National News

Message of peace

by New Worker correspondent

ON THE evening of the summer solstice, last Thursday, close to the Greenwich Time Meridian and next to the Cutty Sark an amazing troupe of Japanese young men and women drummers and dancers performed to bring a message of peace to this part of the world.

They were from the Japanese Peace Boat, a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organisation that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

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PFI bankrupts NHS trust

by Caroline Colebrook

THE SOUTH London Healthcare Trust last week was put into special administrative measures as its finances plunged deeper and deeper into debt without a hope of ever balancing the books without a very big change.

The trust comprises three hospitals: the Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich, the Queen Mary in Sidcup and the Princess Royal in Orpington. The Queen Elizabeth and the Princess Royal had been substantially rebuilt using the notorious Private Finance Initiative scheme which places such a heavy burden of repayment on the trust that it could not hope to stay afloat without help.

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Out against austerity

by Anton Johnson

OFTEN the charge is levelled that with equality having been won under the last Labour Government, coupled with the so called “Pink” pound, that many in the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite and Queer) communities have become detached from the class struggle.

Well the austerity policies of the Tory Government, with its swingeing cuts on jobs and benefits, is changing that with LGBTQ community activists coming together in bodies such as Queer Resistance and Queers Against the Cuts bringing with them that talent for grass-roots activism that we saw in our communities in the 1970s, late 1980s and 1990s when LGBTQ were under attack.

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Doctors’ strike effective

MORE than 1,000 operations and 7,000 doctors’ appointments had to be cancelled and rescheduled in the north of England after last Thursday’s strike.

The British Medical Association’s industrial action on Thursday meant many doctors across the country only saw patients with urgent and emergency appointments in a row over pensions.

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London bus strike solid

BRITAIN’S largest union, Unite, warned of further strike action as bus workers in over 70 garages across the capital went on strike last Friday 22nd June over a refusal by bus operators and Transport for London (TfL) to award an Olympic payment.

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Revenue workers strike against cuts

MORE THAN 55,000 revenue staff took strike on Monday 25th June over massive cuts that will seriously undermine any efforts to clamp down on the kind of tax avoidance schemes used by comedian Jimmy Carr.

The industrial action in all HM Revenue and Customs offices in Britain is over the government’s plan to axe a further 10,000 HMRC jobs, on top of 30,000 that have gone since the department was formed in 2005.

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Bromley council re-invents the truck system

THE LONDON Borough of Bromley is planning to rip-up national pay agreements and introduce vouchers to reward so-called “good performers”.

Unite, the largest union in the country, said that plans by the Tory-controlled south east London council was “the thin end of the wedge” and could have huge implications nationally for local government pay.

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Giant steps for Juché Korea

by New Worker correspondent

MILLIONS of Koreans took part in a week of celebrations in April to celebrate the centenary of the birth of great leader Kim Il Sung.

They were joined by hundreds of communists, academics and progressives from all over the world who had come to Pyongyang to take part in the World Congress of the Juché Idea, the ideology of independence, anti-imperialism and socialism developed by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, which is the guiding light of the Korean communist movement.

Two of them, New Communist Party leader Andy Brooks and Dermot Hudson from the Juché Idea Study Group, recalled what they saw at a Korean friendship meeting last Saturday in London’s historic Marx House.

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Defending Democratic Korea

by New Worker correspondent

FRIENDS of the Korean people marked the 62nd anniversary of the start of the US-led imperialist attack on Democratic Korea with a picket outside the American embassy in London on Monday.

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Supporting Bradley Manning

by New Worker correspondent

DEMONSTRATORS gathered outside the US embassy in London on Monday for a protest picket in support of Bradley Manning, the American veteran of the Iraq war accused of leaking secrets to WikiLeaks.

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International News

Growing rejection of Paraguay coup

by Luis Chirino

REGIONAL and international rejection of the recent coup that ousted constitutional Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo continues to grow.

The president of the Latin American Parliament Elias Castillo compared the ousting Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo to the coup staged in 2009 against Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya.

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The Dalai Lama and the CIA

Xinhua news agency

DESPITE his frequent claims of peace, the Dalai Lama knew much more about the Central Intelligence Agency’s support of Tibetan secessionists in the 1950s and 1960s than he admitted, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported recently.

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Egypt: what next after the poll?

by Anton Kulikov

MOHAMMED Mursi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has won the Egyptian presidential elections, securing over 51 per cent of the vote, in a close-run race, to beat former Egyptian premier Ahmed Shafiq, who garnered 48 per cent.

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New Nepali Maoist party returns to people’s struggle

by Theo Russell

A NEW Maoist party emerged last week in Nepal which has adopted the name of the party that led the people’s war from 1996 to 2006. The split comes after months of tension and protests within the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPNM), led by Prachanda and current premier Baburam Bhattarai, following the 2006 peace agreement.

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Spotlight on the US State Department

by Neil Harris

THE UNITED States State Department and its subsidiary USAID, has a long record of destabilising governments America doesn’t like, with a range of techniques for stealing elections and fermenting demonstrations. Its successes range from toppling Milosevic in the former Yugoslavia through the various “colour” revolutions in the republics of the former Soviet Union.

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Cuba’s Teofilo Stevenson A true champion

by Larry Hales

SOCIETY, not just US but global society, or more correctly, bourgeois culture celebrates “success”. Celebrities or cultural icons are more often actors or athletes, highly paid darlings of mainstream media who are held up for workers and oppressed people to aspire to, but only a minute number of people will ever realistically reach that goal.

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