parliamentarism
Organisation of National Unity
Aboloition of the Parasite State

STATE AND REVOLUTION CHAPTER 3: EXPERIENCE OF THE PARIS COMMUNE 1871. MARX'S ANALYSIS

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Ukraine Social Forum

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Karen Johnson

I attended the first ever Social Forum in Kiev, Ukraine. Called by a coalition of Ukrainian independent trade unions and left wing groups for 1 and 2 May 2008 it included speakers from trade unions, and the anti-fascist movement, and special guest Dashty Jamal, an Iraqi trade unionist and refugee rights campaigner.

Report of the first ever Social Forum in Kiev, Ukraine; speakers from trade unions, and the anti-fascist movement, and special guest Dashty Jamal, an Iraqi trade unionist and refugee rights campaigner.

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Preparing for the G8: wave of arrests throughout Russia

Fresh from his PR appearance on the BBC, President Vladimir Putin of Russia is preparing to host the leaders of the new free world at the G8 summit at St Petersburg (15-17 July). A counter-summit and the second Russian Social Forum have been organised, but, as was feared, they are meeting with sinister repression. A report from French journalist Carine Clément was sent to the email lists of the European Social Forum. Here is a translated extract:

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Unison Northern Region proposal on European Network of Public services

this proposal is going to Northern region of unison from Newcastle City Branch delegates to Esf from Northern Region

Ed

EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM 2006

Public services were a major theme at the 4th ESF held in Athens, between

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European Social Forum in Athens

A group of AWL members are attended the 4th European Social Forum here in Athens.

This 4th ESF is smaller than its predecessors with approx 10,000 people registered (50,000 was the figure given for the first ESF in florence in 2006)

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Let Subhi al Mashadani speak!

Leaflet issued at the European Social Forum, 16 October 2004.

LAST NIGHT, Friday 15 October, Subhi al Mashadani, general secretary of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, was shouted down and prevented from speaking.

He was a scheduled speaker in the plenary, "End the Occupation of Iraq". Before the plenary started, some dozens of people tried to rush the platform and force him off. When his turn came to speak, he was unable to get himself heard beyond yelling through the microphone, "I do not support the occupation".

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NUS opposes religious obscurantist speaking at ESF - or does it?

On Wednesday October 6th, the National Union of Students National Executive Committee overwhelmingly passed a motion proposed by AWL member Alan Clarke, stating that since Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan is an Islamist reactionary, NUS should oppose his invitation to speak at the European Social Forum.



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