Science

What is Ebola virus, where does it come from?

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Les Hearn

From a scary but rare problem, Ebola Virus has exploded into public consciousness as a real disaster in West Africa and a potential threat to anywhere else connected by any means of travel.

The problem has been exacerbated by the lack of local health care infrastructure, distrust of aid agencies and lack of help from the richest countries. Where has the virus come from and why is it now such a problem?

From a scary but rare problem, Ebola Virus has exploded into public consciousness as a real disaster in West Africa and a potential threat to anywhere else connected by any means of travel.

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No pill for these ills

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Les Hearn

Few of us can remember a time when people could die from trivial injuries or infections which now respond to antibiotics. The World Health Organisation estimates that drugs like penicillin and streptomycin have added some 20 years to our life expectancy.

There really isn’t “a pill for every ill”.

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War and Virgin Birth: Capitalism Drives You Crazy!

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Sean Matgamna
Now we have the triumphant homecomings. And what do the soldiers come home to, in the country whose fantasies they embody? To a tremendous outcry in the press about artificial "virgin birth"!

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Bloody War and the Threat of Virgin Birth, or, Capitalism Drives You Crazy!

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Sean Matgamna

During the Gulf war it was hard o avoid the impression that Britain was a country in the grip of a mass psychosis.

From the grey dull little Thatcher-made Prime Minister, with his robotic voice and the grey metallic glint round the eyes, by way of no-guts Neil Kinnock translating Major's pronouncements into a better class of sub-Churchilian rhetoric, all the way down into the sewers of the tabloid press, official society was caught up in a fierce fantasy about fighting a glorious war for freedom and liberty against great odds.

Now we have the triumphant homecomings. And what do the soldiers come home to, in the country whose fantasies they embody? To a tremendous outcry in the press about artificial "virgin birth"!

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Bloody War and the Threat of Virgin Birth, or, Capitalism Drives You Crazy!

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

During the Gulf war it was hard o avoid the impression that Britain was a country in the grip of a mass psychosis.

From the grey dull little Thatcher-made Prime Minister, with his robotic voice and the grey metallic glint round the eyes, by way of no-guts Neil Kinnock translating Major's pronouncements into a better class of sub-Churchilian rhetoric, all the way down into the sewers of the tabloid press, official society was caught up in a fierce fantasy about fighting a glorious war for freedom and liberty against great odds.

Now we have the triumphant homecomings. And what do the soldiers come home to, in the country whose fantasies they embody? To a tremendous outcry in the press about artificial "virgin birth"!

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Facebook: the medium, the message and the Marxists

Martin Thomas’ article ‘Socialism, CPA and Facebook’ (SCPAF) in Solidarity 305 outlines some problems that emerge from the integration of social media into everyday life and its interaction with the culture of the left.

Constant “noise” and distraction leading to a neglect of serious reading, erosion of the conditions for serious debate given a lack of depth to high speed responses, online abuse and diversion from offline politics are all real.

Problems arise in the interaction between the way many on the left “do politics”, the pressure on attention and the way social media technology forms online behaviour.

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Alan Sokal speaks on "Science, Postmodernism and the Left" (audio)

Alan Sokal, leftwing scientist and author of the famous "Sokal Hoax", spoke at a meeting of the University College London Left Forum, chaired by the AWL's Omar Raii, on 12 February 2014.

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Alan Sokal, leftwing scientist and author of the famous "Sokal Hoax", spoke at a meeting of the University College London Left Forum, chaired by the AWL's Omar Raii.

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Why we don't oppose nuclear power

We recognise that climate change alters the conditions in which we formulate our socialist politics. Climate change is ultimately caused by capitalist social relations of production, which permit capitalists to simultaneously exploit wage labour while despoiling the ecology of the planet for the pursuit of profit.

We recognise that climate change alters the conditions in which we formulate our socialist politics. Climate change is ultimately caused by capitalist social relations of production, which permit capitalists to simultaneously exploit wage labour while despoiling the ecology of the planet for the pursuit of profit.

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Organising for revolutionary socialist ideas

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty (AWL) met for our annual conference on 26-27 October at the University of London Union. The purpose of the AGM is to review our activity over the previous year, debate and decide policy, agree our political priorities, and elect our National Committee.

The conference noted some significant successes. AWL has been integral to the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign, which has beaten back Tory attempts to cut maternity and A&E services, preparing the hospital for closure.

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty held its annual conference on 26-27 October.

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