National News

Con-Dem cuts lead to 70 per cent rise in evictions

THE HOUSING charity Crisis last week reported a 70 per cent rise in people in England being evicted from privately rented homes over the last three years.

Crisis' analysis of Ministry of Justice Statistics revealed that 36,211 private landlords have been granted a court order to evict tenants in the last year.

This figure was up 12 per cent on the previous 12 months and is 70 per cent higher than the 21,351 court orders granted three years ago.

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Tories attack ‘idle’ workers

A GROUP OF backbench Tory MPs has described British workers as “among the worst idlers in the world” on the basis of recent statistics that include the hours of the growing millions of part-time workers, many of whom would prefer full-time jobs but cannot get them.

The group, called itself Britannia Unchained, comprises: Elizabeth Truss, Dominic Raab, Priti Patel, Chris Skidmore and Kwasi Kwarteng, were all elected to Parliament in 2010 and are ambitious to rise within the party. They say: “Too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work."

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Manchester marks Peterloo massacre

CAMPAIGNERS in Manchester last Thursday marked the anniversary of the Peterloo massacre on 16th August 1819, in which 15 people were killed and 700 injured when mounted militia attacked a rally of people calling for parliamentary reform.

The rally was held at St Peter’s Fields and the attack became known as the Peterloo Massacre.

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Councils told to sell their best housing

THE THINK tank Policy Exchange last week proposed to councils that they should sell off their most valuable council houses to raise funds to build in cheaper locations.

The National Housing Federation warned it may lead to a form of social cleansing.

The National Housing Federation, which represents housing associations, says many towns would be "cleansed" of "hardworking people who can't afford to pay high prices".

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Anti-fascist success in Chelmsford

From Michael Fletcher

AROUND 300 anti-fascists assembled in Chelmsford last Saturday, 18th August, to protest at a planned march by the Islamophobic English Defence League against the proposed building of a mosque in the area.

Only 150 of the EDL supporters turned up but their behaviour was loud and aggressive.

The counter demonstration was organised by Chelmsford Trades Council and all trade unions were represented along with Quakers, Labour, Liberal and Conservative supporters.

Unite Against Fascism was there and the Traveller Solidarity Network.

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Stop the Wikileaks witch-hunt now!

JULIAN Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, last week called on the Unites States to end its "witch-hunt" against Wikileaks, in his first public statement since entering Ecuador's London embassy.

He also called for the release of Bradley Manning, who is awaiting trial in the US accused of leaking classified documents to the Wikileaks site.

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NHS trusts urged to expand abroad

THE CON-DEM Coalition is urging NHS trusts to expand abroad by opening branches of some of Britain’s best known hospitals in different countries in order to generate money for their NHS work in Britain.

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More private police as G4S recruits ‘investigators’

THE GIANT union Unite, which represents police staff has demanded that Home Secretary Theresa May steps in to halt police privatisation as the disgraced security company G4S advertises for civilian investigators to work for Warwickshire police.

A report in the Guardian newspaper has uncovered that adverts for “civilian investigators” to work for Warwickshire police have appeared on the G4S Policing Solutions website.

Unite, whose police force members fiercely oppose police privatisation, have been warning that core policing functions, including 999 call handling, prisoner transfer and forensics could be put into the hands of profits-first companies.

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International News

US exercises threaten Korean stability

by Zhao Bochao

THE UNITED States and south Korea on Monday began their annual joint military exercises under the code name "Ulchi Freedom Guardian,". The exercises, which are set to last until 31st August will mobilise as many as 56,000 south Korean and 30,000 American soldiers.

The joint drills are detrimental to the regional peace and stability, and may further complicate the deteriorating situation on the Korean peninsula. The calculation of the United States and south Korea is apparently to keep strategic pressure on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which has shown a defiant attitude toward them and has refused to abandon its nuclear programmes.

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Political deadlock in Nepal

by Sweta Baniya in Kathmandu

POLITICAL deadlock continues following the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly (CA) which was committed to draw up a "democratic constitution" that would have ensured the rights of Nepalese people.

With no positive political outcome following the CA's demise, the blame game begins again between Nepal’s three major political parties, namely the Nepali Congress (NC), the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (UCPN-M) who all blame each other for the collapse of the CA.

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Afghans rocket US Chief of Staff’s plane

by Ed Newman

AN INSURGENT rocket attack on an American air base in Afghanistan has damaged the plane of the top military officer of the United States while he was on a visit there. General Martin Dempsey, chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was not near the plane at the time, but two US maintenance crew were wounded.

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South American states back Ecuador on Assange

by Leandro

MEMBERS of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) have voiced their support for Ecuador in its standoff with Britain over Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

During a meeting in Ecuador's biggest city, Guayaquil, on Sunday UNASUR foreign ministers supported Quito's decision to grant asylum to the 41-year-old Australian activist.

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Cuba’s Olympic success in London 2012

by Fausto Triana

“CHAMPIONS always return,” a Brazilian colleague commented admiringly in reference to Cuba’s performance at the 30th Olympic Games: once again, the island nation was the leader of Latin American and the Caribbean.

Cuba finished in 16th place by country among 204 delegations, ahead of Jamaica — despite Usain Bolt and the country’s other gold-medal runners of both sexes — and Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, to name but a few.

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US planned genocide in Korea

by Neil Harris

THE KOREAN War was at its fiercest in 1951, following the “third phase offensive”, which began on New Year’s Eve 1950. The Korean People’s Army, aided by Chinese volunteers, had driven the Americans back across the 38th parallel, although the war was not to reach stalemate for another two years.

The Americans were panicking and as General MacArthur admitted in his memoirs, planned to use nuclear weapons in the hope that the radioactive fallout would hinder the North Korean war effort.

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Features

American elections: Romney picks Ryan, Wall Street wants class war

by Deirdre Griswold

THE REPUBLICAN Party has selected its team to challenge Barack Obama in the race for the White House in November. And Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate leaves no doubt where Wall Street stands. Literally. The Wall Street Journal endorsed Ryan editorially on 9th August. Two days later, Romney made his announcement.

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Ireland: a brush with history

An Phoblacht

A MURAL TRIBUTE to the H-Blocks Hunger Strikers now greets visitors to Dublin on the main road to Dublin Airport and the North.

At the junction of Dorset Street and Gardiner Street sits The Auld Triangle pub and its 18-foot-side wall is now an arresting tribute to the 1981 Hunger Strike.

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Really strange things are happening...

Radio Havana Cuba

SOMETHING really strange is happening. Worldwide, governments and large banks are acting as if they anticipate an imminent financial collapse.

It was revealed last week that the US government has secretly been training five banks in the last two years to delay the collapse. This wouldn’t be so important by itself, but when you add that fact to other tracks, a gloomy picture begins to emerge. In the last 12 months for instance, hundreds of bankers have given up, corporate agents have been selling shares, and a significant number of bankers on Wall Street have bought "preppers properties" this summer.

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