"Jews for a Just Peace" calls on Israeli soldiers to refuse

Submitted by AWL on 7 October, 2004 - 12:06

Statement from European Jews for a Just Peace: The silence of the International community in the face of the carnage wrought by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza strip is unbearable.

Coming so soon after Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, the decision to style the operation “Days of Penitence” compounds the outrage.

Labour Party conference debates Iraq

Submitted by Janine on 6 October, 2004 - 9:32

At this year's Labour Party Conference there was a collective amnesia about the split in the party on the issue of the War in Iraq. Delegates who opposed the war got up to say that we must all leave this behind and all pull together to rebuild Iraq. Unions that had opposed the war agreed an NEC Statement, carried overwhelmingly, that firmly shut away the destabilising aspects of Blair's decision to go to war on Iraq. A critical motion that called for a date to be set for an early withdrawl of troops was defeated approx 80% to 20%, with the vote in the Union section even higher: 90% to 10%.

How corporate culture infected the NHS

Submitted by Anon on 5 October, 2004 - 8:13

NHS plc, by Allyson M Pollock: Verso, 2004

"When the history of the period following Labour's 1997 election triumph comes to be written," writes Allyson Pollock in this new book, "people will ask with some incredulity how it was that the Labour government managed to dismantle so much of their hard-won welfare state without the public understanding what was happening, and without serious opposition from the government's own party."

No fascist advance in west Germany

Submitted by AWL on 27 September, 2004 - 10:08

The municipal elections on 26 September in North-Rhine Westphalia - the north-west German state including Cologne, Dortmund, Essen, Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, and Bonn - showed no advance for the far-right similar to its gains in the east German states of Saxony and Brandenburg on 19 September.
The DVU scored 3.1% in Dortmund, but did not even run in other areas. It came out with 0.1% of the vote overall, and the other fascistic parties, the Republikaner and the NPD, with 0.6% and 0.2% respectively.