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The Tories’ Trade Union Turn

This is a cross-post by Phil BC
As audacious tank-parking goes, the Conservatives’ announcement that they’re (re)launching their own trade union movement is right up there. It has certainly raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. There will activists across the spectrum who looked up and saw question marks materialise above their heads. Haven’t the Tories proven themselves consistently [...]

Scott Walker: leading by quitting

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, after dropping to somewhere around 0 percent in the polls, has dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
“Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of [...]

Cork Mother Jones Festival

Nice to see the Irish paying tribute to their native daughter Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, labor activist and hell-raiser.

‘Small government’ advocates seek to ban the right to strike.

This is a cross-post from Futile Democracy
A great test of consistency for those of us who believe in the fundamental right to express offensive ideas was presented this week, when a man wandered Parliament Square in the centre of London wrapped in an Islamic State flag. Liberals became conflicted; should he be arrested for that [...]

The difference between democratic socialists and other socialists

Democratic socialists like Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talk like this:

Near the end of [an] interview, CNBC’s John Harwood asked Sanders to respond to President Obama’s criticisms of lawmakers like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), his chief critic from the left on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.
“[President Obama] says it’s the most progressive one [...]

The fiery speech by a female Iranian teacher protesting for better pay

Cross-posted from Potkin Azarmehr at For a democratic secular Iran
This footage was sent to me by one of the teachers taking part in the widespread strike by the Iranian teachers. They are demanding better pay and conditions.
The video shows a fiery speech made by a female teacher. See the translation below:
“Most of the martyrs [...]

Two events in London

I can’t be there, but…
The Gerasite Get-Together. Coming 21st March. Drinks and talk from Matthew Kramer Everyone welcome, see you there!
— The Gerasites (@gerasite) March 3, 2015

And this message from Eric Lee of LabourStart:

We Believe in Israel defines itself as “a UK grassroots network of people united in believing in the right of the State of [...]

Pro-peace campaigners in British unions begin the fightback

Cross-posted from Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine
It was an extraordinary event — nearly 50 trade unionists from 15 different unions gathered in London at the end of January to discuss how to turn the tide in British trade unions.
They committed themselves to challenging the pro-Hamas narrative of the “Palestine Solidarity Campaign” which is supported [...]

London seminar for trade union supporters of Israel

Guest post by Eric Lee
We Believe in Israel, along with Trade Union Friends of Israel, is hosting a special seminar in London on Sunday 25 January 2015 from 11.15am to 5.30pm.
This is aimed at trade union members who support Israel, with the objective being to help you network with each other, to give you the [...]

Power to the Workers in Israel

If there is any hope for the Israeli Left, it does not lie with the likes of Peace Now, as well-meaning as they are. It lies with Israelis like Aliza Yadey, a 63-year-old self-described “poor” and “rightwing” day-care provider living in a crumbling apartment block outside of Tel Aviv– a labor organizer for a union [...]