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Scottish National Party pushes for second independence referendum
25 October 2016
For Sturgeon and the SNP leadership, the threat of a new independence poll is a tool to extract concessions from London—primarily over the terms of Brexit.

Nick Hedges’s photographs reveal what Britain’s slums were like in the 1960s and 1970s
25 October 2016
In Hedges’s words: “Adequate housing is the basis of a civilised urban society. … The photographs should allow us to celebrate progress, yet all they can do is haunt us with a sense of failure.

Legal challenge to Brexit threatens constitutional crisis in UK
24 October 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she will activate Article 50 by the end of next March.

UK: NHS official suggests GP surgeries “be allowed to fail and wither”
22 October 2016
In September, 2,000 patients were left without a doctor after a surgery was closed in Nottingham following an “inadequate” regulatory rating.

Former British special forces soldier investigated for possible war crimes committed in Iraq
21 October 2016
The executions of wounded soldiers as described in Colin Maclachlan’s book, even if excused as “mercy killings,” are illegal under international law.

British press witch-hunt refugee children from Calais
20 October 2016
A xenophobic campaign by British politicians and media is being waged against children arriving in the UK from the Calais migrant camp.

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks
19 October 2016
The US political establishment is prepared to use whatever measures are required to prevent a further exposure of the real social and political interests underlying the grotesque 2016 presidential con

UK education funding cuts bring schools to breaking point
19 October 2016
An Institute for Fiscal Studies report notes that school spending per pupil is likely to fall by around 8 percent in real terms by 2020.

National strike needed in Britain to defend striking Southern GTR conductors
18 October 2016
Conductors should reject the RMT’s proposal to accept new contracts.

UK: Self-employed face poverty wages and financial insecurity
17 October 2016
Self-employed individuals work two hours a week longer than employees, with more than one in 10 working 60 hours a week or more.

Western foreign ministers to meet in London to discuss Syria intervention
15 October 2016
The efforts by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to assemble a “coalition of the willing” behind military action in Syria is being led by the Labour Party.

UK: Bernard Matthews pensioners fleeced by liquidators
14 October 2016
Liquidators Rutland Partners have already pocketed £34 million, with another £5 million to come.