National News

Hundreds of thousands march against austerity

by New Worker correspondent

THE STREETS of London were turned into a vast slow moving sea of placards, banners and giant coloured balloons last Saturday as over 150,000 trade unionists descended on the capital to tell Prime Minister David Cameron they demand an end to the austerity policies that are devastating jobs, services, pensions and benefits.

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No return to Waltham for the EDL!

MEMBERS of the anti-racist group, We Are Waltham Forest, London, are calling for a ban on a planned march by the Islamophobic English Defence League due to take place this Saturday, 27th October.

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Pensioners to protest at fuel poverty

THE GREATER London Pensioners’ Association has organised a protest, “No More Deaths From Fuel Poverty”, to take place, beginning at noon, in Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre in east London outside the upper level entrance to Primark on Saturday 27th October.

According to the Fuel Poverty Action campaign, 65 people died in Britain every day from illnesses caused by cold homes. Campaigners say the latest gas and electricity price rises will be a nail in many coffins.

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Britain to double drones in Afghanistan

THE GOVERNMENT is to double the number of armed RAF “drone” flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan and for the first time the aircraft will be controlled from terminals and screens in Britain.

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Racism in football

THE CAMPAIGN, Show Racism the Red Card, (SRtRC) last week issued a statement on actions by a number of black footballers who last week refused to wear anti-racist T-shirts from the Kick It Out campaign.

One of them, Rio Ferdinand, faces discipline from his team manager, Alex Fergusson, for this refusal.

The players say they were protesting at the inadequacy of the Kick It Out campaign and that wearing the T-shirts was meaningless tokenism.

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Tasered blind man to sue police

COLIN Farmer, the blind man who was tasered by police last week when they mistook his white stick for a Samurai sword, is to sue Lancashire Police.

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No to Hate Crime!

by New Worker correspondent

A COUPLE of hundred people gathered last Saturday evening in Trafalgar Square, despite the rain and cold, to remember the victims of hate crime.

Many would have taken part in the massive TUC march through London earlier in the afternoon and stayed on to join the No to Hate Crime candlelight vigil in the evening.

The event was the fourth annual vigil organised by “17-24-30”, a registered charity formed to commemorate the victims of the neo-nazi London nail bomber, David Copeland.

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Not all skinheads are racists but...

Reviewed by Andy Brooks

White Power Music: Scenes of Extreme-Right Cultural Resistance: Edited by Anton Shekhovtsov and Paul Jackson, Searchlight & RNM Publications, 129pp, pbk London 2012, £8.50.

NOT ALL skinheads are racists. In the beginning they were just a working-class youth backlash against the sundry trends of “swinging London” when they first appeared on the football terraces in the late 1960s. The braces, boots and shaven heads were the antithesis of the middle strata fads that were promoted in the bourgeois media at the time and in those days skins extolled Jamaican reggae, “aggro” and football hooliganism with equal relish.

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London comrades on the march!

by New Worker correspondent

The NCP national banner was out on Saturday for the big TUC march through London and a rallying point for comrades and friends taking part in the big demonstration against austerity.

International News

Syria, terrorists and culpability

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

THE STORIES coming out of Syria about atrocities committed by western backed terrorist groups are shocking: a four-year old boy hanged, a little girl shot, amputation of limbs, torture, rape, invasion of property, arson, looting...the same crimes committed by western-backed terrorists in Libya. What about accountability?

It is illegal under international law to intervene in the internal affairs of sovereign states, meaning it is illegal to instigate wars, arm groups of terrorists and take hostile action against the government forces trying to restore law and order. It is clear that the West, and particularly the FUKUS Axis (France, UK, US) were actively involved in Libya, first by yet again inventing lies in false flag events, blaming the Libyan government for actions it did not commit, then arming anti-government terrorist and finally placing boots on the ground as special forces were sent into combat.

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Basque election result fuels independence vote calls

by Mark Moloney

THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE alliance Euskal Herria Bildu has made massive gains in the Basque regional elections held on Sunday, which have seen nationalists take two-thirds of the seats in the Basque Parliament.

In the first regional election since armed Basque separatist group ETA announced an end to its military campaign, the left wing pro-independence alliance Bildu’s vote surged from 9.7 per cent in 2009 to 25 per cent, taking 21 of the parliament’s 75 seats.

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Libyans condemn slaughter in Bani Walid

Mathaba

PROTESTS continue across the country as well as outside the Tripoli “General National Congress” in spite of the recent use of machine guns and anti-aircraft guns to disperse demonstrators incensed at the attacks on Bani Walid.

Tripoli, the capital of Libya, is the scene of mass protests against the indiscriminate bombing of Bani Walid, where up to 100 civilians have died and hundreds been wounded, many by illegal chemical weapons, according to accounts published this week.

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Features

Kenyans allowed to pursue torture case in British courts

by Abayomi Azikiwe

THREE survivors of colonial detention centres in Kenya during the 1950s have been granted the legal right to pursue their case for damages against the British government. Wambugu Wa Nyingi, 84, Paulo Muoka Nzili, 85, and Jane Muthoni Mara, 75, have made claims resulting from their arrest, confinement and torture when the imperialists attempted to crush a national rebellion to overthrow white settler rule.

Beginning in 1952, the Kenya Land and Freedom Army (KLFA), popularly known as the Mau Mau, set out to take back the land seized by British colonialists in the late 19th century. The assassination of white settlers and their collaborators brought about widespread repression inside the East African colony.

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Africa to fly into space

by Sergei Vasilenkov

THE LAUNCH of an artificial satellite to the orbit by the Soviet Union in October 1957 began the space race that has reached an unprecedented scale today.

Every more or less developed country wants to conquer space. African states are tired of being the outsiders and they have decided to create their own space agency.

The prestige and security of the state are the main purposes, for which the space powers have spared no funds. The African countries intend to create their own space agency in order to no longer depend on the leaders in space exploration. This problem was posed by the leaders of the African Union at their conference in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum in September.

“Africa simply has to have its own space agency,” said Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan, opening the two-day forum. The proposed African Space Agency, “AfriSpace” must develop a common space policy for the continent for many years to come he declared.

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