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NHS ‘choice’ and ‘reforms’ are no choice – Part one

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THE Department of Health’s (DoH) electronic ‘Choose and Book’ programme, is being introduced supposedly to facilitate a ‘patient choice’ of hospital. The procedures to be...

‘WE DO NOT OBJECT TO A LONG-TERM TRUCE WITH YOU’– ...

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‘My message to you is about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the way to end it. I had not intended to speak...

EU imposes financial crisis on the Palestinians

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FACING an imposed ‘suffocating financial crisis,’ Palestinian officials have made no immediate comment yet on an EU decision on Tuesday to suspend 35 million...

Keep Barts And London Open!

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Workers and students at Bart’s and the Royal London hospitals are shocked and angry over the private finance initiative (PFI) crisis that threatens...

EU 3 call emergency meeting of the IAEA– while Putin warns...

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BRITAIN, France and Germany are to call an emergency meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog, (the IAEA) early next month to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme, the...

‘Nations have awakened today, and they will determine their future’ says...

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LAST Saturday the Iranian TV, IRINN, broadcast a live news conference by Iran’s President Ahmadinejad with domestic and foreign journalists. In the...

US unions take action on Martin Luther King Day

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Teamsters union sanitation worker members in the US capital are launching a campaign against Waste Management on Martin Luther King Day, today. Nearly 100 Washington,...

GATE GOURMET DüSSELDORF ON STRIKE – after 3 years of harassment...

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THE Gate Gourmet workers on strike at Düsseldorf airport continued their picket throughout the year-end holiday season supported by their union, the NGG, their...

Far Reaching Changes To Be Imposed On The NHS

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THE Blair government is trying to impose ‘far-reaching changes’ to the NHS – without any real consultation with the public. That is the finding...

Ahern Attacks Irish Unions

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IRISH Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern has told the trade unions it would be ‘reckless’ of them to seek a 10 per cent pay...

RUSSIA WARNS AGAINST IRAN WAR –Defence Minister concerned by nuclear programme...

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Sergey Ivanov has expressed the hope that tension in relations between Iran and the West in connection...

‘We are committed to holding the elections in Jerusalem’ says imprisoned...

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IMPRISONED deputy Marwan al-Barghouthi, the secretary of the Fatah movement in the West Bank and the head of its list in the forthcoming legislative...

AMNESTY CONDEMNS ‘MEMORANDUM’ WITH LEBANON – and the killing of Sudanese...

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THE UK government has signed a ‘Memorandum of understanding’ with Lebanon over the treatment of people who may be deported from the UK to...

The Untold Hostage Story

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On Thursday morning, 29th December 2005, I received a short SMS from Muntasser Abdel Rahim, 26, Medical Relief Society Ambulance driver in Jenin. ...

Sharon Dying – Palestinian Revolution Lives!

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ARIEL Sharon, the arch Zionist Israeli prime minister, who has spent his whole life killing Arabs, is fighting for his life in a Jerusalem...

‘The Christians of Palestine are partners in the one homeland’ says...

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, launched its campaign for the Palestinian elections on Tuesday, in defiance of Israeli attempts to bar the movement from...

ELECTIONS MUST GO AHEAD – insist Hamas

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Palestinian Islamic liberation movement Hamas has declared: ‘No to killing, banditry, and the policy of kidnapping foreigners’. In a statement posted on the Palestinian Information...

Israel systematically squeezing Palestinians out of Jordan Valley – says PMC

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Without fanfare, but with determination, Israel is systematically, militarily and economically squeezing Palestinians out of the Jordan Valley, expanding colonial Jewish settlement in the...

‘If America Should Go Communist’ by Leon Trotsky (Part two)

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LEON TROTSKY wrote ‘If America Should Go Communist’ on August 17, 1934, over a year after President Roosevelt brought in his ‘New Deal’, ...

‘If America Should Go Communist’ by Leon Trotsky (Part one)

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LEON TROTSKY wrote ‘If America Should Go Communist’ on August 17, 1934, over a year after President Roosevelt brought in his ‘New Deal’, ...

Ford Workers In Uproar Over Healthcare Vote

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UAW US motor workers trade union members have very narrowly ratified the health care agreement that the UAW has made with the Ford Motor...

Israel uses pressure to try and postpone Palestinian elections

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Ongoing Israeli extra-judicial killing of Palestinians, continuing flagrant US and EU interference and Israeli threats to disrupt or obstruct the Palestinian legislative election, and...

New York Transit Workers Defiant!

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THE MTA (Metropolitan Transport Authority) and the Governor forced this strike: call them to stop it says the TWU transit workers trade union. The TWU...

Pna Being Bullied To Prevent Hamas Standing

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The Palestinian National Authority is being bullied into choosing between democracy or empty coffers, the Palestine Media Center (PMC) says. The PMC said on Tuesday:...

Battle For Firefighters’ Jobs Builds Up

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Lancashire firefighters are to be balloted over possible strike action in defence jobs. Chief Fire Officer Peter Holland plans to ‘save £1 million’ by cutting...

Israel breaks Gaza-West Bank access deal

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ISRAEL on Wednesday defied the United States and the Middle East Quartet and decided to delay, reportedly until next week, the start of the...

‘Tentative agreement with ford will require sacrifices’ – UAW

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THE UAW National Ford Council yesterday endorsed the union’s tentative agreement with Ford Motor Company on health care. The tentative agreement is subject to...

‘WE WILL NOT RENEW THE TRUCE’ say Hamas and Islamic Jihad

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The ongoing Israeli violations and extra-judicial killings have put the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and the anti-occupation groups on opposite sides of the argument...

BLAIR IS DESTROYING THE NHS – Part One – The privatisation...

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ANYONE who has made a careful reading of Department of Health documents (see footnote) and considered the implication of the legislation can only come...

ISRAEL BLOCKADES GAZA – and steps up assaults in the West...

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The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) last Saturday condemned as ‘unacceptable’ Israel’s threat to turn the ‘economic siege’ it is imposing on the Gaza Strip...

WORKERS CALL FOR A GENERAL STRIKE EVERY FRIDAY – to drive...

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Over 100,000 workers and youth marched through Dublin last Friday as Ireland was shut down in support of Irish Ferries SIPTU trade union members...

Migrant Workers Paid £1.30 An Hour

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The TGWU trade union and the author of the Gangmasters Licensing Act 2004, Labour MP Jim Sheridan, last Wednesday organised a briefing in the...

Israel Violating Gaza Border Agreement

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Using the individual bombing attack in Netanya on Monday as a pretext, Israel is violating the Gaza borders agreement with the Palestinian National Authority...

800 TORTURE FLIGHTS IN EUROPEAN AIRSPACE – says Amnesty

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Amnesty International revealed on Monday that six planes used by the CIA for renditions have made some 800 flights in European airspace including 50...

1,000 MARCH FOR SACKED GATE GOURMET WORKERS – GMB fully supports...

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AT the rally in the Dominion community centre in Southall, after the over 1,000 strong march, a 17 strong panel of trade union and...

Abbas Accepts Italy’s Offer To Host Peace Talks

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President Mahmud Abbas on Friday accepted Italy’s offer to host Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, urged international commitment to the UN-adopted ‘roadmap’ peace plan, the Palestine...

DON’T RAISE THE RETIREMENT AGE say unions

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GMB trade union yesterday said it rejects the Turner report proposal to extend the pension age. Turner recommends extending the retirement age to ‘between 67...

‘Comrade Trotsky’s Report On The Red Army’

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Report of Comrade Trotsky on the development of the Red Army In this speech, made in 1919, Leon Trotsky reviews the development of the Red...

Delphi postpones ‘motion for rejection of collective bargaining agreements’

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US autoworkers union (UAW) President Ron Gettelfinger and Vice President Richard Shoemaker, who directs the union’s General Motors and Delphi departments, yesterday issued...

‘RENEWABLE STRIKE WON CONSIDERABLE GAINS’ – but dispute remains says SUD-Rail...

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We publish below the SUD-Rail strike bulletin for the first day of the French rail strike, N°8 – 24 November 2005, with thanks to...

‘THE ISLAMIC RESISTANCE IN THE LEBANON HAS NOT CHANGED!’– Shab’a Farms...

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THE Hezbollah leader Hussein Nazrallah has been speaking about the significance of the heavy clashes with Israeli troops on the border with Israel,...

TORTURE CONTINUES AFTER GEORGIA’S ‘ROSE REVOLUTION’ says Amnesty

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‘Torture by the authorities, including with electric shocks and cigarette burns, continues in Georgia’, said Amnesty International today in a new report released on...

PNA illusions in Sharon move

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THE Palestinian National Authority (PNA) immediately reacted to the latest Israeli political upheaval on Monday, describing it sceptically but hopefully as a ‘volcano’ that...

French Workers Fight To Stop Privatisation

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AROUND 100,000 workers employed by the SNCF (French national railway) are taking strike action this week, following Saturday’s mass demonstration of more than 40,000...

‘TORTURE IS TERROR’ – Guantanamo victims speak out

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Survivors of torture and other ill-treatment in Guantanamo Bay spoke Saturday at the beginning of a three-day conference hosted by Amnesty International and Reprieve. For...