National News

Ritzy workers still striking

CINEMA workers from the Ritzy in Brixton, south London last week took strike action for the 10th time in their long-running battle for a living wage.

The Bectu members marched from the British Film Institute on the Southbank to City Hall and the office of London Mayor, Boris Johnson, for a rally where they were addressed by their union general secretary Gerry Morrissey.

They were joined by colleagues from the Curzon circuit, who earlier this year won a hard fought campaign to secure union recognition with their employer.

The adoption of the recommended London Living Wage (£8.80 an hour) and the Living Wage outside London (£7.65) is becoming increasingly central to efforts across Britain to address low pay.

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Bedroom tax report sneaked out

THE TUC has accused the government of yesterday “shamefully” sneaking out a report on the bedroom tax that shows many affected tenants are being pushed into arrears.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Government has shamefully sneaked out a report, under the cover of the reshuffle, that lays bare the damage wreaked by the bedroom tax. It shows how people affected by the tax are simply not able to move and instead are being pushed into rent arrears. As a result, many could end up losing their homes altogether.

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London protest against Israeli fascism

by Adrian Chan-Wyles

THOUSANDS upon thousands of people gathered outside Downing Street last Saturday and marched to the Israeli Embassy via Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, in temperatures of around 30 degrees to protest at the latest Israeli onslaught and invasion of Gaza.

British Muslims from various ethnic groups and cultures joined Palestinians, people from other countries, and many other British people, young and old, male and female, able-bodied, and disabled. Despite a strong police presence, there was no reported trouble.

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Scottish News

from our Scottish Political Correspondent

INTERNATIONAL news and the progress of the Commonwealth Games baton have dominated the headlines recently. One poll showed that the SNP’s Yes Scotland campaign to lure those who normally vote Labour is having some success in reducing the No camp’s lead. That has not stopped the SNP acting as if they own the country.

Scotland’s leading newspaper, the Sunday Post has just won an epic 15-month long Freedom of Information battle with the Edinburgh Government. In the course of the struggle Alex Salmond’s government repeatedly cited the vital needs of “national security” to delay and prevent the requested information being made public.

The subject of this highly sensitive information was nothing other than the identity of the luxury five-star hotels used by himself and his other ministers while on their increasingly frequent foreign jaunts.

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Overtime ban on Heathrow Express bites

RAIL UNION RMT said today that a month long overtime ban on Heathrow Express in a dispute over jobs and safety, which came into force first thing Friday morning, is already having a serious impact with the company desperately short of staff to fill rosters and forced to restrict a number of key services.

The overtime ban follows on from a campaign of rock-solid strike action in a fight to stop a multi- million pound package of cuts, and the halving of staff numbers, which the HEX management are trying to bulldoze through regardless of the implications for both staff and the travelling public.

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MPs to sue government over DRIP surveillance

LABOUR MP Tom Watson has joined forces with Tory MP David Davis and both are working with the civil rights group Liberty to start a legal challenge against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP), which was rushed through Parliament last week with almost no debate.

The Act makes it legal for the Government to order internet companies like servers and search engines to retain records of every email, every other communication and every information inquiry that goes through their systems so that the Government can monitor them.

The Government secret intelligence service was already doing this, as revealed by Edward Snowden, but it was recently ruled contrary to our general human right to privacy by the European Court of Human Rights.

Now the Government can go on doing it and in addition can order companies based outside Britain to retain internet and email records on all its citizens. The Government claims this mass monitoring is necessary to prevent terrorism.

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Islamophobes face total humiliation

by New Worker correspondent

THE SOUTH East Alliance — a tiny racist and violent splinter group that broke away from the Islamophobic English Defence League a couple of years ago, faced absolute humiliation last Saturday after boasting they were going to march in force along Cricklewood Broadway — but only managed to mobilise 14 supporters plus another three who were too embarrassed to march with them.

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Justice for Bolton!

by New Worker correspondent

CAMPAIGNERS from justice4bolton last Tuesday held a picket outside the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand in support of a judicial appeal to demand that the Independent Police Complaints Authority publish the results of its investigation into police arrests of anti-fascists in Bolton four years ago.

The anti-fascists had mobilised through Unite Against Fascism (UAF) to stop the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Bolton on 20th March 2010.

The anti-fascists were gathered peacefully in their allotted spot when the police Tactical Aid Unit attacked them, charging into them and making 55 arrests, including a 63-year-old pensioner who was thrown to the ground and injured.

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Tate Modern focus on Russian Supremacist art

Xinhua

THE FIRST major retrospective of Soviet-era Russian artist Kazimir Malevich for almost 25 years opened last week at the Tate Modern gallery.

The exhibition features works from galleries across the globe and examines Malevich’s career from beginning to end.

Malevich, born in 1879, died in 1935 and was an influential figure in the 20th century art. He began his career as a conventional painter of workers, religious scenes, and landscapes.

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International News

Ukraine: ceasefire calls while battles rage

by our European Affairs correspondent

THE IMPERIALISTS and their puppet fascist regime in Kiev have launched a new anti- Russian hate campaign following the tragedy of a Malaysian airliner that went down in the rebel-held Donetsk region last week. And while international investigators struggle to recover the debris their work is being hindered by the ongoing Kiev regime offensive against the breakaway republics of Novorossiya in eastern Ukraine.

The imperialists began blaming Russia and the Ukrainian anti- fascist militias almost immediately after the news broke of the crash of a routine flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over eastern Ukraine on 17th July with the loss of all 298 people on board.

The anti-fascists who control the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have shot down a number of Ukrainian military aircraft over the past week or so but they deny any hand in bringing down the Malaysian aircraft. Rebel leaders say the plane could only have been shot down by Kiev regime anti-aircraft missile systems, which are known to be operating in the region or by Ukrainian war-planes.

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The Sandinista Revolution today

by Juan Leandro

NICARA GUA has just celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution that put a decisive end to decades of murder and oppression by the blood-soaked dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza.

In stamping out the tyranny of Somoza, the patriots of that Central American country, led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front, began, 35 years ago, a new era in its Republican life as they wiped out the dictatorship that had cut short the lives of thousands of its sons and daughters.

A period of independence and of profound social and economic transformation began that day.

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Castro on Ukraine and Gaza

Fidel Castro writes a regular column for Granma. The Havana newspaper is named for the ship that in 1956 carried the revolutionary leader and his band of courageous young fighters to Cuba to launch an armed struggle that liberated the island from the bloody dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and his US backers. Below is his commentary of 18th July.

THIS MORNING the cables were full of reports about the unheard-of news that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane had been hit at an altitude of 10,100 meters as it flew over Ukrainian territory, along a route controlled by the of chocolate king Petro Poroshenko.

Cuba, which has always stood in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and in the difficult days of the Chernobyl tragedy provided medical care to the many children affected by the accident’s harmful radiation, and is always willing to continue doing so, cannot refrain from expressing our repudiation of the action of the anti-Russian, anti-Ukrainian and pro-imperialist government. Nazi-Zionist offensive targets defenceless Palestinians

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Syria Times

THE BRUTAL current Israeli aggression targeting the defenceless Palestinians besieged in Gaza is reminiscent of the Nazi offensive during World War II. Apart from the savage massacres being committed against women, children and the elderly, the savage Israeli aggression has been targeting the Palestinian houses, infrastructure and hospitals. Tens of Palestinian homes have been completely destroyed, while over 2,500 others have been damaged.

The health services are on the verge of collapse in the besieged Gaza Strip amid escalating Israeli attacks. Gaza faces severe shortages in medicines and fuel for hospital generators. The recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip raises concern about the ability of the Palestinians to cope with the increased burden of medical emergencies on the health system, given the high levels of shortages of medicines, medical disposables and hospital fuel supplies.

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China seeks closer ties in Havana — US should rethink its Cuba policy

by Huang Yinjiazi

CHINA and Cuba, two traditional friends sharing a lot in visions and beliefs, are seeking closer ties as Havana moves to update its economy under the shadow of a half-century-old US embargo.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro during his ongoing visit to Cuba this week, the last stop of his four-nation Latin America tour, with a goal to translate the bilateral high-level political relations into rich results of practical cooperation.

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Features

MH 17: did Nato try to murder Putin?

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

LET US all begin by stating that the focus of this tragedy must be condolences with and respect for the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the incident in South-East Ukraine on 17th July. That said, name-calling, grand-staging and mud-slinging merely underlines the lack of moral fibre among those who stoop to such tactics.

Right on cue, the western media was ready with fiery headlines, either blaming Russia directly, or Russia’s President (absurdly) or else blaming anti-Kiev forces in South-East Ukraine, without a shred of evidence, as usual parading hearsay as fact, peddling “someone heard someone say” as the truth, and as usual manipulating and shaping public opinion, always against Moscow.

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Communists in Britain and the fight against fascism in 2014

Part one

by Daphne Liddle

The most significant fascist and racist groups active in Britain at the moment are the British National Party, the English Defence League, Britain First, the English Volunteer Force, Traditional Britain and a number of regional Infidel and alliance groups — and of course the United Kingdom Independence Party.

The British National Party is now just a shadow of its former self after its election wipe-out in 2010 and the collapse of its electoral strategy. But it still exists. It has enormous debts and financial problems and has lost its main former financier, Ulster businessman Jim Dowson, but it is still getting money from somewhere and cannot be totally written off.

Jim Dowson himself recently told a Channel Four News documentary on Britain First, who are Dowson’s new protégés, that although he had broken with the BNP he had previously given them a total of around £4 million and he considered this well spent because BNP public activity during elections had “moved the whole British political spectrum several degrees to the right”.

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