Lead story

Reclaim our railways!

by Daphne Liddle

RAIL UNIONS and passenger groups are coming together in a renewed campaign to renationalise Britain’s railways after the announcement of fare rises of over six per cent. Meanwhile the franchise to run the West Coast Mainline has been taken from Virgin and awarded to FirstGroup — with hundreds of rail job losses threatened..

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Turkey and Al Qaeda gangs behind Syrian rebels

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

SYRIAN army units are moving to finish off the last remaining pockets of rebel resistance in Aleppo while continuing operations to against imperialist-backed rebel gangs in other parts of the country. Meanwhile the “Free Syrian Army” said it was responsible for the bomb that exploded in central Damascus on Wednesday near several military buildings and a hotel housing UN observers, wounding three people and sending a pillar of black smoke into the sky above the Syrian capital.

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Editorial

Safe havens for some?

THE CON-DEM Coalition is in serious trouble but though most of our readers will have longed for its collapse this is still something we cannot take for granted or relax our efforts in the battle against austerity cuts that are damaging the lives of millions of people in Britain, especially the most vulnerable: children and young people, the elderly, the sick and disabled.

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