We need a working-class voice

Submitted by martin on 30 August, 2004 - 5:37

Unite the socialists for the general election!

Some union leaders are claiming that they have won significant concessions from Blair and reshaped New Labour's manifesto for 2005. But even they cannot seriously deny that John Cridland of the bosses' federation, the CBI, was basically right when he said that New Labour's deal with the unions at its 23-25 July Policy Forum "left things roughly where they were".

Disappointment in Liverpool

Submitted by martin on 30 August, 2004 - 5:32

This report by Chris Jones on the discussions on Merseyside about launching a new "United Socialist Party" is abridged from the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform email list.

The sub-committee formed by the "Campaign for a Mass Workers' Party" [initiated by some of the former locked-out Liverpool dockers and Liverpool Labour councillors] to discuss the name and constitution for a new organisation met for a second time on Saturday 21 August.

Allawi, Sadr, trade unions, and solidarity

Submitted by martin on 30 August, 2004 - 3:35

On 18 August the Guardian published a letter from Abdullah Muhsin, British representative of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, welcoming Tony Blair's reported plan to invite Iyad Allawi, prime minister of Iraq's US-appointed "interim government", to Britain's Labour Party conference at the end of September.

[This is a longer version of this article than appears in the printed edition on of Solidarity].

Iraqi women's rights activist needs support

Submitted by martin on 22 August, 2004 - 4:07

The Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq has issued the following appeal for support for Sakar Ahmed, the chair of the OWFI branch in Arbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Sakar Ahmed, the OWFI Arbil branch chairperson, has been subject to ceaseless death threats since mid July 2004 made by her brothers, while she continues her activities in defending women’s rights in Iraq in general and in Arbil specifically.

Protest at Najaf assault

Submitted by AWL on 15 August, 2004 - 11:45

About 100 people joined a protest outside 10 Downing Street in London on Sunday 15 August.
It had been called at short notice by Voices in the Wilderness and Iraq Occupation Focus in response to the new US military offensive in Najaf.

AWL members joined the protest with a leaflet calling for support for the "Third Camp" in Iraq, against both the US occupying forces - whose offensives have boosted rather than reduced support for Sadr, and killed many civilians - and the clerical-fascistic Sadr movement.

Hard to imagine

Submitted by AWL on 13 August, 2004 - 7:51

Maryam Namazie on "Islamophobia", from the Worker-communist Party of Iran's Briefing 149, 12 August, 2004

Imagine at a synagogue somewhere in London, Jews are working together to send
out £1m worth of books, DVDs and videos about Judaism and the Torah as
an act of 'self-defence'against anti-Semitism and 'Judaism-phobia'.

Or imagine black South Africans during Apartheid sending out mass mailings of Steve Biko's books on Black Nationalism in order to combat racism, Apartheid and 'Black Nationalism-phobia'.

After Madrid

Submitted by martin on 17 March, 2004 - 10:14

Against the terrorists - international working-class solidarity

The bombing which killed over 200 people at three railway stations in Madrid in the morning rush hour of 11 March was an unspeakable atrocity.
Whoever did it is as much an enemy of the working class and democracy as were the Italian fascists who killed 85 people by bombing Bologna railway station in 1980, or the American right-wing terrorists who killed 168 with a bombing in Oklahoma in 1995.

The Blairite Ken

Submitted by Anon on 9 January, 2004 - 5:15

The Greater London Authority and Ken Livingstone are supporting the London ESF. A demonstration of the progressive politics of the London Mayor perhaps? Not quite. John Bloxam examines his record.

In June this year Livingstone intervened into a pay dispute on the London Underground to say that members of the RMT union should cross picket lines. He was urging people to scab. This is a disgrace, but one that comes on top of many other disgraces.