National News

Steel workers fight for Corus

UNIONS at the Corus steelworks, owned by Tata, on Teesside, last week reacted to the company starting the process of mothballing the site by vowing to fight back in a way that will cause maximum damage to the company and minimum damage to the workforce.

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London hospitals face new savage cuts

A NEW WAVE of cuts and reorganisation is being prepared for London’s NHS hospitals that threatens around a third of the capital’s 16,000 hospital beds, several whole hospitals, many front-line services and the jobs of thousands of NHS workers.

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Dinosaur versus dragon

VETERAN Tory peer Lord Norman Tebbit, once known as Mrs Thatcher’s Rottweiler, apologised after he “shoved” a child dressed as a dragon during celebrations to mark the Chinese New Year on Sunday 14th February.

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Welsh care workers protest

OVER 200 care workers took part in a protest march in South Wales last Saturday over a local authority’s plans to close seven residential care homes and replace them with three new buildings.

Members and supporters of the public sector union Unison marched on the Port Talbot Civic centre.

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Support Airplot! Stop Heathrow expansion

IN 2009, activists against the third runway bought a piece of land slap bang in the middle of the proposed third runway site at Heathrow.

Now there is a campaign to get 100,000 people to sign up as beneficial owners of “Airplot” — the piece of land owned by those opposed to Heathrow expansion. You can become a beneficial owner for FREE, so sign up today (details on the Labour Representation Committee website).

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London Irish Unity conference success

by Theo Russell

OVER 500 people attended a highly successful conference on Irish Unity at the TUC’s Congress House last Saturday, organised by Sinn Féin and attended by representatives from Ireland, the Irish community in Britain, trade unionists and political activists.

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Further MI5 torture investigations

THE METROPOLITAN Police last week began investigating claims that MI5 agents were complicit in the torture of British resident Shaker Amer, who is still being held in the United States concentration camp at Guantanamo.

Investigating officers have applied to the high court for the release of classified government documents relating to the case.

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BNP supporters abuse former Liverpool Mayor

MEMBERS of the fascist British National Party have been accused of using a megaphone to hurl abuse after they gathered outside the home of a former Labour Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Steve Rotheram.

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Yarl’s Wood detention centre still hell for children

DETAINING children at Yarl’s Wood immigration centre is still “distressing and harmful”, according to a damning report from the Children’s Commissioner for England published on 17th February.

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Chinese New Year in London!

by a New Worker correspondent

Londoners watch lion dancing during the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Trafalgar Square last weekend. Thousands of people took part in the Grand Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations held in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Chinatown in London to mark the Year of the Tiger, which began on 14th February.

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International News

Total support for Argentina’s claim for Malvinas islands

Radio Havana Cuba

LATIN AMERICAN and Caribbean countries gathered at the Summit of Unity in Quintana Roo, Mexico have expressed their total and wholehearted support for the legitimate claim of Argentina to full sovereignty over the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands, as well as other islands of the South Atlantic — which are the objects of the economic and geopolitical appetite of the British Empire.

Way back in 1833 British troops forcibly occupied the Malvinas, expelling Argentinean authorities and citizens. Since then, the occupation of the islands has witnessed several verbal, diplomatic and armed confrontations, such as the war in 1982 when Buenos Aires tried to recover the sovereignty of the islands.

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Western Sahara: an unresolved conflict

Radio Havana Cuba

THERE are still colonised territories in the world in the 21st century. The Western Sahara, with its rich reserves of phosphate, oil and gas, is one of them. For almost 20 years the Saharawi people have waited for a referendum on the future of its territory, invaded by Morocco in 1975, after the withdrawal of Spain, which colonised these lands in 1884.

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Turks arrest top military brass

Xinhua news agency

TURKISH police on Monday detained 48 top military officers, including former navy and air commanders, for alleged links to a coup plot to topple the ruling government.

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US prison labour: a return to slavery?

by Ray Jones

THE UNITED States holds 2.3 million people in Federal and local prisons — many of them black or Hispanic. This is half a million more than People’s China even though China’s population is five times the size of that of the United States.

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Chinese goods still get to Gaza

by Ahmed Aldabba in Gaza

DESPITE the closure of Gaza travel and commercial crossings, Palestinian merchant Abu Hussam Huwaity, can still get shipments of high quality made-in-China goods and sell them for good prices in Gaza.

“China is a blessing from God,” said Abu Hussam, who was one of the first Gazans to travel to China for business when it began to open up its economy to Palestinians in the early 1990s. “We no longer need the Israelis or the Europeans, China is enough.”

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China: leading the way with renewables

by Rob Gowland

IF YOU believed the media hype coming out of the Copenhagen climate conference, China and India were the villains, refusing to curb their apparently insatiable demands for economic growth despite the rational arguments of the developed nations of Western Europe and North America.

After all, why should the major capitalist corporations curb their emissions if the Third World countries aren’t going to cut theirs? It just wouldn’t be fair, would it?

In fact it would be about as unfair as the capitalist world making itself rich through unimpeded exploitation of colonial countries, often at the point of a gun, for a couple of centuries or more, using their colonies’ resources to build up capitalism’s industrial might and wealth, while polluting the atmosphere of the whole globe. Now they say those former colonial states aren’t allowed to catch up because it will harm the environment (as if big corporations care a toss about the environment).

No wonder the Third World is unimpressed, with either the capitalists’ arguments or their sincerity.

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The Global Crisis has not gone away

Radio Havana Cuba

WHILE world economic wizards of multilateral credit organisations and other specialised financial institutions try to convince us that the worst part of the current capitalist economic crisis has already gone, the reality is both opposite to and quite different from their announcements.

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