National News

Detained for ‘promoting political causes’

METROPOLITAN Police detained David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, for nine hours at Heathrow in August under the powers of the Terrorism Act because, they claim, he was guilty of “promoting a political or ideological cause”.

The revelation has alarmed leading human rights groups and a Tory MP, who said the justification appeared to be without foundation and threatened to have damaging consequences for investigative journalism.

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Remembering deaths in custody

BEREAVED relatives and friends of people who have died in police or prison custody gathered in London on 26th October for the annual march of remembrance and to demand justice organised by the United Family and Friends Campaign (UFFC).

The march was attended by around 250 people, who included relatives of Mark Duggan, Thomas Orchard, Sean Rigg, Roger Sylvester, Anthony Grainger, Joy Gardner, Oluseni Lewis and many more.

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Lobbying Bill reverse

THE CON-DEM Coalition’s controversial Lobbying Bill has suffered a reverse after a warning that ministers must re-write key clauses covering union membership data.

The current version of the Lobbying Bill would require all unions to provide statutory duty on trade unions to provide annual membership audits to the official watchdog.

The Regulatory Policy Committee, set up by Government to advise on the impact of new legislation, has given the Bill a rare “red” rating over its possible impact.

Campaigners say it means the committee thinks that section of the Bill is not fit for purpose and the Government should start again.

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Searchlight’s ‘Moving Forward’ conference

THE ANTI-FASCIST magazine Searchlight is organising a conference to take place on Saturday 16th November at the Bishopsgate Institute near Liverpool Street Station in East London.

Searchlight editor Gerry Gable last week spoke to the New Worker about the aims of the conference.

“Throughout its 50 years Searchlight has fought the fascist and racist enemies of the people, community and democracy. Their organisations and precise nature have changed over that period. “In the 1960s it was openly Nazi groups such as the National Socialist Movement; then came the rise and fall of the National Front, followed by the growth of the British National Party, the first British fascist party to achieve some electoral success.

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Visions of the Soviet Utopia in London

FOR THE first time in over 80 years, part of a unique archive of Soviet posters is to go on display at Pushkin House. Featuring work by designers such as Daniil Cherkes, Yakov Guminer, Gustav Klutsis and Mikhail Taranov, Visions of Utopia presents heroic depictions of soldiers and workers, men and women, building the Soviet Socialist dream.

Visions of Utopia is hosted by Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA. It opens to the public on Friday 8th November and runs until 5th December.

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The campaign to replace Newport’s Chartist mosaic goes on

by Ray Davies

ON SATURDAY Côr Cochion Caerdydd, the Cardiff Reds Choir, joined by the Peoples’ Assembly, challenged Newport council’s by-laws by singing by the Westgate Hotel. They collected a mass of signatures on a petition calling on the council to recognise Newport’s unique heritage with a work, agreed by public consultation, to replace the Chartists’ Mosaic in a pedestrian underpass destroyed by a council digger last month to make way for a city centre redevelopment.

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Brighton workers on the march

by Ray Jones in Brighton

OVER 1,000 people marched through Brighton on Saturday demanding an end to the privatisation of parts of the local NHS.

Organised by the GMB it had strong union support with plenty of flags and banners from Unite, Unison as well the GMB. And there were many other community organisations and political parties represented.

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International News

Western help to rebels cost Syria 100,000 deaths

by Estelle Winters

“IF THE western and regional allies had not provided military, logistical and political support to the militant on the ground in Syria, we wouldn’t have had 100,000 deaths today,” Dr Marcus Papadopoulos, Publisher and Editor of Politics First said on the eve of the peace talks on Syria in Geneva. In the meantime, while the opposition demands that President Bashar al-Assad should resign, the Syrian government says there should be no preconditions.

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Israel lobby trying to sabotage the Iran-US nuclear talks

by Juan Leandro

HAVING failed to convince Washington to launch a military strike against Iran, the Israel lobby in the US is now focusing its efforts to sabotage the nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers. According to US professor and activist James Petras: “In the face of that problem of not being able to mobilise the United States to go to war with Iran, they’re focusing on strangling the economy.”

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Pakistan peace talks at risk after US drone kills Taliban chief

by Muhammad Tahir

THE DEATH of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in an American drone strike last Friday evening has derailed the government’s plan to hold peace talks with the Taliban rebels to end the bloodshed.

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Spain: woman sacked for missing work on day of eviction

by Olga Santos

AMAYA Muñoz cries in the arms of friends on being evicted from her home; the operation was conducted by 100 police officers. This is the mirror image of the horror affecting countless families across Spain, who are losing their jobs and their homes in the most shocking wave of austerity.

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India launches Mars mission

by Mengjie

INDIA made history on Tuesday by launching its maiden mission to Mars from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

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30 years after Marines invaded Grenada

by Henry Hagins

“They make the victim look like the criminal, and the criminal look like the victim.” — Malcolm X OCTOBER 25th marked the 30th anniversary of the self-serving United States bombing and invasion of the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada.

It was launched by President Ronald Reagan and his vultures to carry out pre-arranged plans. The main purpose was to violently wipe out a leadership dedicated to building a society free of neo-colonial domination, using a socialist philosophy and practice suited to Grenada.

Rejecting a slave-to-master profile, the New Jewel Movement, led by Maurice Bishop, had succeeded in demonstrating within a very short period of time what authentic leadership, grounded in the heartfelt needs and aspirations of its people, could accomplish when the people’s well-being and resources are allowed to take centre stage.

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New US defeat at the UN

by Juan Leandro

THE UNITED States has not learnt its lesson. For the 22nd time the international community at the United Nations has spoken out against the inhuman and illegal economic, commercial and financial blockade the US government has maintained against the Cuban people for more than half a century.

Last month 188 of the 193 UN member states voted for an end to the policy that has caused the Cuban people losses of more than a trillion dollars, deeply affecting health and education sectors on the Island.

The White House was forced to settle for the support of Israel alone. The small island of Palau that supported it last year, abstained this time around.

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Many Russians still share warm memories of the Komsomol

by Andrei Mikhailov

ON THE 29th October 1918 the Russian Communist Youth League was established. Eight years later, it was transformed into the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League, also called the Komsomol.

The movement became history with the collapse of the Soviet Union, but people still remember it two decades later. Many successful people in Russia, by and large, came out of the Komsomol, including oligarchs, politicians and people in creative professions.

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