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Labour warns government against letting company insolvencies ‘snowball before Christmas’

Labour warns government against letting company insolvencies ‘snowball before Christmas’

SHADOW business secretary Ed Miliband has urged the government to extend the suspension of “wrongful trading” rules for company directors or risk seeing a floo [...] Read full article: Labour warns government against letting ...→

Millions to face ‘prolonged agony’ by government's lack of strategy, Starmer warns

Millions to face ‘prolonged agony’ by government's lack of strategy, Starmer warns

SIR KEIR STARMER warned today that the government’s lack of an exit strategy for regions in harsh local lockdowns will cause “prolonged agony” for millions of [...] Read full article: Millions to face ‘prolonged agony’ by go...→

Appeal court quashes Home Office policy of removing migrants without access to justice

Appeal court quashes Home Office policy of removing migrants without access to justice

A HOME Office policy giving migrants as little as 72 hours’ notice of their impending deportation was unlawful, the Court of Appeal ruled today.... The Medical [...] Read full article: Appeal court quashes Home Office policy ...→

Scottish government's £1.3m decision to outsource contact tracing is ‘desperate,’ Labour charges

Scottish government's £1.3m decision to outsource contact tracing is ‘desperate,’ Labour charges

SCOTTISH Labour branded the government “desperate” today over its decision to outsource contact-tracing to a call centre for £1.3 million.... First Minister Ni [...] Read full article: Scottish government's £1.3m decision to ...→

Mass grave discovered in Kirkuk believed to be victims of Isis

Mass grave discovered in Kirkuk believed to be victims of Isis

SCORES of bodies have been discovered in a mass grave near the city of Kirkuk, Iraqi federal police confirmed today.... The remains of 45 people were found in [...] Read full article: Mass grave discovered in Kirkuk believed...→

IWGB launches High Court action for gig-economy workers' health-and-safety rights

IWGB launches High Court action for gig-economy workers' health-and-safety rights

TRADE unionists launched a High Court action today in pursuit of health-and-safety rights for thousands of gig-economy workers.... The Independent Workers of G [...] Read full article: IWGB launches High Court action for gig-...→

Government hits Londoners with ‘triple whammy’ of higher costs

Government hits Londoners with ‘triple whammy’ of higher costs

Mayor Sadiq Khan and unions blast plans to increase TfL fares, congestion charges and transport workers' pensions Read full article: Government hits Londoners with ‘triple w...→

Incompetence, corruption, denial

Incompetence, corruption, denial

MARIA DUARTE recommends a timely and damning expose of the Trump administration’s response to Covid as the US presidential election draws ever closer Read full article: Incompetence, corruption, denial...→

Pupils should be given more access to ethnic minority authors in school curriculum

Pupils should be given more access to ethnic minority authors in school curriculum

SCHOOL curriculums must include more literature by black and minority-ethnic (BME) authors to better reflect contemporary society, a new coalition has said.... [...] Read full article: Pupils should be given more access to et...→

Next ‘destroyed documents’ linked to claim for equal pay

Next ‘destroyed documents’ linked to claim for equal pay

LAWYERS representing Next staff in a claim for equal pay have accused the clothes retailer of destroying key documents ahead of the case.... Leigh Day, which i [...] Read full article: Next ‘destroyed documents’ linked to cla...→

Government ensures a ‘winter of hardship’ for Greater Manchester

Government ensures a ‘winter of hardship’ for Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham warns Johnson's financial package will ‘increase poverty, homelessness and hardship’ in the region Read full article: Government ensures a ‘winter of hardship...→

Asylum-seeker describes ‘prison-like’ conditions at the former Army base he hasn't left for two weeks due to threats from the far right

Asylum-seeker describes ‘prison-like’ conditions at the former Army base he hasn't left for two weeks due to threats from the far right

AN ASYLUM-SEEKER staying in a former army camp in Kent has described the facility as “like living in a prison:” he hasn’t left the site for two weeks due to in [...] Read full article: Asylum-seeker describes ‘prison-like’ co...→

Rights groups dismayed by Saudi's hosting of a women's rights summit while activist remain behind bars

Rights groups dismayed by Saudi's hosting of a women's rights summit while activist remain behind bars

RIGHTS organisations expressed their dismay today at Saudi Arabia’s hosting of an international women’s summit while women’s rights activists remain locked up [...] Read full article: Rights groups dismayed by Saudi's hostin...→

Ireland to go into six-week Covid-19 lockdown from midnight on Wednesday

Ireland to go into six-week Covid-19 lockdown from midnight on Wednesday

Sinn Fein calls on government to ensure children and staff are safe in schools in creches after data shows spike in coronavirus cases Read full article: Ireland to go into six-week Covid-19 loc...→

Positive Covid test rules Fernando Gaviria out of final week of Giro d’Italia

Positive Covid test rules Fernando Gaviria out of final week of Giro d’Italia

COLOMBIAN sprinter Fernando Gaviria became the latest cyclist to test positive for the coronavirus and be withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia today as the race he [...] Read full article: Positive Covid test rules Fernando Gavir...→

Drawing the line against Covid

Drawing the line against Covid

War artist's tribute to key workers battling against pandemic Read full article: Drawing the line against Covid...→

What should we do about money?

What should we do about money?

One of the biggest challenges in post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain will be to confront the domination of Britain’s economy by the City of London and by internati [...] Read full article: What should we do about money?...→

Capitalism, Covid-19 and Labour's internal battles

Capitalism, Covid-19 and Labour's internal battles

REVELATIONS that Boris Johnson skipped five Cobra meetings looking at the growing coronavirus threat between January and March confirm the established view of [...] Read full article: Capitalism, Covid-19 and Labour's intern...→

Sudan’s army moves against counterrevolutionary forces

Sudan’s army moves against counterrevolutionary forces

SUDAN’S army has moved to shut down a square in front of its headquarters in Khartoum as “counterrevolutionary” protesters seek to oust the transitional govern [...] Read full article: Sudan’s army moves against counterrevolu...→

Challenging perspectives

Challenging perspectives

JOHN GREEN recommends a photography project which confounds stereotyped views of Africa Read full article: Challenging perspectives...→

Great body of work

Great body of work

CHRISTINE LINDEY sees a brilliant exploration of human anatomy by Russell Maliphant Read full article: Great body of work...→

4.1 million children are living in poverty in Britain - but we have the solution

4.1 million children are living in poverty in Britain - but we have the solution

TWO stories today form a sharp indictment of the creeping crisis which is engulfing our National Health Service and the deeply upsetting situation in which hal [...] Read full article: 4.1 million children are living in pover...→

Information and ideas shared at Unions for Cuba conference

Information and ideas shared at Unions for Cuba conference

ACTIVISTS held workshops and “intercambio” meetings with Cuban trade unionists at the weekend’s Unions for Cuba conference to learn about Cuban trade unionism [...] Read full article: Information and ideas shared at Unions f...→

Israel Folau sacked after posting homophobic views on social media

Israel Folau sacked after posting homophobic views on social media

RUGBY AUSTRALIA (RA) and New South Wales terminated Israel Folau’s contract over discriminatory social media posts, the union announced in a statement.... RA s [...] Read full article: Israel Folau sacked after posting homoph...→

Plus ca change...

Plus ca change...

GORDON PARSONS sees an adaptation of Moliere’s satire on religious hypocrisy translate magnificently from 17th century Paris to 21st century Birmingham Read full article: Plus ca change......→

Welsh National Opera's production of Verdi classic destined for success

WELSH National Opera’s spring season kicked off with a fine rendition of Verdi’s La forza del destino, despite some on-stage shenanigans raising inappropriate [...] Read full article: Welsh National Opera's production of Ver...→

Klein's Care convinces

A new musical about inclusion has the ring of authenticity about it, says PETER URPETH Read full article: Klein's Care convinces...→

Great outlook from The Weather Station

The Weather Station Oslo, London... WITH the release of 2015’s Loyalty and last year’s self-titled album, 33-year old Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindema [...] Read full article: Great outlook from The Weather Station...→

Pope accused of ignoring evidence of church's abuse

Pope accused of ignoring evidence of church's abuse

POPE Francis was accused yesterday of covering up the Chilean church child abuse scandal after reports he had read the allegations in 2015.... The US Associate [...] Read full article: Pope accused of ignoring evidence of chu...→

It didn't have to be this way

Damning report finds misery on Britain's worst performing railway ‘could have been avoided’ Read full article: It didn't have to be this way...→

Fruit company Fyffes accused of poisoning workers at melon plantation

Fruit company Fyffes accused of poisoning workers at melon plantation

IRISH fruit giant Fyffes poisoned 13 Honduran women workers with pesticides at a melon plantation, trade union GMB said today.... GMB’s Honduran sister union S [...] Read full article: Fruit company Fyffes accused of poisonin...→

Toby Young remains a threat to the nation's children

TOBY YOUNG may have resigned from his grotesquely unsuitable appointment to the board of the new Office for Students regulatory body, but this vile man and his [...] Read full article: Toby Young remains a threat to the natio...→

Over 200 passengers injured in train crash near Johannesburg

Over 200 passengers injured in train crash near Johannesburg

MORE than 200 passengers were injured in a train collision in the east of South Africa’s financial centre Johannesburg today.... At least 226 people were taken [...] Read full article: Over 200 passengers injured in train cra...→

North and South Korea achieve breakthroughs at border talks

NORTH and South Korea made progress today in talks at the former village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised border zone.... The delegations agreed to military t [...] Read full article: North and South Korea achieve breakthrou...→

Pinocchio perfection

PETER MASON sees a new version of the classic children's story that ticks all the boxes Read full article: Pinocchio perfection...→

Tata pays out £260k for man left scarred by exploding steel

Tata pays out £260k for man left scarred by exploding steel

THE steel giant threatening thousands of job losses must pay a six-figure fine after a worker was scarred for life by an explosion of molten metal.... Chris Re [...] Read full article: Tata pays out £260k for man left scarred...→

Frances O’Grady takes battle for unions to House of Lords

Frances O’Grady takes battle for unions to House of Lords

TUC leader Frances O’Grady swore yesterday to continue the fight against the Tories’ Trade Union Bill despite it being passed by MPs.... The Bill received a pr [...] Read full article: Frances O’Grady takes battle for unions ...→

Khalifa passes Fifa integrity checks

Khalifa passes Fifa integrity checks

A ‘black mark on the world of football’ as Bahraini royal officially becomes presidential candidate Read full article: Khalifa passes Fifa integrity checks...→

News in brief: Friday November 13

News in brief: Friday November 13

Landmark victory for Ucatt member; Pressure on mental health treatment; Right-to-buyers get £65k discount; Meals on wheels, a Tory takeaway Read full article: News in brief: Friday November 13...→

Labour calls for IAAF to ‘act decisively’ on dope

Labour calls for IAAF to ‘act decisively’ on dope

Labour’s shadow culture, media and sport secretary Michael Dugher said yesterday that “failure to act decisively” on Monday’s World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) r [...] Read full article: Labour calls for IAAF to ‘act decisively...→

Young Labour chair candidate withdraws over comments about ‘incredibly good-looking’ Nazis

Young Labour chair candidate withdraws over comments about ‘incredibly good-looking’ Nazis

A CANDIDATE for the chair of Young Labour has withdrawn from the contest after posts emerged of her expressing her admiration for the physical attractiveness o [...] Read full article: Young Labour chair candidate withdraws o...→

Escalating violence threatens to derail intra-Afghan peace talks

Escalating violence threatens to derail intra-Afghan peace talks

INCREASING levels of violence are threatening to derail intra-Afghan peace talks, United States special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad warned on Monday after renewed f [...] Read full article: Escalating violence threatens to derail ...→

Palestinian political prisoners end hunger strike after Israel meets demands

PALESTINIAN political prisoners ended a four-day hunger strike today after Israeli authorities conceded to their demands, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS [...] Read full article: Palestinian political prisoners end hung...→

Chris Froome to ‘see where I’m at’ in early stages of the Vuelta

CHRIS FROOME has admitted he remains unsure of his form going into the Vuelta a Espana, suggesting he could end his time with the Ineos Grenadiers in a support [...] Read full article: Chris Froome to ‘see where I’m at’ in ea...→

Ardern wins historic landslide electon in New Zealand.

Ardern wins historic landslide electon in New Zealand.

NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office on Saturday in a historic landslide election victory for the Labour Party.... It became t [...] Read full article: Ardern wins historic landslide electon i...→

Activists in bid to save Leeds care home

Activists in bid to save Leeds care home

HEALTH service campaigners in Leeds are fighting back against the proposed closure of local care home Richmond House.... The 20-bed residential home in the cit [...] Read full article: Activists in bid to save Leeds care home...→

Graham Potter left bemused by VAR

Graham Potter left bemused by VAR

BRIGHTON manager Graham Potter has “no expectations of referee and VAR” after watching his side secure a point against Crystal Palace thanks to a 90th-minute e [...] Read full article: Graham Potter left bemused by VAR...→

The future of Bolivia hangs in the balance

The future of Bolivia hangs in the balance

Miriam Amancay Colque and Bartolina Sisa report on the political background of Bolivia's general election Read full article: The future of Bolivia hangs in the balan...→

Tributes paid to the International Brigade volunteers

Tributes paid to the International Brigade volunteers

TRIBUTES took place nationwide over the weekend to commemorate the International Brigade volunteers.... About 2,500 volunteers from Britain and Ireland went to [...] Read full article: Tributes paid to the International Briga...→

ICC arrives in Sudan to discuss bringing former leader to trial for war crimes

ICC arrives in Sudan to discuss bringing former leader to trial for war crimes

A DELEGATION from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has arrived in Sudan to discuss bringing former president Omar al-Bashir to trial for war crimes.... T [...] Read full article: ICC arrives in Sudan to discuss bringing...→

Turkish soldiers accused of intimidating Kurdish farmers over the board in Iraq

Turkish soldiers accused of intimidating Kurdish farmers over the board in Iraq

TURKEY has been accused of intimidating and interrogating Kurdish villagers in the border area of Iraq, blocking farmers from their land and handing them over [...] Read full article: Turkish soldiers accused of intimidating...→

Government's immigration policies ‘playing into the hands of traffickers,’ legal experts warn

Government's immigration policies ‘playing into the hands of traffickers,’ legal experts warn

THE government’s focus on immigration control is “playing into the hands of traffickers,” and threatening efforts to support victims, legal experts and rights [...] Read full article: Government's immigration policies ‘playi...→

Educational inequality set to worsen after pandemic

Educational inequality set to worsen after pandemic

THE coronavirus pandemic threatens to entrench inequality in Scottish education unless the government acts to avoid creating a “two-tier system of access” to u [...] Read full article: Educational inequality set to worsen aft...→

Remembering the volunteers for liberty

Remembering the volunteers for liberty

If the Spanish Civil War broke out today, would you pay the ultimate price to defend democracy and fight fascism? RICHARD MACKEY and ROBERT MACDONALD tell the [...] Read full article: Remembering the volunteers for liberty...→

Save the ‘British tiger’ 

Save the ‘British tiger’ 

Are there tigers, panthers and other big cats living wild in Britain? PETER FROST goes big-game hunting Read full article: Save the ‘British tiger’ ...→

Fans or no fans, Wimbledon will be played

Fans or no fans, Wimbledon will be played

WIMBLEDON is set to go ahead next year, even if the tournament has to be staged behind closed doors.... The Championships were cancelled this summer for the fi [...] Read full article: Fans or no fans, Wimbledon will be playe...→

British and Irish Lions to play Japan at Murrayfield

British and Irish Lions to play Japan at Murrayfield

JAPAN have been chosen as the British and Irish Lions’ opponent next summer in a curtain-raiser Test match for their 2021 South Africa tour.... The Lions have [...] Read full article: British and Irish Lions to play Japan at...→

Protests continue after Nigerian soldiers kill peaceful protesters

Protests continue after Nigerian soldiers kill peaceful protesters

NIGERIANS protesting against police brutality continued to defy a government curfew today after soldiers fatally opened fire on peaceful protesters in Lagos on [...] Read full article: Protests continue after Nigerian soldier...→

Rashford nutmegs Bradley as Labour calls for extra-time on free school meals

Rashford nutmegs Bradley as Labour calls for extra-time on free school meals

TODAY was the opposition’s day in Parliament when the government conceded control over the agenda.... It usually means set-piece battles in which Labour tries [...] Read full article: Rashford nutmegs Bradley as Labour calls...→

QAnon conspiracy movement has ‘gained a toehold in Britain’

QAnon conspiracy movement has ‘gained a toehold in Britain’

ANTI-FASCIST campaigners warned yesterday that the QAnon conspiracy movement has “gained a toehold” in Britain.... A new poll by Hope Not Hate suggests that 20 [...] Read full article: QAnon conspiracy movement has ‘gained a ...→

Chilean Communist Party calls for new constitution ahead of Sunday's crucial vote

Chilean Communist Party calls for new constitution ahead of Sunday's crucial vote

THE Communist Party of Chile (CPC) has urged progressives to unite behind calls for a new constitution ahead of Sunday’s referendum on the issue.... Victory in [...] Read full article: Chilean Communist Party calls for new co...→

PPU white poppy campaign to be dedicated to Yemenis

PPU white poppy campaign to be dedicated to Yemenis

THE Peace Pledge Union (PPU) announced today that this year’s white-poppy campaign for Remembrance Day will be dedicated to the people of Yemen.... The PPU’s w [...] Read full article: PPU white poppy campaign to be dedicated...→

Isotypes: getting the picture

Isotypes: getting the picture

ROX MIDDLETON, LIAM SHAW and JOEL HELLEWELL explain how a ‘picture language,’ driven by a remarkable pair who believed everyone should be able to digest comple [...] Read full article: Isotypes: getting the picture...→

Aberfan: heroes and villans

Although responsibilty for the waste-tip avalanche that crushed a school was never denied by the National Coal Board, neither was justice ever really pursued, [...] Read full article: Aberfan: heroes and villans...→

Scotland’s tenants’ union proposes new rights for renters

Scotland’s tenants’ union proposes new rights for renters

SCOTLAND’S tenants’ union Living Rent unveiled its manifesto for the future of the country’s housing yesterday, including massive overhauls to lessen the inequ [...] Read full article: Scotland’s tenants’ union proposes new r...→

We are fit and raring to go, says Scotland’s Nick Haining

We are fit and raring to go, says Scotland’s Nick Haining

SCOTLAND will return to action on Friday after 229 days in cold storage — but Nick Haining reckons the team are primed to continue their Six Nations hot streak [...] Read full article: We are fit and raring to go, says Scotla...→

Internal Market Bill defeated in the Lords

Internal Market Bill defeated in the Lords

THE government suffered a heavy defeat in the House of Lords today over controversial Brexit legislation that would enable ministers to break international law [...] Read full article: Internal Market Bill defeated in the Lor...→

Labour MPs call for ‘decolonisation’ of curriculum during Black History Month debate

Labour MPs call for ‘decolonisation’ of curriculum during Black History Month debate

LABOUR MPs were left frustrated today after a confrontation with Tories over school curriculums’ lack of diversity and lack of content on the historical enslav [...] Read full article: Labour MPs call for ‘decolonisation’ of ...→

Charity calls for judge-only trials for rape and sexual offences cases

Charity calls for judge-only trials for rape and sexual offences cases

JUDGE-ONLY trials for rape and sexual offences cases should be piloted in a “radical” step to help increase convictions and clear court backlogs, a charity sai [...] Read full article: Charity calls for judge-only trials for ...→

Russia ready to accept a US proposal to freeze the number of nuclear warhead

Russia ready to accept a US proposal to freeze the number of nuclear warhead

RUSSIA said today it was ready to accept a US proposal to freeze the number of nuclear warheads and extend the two nations’ last arms-control pact for one year [...] Read full article: Russia ready to accept a US proposal to ...→

Thousands of indigenous protesters demand public showdown with Colombia’s president

Thousands of indigenous protesters demand public showdown with Colombia’s president

THOUSANDS of indigenous protesters marched through Colombia’s capital Bogota on Monday to demand a public meeting with President Ivan Duque and call for reform [...] Read full article: Thousands of indigenous protesters deman...→

New venue on the cards for Grand Final

New venue on the cards for Grand Final

A WORKING party has been set up to secure a new Grand Final venue as Super League prepares to break with tradition.... The Super League title decider has been [...] Read full article: New venue on the cards for Grand Final...→

No to pitting young against old

No to pitting young against old

Amid coronavirus chaos, we have to recognise that we are all in this together – as a class – and avoid attempts to sow inter-generational resentment, says MATT [...] Read full article: No to pitting young against old...→

Despairing notes

Despairing notes

With venues closed for the foreseeable future and no financial support from the government, musicians are facing a very bleak future, says JAMES DICKENSON Read full article: Despairing notes...→

Hitchcock lite

Hitchcock lite

MARIA DUARTE sees a thriller which aspires to match the legendary master of suspense but doesn't quite measure up Read full article: Hitchcock lite...→

Snooker ref Marteel back working in Belgium’s A&E department

Snooker ref Marteel back working in Belgium’s A&E department

OLIVIER MARTEEL, who refereed the World Championship final in 2015, says he “didn’t even have one second of doubt” about agreeing to be on the hospital front l [...] Read full article: Snooker ref Marteel back working in Belg...→

Algerians reject December poll and demand a new revolution.

PROTESTS continued in Algeria this weekend with thousands taking to the streets to reject next month’s scheduled presidential elections, instead demanding a “n [...] Read full article: Algerians reject December poll and deman...→

Tory cutbacks see thousands of operations cancelled

Tory cutbacks see thousands of operations cancelled

“SHAMEFUL” TORY cutbacks have resulted in thousands of NHS operations being cancelled due to staff shortages and equipment failures, Labour has warned.... New [...] Read full article: Tory cutbacks see thousands of operation...→

The Mekons, 100 Club London

The Mekons, 100 Club London

The Mekons live up to their reputation as 'the only band that matters' Read full article: The Mekons, 100 Club London...→

Revelatory Radical Acts

Revelatory Radical Acts

SUSAN DARLINGTON experiences a unique celebration of women engaging in social and political change Read full article: Revelatory Radical Acts...→

An NHS tax is a dangerous solution to the funding crisis

FRUSTRATION over uncertainties relating to funding of the NHS should not lead health staff or campaigners to fall for gimmicks like a hypothecated health tax.. [...] Read full article: An NHS tax is a dangerous solution to th...→

South African presidential address postponed over opposition threats

SOUTH Africa’s parliament postponed Wednesday’s State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma today over opposition threats of disruption.... Speaker Bal [...] Read full article: South African presidential address postp...→

Paying due tribute

CAILEAN GALLAGHER sees a concert for Dick Gaughan in Glasgow celebrating his revolutionary influence on working-class music Read full article: Paying due tribute...→

Corbyn savages Trump NHS jibe

Corbyn savages Trump NHS jibe

JEREMY CORBYN slapped down Donald Trump yesterday after the US president claimed people were marching because the NHS is “going broke and not working.”... Satu [...] Read full article: Corbyn savages Trump NHS jibe...→

Art attack in Yorkshire

MIKE QUILLE recommends a combative exhibition of radical art Read full article: Art attack in Yorkshire...→

Summoning the spirit of summer ’15

Summoning the spirit of summer ’15

As Corbynmania spreads across Britain, Labour’s message of hope is clearly connecting with voters, writes CHARLEY ALLAN Read full article: Summoning the spirit of summer ’15...→

Djokovic ‘happy’ with elbow after winning Kooyong exhibition match in Melbourne

Djokovic ‘happy’ with elbow after winning Kooyong exhibition match in Melbourne

NOVAK DJOKOVIC made an impressive return to action in an exhibition clash with Dominic Thiem yesterday but admitted his elbow is still not 100 per cent.... The [...] Read full article: Djokovic ‘happy’ with elbow after winnin...→

May's Cabinet is filled with more toffs than when she became PM

Equality charity the Sutton Trust has found Cabinet ministers were more than five times more likely to have gone to a fee-paying school than the general popula [...] Read full article: May's Cabinet is filled with more toffs ...→

Authors make donation to Grenfell library

Authors make donation to Grenfell library

CHILDREN'S author Ruta Sepetys and illustrator Lane Smith have donated £1,000 to the library near Grenfell Tower.... Following their Carnegie and Kate Greenawa [...] Read full article: Authors make donation to Grenfell librar...→

US congress urged to allow nearly 200,000 Salvadoran refugees to stay

EL SALVADOR urged the US Congress on yesterday to allow almost 200,000 refugees from the country to stay in the United States.... Salvadorian Foreign Minister [...] Read full article: US congress urged to allow nearly 200,00...→

South Korea's President Moon moots Kim summit

South Korea's President Moon moots Kim summit

SOUTH Korean President Moon Jae In suggested a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be possible yesterday if “conditions” were met.... His comment [...] Read full article: South Korea's President Moon moots Kim s...→

Ineos initiates legal bid against Scotland's fracking ban

PETROCHEMICAL giant Ineos is launching a legal challenge against the Scottish government’s fracking ban.... Ministers announced a permanent prohibition in Octo [...] Read full article: Ineos initiates legal bid against Scotla...→

Criticism grows over H&M's use of perceived racist slogan on children's clothes

Criticism grows over H&M's use of perceived racist slogan on children's clothes

CELEBRITIES joined in criticism of fashion retailer H&M today, after it featured what has widely been perceived as a racist slogan on one of its children’s ite [...] Read full article: Criticism grows over H&M's use of percei...→

Pay rises half as fast for public servants as for private staff

Pay rises half as fast for public servants as for private staff

PAY in the public sector is growing at less than half the rate of that in the private sector, official figures showed yesterday.... Heroic public servants’ dos [...] Read full article: Pay rises half as fast for public servan...→

How many more failed states?

How many more failed states?

HOW many more failed states in western Asia and north Africa is Hilary Benn prepared to see before he reconsiders supporting yet another bombing campaign?... T [...] Read full article: How many more failed states?...→

Actor Michael Sheen condemns Tory FOI attack

Actor Michael Sheen condemns Tory FOI attack

ACTOR Michael Sheen lent his voice yesterday the the campaign against the government’s “full frontal attack” on freedom of information (FOI) laws.... The Welsh [...] Read full article: Actor Michael Sheen condemns Tory FOI at...→

Syriza supports general strike against own austerity policy

Syriza supports general strike against own austerity policy

GREEKS will walk out on a 24-hour general strike today against cuts and privatisation — egged on by the government imposing those policies.... Public-sector un [...] Read full article: Syriza supports general strike against o...→

Sorry, Elon Musk and the OAS, but you won’t ‘coup whoever you want’

Sorry, Elon Musk and the OAS, but you won’t ‘coup whoever you want’

THE stunning presidential election victory — delivered by the Bolivian people to their Movement for Socialism (MAS) — is a major setback for both domestic reac [...] Read full article: Sorry, Elon Musk and the OAS, but you wo...→

Turkish and Kurdish revolutionary groups launch Europe-wide campaign against fascism

Turkish and Kurdish revolutionary groups launch Europe-wide campaign against fascism

TURKISH and Kurdish revolutionary groups launched a Europe-wide campaign against fascism today, urging unity among all peoples to bring freedom to the oppresse [...] Read full article: Turkish and Kurdish revolutionary groups...→

Azeri forces accused of beheading Armenian soldier

Azeri forces accused of beheading Armenian soldier

AZERI soldiers have been accused of beheading an Armenian and taunting the victim’s family by posting a photo of his decapitated head on social media, human ri [...] Read full article: Azeri forces accused of beheading Armeni...→

Toon fans give PPV money to charity

Toon fans give PPV money to charity

NEWCASTLE supporters raised £16,000 by choosing to give to charity rather than watching their team on pay-per-view at the weekend, a fans’ group has said.... T [...] Read full article: Toon fans give PPV money to charity...→

Marking a heroic homecoming with pride

Marking a heroic homecoming with pride

Comrades gathered across Britain at the weekend to honour the return of the International Brigaders in October 1938, whose legendary battle against fascism con [...] Read full article: Marking a heroic homecoming with pride...→

Billions paid out ‘in error’ for Covid-19 furlough

Billions paid out ‘in error’ for Covid-19 furlough

A STAGGERING £3.5 billion has been paid out either in error or through fraud to companies making claims under the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme, a C [...] Read full article: Billions paid out ‘in error’ for Covid-1...→

Loan system for new claimants ‘not fit for purpose,’ warn MPs

Loan system for new claimants ‘not fit for purpose,’ warn MPs

THE government must “face up to the fact” that its loan system for new benefit claimants to get them through the five-week wait for universal credit is “not wo [...] Read full article: Loan system for new claimants ‘not fit f...→

Home Office ‘failing to respect’ asylum-seekers' legal rights in ‘relentless’ drive to deport them

Home Office ‘failing to respect’ asylum-seekers' legal rights in ‘relentless’ drive to deport them

THE Home Office is “failing to respect” the legal rights of asylum-seekers in its “relentless” drive to deport them as quickly as possible, lawyers and campaig [...] Read full article: Home Office ‘failing to respect’ asylum-...→

A single, short, sharp lockdown is needed across Britain’s nations

A single, short, sharp lockdown is needed across Britain’s nations

AS THE Covid-19 infection rate in Britain soars to four times the level of the previous peak period between early April and early May, the central government i [...] Read full article: A single, short, sharp lockdown is neede...→

Manchester's Andy Burnham urges MPs to back him over Tier 3 funding by holding Commons vote

Manchester's Andy Burnham urges MPs to back him over Tier 3 funding by holding Commons vote

ANDY BURNHAM has urged MPs to intervene this week in a conflict between regional politicians and the government over funding for areas put under Tier 3 coronav [...] Read full article: Manchester's Andy Burnham urges MPs to b...→

Activists and relatives call for rescue of survivors adrift in the Mediterranean for nine days

Activists and relatives call for rescue of survivors adrift in the Mediterranean for nine days

THE LIVES of six people onboard a boat adrift in the Mediterranean for nine days are at serious risk, activists warned today.  ... The relatives of the people [...] Read full article: Activists and relatives call for rescue ...→

Scottish Labour to select by-election candidate for rule-breaking MP's seat

Scottish Labour to select by-election candidate for rule-breaking MP's seat

SCOTTISH LABOUR turned up the pressure on rule-breaking MP Margaret Ferrier today by announcing that the party will soon select a by-election candidate. ... A [...] Read full article: Scottish Labour to select by-election ca...→

Thai authorites threaten crackdown as anti-governemnt protests continue

Thai authorites threaten crackdown as anti-governemnt protests continue

THAI authorities continued a crackdown on popular anti-government protests yesterday as prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha refused to resign.... An emergency cab [...] Read full article: Thai authorites threaten crackdown as an...→

Met drops probe into Ferrier’s Covid odyssey

Met drops probe into Ferrier’s Covid odyssey

SNP MP Margaret Ferrier will face no further action from the Metropolitan Police after she travelled between London and Glasgow after testing positive for Covi [...] Read full article: Met drops probe into Ferrier’s Covid ody...→

Philip Dunne: moonlighting in space

Philip Dunne: moonlighting in space

SOLOMON HUGHES exposes another top Tory moonlighting for almost half his MP's salary at a rocket company aiming to go ‘five times the speed of sound’ — technol [...] Read full article: Philip Dunne: moonlighting in space...→

Resisting racism is more vital than ever

Resisting racism is more vital than ever

With governments around the world stirring up race hate to distract from coronavirus blunders, Stand Up to Racism’s conference this weekend could not come at a [...] Read full article: Resisting racism is more vital than ever...→

India: family of gang-rape murder victim fear for their safety

India: family of gang-rape murder victim fear for their safety

THE family of a young Dalit woman who died after being gang raped in Uttar Pradesh asked to be moved to Delhi today, amid fears for their safety.... It comes a [...] Read full article: India: family of gang-rape murder victim...→

Don’t ‘turn a blind eye’ to starving kids, warns Marcus Rashford

Don’t ‘turn a blind eye’ to starving kids, warns Marcus Rashford

FRESH from scoring a late winner for Manchester United on Tuesday night in Paris, striker Marcus Rashford returned to England to warn MPs not to “turn a blind [...] Read full article: Don’t ‘turn a blind eye’ to starving kid...→

Conference in Rojava represents ‘Turkey's failure to eradicate women from political life’

Conference in Rojava represents ‘Turkey's failure to eradicate women from political life’

MORE than 300 women have gathered for a conference in northern Syria which they said “represents the failure of the Turkish plot” to eradicate women from polit [...] Read full article: Conference in Rojava represents ‘Turkey'...→

Low-paid workers in South Yorkshire unable to survive Tier-3 lockdown, unions warn

Low-paid workers in South Yorkshire unable to survive Tier-3 lockdown, unions warn

LOW-PAID workers in South Yorkshire will be unable to survive when the county is subjected to a Tier-3 Covid lockdown from Saturday, unions in Sheffield warned [...] Read full article: Low-paid workers in South Yorkshire unab...→

Lance Stroll makes himself available for Portuguese GP

Lance Stroll makes himself available for Portuguese GP

FORMULA ONE driver Lance Stroll said he intends to race at the Portuguese Grand Prix this week after finishing a period of self-isolation following a positive [...] Read full article: Lance Stroll makes himself available for...→

Greek state prosecutor tries to scupper Golden Dawn jailings

Greek state prosecutor tries to scupper Golden Dawn jailings

GREECE’S state prosecutor Adamantia Economou continued her battle for the suspension of jail terms for all but one of the fascist Golden Dawn party members con [...] Read full article: Greek state prosecutor tries to scupper ...→

Bolivia to restore ties with Cuba and Venezuela

Bolivia to restore ties with Cuba and Venezuela

BOLIVIAN president-elect Luis Arce announced the restoration of relations with Venezuela, Cuba and Iran on Tuesday, countries the coup administration had sever [...] Read full article: Bolivia to restore ties with Cuba and Ve...→

Film round-up: October 21, 2020

Film round-up: October 21, 2020

Reviews of Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, The Secret Garden, Honest Thief, The Summer ’85 and Pixie Read full article: Film round-up: October 21, 2020...→

We must oppose the government’s slide towards authoritarianism 

We must oppose the government’s slide towards authoritarianism 

That the Tories wish to grant undercover agents more power to infiltrate well-meaning activist groups is an issue of grave importance which should concern us a [...] Read full article: We must oppose the government’s slide to...→

A perfect crime of rapacious capitalism

A perfect crime of rapacious capitalism

West German politician Detlev Rohwedder was responsible for selling off the GDR’s public industries after the fall of its government. But a documentary on his [...] Read full article: A perfect crime of rapacious capitalism...→

Thailand's Parliament recalled to deal with pressure from anti-government protesters

Thailand's Parliament recalled to deal with pressure from anti-government protesters

THAILAND’S cabinet approved a request yesterday to recall parliament for a special session to address the political pressures from continuing anti-government p [...] Read full article: Thailand's Parliament recalled to deal w...→

Labour to force Commons vote on free school meals

Labour to force Commons vote on free school meals

LABOUR has said that it will force a Commons vote today on free school meals after the government refused to extend the scheme through the October half-term br [...] Read full article: Labour to force Commons vote on free sch...→

All power to Burnham's northern alliance — the Tories must pay for their lockdown

All power to Burnham's northern alliance — the Tories must pay for their lockdown

THE failure to agree between the local authority leaders of Greater Manchester and the government is the issue over which the right-wing millionaire media have [...] Read full article: All power to Burnham's northern alliance...→

Britain's GCHQ only abolished its colour bar in 1980, the spy agency's authorised history reveals

Britain's GCHQ only abolished its colour bar in 1980, the spy agency's authorised history reveals

BRITAIN’S spy agency GCHQ had a 30-year colour bar that was only abolished around 1980, according to its first authorised history. ... Bletchley Park’s discrim [...] Read full article: Britain's GCHQ only abolished its colour...→

Home-made submarine killer captured after breaking out of Copenhagen jail

Home-made submarine killer captured after breaking out of Copenhagen jail

A DANISH man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine escaped the suburban Copenhagen jail where he is serving a lif [...] Read full article: Home-made submarine killer captured afte...→

Majority of rape victims suffering in silence have no faith in justice system

Majority of rape victims suffering in silence have no faith in justice system

New survey suggests fewer than 1 in 7 alleged victims feel confident they can obtain justice by making a police report Read full article: Majority of rape victims suffering in si...→

The Philippines’ Duterte accepts responsibility for drug war’s deathtoll

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte has said he accepts responsibility for the thousands of killings committed during police operations in his crackdown on dr [...] Read full article: The Philippines’ Duterte accepts respons...→

Point deduction a harsh punishment, says Stuart Kettlewell

Point deduction a harsh punishment, says Stuart Kettlewell

ROSS COUNTY boss Stuart Kettlewell has rejected calls for clubs to forfeit Premiership points if they are hit by a Covid outbreak, insisting that no-one is pla [...] Read full article: Point deduction a harsh punishment, says...→

Government urged to create safe routes into Britain for refugees after man found dead near Calais

Government urged to create safe routes into Britain for refugees after man found dead near Calais

CAMPAIGNERS called on the government yesterday to create safe and legal routes for asylum-seekers to reach Britain after the body of a man wearing a life jacke [...] Read full article: Government urged to create safe routes i...→

Thousands more could be dead in care homes than official figures show

Thousands more could be dead in care homes than official figures show

THOUSANDS more people may have died in care homes from coronavirus than official figures suggest, a new study revealed today. ... The study, conducted by the N [...] Read full article: Thousands more could be dead in care hom...→

Labour promises energy-saving measures for nearly all British homes

Labour promises energy-saving measures for nearly all British homes

LABOUR will make the largest upgrade of housing since the post-war rebuilding of Britain by installing energy saving measures in almost all of the nation’s 27 [...] Read full article: Labour promises energy-saving measures f...→

Bolsonaro has indigenous blood on his hands, group warns after land defender shot dead

Bolsonaro has indigenous blood on his hands, group warns after land defender shot dead

BRAZIL’S far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was accused of having blood on his hands yesterday after a young indigenous land-defender was shot dead by illegal [...] Read full article: Bolsonaro has indigenous blood on his ha...→

Cuban trade unions salute history of friendship with Britain's labour movement

CUBAN trade unionists paid tribute to the “historic friendship and solidarity” between their and Britain’s labour movements at a packed Unions for Cuba confere [...] Read full article: Cuban trade unions salute history of fri...→

Britain’s frogs, toads and newts need you!

Britain’s frogs, toads and newts need you!

PETER FROST meets one family taking positive action to save our threatened populations of frogs, toads and newts Read full article: Britain’s frogs, toads and newts need yo...→

Going Through Bush Theatre, London

Going Through Bush Theatre, London

With a unique use of non-verbal language, Going Through tells a moving story of migration Read full article: Going Through Bush Theatre, London...→

Prisoners confined to cells for 23 hours a day in HMP Winchester's 'warehouse' conditions

PRISON officers have urged the government to properly fund the  service and its staff as a report revealed that prisoners are being kept in squalid conditions [...] Read full article: Prisoners confined to cells for 23 hours...→

Grenfell boss binned crucial inquiry notes

Grenfell boss binned crucial inquiry notes

Survivors' group says such ‘indifference never fails to shock and enrage’ Read full article: Grenfell boss binned crucial inquiry not...→

Class issues take flight again

Fifty years ago Barry Hines's A Kestrel for a Knave gave working-class Britain a voice that is needed now more than ever, says DAVID FORREST Read full article: Class issues take flight again...→

US memo war between Dems and Republicans escalates

A MEMO written by Democrats on the House intelligence committee as part of its investigation of Russian election interference was under review today at the Whi [...] Read full article: US memo war between Dems and Republicans...→

Spycops inquiry branded a ‘farce’ as ex-spooks make anonymity demands

Spycops inquiry branded a ‘farce’ as ex-spooks make anonymity demands

AN INQUIRY into undercover policing was branded a “farce” yesterday as counsel for the victims complained that keeping the officers anonymised would undermine [...] Read full article: Spycops inquiry branded a ‘farce’ as ex-...→

Correa run nixed by return to presidential

Correa run nixed by return to presidential

ECUADOREAN voters backed a return to presidential term limits in Sunday’s referendum, blocking ex-president Rafael Correa’s potential challenge to his erstwhil [...] Read full article: Correa run nixed by return to presidenti...→

Palestine Action activists plead not guilty to a range of charges

Palestine Action activists plead not guilty to a range of charges

Five members of the direct-action network were arrested last month after occupying the roof of an Israeli arms factory Read full article: Palestine Action activists plead not gui...→

Rail unions attack failing Grayling's 'outrageous' decision to EXTEND Virgin trains contract

UNIONS  slammed the government’s “outrageous” decision today to extend the Virgin Trains contract to run services on the West Coast Main Line.... Transport Sec [...] Read full article: Rail unions attack failing Grayling's 'o...→

The man that Israel couldn’t keep down

Thrice-jailed Palestinian activist Ghassan Najjar of the West Bank village of Burin speaks to Jenny Kassman about his unswerving commitment to the freedom of h [...] Read full article: The man that Israel couldn’t keep down...→

A sense of over-indulgence

A sense of over-indulgence

Misalliance is like a buffet whose rich variety leaves you feeling slightly queasy, says LYNNE WALSH Read full article: A sense of over-indulgence...→

Allen's sonic boom shakes the Vortex

Allen's sonic boom shakes the Vortex

AT 93, Marshall Allen is one of the oldest musicians still regularly touring and playing live. A survivor of the Sun Ra Arkestra, who played with the Saturnian [...] Read full article: Allen's sonic boom shakes the Vortex...→

No peace talks while the US legitimises Israel's Jerusalem claim, says the PLO

THE Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) said today that there could be no peace talks while the US legitimises Israel’s claim to Jerusalem.... PLO secretar [...] Read full article: No peace talks while the US legitimises ...→

Ace hand from Aaron Sorkin

Ace hand from Aaron Sorkin

MARIA DUARTE recommends a gripping tale about high-stakes poker from a first-time director Read full article: Ace hand from Aaron Sorkin...→

Virgin trains is no longer stocking the Daily Mail

Virgin trains is no longer stocking the Daily Mail

VIRGIN Trains is to stop stocking the Daily Mail hate rag on its services, claiming it was “not compatible” with its principles.... In an internal memo, the ra [...] Read full article: Virgin trains is no longer stocking the ...→

Muguruza withdraws from Sydney International with thigh injury

Muguruza withdraws from Sydney International with thigh injury

TOP SEED Garbine Muguruza withdrew from the Sydney International yesterday due to a thigh injury after she had booked her place in the quarter-finals.... The S [...] Read full article: Muguruza withdraws from Sydney Internati...→

Seasonal cracker from Birmingham Royal Ballet

Seasonal cracker from Birmingham Royal Ballet

WHERE would the festive period be without pantos like A Christmas Carol or ballets like The Nutcracker?... Better off, some would say, but the naysayers might [...] Read full article: Seasonal cracker from Birmingham Royal B...→

Afghan police shoot protesters condemning murder of Hazaras

Afghan police shoot protesters condemning murder of Hazaras

AFGHAN police opened fire on thousands of protesters demonstrating outside the presidential palace yesterday.... Several injuries were reported but no deaths. [...] Read full article: Afghan police shoot protesters condemnin...→

Plan to send refugees back to Africa considered by EU

Plan to send refugees back to Africa considered by EU

EUROPEAN Union leaders cooked up a “desperate” plot yesterday to slash the number of refugees in the bloc by giving them EU travel papers and shipping them off [...] Read full article: Plan to send refugees back to Africa con...→

German cabin crew strike leaves many flights grounded

German cabin crew strike leaves many flights grounded

LUFTHANSA chief executive Carsten Spohr remained intransigent yesterday even as strike action by cabin crews forced the grounding of 930 flights — with a furth [...] Read full article: German cabin crew strike leaves many fli...→

Foreign Office refuses to help investigation into Britain's role in US torture and kidnappings

Foreign Office refuses to help investigation into Britain's role in US torture and kidnappings

THE Foreign Office has allegedly refused to help Scottish police with an investigation into British complicity in US torture and extraordinary rendition, drawi [...] Read full article: Foreign Office refuses to help investiga...→

Democracy restored in Bolivia as left wins thumping election victory

Democracy restored in Bolivia as left wins thumping election victory

DEMOCRACY was restored in Bolivia today as Luis Arce and the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) won a thumping victory in elections that took place almost a year [...] Read full article: Democracy restored in Bolivia as left wi...→

Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi hospitalised with pneumonia after catching Covid

Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi hospitalised with pneumonia after catching Covid

LABOUR MP Yasmin Qureshi has been admitted to hospital with pneumonia after testing positive for Covid-19.... The Bolton South East MP said today that after 10 [...] Read full article: Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi hospitalised wi...→

Trump given permission to build second golf course while sacking workers at the first

Trump given permission to build second golf course while sacking workers at the first

RMT vows to continue fighting for workers' rights at the US president’s Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire Read full article: Trump given permission to build second g...→

EU’s vaunted employment watchdog lacks real impact

EU’s vaunted employment watchdog lacks real impact

AN EU body established to tackle the exploitation of workers across member states has failed to take real action over the first cases referred to it by trade u [...] Read full article: EU’s vaunted employment watchdog lacks r...→

Tony Blair denies he breached coronavirus quarantine travel rules

Tony Blair denies he breached coronavirus quarantine travel rules

TONY BLAIR has denied claims that he breached coronavirus quarantine restrictions by failing to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Britain from a trip [...] Read full article: Tony Blair denies he breached coronaviru...→

SNP blasted for lack of virus test processing

SNP blasted for lack of virus test processing

THE SNP government has been accused of processing fewer coronavirus tests per million than the UK’s other nations. ... Just 88,527 tests were processed in Scot [...] Read full article: SNP blasted for lack of virus test proce...→

100 Posters that Changed the World

100 Posters that Changed the World

GRANDIOSE marketing statements, like the claim contained in the title of this book, might invite disappointment from the discerning reader as inevitably more t [...] Read full article: 100 Posters that Changed the World...→

Why do we have an increasingly authoritarian government?

Why do we have an increasingly authoritarian government?

This government has no intention of delivering prosperity: so instead of a carrot, it is opting for a stick, writes DIANE ABBOTT MP Read full article: Why do we have an increasingly authorita...→

Peace at stake in Cypriot leadership run-off as Turkey accused of threatening incumbent

Peace at stake in Cypriot leadership run-off as Turkey accused of threatening incumbent

TURKISH Cypriots went to the polls again today in a presidential election marred by allegations of interference from Ankara.... Incumbent Mustafa Akinci favour [...] Read full article: Peace at stake in Cypriot leadership run...→

Notorious US mercenary firm accused of putting ‘boot on the ground’ ahead of Bolivia's crucial elections

Notorious US mercenary firm accused of putting ‘boot on the ground’ ahead of Bolivia's crucial elections

SECURITY operatives with links to the notorious Blackwater firm have been accused of recruiting about 1,500 mercenaries to provide “boots on the ground” in Bol [...] Read full article: Notorious US mercenary firm accused of p...→

Leaked papers show STUC's concerns over Westminster's attempts to weaken devolution

Leaked papers show STUC's concerns over Westminster's attempts to weaken devolution

PAPERS leaked ahead of next month’s Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) have revealed the movement’s concerns over the Westminster government’s attempts to w [...] Read full article: Leaked papers show STUC's concerns over ...→

Taxi drivers ‘facing ruin’

Taxi drivers ‘facing ruin’

TAXI drivers are facing bankruptcy after being left out of official support packages, transport union RMT warned yesterday.... The licensed trade is facing fin [...] Read full article: Taxi drivers ‘facing ruin’...→

Fife locals to rally at oil and gas plant

Fife locals to rally at oil and gas plant

ENVIRONMENTAL and community activists are to stage a protest outside the Mossmorran oil and gas plant today, demanding that the site be shut over the “injustic [...] Read full article: Fife locals to rally at oil and gas plan...→

Tanker drivers to stage strike action over jobs dispute

Tanker drivers to stage strike action over jobs dispute

FUEL-tanker drivers have united in defiance of plans to make them redundant, voting overwhelmingly to strike next month.... Members of Unite employed by Hoyer [...] Read full article: Tanker drivers to stage strike action ov...→

Labour warns government against letting company insolvencies ‘snowball before Christmas’

Labour warns government against letting company insolvencies ‘snowball before Christmas’

SHADOW business secretary Ed Miliband has urged the government to extend the suspension of “wrongful trading” rules for company directors or risk seeing a floo [...] Read full article: Labour warns government against letting ...→

Don’t ‘turn a blind eye’ to starving kids, warns Marcus Rashford

Don’t ‘turn a blind eye’ to starving kids, warns Marcus Rashford

FRESH from scoring a late winner for Manchester United on Tuesday night in Paris, striker Marcus Rashford returned to England to warn MPs not to “turn a blind [...] Read full article: Don’t ‘turn a blind eye’ to starving kid...→

Protests continue after Nigerian soldiers kill peaceful protesters

Protests continue after Nigerian soldiers kill peaceful protesters

NIGERIANS protesting against police brutality continued to defy a government curfew today after soldiers fatally opened fire on peaceful protesters in Lagos on [...] Read full article: Protests continue after Nigerian soldier...→

Appeal court quashes Home Office policy of removing migrants without access to justice

Appeal court quashes Home Office policy of removing migrants without access to justice

A HOME Office policy giving migrants as little as 72 hours’ notice of their impending deportation was unlawful, the Court of Appeal ruled today.... The Medical [...] Read full article: Appeal court quashes Home Office policy ...→

Low-paid workers in South Yorkshire unable to survive Tier-3 lockdown, unions warn

Low-paid workers in South Yorkshire unable to survive Tier-3 lockdown, unions warn

LOW-PAID workers in South Yorkshire will be unable to survive when the county is subjected to a Tier-3 Covid lockdown from Saturday, unions in Sheffield warned [...] Read full article: Low-paid workers in South Yorkshire unab...→

Mass grave discovered in Kirkuk believed to be victims of Isis

Mass grave discovered in Kirkuk believed to be victims of Isis

SCORES of bodies have been discovered in a mass grave near the city of Kirkuk, Iraqi federal police confirmed today.... The remains of 45 people were found in [...] Read full article: Mass grave discovered in Kirkuk believed...→

Greek state prosecutor tries to scupper Golden Dawn jailings

Greek state prosecutor tries to scupper Golden Dawn jailings

GREECE’S state prosecutor Adamantia Economou continued her battle for the suspension of jail terms for all but one of the fascist Golden Dawn party members con [...] Read full article: Greek state prosecutor tries to scupper ...→

Chilean Communist Party calls for new constitution ahead of Sunday's crucial vote

Chilean Communist Party calls for new constitution ahead of Sunday's crucial vote

THE Communist Party of Chile (CPC) has urged progressives to unite behind calls for a new constitution ahead of Sunday’s referendum on the issue.... Victory in [...] Read full article: Chilean Communist Party calls for new co...→

Government hits Londoners with ‘triple whammy’ of higher costs

Government hits Londoners with ‘triple whammy’ of higher costs

Mayor Sadiq Khan and unions blast plans to increase TfL fares, congestion charges and transport workers' pensions Read full article: Government hits Londoners with ‘triple w...→

Film round-up: October 21, 2020

Film round-up: October 21, 2020

Reviews of Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, The Secret Garden, Honest Thief, The Summer ’85 and Pixie Read full article: Film round-up: October 21, 2020...→

Isotypes: getting the picture

Isotypes: getting the picture

ROX MIDDLETON, LIAM SHAW and JOEL HELLEWELL explain how a ‘picture language,’ driven by a remarkable pair who believed everyone should be able to digest comple [...] Read full article: Isotypes: getting the picture...→

A perfect crime of rapacious capitalism

A perfect crime of rapacious capitalism

West German politician Detlev Rohwedder was responsible for selling off the GDR’s public industries after the fall of its government. But a documentary on his [...] Read full article: A perfect crime of rapacious capitalism...→

Scotland’s tenants’ union proposes new rights for renters

Scotland’s tenants’ union proposes new rights for renters

SCOTLAND’S tenants’ union Living Rent unveiled its manifesto for the future of the country’s housing yesterday, including massive overhauls to lessen the inequ [...] Read full article: Scotland’s tenants’ union proposes new r...→

Next ‘destroyed documents’ linked to claim for equal pay

Next ‘destroyed documents’ linked to claim for equal pay

LAWYERS representing Next staff in a claim for equal pay have accused the clothes retailer of destroying key documents ahead of the case.... Leigh Day, which i [...] Read full article: Next ‘destroyed documents’ linked to cla...→

Labour to force Commons vote on free school meals

Labour to force Commons vote on free school meals

LABOUR has said that it will force a Commons vote today on free school meals after the government refused to extend the scheme through the October half-term br [...] Read full article: Labour to force Commons vote on free sch...→

Internal Market Bill defeated in the Lords

Internal Market Bill defeated in the Lords

THE government suffered a heavy defeat in the House of Lords today over controversial Brexit legislation that would enable ministers to break international law [...] Read full article: Internal Market Bill defeated in the Lor...→

Asylum-seeker describes ‘prison-like’ conditions at the former Army base he hasn't left for two weeks due to threats from the far right

Asylum-seeker describes ‘prison-like’ conditions at the former Army base he hasn't left for two weeks due to threats from the far right

AN ASYLUM-SEEKER staying in a former army camp in Kent has described the facility as “like living in a prison:” he hasn’t left the site for two weeks due to in [...] Read full article: Asylum-seeker describes ‘prison-like’ co...→

Britain's GCHQ only abolished its colour bar in 1980, the spy agency's authorised history reveals

Britain's GCHQ only abolished its colour bar in 1980, the spy agency's authorised history reveals

BRITAIN’S spy agency GCHQ had a 30-year colour bar that was only abolished around 1980, according to its first authorised history. ... Bletchley Park’s discrim [...] Read full article: Britain's GCHQ only abolished its colour...→

Charity calls for judge-only trials for rape and sexual offences cases

Charity calls for judge-only trials for rape and sexual offences cases

JUDGE-ONLY trials for rape and sexual offences cases should be piloted in a “radical” step to help increase convictions and clear court backlogs, a charity sai [...] Read full article: Charity calls for judge-only trials for ...→

Rights groups dismayed by Saudi's hosting of a women's rights summit while activist remain behind bars

Rights groups dismayed by Saudi's hosting of a women's rights summit while activist remain behind bars

RIGHTS organisations expressed their dismay today at Saudi Arabia’s hosting of an international women’s summit while women’s rights activists remain locked up [...] Read full article: Rights groups dismayed by Saudi's hostin...→

Majority of rape victims suffering in silence have no faith in justice system

Majority of rape victims suffering in silence have no faith in justice system

New survey suggests fewer than 1 in 7 alleged victims feel confident they can obtain justice by making a police report Read full article: Majority of rape victims suffering in si...→

Thousands of indigenous protesters demand public showdown with Colombia’s president

Thousands of indigenous protesters demand public showdown with Colombia’s president

THOUSANDS of indigenous protesters marched through Colombia’s capital Bogota on Monday to demand a public meeting with President Ivan Duque and call for reform [...] Read full article: Thousands of indigenous protesters deman...→

Positive Covid test rules Fernando Gaviria out of final week of Giro d’Italia

Positive Covid test rules Fernando Gaviria out of final week of Giro d’Italia

COLOMBIAN sprinter Fernando Gaviria became the latest cyclist to test positive for the coronavirus and be withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia today as the race he [...] Read full article: Positive Covid test rules Fernando Gavir...→

Point deduction a harsh punishment, says Stuart Kettlewell

Point deduction a harsh punishment, says Stuart Kettlewell

ROSS COUNTY boss Stuart Kettlewell has rejected calls for clubs to forfeit Premiership points if they are hit by a Covid outbreak, insisting that no-one is pla [...] Read full article: Point deduction a harsh punishment, says...→

No to pitting young against old

No to pitting young against old

Amid coronavirus chaos, we have to recognise that we are all in this together – as a class – and avoid attempts to sow inter-generational resentment, says MATT [...] Read full article: No to pitting young against old...→

What should we do about money?

What should we do about money?

One of the biggest challenges in post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain will be to confront the domination of Britain’s economy by the City of London and by internati [...] Read full article: What should we do about money?...→

Government urged to create safe routes into Britain for refugees after man found dead near Calais

Government urged to create safe routes into Britain for refugees after man found dead near Calais

CAMPAIGNERS called on the government yesterday to create safe and legal routes for asylum-seekers to reach Britain after the body of a man wearing a life jacke [...] Read full article: Government urged to create safe routes i...→

Sudan’s army moves against counterrevolutionary forces

Sudan’s army moves against counterrevolutionary forces

SUDAN’S army has moved to shut down a square in front of its headquarters in Khartoum as “counterrevolutionary” protesters seek to oust the transitional govern [...] Read full article: Sudan’s army moves against counterrevolu...→

Snooker ref Marteel back working in Belgium’s A&E department

Snooker ref Marteel back working in Belgium’s A&E department

OLIVIER MARTEEL, who refereed the World Championship final in 2015, says he “didn’t even have one second of doubt” about agreeing to be on the hospital front l [...] Read full article: Snooker ref Marteel back working in Belg...→

Great body of work

Great body of work

CHRISTINE LINDEY sees a brilliant exploration of human anatomy by Russell Maliphant Read full article: Great body of work...→

Information and ideas shared at Unions for Cuba conference

Information and ideas shared at Unions for Cuba conference

ACTIVISTS held workshops and “intercambio” meetings with Cuban trade unionists at the weekend’s Unions for Cuba conference to learn about Cuban trade unionism [...] Read full article: Information and ideas shared at Unions f...→

Cuban trade unions salute history of friendship with Britain's labour movement

CUBAN trade unionists paid tribute to the “historic friendship and solidarity” between their and Britain’s labour movements at a packed Unions for Cuba confere [...] Read full article: Cuban trade unions salute history of fri...→

The Mekons, 100 Club London

The Mekons, 100 Club London

The Mekons live up to their reputation as 'the only band that matters' Read full article: The Mekons, 100 Club London...→

Going Through Bush Theatre, London

Going Through Bush Theatre, London

With a unique use of non-verbal language, Going Through tells a moving story of migration Read full article: Going Through Bush Theatre, London...→

Plus ca change...

Plus ca change...

GORDON PARSONS sees an adaptation of Moliere’s satire on religious hypocrisy translate magnificently from 17th century Paris to 21st century Birmingham Read full article: Plus ca change......→

Grenfell boss binned crucial inquiry notes

Grenfell boss binned crucial inquiry notes

Survivors' group says such ‘indifference never fails to shock and enrage’ Read full article: Grenfell boss binned crucial inquiry not...→

An NHS tax is a dangerous solution to the funding crisis

FRUSTRATION over uncertainties relating to funding of the NHS should not lead health staff or campaigners to fall for gimmicks like a hypothecated health tax.. [...] Read full article: An NHS tax is a dangerous solution to th...→

Welsh National Opera's production of Verdi classic destined for success

WELSH National Opera’s spring season kicked off with a fine rendition of Verdi’s La forza del destino, despite some on-stage shenanigans raising inappropriate [...] Read full article: Welsh National Opera's production of Ver...→

US memo war between Dems and Republicans escalates

A MEMO written by Democrats on the House intelligence committee as part of its investigation of Russian election interference was under review today at the Whi [...] Read full article: US memo war between Dems and Republicans...→

Great outlook from The Weather Station

The Weather Station Oslo, London... WITH the release of 2015’s Loyalty and last year’s self-titled album, 33-year old Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindema [...] Read full article: Great outlook from The Weather Station...→

Correa run nixed by return to presidential

Correa run nixed by return to presidential

ECUADOREAN voters backed a return to presidential term limits in Sunday’s referendum, blocking ex-president Rafael Correa’s potential challenge to his erstwhil [...] Read full article: Correa run nixed by return to presidenti...→

Corbyn savages Trump NHS jibe

Corbyn savages Trump NHS jibe

JEREMY CORBYN slapped down Donald Trump yesterday after the US president claimed people were marching because the NHS is “going broke and not working.”... Satu [...] Read full article: Corbyn savages Trump NHS jibe...→

Rail unions attack failing Grayling's 'outrageous' decision to EXTEND Virgin trains contract

UNIONS  slammed the government’s “outrageous” decision today to extend the Virgin Trains contract to run services on the West Coast Main Line.... Transport Sec [...] Read full article: Rail unions attack failing Grayling's 'o...→

Summoning the spirit of summer ’15

Summoning the spirit of summer ’15

As Corbynmania spreads across Britain, Labour’s message of hope is clearly connecting with voters, writes CHARLEY ALLAN Read full article: Summoning the spirit of summer ’15...→

It didn't have to be this way

Damning report finds misery on Britain's worst performing railway ‘could have been avoided’ Read full article: It didn't have to be this way...→

A sense of over-indulgence

A sense of over-indulgence

Misalliance is like a buffet whose rich variety leaves you feeling slightly queasy, says LYNNE WALSH Read full article: A sense of over-indulgence...→

May's Cabinet is filled with more toffs than when she became PM

Equality charity the Sutton Trust has found Cabinet ministers were more than five times more likely to have gone to a fee-paying school than the general popula [...] Read full article: May's Cabinet is filled with more toffs ...→

Toby Young remains a threat to the nation's children

TOBY YOUNG may have resigned from his grotesquely unsuitable appointment to the board of the new Office for Students regulatory body, but this vile man and his [...] Read full article: Toby Young remains a threat to the natio...→

No peace talks while the US legitimises Israel's Jerusalem claim, says the PLO

THE Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) said today that there could be no peace talks while the US legitimises Israel’s claim to Jerusalem.... PLO secretar [...] Read full article: No peace talks while the US legitimises ...→

US congress urged to allow nearly 200,000 Salvadoran refugees to stay

EL SALVADOR urged the US Congress on yesterday to allow almost 200,000 refugees from the country to stay in the United States.... Salvadorian Foreign Minister [...] Read full article: US congress urged to allow nearly 200,00...→