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World War One: The main enemy was at home

ww1 solidersToday marks 100 years since the Serbian campaign that started World War One. Here we republish the Spartacus League’s illegal anti-war leaflet from May 1915. Its author  Karl Liebknecht was the most famous anti-war figure in Germany having been the sole parliamentary deputy to vote against further war loans in December 1914.

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5 minute video of victimised UCU rep Alexis Wearmouth speaking on the steps of SOAS earlier today about his case and precarity among HE workers. For more details see fractionalsforfairplay.webs.com and don’t forget to sign the petition at chn.ge/1nUeCt2

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Review: Skylight

Jack Farmer looks at the current revival of David Hares political play.

Skylight: Nighy and Mulligan

It’s perhaps unsurprising that David Hare’s Skylight has been revived now, 18 years after its debut. At its heart, this is a play about inequality and the political values that excuse or condemn it. But Skylight is also a play about love, in which the personal and political are inseparably fused. I had the opportunity to see…

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'See Them Ah Come, But We Nah Run' - Part Two

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Anti-immigration and racism is on the rise, a racist party is riding the wave and looking like becoming the third party in British politics. Anti-racists and anti-fascists have to stop them. The year is 1978, the party is the National Front. Colin Revoltingremembers being a punk school kid and getting involved. In Part Two of this account, the NF outwit the anti-fascists, local council workers go…

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The end of Nazi Nick Griffin

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So it’s good riddance to Nazi Nick. He was declared bankrupt in January and kicked out of his Euro seat in May. Now Nick Griffin has been booted out as leader by what’s left of the fascist British National Party.

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Second Time Lucky by Caliban’s Revenge

Second Time Lucky by Caliban’s Revenge

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Singin’ in the rain

Singin’ in the rain

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Ritzy workers went out on their eleventh strike today against Picturehouse Cinema’s refusal to pay the Living Wage. It was also the first time Picturehouse have decided to keep the cinema open to try to break the strike.

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Ritzy management were planning to screen Monty Python Live from the O2, but even Monty Python star Terry Jones denounced the move urging customers to stay away:

“Whatever you do…

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Manchester protest occupies high street shops for Palestine

Manchester protest occupies high street shops for Palestine

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Around 200 people took part in protests in support of Palestine on Saturday in the centre of Manchester.

Protesters gathered despite torrential pouring rain. After speeches and music, they marched down Market Street, the main shopping street in central Manchester, accompanied by legal observers.

Protesters halted outside the Market Street branch of Barclays Bank, which operates in Israel and is…

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Isolate Israel to end this horror

Isolate Israel to end this horror

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palNeil Rogall, a longstanding Jewish socialist in London writes on the background to Israel’s war.

Israel’s vicious attacks on Gaza have left hundreds dead, many of them young children. Israel has targeted hospitals and mosques, making life harder still for an already blockaded and poverty‑stricken society. And Gaza’s population cannot escape. The borders are sealed by Israel – and by General…

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Gaza demonstration – rolling coverage

Gaza demonstration – rolling coverage

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12 noon Thousands of people are assembling at Downing Street for today’s demo in defence of Gaza, chanting “Free Palestine”.

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Playing the Odds: How fractionals at SOAS organised and won

Playing the Odds: How fractionals at SOAS organised and won

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Today the SOAS Fractionals for Fair Play campaign announced that 95% (on a 63% turnout) had voted to reject a contract offer which fell well short of their demands. They also announced a 25% increase in the fractional population taking out a full UCU membership in July. The UCU branch is now committed to considering industrial action next term in the event of a failure to reach a negotiated…

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National demonstration for Palestine, 19 July

National demonstration for Palestine, 19 July

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National Demonstration Saturday 19th. Assemble Downing Street12 noon  and march to the Israeli Embassy. 

Demonstration called by: Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, CND, Friends of Al Aqsa, British Muslim Initiative, War on Want, Islamic Forum of Europe, Palestinian Forum in Britain.

Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza last night is aimed at demonstrating their over whelming…

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