Editorial: take heart and resist

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Ken Livingstone: a sad farewell

Many around the world are celebrating the vote for abortion rights in Ireland. It has been a long time coming. The result is as exciting as the movement that has been built on and leapt forward during this whole process.

It raises question for women around the world. On top of the #metoo movement, this is a huge achievement and it happened in a one time bastion of reactionary control over women’s lives.

Many more will be questioning what is the situation for women in their own country. Our series on China continues with this question.

Another shockwave that was felt globally was the mass murder of unarmed protesters in Gaza. We interview Palestinian writer and activist Ghada Karmi about the situation there.

The resignation of Ken Livingstone was a sad result of backpeddling over the attacks on Corbyn. It has not ceased them. Jonathan Arkush, who is standing down as president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews has now said, “Delegitimising the state of Israel is antisemitic,” and attacked Corbyn for being “chairman of Stop the War”, saying that his views could drive Jewish people to leave Britain. Labour’s retreats didn’t help them make a breakthrough in the local elections.

Over half a million people have signed a petition to free Tommy Robinson from jail. The far-right FLA were outnumbered in Manchester. The better funded and more organised DFLA are to be challenged in Manchester as we go to press. We take inspiration from Germany.

A year on from the fire at Grenfell Tower, people are still fighting for justice. Let’s honour them by fighting to get rid of the Tories. Theresa May is weakened by her alliance with the DUP bigots and the huge vote shows just how out of touch she is.

Her other right wing friend, Donald Trump comes to Britain next month. We look forward to the demonstration but remember that the massive anti war marches took systematic organisation.