National News

Afghan War: 10 years too long by Caroline Colebrook

THOUSANDS of peace campaigners filled Trafalgar Square last Saturday for a rally organised by Stop the War, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain to commemorate the tenth anniversary if the war against Afghanistan.

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Approval for nuclear power programme

THE DISASTER at the Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan is no reason to halt Britain’s planned programme of construction of a new generation of nuclear power stations, according to Dr Mike Weightman, Britain’s chief nuclear inspector.

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Murdoch link to BBC cuts

THE CUTBACKS at the BBC announced last week were blamed indirectly on the lobbying of the Murdoch empire over the years, according to the giant union, Unite.

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Degrees of Scottish independence

by our Scottish political correspondent

NEW POWERS for the Scottish Parliament: Power to the Working People? was the title of the Scottish Morning Star Conference held at the Glasgow Headquarters of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).

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Sparks dispute stakes out Tate Modern

CONSTRUCTION workers campaigning against plans by a group of employers to cut wages by up to 30 per cent and tear up agreements on terms and conditions last Wednesday very early in the morning staged the latest in a long series of demonstrations outside London’s Tate Modern art gallery.

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BNP accused of fraud

THE BBC’s Panorama programme last Monday made a series of serious allegations about fraud and financial mismanagement within the British National Party.

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Unicef slams jailing of children

UNICEF last week delivered a stinging criticism of the British judicial system for the widespread jailing of children allegedly involved in the August riots and warned the Government that this is likely to be in breach of its United Nations obligations to children’s rights.

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Biggest ballot in history

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, last Monday announced the start of the biggest ballot in British history, in a trade dispute over government ministers’ plans to make detrimental changes to local government and NHS pensions.

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Block the Bridge! Block the Bill!

by New Worker correspondent

THOUSANDS of protesters, many of them doctors and other health service professionals, blocked Westminster Bridge last Sunday in protest at the Cameron government’s onslaught against the NHS. Many fear that the bill will lead to the wholesale privatisation of the health service and the end of the principle of comprehensive healthcare provided equally to all.

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EDL defied in Downing Street

by New Worker correspondent

THE ISLAMOPHOBIC English Defence League last Saturday organised its women’s section, known as its “Angels” to present a petition to Downing Street calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to retract the remark he made when he described the EDL as “the sickest of all”.

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Korean communists’ fighting history

by New Worker correspondent

NEW COMMUNIST Party comrades joined other communists at seminar last week at the John Buckle Centre in south London to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK).

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International News

Greece: the dead end crisis

Radio Havana Cuba

ONCE AGAIN, the Greek authorities are terrorising their European colleagues with the spectre of default, despite the two multibillion-dollar rescue programmes that were adopted to prevent the crisis from spreading throughout the Eurozone.

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Arbitrary US decision threatens the life of one of the Cuban Five

Radio Havana Cuba

ONE OF the Cuban Five anti-terrorist fighters incarcerated in the United States, René Gonzalez, was released last week after having served 13 years of unjust imprisonment in the United States. But according to the court’s decision, René will have to meet now an additional penalty of three years of supervised release in Miami ? the same city where the biased and politicised trial condemned him and his four comrades to long and excessive sentences.

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Palestinian prisoners to be freed for captive Israeli soldier

by Saud Abu Ramadan and Emad Drimly in Gaza

OVER 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israel will be freed in exchange for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been a Hamas captive in the Gaza Strip since 25th June 2006.

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Chinese civilians given chance to reach for the stars

OFFICIALS in charge of astronaut recruitment say civilians could soon get the chance to compete for a place on a spacecraft.

Bai Yanqiang, deputy chief of the programme’s astronaut system, said the astronaut team now has 20 members, but that number will be expanded to 30 once a space station is in place in about 2020.

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Features

Australia: when the party is strong and active

by Peter Symon

The following piece was written by former Communist Party of Australia general secretary Peter Symon, for the 75th anniversary of the CPA and first published in October 1995.

THE FORMATION of the Communist Party of Australia on 30th October 1920 was not a chance event. There was a long journey of struggle by the working people leading up to its founding.

The Eureka Stockade in 1854 laid an important foundation stone of Australian democracy. There were the early trade union struggles which brought about the eight-hour working day.

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Occupy Wall Street leaps to a new level

by Tony Murphy

THE POLICE have once again proved to their bosses at JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs that they can be relied upon to bust heads to protect Wall Street.

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