Solidarity 155, 9 July 2009

Socialist Alliance call makes progress in North East

Several dozen activists in the North East have signed the call issued by Workers’ Liberty for a new Socialist Alliance.

Several dozen activists in the North East have signed the call issued by Workers’ Liberty for a new Socialist Alliance.

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The SWP, Egypt and the lessons of the Iranian revolution

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Sacha Ismail

AWL comrades attended a meeting at the SWP’s “Marxism 2009” event (2-6 July) on “Islamism and the new Arab left”, in fact mostly about Egypt. Listening to Anne Alexander’s talk, you learned a lot.

AWL comrades attended a meeting at the SWP’s “Marxism 2009” event (2-6 July) on “Islamism and the new Arab left”, in fact mostly about Egypt. Listening to Anne Alexander’s talk, you learned a lot.

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Democracy is power

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Martin Donohue

Martin Donohue recommends Democracy is Power, from the Labor Notes rank-and-file organising project in the US.

Martin Donohue recommends Democracy is Power, from the Labor Notes rank-and-file organising project in the US.

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Not everyone's problem

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Gemma Short reviews Panorama, BBC1, 6 July.
Well done to Panorama for taking up the issue of police violence — their illegal tactics against legitimate protest when the majority of the mainstream media is currently still ignoring it (except the Guardian).

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letter: Making trouble in the UK?

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Sheila Cohen
Sometimes great minds think alike — or at least minds focussed on spreading the word about working-class struggle. The timing of Martin Donohue’s tribute (Solidarity 3/154) to the US Labor Notes publication A Troublemaker’s Handbook (TMH) coincides almost exactly with the National Shop Stewards’ Network’s latest conference in London on 27 June, where as NSSN Education and Publications officer I issued an appeal for a British “Troublemaker’s Handbook” — with the rather less snazzy (provisional) title Tips and Victories.

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Why we’ll remember him

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Bob Sutton
I’ve been thinking about Michael Jackson a lot this week. This is hardly surprising given the massive media coverage and that, well, everyone is talking about it. Within hours of the news breaking, the inevitable jokes were already doing the rounds. Generally, I’ve got a (probably quite inappropriate) weakness for dark humour. However, on this occasion, I was struck by it all being quite sad.

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New US offensive in Afghanistan

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Rhodri Evans

US troops, backed up in a small way by British troops, have launched a big offensive in the Helmand district of southern Afghanistan.

US troops, backed up in a small way by British troops, have launched a big offensive in the Helmand district of southern Afghanistan.

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