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New website maps strikes in China

The following article appeared in Solidarity on 6 April 2011. Manfred Elfstrom, a PhD student at Cornell University in the United States, has produced an extraordinary resource for the trade union movement. It’s a website…


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How Twitter is like a horse

This article appeared in Solidarity. Later this month I’ve been invited to debate some of the leading online campaigners in Britain on the role of new media in the revolutions taking place in Middle East….


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Egypt: What trade unions must do now

This article appeared in Solidarity. What happened in Egypt over the last few weeks has a clear historic parallel in the events of August 1980 in Poland. In both cases, weakened authoritarian regimes crumbled as…


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Trade unionists on the net

This article appeared in both the print and online editions of Solidarity. LabourStart has just completed the first ever large-scale, global survey of trade union use of the net. More than 1,300 union members participated…


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Activist websites under threat

A major study released last month has confirmed that websites belonging to independent media and human rights organisations around the globe are increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attack. The report issued by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for…




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Menshevism in Iraq

Having now completed reading the third in Sean Matgamna’s series on Iraq, I want to return to a point he makes several times in the first of the series, the one published in early December…


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The TUC’s new website

The TUC has launched a new website and, to come right to the point, it’s a huge improvement over the previous one. And it’s about time.