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19.03.2018

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

By GRAEME HAYES, STEVEN CAMMISS, and BRIAN DOHERTY 16 March 2018 for openDemocracy The severity of the charge faced by the Stansted 15 should be seen as an important moment in defining the scope for non-violent protest in the UK At 10pm on 28 March 2017, fifteen activists wearing… »

19.03.2018

Blame for the Salisbury poison attack: Where is the evidence?

Blame for the Salisbury poison attack: Where is the evidence?

The nerve agent attack on the former Soviet double agent Skripal and his daughter on British soil has reached unimagined proportions: the culprit is quickly identified by Western governments and media: it must have been Russia, because the nerve poison was developed there. Sanctions are imposed, and the German government… »

17.03.2018

Jeremy Corbyn and other voices of reason over the UK nerve gas incident

Jeremy Corbyn and other voices of reason over the UK nerve gas incident

A Russian father, former double spy convicted in Russia and exchanged by Britain for other spies, and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury. Preliminary assessment suggests a nerve gas agent. The government has jumped to accuse Russia and in particular Putin of ordering this assassination attempt. »

13.02.2018

Jeremy Corbyn: nationalize, democratize electricity grid to avert climate crisis

Jeremy Corbyn: nationalize, democratize electricity grid to avert climate crisis

[UK] Labour Party leader calls for ‘radical’ action to help avert climate catastrophe by Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said making the nation’s electricity grid publicly-owned is the best course to “put tackling climate change at the heart of our energy… »

05.02.2018

Women’s vote: 100 years and a long way to go

Women’s vote: 100 years and a long way to go

The UK celebrates on Feb 6th 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the vote to (some) women in Britain, those over the age of 30 and meeting certain property qualifications. It also gave the right to vote to all men over 21. In 1928 suffrage was… »

25.01.2018

A ‘Minister for Loneliness’ is a sticking plaster for the ills of neoliberalism

A ‘Minister for Loneliness’ is a sticking plaster for the ills of neoliberalism

By PETER COVILLE 22 January 2018 for openDemocracy Is loneliness the price we pay for an ideology that privileges individual freedom and ‘choice’ above the collective and communal; that sees attachment to others as an obstacle to the pursuit of profit? Anyone who really knows what loneliness is knows it… »

22.12.2017

Stephen Hawking joins lawsuit aimed at foiling UK’s government NHS shake-up

Stephen Hawking joins lawsuit aimed at foiling UK’s government NHS shake-up

Stephen Hawking is joining a legal action aimed at questioning yet another set of changes in the NHS [the UK’s National Health Service] which like most previous ones it is feared will lead to greater privatisation and rationing of resources. The introduction of ACOs modelled on US healthcare structures, is… »

25.10.2017

Look to Sheffield: this is how state and corporate power subverts democracy

Look to Sheffield: this is how state and corporate power subverts democracy

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The city’s trees and residents are the victims of a Kafkaesque PFI deal between council and contractor One of neoliberalism’s promises was that it would free us from bureaucracy. By rolling back the state, it would vanquish the stifling power of officialdom,… »

23.10.2017

Why Martin Luther King’s trip to Tyneside still matters 50 years on

Why Martin Luther King’s trip to Tyneside still matters 50 years on

Brian Ward, Northumbria University, Newcastle : The Conversation While controversy about the removal of Confederate memorials in the US rumbles on, in the north-east of England, plans to honour one of the US South’s most famous sons are coming to fruition. Freedom City 2017 is an ambitious… »

05.10.2017

Jeremy Corbyn response to Prime Minister May “more of the same” speech

Jeremy Corbyn response to Prime Minister May “more of the same” speech

It´s the UK party Conferences season, Labour had it before the Conservatives but the leaders speeches might as well be seen in reverse. Here is the “response” Jeremy Corbyn MP gives to Theresa May PM´s attempt to appear more caring but in reality representing the same policies of austerity and… »

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