National News

Thousands protest at Israeli brutal onslaught

by New Worker correspondent

THOUSANDS of protesters turned out in major towns and cities throughout Britain on last week to protest at Israel’s latest brutal onslaught against the people of Gaza.

In London protesters assembled near the Israeli Embassy in South Kensington in a demonstration organised by the Stop the War Coalition.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

The menace of secret courts

A REVOLT by Liberal Democrat peers is threatening serious delays to the Justice and Security Bill through Parliament — a bill that threatens to expand the use of secret courts where evidence that the Government does not want made public is heard behind closed doors.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Children detained in police cells

POLICE in England and Wales are detaining children with mental health problems in police cells, some overnight, because they have no other safe place to put them, according to a report issued last week.

There were 347 such detentions last year of children as young as 11, according to police responses to a survey and some were held for more than 24 hours.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

New Cameron attack on planning regulations

PRIME Minister David Cameron last Monday told the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) that he was going to make it much harder for objectors to challenge planning proposals through judicial reviews.]

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Bruce Kent meeting

by Eric Trevett

REIGATE CND and the Stop the War Coalition last week combined to promote a public meeting in Reigate at which the veteran peace campaigner, Bruce Kent, called for the campaign to cancel the Trident nuclear weapons system to be raised.

Bruce Kent was confident that the campaign against Trident was winnable. He also made the point that the referendum for independence for Scotland included the demand to cancel Trident there.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Welsh protest at Israeli aggression

by Ray Davies

CARDIFF Stop the War, supported by CND Cymru, held a vigil in Cardiff city centre on Saturday calling for an end to the killing and maiming of innocent civilians in Gaza.

There we heard that the children’s hospital in Gaza, built with the help of funds collected by Côr Cochion Caerdydd, is running out of plasma, medicine and dressings for the constant stream of wounded being brought in after the Israeli military raids.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

A Russian theme on the Southbank

by New Worker correspondent

THE SACRIFICE of millions of Soviet citizens during the Second World War is traditionally commemorated at the Soviet War Memorial in Lambeth on Remembrance Sunday.

But this year there was a more unusual tribute to their struggle at a major art gallery on London’s Southbank.

Appropriately called “A Russian Theme”, this exhibition consisted of a series of impressions of the heroic cities of Leningrad, Moscow and Stalingrad, whose resistance broke the back of the Wehrmacht.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Fascism and the State

Reviewed by Andy Brooks

The Ruling Class, Fascism and the State: Neil Harris, New Worker pamphlet.

READERS may think they know all they need to know about Hitler and his legions.

But much of this “knowledge” is simply based on war-time propaganda and post-war bourgeois assumptions about the roots and rise of fascism.

An endless stream of warfilms and documentaries along with the emphasis on the 20th century in the school syllabus only spreads the confusion further or as Neil Harris says: “It is nearly a century since fascism first appeared in Italy, and yet it is as misunderstood now as it was then. That the story of Hitler and the Nazis’ rise to power are such a major part of the history taught in our schools makes this a concern, because the confusion is no accident.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in history or involved in the anti-fascist struggle. Neil Harris’ conclusions may surprise you but you can judge for yourself by ordering this pamphlet, which cost £2.50 post free from New Worker Lit, PO Box 73 London SW11 2PQ

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

International News

Colombian peace talks resume in Havana

by Xelcis Presno

THE COLOMBIAN government negotiating team and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) resumed peace talks on Monday in Havana. The continuation of the dialogue takes place amid a unilateral truce announced by the guerilla forces.

The second phase of the talks, underway at Havana’s Convention Centre, brings together a Colombian government team led by former Vice President Humberto de la Calle and about 30 guerilla rebels headed by Iván Márquez.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Anti-Cuba terrorism that goes unpunished

by Jorge Hernandez

ONE OF the most horrifying terrorist acts committed by extremist groups working for the CIA was the bombing sabotage of a Cuban passenger plane off the coast of Barbados on 6th October 1976, killing all 73 people aboard.

The self-confessed mastermind of the attack of Cubana de Aviación Flight 455, notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, freely walks the streets of Miami with total impunity and the protection of the US government, according to Odalys Pérez, the daughter of flight captain Wilfredo Pérez.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Police and Army clash in Cairo

by Ed Newman

EGYPTIAN security officials said clashes erupted between civilian police and military forces in northern Cairo after police arrested a military officer over a traffic violation.

Hundreds of soldiers reportedly encircled the police station where the officer was being held, trying to storm the station, while the police fired tear gas to disperse them.

Observers say that the incident reflects a feeling among many in Egypt that the military is acting as a state within a state. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Russia to respond in kind to ‘Magnitsky list’ by Artyom Kobzev

MOSCOW will respond in kind to the adoption of the so-called “Magnitsky list” bill by creating its own list of individuals who will be banned from entering the Russian Federation. The list will include Americans implicated in the human rights abuses, said Vyacheslav Nikonov, first deputy head of the Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, as he spoke on the Voice of Russia on Tuesday.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]


The secrets of Tor

by Neil Harris JACOB APPELBAUM at 27 years old, is fairly well known in the world of computer hacking and politics that goes by the name of “hacktivism”.

A software developer, his day job is with the respected Kohno lab at the University of Washington where his work is embargoed as being commercially sensitive. By night he has cultivated the image of a glamorous and exciting hacker whose activities have made him something of a hero amongst idealistic young people. He is, for example, an associate of Julian Assange and a spokesperson for Wikileaks in America. He has represented the organisation at conferences and spoken in public with Assange.

He is also a developer with the “Tor project”, described by MIT Technology Review as a “free network run by volunteers that hides user’s locations and usage from surveillance and traffic analysis. Essentially it provides online anonymity to anyone who wants it”. That makes it ideal for hackers.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Gaza: here we go again

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

AN EYE for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a terrorist attack for a terrorist attack. Sit back ladies and gentlemen for the next round of hypocrisy as Israel plays the victim card, forgetting the fact that it has stolen Palestinian lands, that it continues to bulldoze Palestinian homes, expel people from their lands and loots Palestinian resources. If your home is taken, what do you do?

[Read the complete story in the print edition]