National News

Thousands demand apology for Turing

A STREET petition demanding a posthumous Government apology for Alan Turing, who played a vital role in breaking Nazi communication codes during the Second World War has won the support of thousands of signatories.

Writer Ian McEwan has backed the campaign, which also has the support of scientist Richard Dawkins

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Jobs cuts endanger safety on the rails

THE TRAIN drivers’ union Aslef has expressed concern over plans by Network Rail to make up to 1,800 staff redundant, amid fears that the cuts could endanger the travelling public.

The cuts are being made in response to demands by the Office of Rail Regulation that Network Rail reduce its costs by 21per cent over the next five years.

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Refugee children behind bars: a national scandal

THE GOVERNMENT last week came under attack from MPs of all parties after official figures revealed that hundreds of children, many of them deeply disturbed by their experiences, are being held for no good reason in immigration detention centres.

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Unions fight for public sector pensions

THE GMB general union last week attacked reported Government proposals to cut pensions in payment to workers who draw a pension from the local government pension scheme (LGPS).

“As local government workers’ pension savings are invested in UK businesses throughout the private sector,” the union argued, “there couldn’t be a worse time to talk of taking a hatchet to the LGPS.”

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Fujitsu disputes on all fronts

THE GIANT It company Fujitsu is facing the threat of industrial action from different sections of its large workforce in Britain, angry over pay, over swingeing job cuts and over plans to cut the company pension scheme.

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Steel workers defend their pension scheme

THE STEEL workers’ union Community last week condemned the closure of British Steel Pension Scheme and “will not rule out” industrial action.

The union slammed the decision by Corus to close the final salary British Steel Pension Scheme to new entrants and is considering industrial action as a response.

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Features and International News

Shoes a ‘suitable farewell’

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

THE IRAQI journalist who was jailed for three years for hurling his shoes as George W Bush is set for freedom next week. Muntadar al Zeidi’s act of defiance in front of the world media in Baghdad won him hero status in Iraq and right across the Arab world.

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It’s corporate power

by Rob Gowland

THE AMERICAN playwright Clifford Odets succinctly stated a profound idea when he wrote “You believe in theories when they happen to you.”

More and more people living in capitalist countries are beginning to believe in theories about the system they live under thanks to the global economic crisis, but also thanks to the arrogance and contempt shown by capitalist corporations towards ordinary people and their governments and laws.

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The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

by G A Zyuganov

Chair of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation

SEVENTY years have passed since the 23rd August 2009, the day when the Soviet Union concluded a non-aggression treaty with Germany known as “the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact”.

This agreement and accompanying documents are not only still controversial, but have become a pretext for violent attacks on Russia by all those who do not accept the results of the Second World War. Differing circles in European countries that actually fought on the Hitler’s side and participated in the aggression against the USSR, are trying to prove that the treaty was immoral and that it pushed Hitler into unleashing war. They need to do this to whitewash their own role in the preparation for war in 1939.

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S V Mikhalkov 1913-2009

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

THE PASSING of Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalko leaves Russia and world culture, poorer. Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov, author of the national anthems of the Soviet Union and of the Russian Federation, died on 27th August in a Moscow hospital aged 96. His lyrics inspired generations of Soviet and Russian citizens in achieving their goals. Set to the music written by Alexander Alexandrov (1883 - 1946), Mikhalkov’s lyrics were adopted in 1944 to inspire the Soviet soldiers in their final push for victory against fascism and oppression, freeing Europe and Africa from tyranny.

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World War II begins

by Eric Trevett

ON SUNDAY 3rd September 1939 families and neighbours throughout Britain were clustered around their radio sets waiting for Neville Chamberlain - the prime minister who had previously announced it was “peace in our time” - to state whether we would be at war with Germany.

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Oliver Cromwell 1599-1658

OLIVER CROMWELL, the leader of the English Revolution, died on 3rd September 1658. Cromwell, the MP for Huntingdon, was the leading Parliamentary commander during the English Civil War which began in 1642 and ended in 1649 with the trial and execution of Charles Stuart and the abolition of the monarchy. The Republic of England, or Commonwealth as it was styled in English, was proclaimed soon after.

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Huge celebrations to mark Libyan revolution

by Zhu Lei, Li Qi and Luo Guofang

ON 1st September 1969 Gaddafi and his Free Officers Movement, a group of revolutionary army officers formed in 1963, overthrew King Mohammed Idriss. And this week celebrations are sweeping through Libya in one of Africa’s biggest ever events to mark the 40th anniversary of the Libyan revolution, which brought leader Muammar Gaddafi into power.

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Stalin honoured at Moscow Metro

A ROW over Stalin has marred the opening of Moscow’s Kurskaya metro station last week. Architects restored an original inscription praising Soviet leader Joseph Stalin taken from the words of the Soviet national anthem. “Stalin raised us to be loyal to the people, inspired us to labour and deeds,” the inscription in the hall of the metro station once again says.

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Cuba: Socialism is viable

CUBAN Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, who is currently visiting China said that despite the continued aggressiveness of US policies, socialism in Cuba is viable.

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