National News

Leicester City council seeks EDL ban

LEICESTER police and the city council are investigating measures they can take to ban the extreme right-wing Islamophobic organisation, the English Defence League, from staging a march through the town.

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Cuts ‘eye-wateringly unfair’ on the poor

THE TUC last weekend, on the eve of its annual conference, published a detailed analysis of the impact of the proposed Government spending cuts and it shows clearly that the poorest 10 per cent in Britain today will be hit 13 times harder than the wealthiest 10 per cent.

The research, Where The Money Goes, shows that the bottom 10 per cent of the population will suffer reductions in services equivalent to 20 per cent of their household income, while the richest 10 per cent will lose the equivalent of just 1.5 per cent from cuts that the Government plans to implement by 2013.

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‘You’re going to need us!’

POLICE superintendents last week responded to the news that around 40,000 police jobs are likely to be lost if planned budget cuts go ahead by warning the Government that it will need police at full strength to cope with “a possible rise in social and industrial tension”.

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BBC strikes dates may silence Cameron

UNIONS representing BBC staff — Bectu, the NUJ and Unite — last week announced strike dates in their dispute over planned pension cuts that may coincide with the Conservative Party conference and prevent the BBC from covering this event.

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Health specialists cut ‘short-sighted’

THE DEPARTMENT of Health last week announced that it is axing the jobs of more than 100 specialists in tackling problems like obesity, alcohol abuse and smoking.

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Labour candidates woo unions

THE FIVE candidates for the Labour leadership have been desperately trying to convince the unions at the TUC conference that they do not share Tony Blair’s contempt and abhorrence of the trade union movement, while they all addressed the conference in Manchester.

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International News

Thousands show solidarity with New York’s Muslims

by John Catalinotto in New York

Workers World (US)

IN A CITY that is home to more nationalities than any other in the world, all seemed represented in the crowd of thousands who came to demonstrate in the City Hall area on 11th September. They were there to express solidarity with the Muslim community in the struggle over the building of an Islamic Community Centre near the World Trade Centre site.

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South African strike suspended

Workers World (US)

by Abayomi Azikiwe Editor Pan-African News Wire LEADERS of the unions involved in the public sector strike in South Africa suspended their industrial action last week in order to discuss the government’s latest offer. An estimated 1.3 million workers have been on strike since 18th August demanding a 8.6 per cent pay increase and a 1,000 rand (£89) monthly housing allowance. The strike has crippled the educational and healthcare sectors.

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French unions call for more action

FRENCH unions have called for a second wave of strikes on 23rd September to oppose the new minimum retirement age just one day after mass protests brought more than a million people onto the streets.

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Afghanistan: dressed to kill

Radio Havana Cuba

A GROUP of US soldiers between 19- and 25-years-old have been arrested in Afghanistan, accused of organising massacres of civilians just for fun, and then cutting off their fingers to take the little “war trophies” back home.

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Futurism: 100 years of inspiration

by Wu Ziru

FUTURISM was initiated over a century ago by writers and poets in the Italian city of Alessandria, and has continuously expanded its influence and is practiced all over the world in every aspect of people’s lives. A large-scale exhibition currently underway in Beijing is helping local audiences understand the genre more comprehensively.

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Argentinean photographer honours Vietnamese fighters

VNS

ARGENTINE photographer Jorge Monaco, on his second visit to Vietnam, sought to launch a project with Vietnamese veterans — something that has haunted him for years.

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Features

The Mozambique unrest and the growing world food crisis

by Abayomi Azikiwe Editor, Pan-African News Wire

SEVEN people were killed and 280 suffered injuries in the Southern African nation of Mozambique in early September, when crowds rebelled after a 30 per cent increase in food prices. The unrest in Mozambique has prompted concerns that other African states as well as countries internationally will face similar problems related to escalating food prices.

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One united family against terrorism and for justice

by Arnold August

A CANADIAN Cuba solidarity group based in Quebec — the Comite Fabio Di Celmo pour les Cinq de la Table de Concertation de Solidarité Québec-Cuba — has been organising picket lines in front of the US Consulate in downtown Montreal on the first Thursday of every month for more than three years. At times this action has been accompanied by the handing in of petitions to the Consular officials to be sent on to the US Ambassador in Ottawa.

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Peru’s servile diplomacy

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

THERE’S carrot-and-stick diplomacy, there’s diplomatic terrorism and there’s bend-over diplomacy, the latter’s prima donna being Peru’s President Alan Garcia, who a year from leaving office, has told Washington it can station troops on his country’s territory if the USA so wishes. Talk about being subservient...

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