Zanon: a factory without bosses Anon Sun, 01/29/2006 - 11:06

The Zanon tile factory in Neuquen is one of many “recovered’ factories in Argentina – factories taken over and run by the workers in the last five years, in the wake of capitalist economic collapse in the that country. Here the workers tell their story.

Iraq slides further towards civil war

Submitted by Anon on 29 January, 2006 - 11:00

by Martin Thomas

According to one American journalist in Baghdad, writing to US academic Juan Cole, “The current security situation here has gotten much worse since the elections... Shiite death squads roam the city at night (in police and army uniform no less) dragging all the male members of a Sunni family out into the street and executing them in front of their women folk. Sunni insurgents (not in uniform) do the same to Shiite families in areas claimed as theirs”.

The myths of Jesus

Submitted by Anon on 29 January, 2006 - 10:37

Gerry Bates reviews The Pauline Conspiracy by Peter Burton

The history of Christianity is irretrievably myth-ridden. Little is known about Jesus as a historical figure. The early Christians had as little scruples as later Stalinists about inventing things they thought would serve their cause. Surmises, more or less plausible, can be made, but only surmises. Karl Kautsky and others surmised that the myth-cocooned biblical Jesus might in reality have been a Jewish nationalist rebel against the Romans.

Tube station staff endorse inadequate deal Tubeworker Sat, 01/28/2006 - 16:10

RMT’s stations membership have voted by about 5:1 (1,250ish to 250ish) to accept the deal brokered by LUL management and the union’s leadership. In doing so, it has ended the dispute over the staffing cuts, and those cuts will now go ahead.

So, why did members vote to give up this fight? A few reasons:

Government holds back on Section 12 attack

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 01/21/2006 - 11:49

The government has announced that it will delay its attempts to scrap 'Section 12' fire safety regulations for sub-surface railway stations.

Governments are not known for backing down on a whim, so this is surely the result of campaigning by the unions, in particular RMT, ASLEF and the FBU.

The key word, though, is "delay", as against "abandon". So we have to keep up our campaigning.

Bachelet Victory in Chile

Submitted by PaulHampton on Wed, 01/18/2006 - 20:22

This article from Znet sums up the (limited) significance of Bachelet's victory in Chile.

By Roger Burbach

The resounding victory of Michelle Bachelet as Chile’s first woman president represents an important social advance in a country where women are often treated as second-class citizens. But few observers see the Chilean elections as reflective of the leftward trend taking place in much of Latin America.

Solidarity 3/86 is online Anon Sun, 01/15/2006 - 12:21
As Tories and Labour converge, Why we need a Workers' Government Anon Sun, 01/15/2006 - 12:09

The election of a Blair-clone Tory leader and the US Congressional bribery scandal pose basic questions about the supposed democracy under which we live.

Gary Younge, the Guardian columnist, put it nicely when he said recently that the bribery and corruption scandal centered on the US professional political lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, one of many thousands of such people working in Washington amounted to a tainting and poisoning that runs through the whole US political system.