National News

Workers celebrate May Day across Britain

New Worker - May Day demonstration 2010

THOUSANDS of workers all around Britain last Saturday turned out on May Day parades to celebrate international Workers’ Day and to lobby against impending cuts in public sector jobs and services after the election. They were all marching for trade union rights, human rights and international solidarity across the world.

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BNP lies and desperation in Barking

by Daphne Liddle

THE FASCIST British National Party in the final days of its campaign to win a parliamentary seat in Barking and Dagenham resorted to trying to win Black votes by claiming to be a Christian party — while at the same time remarks made by BNP leaders, when they thought they were in private, show their racism is as deep, irrational and visceral as ever.

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Police arrest fascists

POLICE in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire last Saturday arrested 12 supporters of the English Defence League — an organisation of assorted fascists, ex-squaddies and football hooligans that promotes Islamophobia.

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Remember the dead, fight for the living

From New Worker correspondents

TRADE unions and trades councils throughout the country marked Workers’ Memorial Day on Wednesday 28th April to commemorate workers who have lost their lives through workplace accidents or occupational illnesses.

The slogan of this international event is: “Remember the dead and fight for the living”.

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Win for Guantanamo torture victims

SIX FORMER detainees at the infamous American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and other secret US camps last week won a case in the Court of Appeal to overturn a ruling that allowed the Government use of secret evidence to defend itself against a damages claim.

Bisher al-Rawi, Jamil el Banna, Richard Belmar, Omar Deghayes, Binyam Mohamed and Martin Mubanga had been told that parts of MI5 and MI6’s defence could be kept secret.

They are suing the British government for its failure to stop their detention by the United States government.

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Nuclear submarines at risk

A LEAKED memo from the Ministry of Defence last week revealed that two British nuclear submarines last week put to sea with a safety defect that put the vessels at potential risk from radioactive material. It suggested that both submarines were left without over-pressure protection on their steam generators after on-land maintenance work.

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Corus must come clean

THE COMMUNTY union (formerly the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation) last week called on Corus to admit that the Thai steelmaker SSI is interested in the mothballed Teesside Cast Products (TCP) plant.

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Defend disabled rail access

THE SCOTTISH government last week called on the Whitehall Department of Transport to suspend planned cuts to the funding of access to rail services by people with disabilities.

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International News

We don’t need your European Union!

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

THE POPULATION of the European Union is a hostage of the undemocratic supra-national, pseudo-federal, all-engulfing. non-elected umbrella state that has been imposed on them from above in a top-down holier-than-thou attitude, riding roughshod over the needs and aspirations of the citizens of the member states.

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US Afghan build-up grows

Radio Havana Cuba

IN A SHIFT of policy since President Barack Obama took office, the number of US forces in Afghanistan will outnumber those in Iraq at some point this month or early June, writes Michael E O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution.

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PFLP condemns Arab support for ‘negotiations’

PFLP

THE POPULAR Front for the Liberation of Palestine has strongly condemned the decision of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee to support so-called “negotiations” with the racist extremist Netanyahu regime, emphasising that this only gives cover to the Palestinian Authority, which pledged to the United States to return to these negotiations which are only damaging to Palestinian interests.

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An great year for Cuban-Russian friendship

Radio Havana Cuba

THE HAVANA International Book Fair, which took place in February, and the 30th Cuba International Tourism Fair, held this week at the Morro-Cabana Park Complex, are the best ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of relations between Cuba and Russia.

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Gaza workers struggle to survive under siege

by Sami el-Ajrami in Gaza

JAWDAT Abu Nahel, a 41-year-old Gazan, sat in a corner at the Unknown Soldier’s Park in downtown Gaza city, where he spends 16 hours a day selling tea and coffee, after losing his job in Israel four years ago.

Abu Nahel lives in the Shatti [Beach] refugee camp in the western part of the city, and has to provide for his family of seven children. He said he used to work in Israel in construction, with a monthly pay of 6,000 shekels (about £1,050). “But now I live on the edge of financial collapse.”

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The South Korean 1960 popular uprising

by Choe Kwang Ho

FIFTY YEARS have passed since the outbreak of the April Popular Uprising that added a brilliant chapter to the history of the struggle of the south Korean people for independence, democracy and reunification.

A popular uprising broke out to overthrow the “regime” of dictator Syngman Rhee in south Korea in April 1960. The desire of the south Korean people to build an independent, sovereign state in jubilation over the country’s liberation (15th August 1945) was totally brushed aside by the United States, which sought only the division of Korea. After occupying south Korea the US military conducted a treacherous rigged “single election” to set up the pro-US “government” of Syngman Rhee. The ten-odd-year fascist rule of Syngman Rhee, which outdid the absolutist system of the medieval ages, deprived the south Korean people of their basic democratic rights and forced slavery on them.

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Features

Africa still struggles against imperialism

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Editor, Pan-African News Wire

THE YEAR 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the Year of Africa, when 17 former colonial territories gained their national independence during 1960.

The liberation movements in Africa had gained momentum after World War II, when the European colonial powers were weakened by their mutual destruction from 1939 to 1945.

Colonialism was a vicious system of national oppression and exploitation with origins in the Atlantic Slave Trade starting in the 15th century. After four centuries of enslaving Africans in Western Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, North America and on the African continent itself, the imperialists solidified their colonial system with the 1884-1885 Berlin Conference.

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Cops, capitalism and the steep road ahead

by Rob Gowland

ON THE Australian “reality” TV show The Force the other night, New South Wales police descended on a house in the Sydney suburb of Auburn to execute a search warrant. The coppers were looking for evidence of car “rebirthing” (stealing cars and then combining elements from different stolen vehicles to hopefully make identification difficult — or at least confused — and thereby to make resale easier).

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