Solidarity 259, 3 October 2012

Protests say “Rajoy out”

Submitted by Matthew on 3 October, 2012 - 1:57

Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets of Madrid on 25 September and marched on Spain’s parliament building as MPs discussed its 2013 budget.

The demonstrations were called by a coordination originating in the “Indignados” movement, who set up protest camps in Spanish cities in 2011.

Many demonstrators were demanding new elections. The manifesto said: “Winning an election does not give the government the right to act as it wants, betraying the voters who elected it.

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Migrants evicted in Calais

Submitted by Matthew on 3 October, 2012 - 1:53

Wednesday 25 September began days of evictions and arrests of the 200 migrants who are still sleeping rough and in tents and other makeshift shelters in Calais.

Although police harassment is an everyday occurrence in Calais, this is a step-up, if not a repeat of the exceptional brutality of three years ago, when a camp set up by Afghan migrants was razed to the ground.

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Cleaners discuss coordinated strike

Submitted by Matthew on 3 October, 2012 - 1:36

Cleaning workers across Britain could take part in a national, co-ordinated strike, as rail workers’ union RMT discusses how to galvanise and bring together its several live disputes involving cleaners.

Workers on London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Midland, East Coast, Tyne and Wear Metro, and elsewhere could be involved in the strike, which may be a 48-hour action in October or November.

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AIDS: where have we got to?

Submitted by Matthew on 3 October, 2012 - 1:34

Just over 30 years ago, the disease soon to be called AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency disorder), but then termed GRID (gay-related immune deficiency), was first reported in the US. Sufferers predominantly came from the “four H’s”, homosexual men, heroin users, haemophiliacs and, curiously, Haitians.

Many had unusual infections, including a type of pneumonia, and a rare cancer (Kaposi’s sarcoma). Death rates were high, the cause being infections that the body was unable to fight, due to the loss of a vital component of the immune system, CD4+T lymphocytes or T helper cells.

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Why George Galloway is suing NUS

Submitted by Matthew on 3 October, 2012 - 12:59

The debate in the student movement over the Assange affair and rape apology has taken a surreal turn with George Galloway suing the National Union of Students.

The controversy has focused around a motion to the 26 September meeting of NUS National Executive, at which 13 women members moved a motion condemning apologies for non-consensual sex and saying NUS should not “offer” or “share” a platform with those who make such apologies — including Tony Benn and George Galloway, because of their comments in the Assange debate.


Submitted by AWL on Wed, 03/10/2012 - 23:35

See here for photos, commentary and a video of George Galloway speaking at a 2011 meeting organised by Student Broad Left, the student front of Socialist Action. It features SA's leading student members Aaron Kiely and Fiona Edwards lavishing praise on Galloway, and all of them defending repressive regimes from Cuba to Iran.

Submitted by Matthew on Thu, 04/10/2012 - 12:11

The best known use of the libel laws by Galloway is this.

What is unacceptable is not using "the law" but libel laws which suppress free speeech and would be rightly ruled unconstitutional under the US First Amendment.

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Bloody dilemmas in Syria

Submitted by Matthew on 3 October, 2012 - 12:56

Unless an independent and powerful initiative of Syrian toilers develops we are faced with a great danger of devastation in Syria which will last many years even if the Ba'th regime is overthrown.

The general picture gives the impression that the course of events has arrived at the gates of a Lebanon-like bloody civil war and chaos that will last many years.

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Paul Levi: Laying the foundations of the united front

Submitted by Matthew on 3 October, 2012 - 12:52

Paul Levi (1883-1930) was one of the founders of the German Communist Party (KPD) and a powerful voice in the early Communist International.

Levi was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Hechingen, south-west Germany. In 1906 he joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and became part of its left wing along with Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht.

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