National News

Cautious welcome for blacklist ban

CONSTRUCTION union Ucatt has welcomed the Government’s intention to outlaw blacklisting but are disappointed that the process will be delayed due to a fresh consultation on the issue and the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) is calling for compensation for blacklist victims.

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Manchester jail protest

SUPPORTERS of 12 Asian students arrested last month in highly publicised anti-terror raids last week held a protest demonstration outside the jail in Manchester where they are still being held, even though all charges have been dropped.

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RMT supports Arab rail workers

THE RMT transport union last Monday held a protest outside the Israeli embassy in London after 40 Israeli-Arab rail workers were sacked because they are Arab.

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Trade unions fighting BNP

MEMBERS of the RMT rail union clashed last Saturday with BNP members in Carlisle as they were out campaigning for the RMT-backed No2EU-Yes to Democracy left-wing coalition, which is contesting seats across Britain in next months Euro elections.

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Shocking spending on management consultants

THE ROYAL College of Nursing last week at its annual conference in Harrogate described the amount of money the NHS in England spends on management consultants as "utterly shocking". The NHS spent £350 million on external management consultants in the last financial year.

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Unison attacks education cuts

THE PUBLIC sector union Unison last week condemned £520 million funding cuts in Higher Education, Further Education and skills sectors, revealed in a letter to the Learning and Skills Council and Higher Education funding Council for England from John Denham, Minister for Skills and Learning.

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Police fail disabled victims

THE CROWN Prosecution Service and the police last week were forced to issue an apology for failing to take seriously crimes against disabled people.

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Too hot to work

AS FORECASTERS predict a warm, dry summer, the TUC has called for an upper limit on workplace temperature.

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Victory Day in London

SEVERAL hundred people gathered at the Soviet war memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park in south London to mark the anniversary of the Red Army's Victory Day on 9th May 1945.

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Features and International News

Nepal rightists threaten coup

by David Hoskins

NEPAL'S Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, announced his resignation from his post as head of the Maoist-led coalition government on 4th May, just over a year after his Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) came first in the country's Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.

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Introducing original eastern music to the world

by Liu Xin and You Zhixin

AFTER performing music festivals around the world, Sa Dingding is in the process of recording her second album at her studio in Beijing. The new album is scheduled for worldwide release this summer.

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The icon of the Russian air force

THE HISTORY of Russia's renowned Tu-95 strategic bomber began at the end of the 1940s, when Soviet aerospace engineer Andrei Tupolev and his team were asked to design a bomber that could be capable of flying from the USSR to the United States and back.

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The ALBA Bank: development of nations

WITH THE RISE of the ALBA bank, the member states of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas [ALBA] integration programme have achieved financial and economic independence from institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank which impose neo-liberal solutions that lead countries into serious debt.

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Huge communist turn out for Victory Day in Moscow

THOUSANDS upon thousands of people took part in a massive demonstration and rally in honour of the 64th anniversary of the Victory Day in Moscow last Saturday. The May Day march was big but it was nothing compared to 9th May. Young people and veterans marching under the slogans: "Together will we win!" and "The victory will be ours!" paraded through the Russian capital to celebrate Victory Day, a sacred holiday for the majority of our citizens.

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Iceland to ask parliament to decide on EU

ICELAND'S coalition government will ask parliament to decide whether the country should start membership talks with the European Union (EU).

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Special Branch failed to warn death-threat targets

by Laura Friel

THERE was "systematic failure" by Special Branch to warn people in the past that their lives were in danger, a member of the Stevens Inquiry team has testified.

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