David Cameron and Nick Clegg insist that frontline services are being protected from spending cuts. No teachers and nurses will lose their jobs. Not so!
Solidarity 184, 4 November 2010
RMT maintenance engineers at Network Rail have voted four to one to endorse a reorganisation deal.
Lutfur Rahman’s election as the first ever mayor of Tower Hamlets on 21 October — on a record low turnout — is a bad result for the working-class population of this deprived East London borough.
The plague of crazed Islamist violence and threats has continued with an apparent attempt to bring down planes with explosives. No-one will be surprised that the conspiracy seems to have begun in Yemen.
We answer some questions about our plans for making our newspaper, Solidarity, a weekly - not only how we're going to do it, but why, and why you should help us.
Socialism in Disarray, Part Four
"There is not, nor can there be, such a thing as a 'negative' Social-Democratic slogan that serves only to 'sharpen proletarian consciousness against imperialism'. A negative slogan unconnected with a definite positive solution will not 'sharpen', but dull consciousness, for such a slogan is a hollow phrase, mere shouting, meaningless declamation" - V I Lenin
Under the pressure of school holidays, the passing of the pensions reform into law, and loss of wages, the French strike movement is faltering, but not at an end.
"I want to take the entire college experience and put it online". That's what Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) says in The Social Network when he is outlining the idea for "the Facebook" in 2003.
Saddam Hussein's deputy Tariq Aziz was sentenced to death on 26 October, on charges to do with his role in the Saddam regime's massacre of Islamist opponents.
Pinioned by History's revenging lie,
'Life can be free and fine', old Pero said,
And Koba split his stubborn high old head.
Sprung by the weighted years back to die,
Back through time's dense coils, he dared to test,
To where the King-priest Moctezuma bled;
While masked-up Koba peonised workers, fed
His bloody, blind heart-ripping Lie-born quest.
Time tells, retracts, enweaves, can multiply:
Cortez crossed Time's life's-sedimented sea
Millennia, back to the pharoes. Pero? He
Spurred cyclone Time; 'till Time fell all awry.
Back-sailing pirates can loot Time's stored reward:
Liberty's pilgrims forge their own gold hoard.
Leon Trotsky died 71 years ago