Video: The Russian Revolution: triumph or tragedy – Alan Woods and Orlando Figes

8 November 2013 — Socialist Appeal

We here publish the video footage of the debate between Alan Woods – editor of www.marxist.com and author of “Bolshevism: the Road to Revolution” – and Orlando Figes – Professor of History at Birkbeck University and author of “A People’s Tragedy” – on the true nature of the Russian Revolution, and what it meant for the people of Russia and the class struggle internationally.

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Police State Britain By Stephen Lendman

4 November 2013 — Stephen Lendman

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Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) operates like NSA. They work cooperatively. They’re out-of-control rogue agencies.  They spy on their own populations. They do it globally. They conduct espionage. They collect enormous amounts of personal information. They do it illegally.  Obama wages war on freedom. He targets whistleblowers and investigative journalists exposing government wrongdoing. So does Britain. It equates doing so with terrorism.

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#BurnAusterity: Join a ‘Bonfire of Austerity’ action near you

4 November 2013 — Change:How?

[How indeed? I'm not sure what to make of this stuff frankly. The major sponsor is the Observer newspaper! They seem to come out once a year, talk a lot and then disappear until the next crisis comes along. It's all slick PR stuff, no doubt pro bono work from a mind-fucker but what does it all mean and does it lead anywhere?  I mean really, "pin the blame on Cameron"? But not on capitalism? Burn your energy bill? I despair WB]

Tomorrow’s ‘Bonfire of Austerity’ looks set to be one of the biggest days of action for many years. Actions are taking place up and down the country as people are forced into poverty, forced to choose whether to heat the home or put food on the table and forced into the hands of legal loan sharks.

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‘Go Home’ texts expose racist, anti-migrant British policy to the world By Les Back and Shamser Sinha

26 October 2013 — Our Kingdom

Last week two London academics exposed a racist government blunder, sparking international embarrassment and a statement from the Prime Minister. A small victory in the jaws of defeat, they say. Here is their report on one week in anti-immigrant times.

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People’s Inquiry – a grassroots vision for our NHS? By John Lister

14 October 2013 – Our NHS

As the NHS groans under cuts and chaotic reorganisation, government bodies are calling for yet more ‘radical change‘ and ‘difficult decisions’. Will their answers be hospital closures and privatisations? The new People’s Inquiry is calling for evidence to support a different way forward. 

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Welcome to Britain. Go Home. And have a pleasant journey By Les Back and Shamser Sinha

16 October 2013 — Our Kingdom?

The Home Office gave Capita the mobile phone number of a leading civil rights activist. They texted him and told him to Go Home. Landlords, doctors, health visitors, teachers are being enlisted as agents of border control. What’s happening to the character of Britain?

 

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: THE CONTEMPORARY CITY By Eli

16 October 2013 – New Left Project

The pace of change in our cities is accelerating. Urban centres are being transformed by various social, political and economic forces and are increasingly becoming sites of stark inequality. Since the recession, the gap between rich and poor has become more visible, with luxury housing developments springing up as people are forced out of their homes by benefit cuts and prohibitive housing costs. Continue reading this...

Global Protest: ‘March Against Monsanto’ – Live Updates

12 October 2013 — 21st Century Wire

Protesters around the globe are taking the GMO and fake seed industry head on this week…

RT is providing live updates on what started as a small event back on May 25, but has turned into a global campaign – with over 2 million people in 436 cities, across 52 countries… Continue reading this...

The ‘Bedroom Tax’: A Two-Pronged Attack By Insa Koch

1 September 2013 — New Left Project

The ‘bedroom tax’, which was implemented on the 1 April 2013, has been widely criticised as a fundamental attack on the welfare state in Britain. It exposes many people to the risk of losing their houses, threatening to break up family homes and communities. But there is also another problem with the ‘bedroom tax’ which has been largely overlooked: in addition to undermining the welfare state, it fosters feelings of resentment which may well reinforce social divisions among the most marginalised sectors of society.

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The Folly of World War I: and the folly of ‘commemorating’ war By Lesley Docksey

9 September 2013 — williambowles.info

Any student of history knows that many of the problems the Middle East and Africa are now experiencing stem from the Great Powers having parceled up the land, drawn borders where none had existed and put into power various friendly leaders in the aftermath of World War I.  That includes the failures of Western actions in Iraq and Libya, and the ongoing failure of Syria, the West’s refusal to accept a popular President in Bashar al Assad and its efforts to undermine him, resulting in a horrific humanitarian mess.

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