News archive from 3 July 2017

One in seven private tenants spend most of pay on rent

ONE in seven private tenants spend most of their income on rent, according to a new study published yesterday by councils’ body the Local Government Association (LGA). It suggests that huge rents in England are shutting people out of home ownership....

 

Thousands join Day-Mer festivities in London

THOUSANDS of people attended a Turkish and Kurdish community festival in London yesterday. The festival, the 28th organised by the Day-Mer community group, featured a range of speakers from the trade union and progressive movement, along with live...

 

Activists begin their ‘rolling resistance’ to fracking

ANTI-FRACKING campaigners converged on Lancashire on Saturday to launch a month-long “Rolling Resistance” programme of direct action and protests against the environmentally damaging process. The launch took place close to a site in Preston New Road,...

 

Pope sacks head of sex abuse probes

POPE Francis sacked the head of the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases at the weekend. The dismissal of German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller underscores Irish clergy sex abuse survivor Marie Collins’s accusation in March that his department, the...

 

Venezuela: Young man dies after right-wing shooting

YOUNG Chavista Ramses Martinez, who was shot while clearing a road block erected by opposition protesters in the Venezuelan city of Barquisimeto, died in hospital at the weekend. The 20-year-old had been an active member of the Frente Francisco de...

 
Dunkirk: The New Evidence review - A rescue to remember

Dunkirk: The New Evidence review - A rescue to remember

The tale of Sleeping Beauty is so coloured by that wonderful, magical woken-by-a kiss ending that we overlook how it began, with a monstrous stepmother poisoning a child. This does not only affect fairy tales but, as Dunkirk: The New Evidence (Ch4)...

 

Anti-Tory rally draws 100,000 to Westminster

People’s assembly demo piles pressure on PM MORE than 100,000 people from across the country marched through central London at the weekend demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May. The demonstration, organised by the People’s Assembly...

 

HSBC targeted over arm sales

Bank branches forced to close as protesters hold die-in by Felicity Collier PALESTINE solidarity activists highlighted how the HSBC bank profits from Israel’s “armed violence and repression” by protesting at 20 branches at the weekend, forcing some to...

 

Labour lays into Kensington council over fire rents mess

by Felicity Collier LABOUR slammed Kensington and Chelsea council yesterday for dragging its heels over suspending rent for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has finally declared that those living...

 

Eight killed in suicide attack on Damascus

Two car bombers foiled but third gets through SYRIAN security forces intercepted two suicide car bombers yesterday but failed to foil a third who killed at least eight people in a rare attack in the heart of the capital. The attack was timed for the...

 

Colombia: Union leader gunned down by two men on a motorbike

A COLOMBIAN trade union leader was shot dead at the weekend as he watched his son play football. National Union of Agricultural Workers president Roman Acostawas, who represented sugar cane cutters in the mainly Afro-Colombian province of Valle del...

 

Qatar ‘does not fear military action by blockading states’

QATARI Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said at the weekend that his government does not fear military retaliation for refusing to meet today’s deadline set by its neighbours. During a visit to Rome, Mr Thani refused once more...

 

London demonstration: Class politics to the fore

Question: what links the NHS cuts, the Grenfell Tower disaster and yesterday’s massive People’s Assembly demonstration against Theresa May’s Tory government? Answer: the politics of class. Britain is a society deeply divided on lines of economic class...

 

Labour should bite the Trident bullet now

Disarmament might have been electoral suicide 35 years ago, but Corbyn’s rise shows voters are open to persuasion, says PETER KIRKER BARON GOULD of Brookwood, who brought us government by focus group, must be turning in his splendid tomb (the most...

 

The Tories are damaging a generation of disabled kids

How many young disabled people are missing out on a university education due to the complexity of a system not fit for purpose, asks Bernadette Horton MY YOUNGEST son is hoping to start university in September here in Wales. If he succeeds, it will be...

 


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