National News

Ambulance workers have to camp while working

AMBULANCE workers employed by a private agency and on a temporary contract to work for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust have been staying at a Cambridgeshire campsite because their allowance of £35-a-day for food and lodging is not enough for them to stay at even the cheapest hotel or boarding house.

Julian Huppert, the Liberal- Democrat MP for Cambridge, has called for an investigation into the living conditions of the employees of ERS Medical after an NHS whistleblower revealed they had to sleep in tents at the Brampton camp site.

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London University bans protests

THE UNIVERSITY of London — the largest in Britain — has told its students they face legal action if they take part in protests at any of the university’s sites. This follows recent student protests calling for equal working conditions for the university’s staff. One student was arrested last month after chalking a slogan on the pavement in front of the institution’s Senate House building in Bloomsbury.

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Huge rise in temporary work

NEARLY half of the rise in employment since 2010 has been in temporary work, according to a TUC analysis of official figures published last Monday, ahead of the latest unemployment figures on Wednesday.

The TUC analysis of the labour force survey shows between December 2010 and December 2012 the number of temporary workers increased by 89,000 to reach 1,650,000 - nearly half (46 per cent) of the total rise in employment.

Britain’s temporary workforce has been growing for a number of years, increasing by 230,000 since 2005. Over the same period the number of permanent of jobs has fallen by 8,000.

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Protests at Putin’s homophobia

MORE THAT 1,000 members of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer community in London gathered in Whitehall last Saturday to protest at new anti-gay laws being introduced by the Putin government in Moscow.

Many are calling for a boycott of the winter Olympics as such discrimination falls foul of the Olympic Charter.

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Renationalise British Rail

MEMBERS of the train drivers’ union Aslef were among many campaigners out early on Tuesday morning handing out postcards at 47 stations across the country this morning, calling on MPs to put people before profits and return our railways to public ownership.

The Day of Action was part of a campaign launched in June by the campaign group Public Ownership of Our Railways and the TUC’s Action for Rail and backed by a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament, tabled by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.

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Reclaiming Our Futures: 7 days of action!

THE CAMPAIGNING group Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) last week announced a week of action for later this month.

They say their rights are being stripped away day by day by the neo-liberal policies being imposed on us all by the Con-dems leaving them without any hope for our futures or our children’s futures.

DPAC say this is not fair, not acceptable and we must fight back against the continuing attacks. “We will be having a week of actions nationally and virtually from August 29th and culminating on September 4th with mass events and actions in London:

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Papering over the cracks in A&E

HEALTH unions and NHS campaigners last week dismissed David Cameron’s addition £500 million for NHS accident and emergency units as “papering over the cracks”.

The unions and the campaigners are calling for an end to the closure of A&E units as the remaining units come under ever increasing pressure.

They say the additional £500 million is part of Government funding that already belongs to the NHS.

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Free Bradley Manning!

by Theo Russell

HISTORY will revere Bradley Manning for standing up for democracy and human rights “At the end of the day history will judge. It will judge Obama badly, and it will revere people like Bradley Manning and others who have stood up for democracy and human rights”.

That was Peter Tatchell addressing a packed Stop the War Coalition meeting in central London last week, following Manning’s conviction for 19 charges, including theft and espionage and sentencing likely to be 90 years in prison.

Also speaking at the meeting were Tariq Ali, Birgitta Jonsdottir, a Wikileaks volunteer who helped to produce the infamous Iraq “collateral murder” video and MP for the Pirate Party in the Icelandic parliament, Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, Chris Nineham from Stop the War, Peter Tatchell, Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, and Norman Solomon, an American journalist, anti- war activist and former Congressional candidate.

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International News

Syria: western-backed terrorists confined to suicide attacks

by Timofei Belov

THE LATEST news coming from Syria points towards advances by the Syrian Arab Army, heroically fighting against Al-Qaeda terrorists, sponsored by the West, to such an extent that this satanic scourge is forced to conduct suicide missions. Diplomatic sources say the West is trying to re-establish contacts with Damascus after breaking relations.

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Cubans and friends worldwide celebrate Fidel’s birthday

by Leandro

CUBANS and friends around the world celebrated the 87th birthday of the leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, this week.

A concert, a book presentation and the opening of a photo exhibition were some of the activities held in Cuba on Tuesday 13th August to mark the birthday of the legendary Cuban leader.

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Britain considers legal action over Gibraltar

Voice of Russia

BRITAIN is “seriously considering” taking legal action against Spain over extra checks at the border with Gibraltar that have caused long delays, Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesperson said on Monday.

Britain thinks tighter checks by Spanish officials at the frontier of the contested British overseas territory are “politically motivated and totally disproportionate”, the spokesperson told reporters.

“Clearly the Prime Minister is disappointed by the failure of Spain to remove the additional border checks this weekend,” the spokesperson told reporters.

“We are now considering what legal action is open to us. This would be an unprecedented step so we want to consider it carefully before a making a decision to pursue.”

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Cuba reports progress in gender equality

by Carmen Esquivel

FIFTY YEARS of policies promoting gender equality and women’s full development have placed Cuba well ahead of many other countries in Latin America and the world, according to a report presented to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

The report is part of Cuba’s adhesion to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979. Cuba was the first country to sign the convention and the second to ratify it, demonstrating the revolutionary government’s will to elevate the status of women in society.

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This is possible only in Democratic Korea

KIM YU GYONG has recently interviewed Navneet Kumar Dhamija, deputy commissioner (training and telemedicine) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India.

Would you tell me your impression about the Technical Consultation on Telemedicine in the World Health Organisation South East Asia Region and visits to medical institutions in this country?

NKD: The DPRK is actually a live showcase example for Southeast Asia about telemedicine. As regards health facilities, I was very much impressed by the enthusiasm and emotional feelings of doctors for patients and countrymen.

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Features

TOR: the trap closes

by Neil Harris

LAST YEAR a New Worker article exposed TOR (The Onion Router) as a US Government “honey trap”, designed to support America’s friends and entrap its enemies. Our interest developed further after some excellent research by “Cryptome. Org”.

On the face of it TOR appears to be a subversive hacktivist site, offering anonymity to anarchists, political dissidents, leakers, internet activists and the underground criminal world. In fact, the systems used on the site were developed by a unit of The US Office of Naval Intelligence as part of US “Public Diplomacy”. Currently TOR’s three biggest sources of funding are: the US Department of Defence, the US State Department and the Board of Broadcasting — another propaganda arm of the US Government.

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Detroit: an object lesson

by Rob Gowland

AS EVERYONE knows now, the city of Detroit — once the third largest in the USA — has filed for bankruptcy. Pleading that the city has no money to pay for them, even essential services like firefighters, emergency medical care and garbage collection are being cut to the bone.

Once synonymous with US manufacturing might, Detroit — world headquarters of the car and truck industry, also called “Motor City” and “Motown” — has become a victim of the chaos and lack of planning inherent in capitalism.

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Made-up threat rehabilitates Big Brother?

by Lyuba Lyulko

THE US State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.

Last week, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO (Be On the Lookout) complex that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David. Is it too frivolous behaviour when it comes to a possible Al-Qaeda attack similar to the one on September 11th either within the continental United States or any US embassies overseas?

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