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London’s Burning: Looking back at the Brixton riots of 1981

The recent riots in the most unequal borough in the UK - Tottenham, London - in response to the shooting of Mark Duggan by police have many parrallels with the Brixton riots in London 30 years ago. In advance of a fuller analysis of the recent events, we repost an article for our readers from April of this year, where the Socialist Party of England and Wales (our sister group) loked back at the Brixton riots on it's thirtieth anniversary and warned that the "conditions for new 'Brixtons' are being prepared".

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Warning: Capitalism’ a health hazard

TASC, an independent Irish think-tank, has produced a report that puts the reality of the detrimental impact of poverty, lack of education and class division on human health, in an Irish context. Eliminating Health Inequalities – A Matter of Life and Death, TASC 2011 points out, for example, that according to Census 2006, men living in the most affluent areas live 4.5 years longer than men living in the poorest areas.

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Socialist MEP calls for release of Brendan Lillis

Following approaches from friends and family of Mr Brendan Lillis, a prisoner in Maghaberry prison, who is close to death, Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, Paul Murphy, is appealing to Northern Ireland Justice Minister, Mr David Ford, to intervene with a view to allowing Mr Lillis to spend his last weeks at home on humanitarian grounds.

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