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Socialism Today 96 - November 2005


Socialism Today 96 - November 2005

Towards a new workers’ party

For ten years, the Socialist Party has raised the need for a new party of the working class. With each step further to the right by Blair’s New Labour, that need has become more pressing.

This year’s Labour conference – its anti-union stance and total rejection of democratic decision-making – reinforced that view. PETER TAAFFE explains the reasoning behind a new Socialist Party initiative.

Asian earthquake disaster

Our journey to the devastated city of Bagh in Kashmir in a truck loaded with aid donated by Lahore’s working-class communities was one the most emotional and painful that we have ever experienced. Eyewitness account from Bagh, by KHALID BHATTI


Time for yesterday’s news

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TWELVE EPISODES of World in Action, Granada Television’s documentary series, are on this double DVD. Subjects range from Mick Jagger in 1967 to the Birmingham Six in 1991, released after 16 years in jail for IRA bombings they did not commit. There are reports from around the world.


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French workers' strike
Government launches new attacks

'Intelligent design' controversy
US religious right takes on science

Arms-dealing Blair
Shaping foreign and domestic policy

Arctic melting
Reaching a tipping point?


The problem with Respect
Judy Beishon looks at the politics, electoral record and structures of Respect

What the Greens did in power
The record of the German SPD-Green coalition examined by Kim Opgenoorth

Remember, remember...
The 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. Paul Moorhouse writes

World in Action
A classic TV series on DVD

A weekend of debate and discussion organised by the Socialist Party 12-13 November