National News

Low income families driven out of London

A REPORT published last week by the magazine Inside Housing revealed a big increase in the rate at which low income families are being driven out of London by unaffordable housing costs.

This is revealed in part by the shrinking numbers of children eligible for free school meals in London schools but also in local authority figures.

The number of families rehoused beyond the London’s outskirts rose 27 per cent in 2014- 15 compared to the previous year, according to local authority figures. Numbers obtained by Inside Housing last week show the exodus is being driven by increased competition for temporary accommodation in London, especially in eastern boroughs.

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Veolia forced to drop Israeli contracts

THE WASTE disposal and civil engineering giant Veolia last week announced that it is pulling out of all the contracts with the Israeli apartheid government following a sustained campaign by the BDS (boycott, disinvest, sanction) solidarity with Palestine campaign.

This is a huge victory for solidarity with Palestine and the BDS movement and sends a clear message to other companies — doing business with Israel risks your reputation and profit.

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Magistrate quits over court fees

GEORGE Lyons, a long-serving magistrate in Shiremoor, North Tyneside, last week resigned after the Department of Justice introduced new court fees that could put financial pressure on hard-up innocent defendants to plead guilty.

The 67-year-old, from Shiremoor told of his regret at leaving a role he loved and the reasons why he just could not support the new legislation. He said: “I just wasn’t comfortable with it. People would be criminalising themselves just because it’s the cheapest option. Justice should not be about incentives.

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Tube strike postponed again

LONDON Underground unions last Wednesday again postponed plans for strike action in the long-running dispute over staffing and safety for the planned launch of 24-hour working on the London Underground network at weekends.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union announced that it would suspend planned stoppages on 8th and 10th September.

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Unison continues fight tribunal fees

THE PUBLIC sector union Unison last week vowed to take its battle to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal rejected its appeal against the Government’s introduction of employment tribunal fees.

Describing this case as “troubling”, the Court of Appeal expressed a “strong suspicion that so large a decline (in claims) is unlikely to be accounted for entirely by cases of “won’t pay” and (that) it must also reflect at least some cases of can’t pay”.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today’s decision is a huge disappointment and a major setback for people at work. Many unscrupulous employers will be rubbing their hands together in glee at the news.

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Zero-hours contracts increase by 120,000

THE NUMBER of people working zero-hours contracts increase by nearly 20 per cent over the last years according to figures released on Wednesday by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

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Abbott accuses rivals

DIANE Abbott MP, who is hoping to become Labour’s candidate in the London mayoral election, last week claimed that three of her rivals’ integrity has been compromised by accepting large contributions from big property companies for their campaigns.

She said that a would-be mayor taking gifts from property developers was “incompatible” with their duty to Londoners.

Dame Tessa Jowell, David Lammy, and Sadiq Khan have all received money from individuals and companies that critics say could benefit from decisions taken by a future mayor, such as planning consents and the release of new land to build on.

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Scottish News

by our Scottish political correspondent

ON SATURDAY yet another new “left wing” organisation named RISE arose in the four-star surroundings of the Mormon- owned Glasgow Marriott Hotel.

The initials apparently mean respect, independence, socialism and environmentalism. This might get them into trouble with Oxford University’s Research on Improving Systems of Education or George Galloway.

While it claims to be an electoral alliance for next year’s Scottish parliamentary elections, it is not much more than the nationalist-Trotskyite Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) in new clothes. The SSP’s main partner is the Scottish Left Project, which is a website founded late last year by some former Socialist Workers’ Party members.

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Defending Democratic Korea!

by New Worker correspondent WHILE LONDONERS braved the rain to attend the Notting Hill Carnival or the many other fairs and festivals held across the capital on Bank Holiday Monday, supporters of the Korean revolution picketed the south Korean and US embassies to demand the withdrawal of all imperialist forces from south Korea.

The protest began outside the south Korean puppet embassy at 2.00 pm to condemn the joint American-puppet regime war-games that have heightened tension on the Korean peninsula and denounced the recent arrest of a number of pro-reunification patriots in south Korea.

KFA Chair Dermot Hudson said that a war was narrowly averted in Korea last week thanks to the patient and peace loving efforts of the DPR Korea. In order to avert war permanently US troops must be withdrawn from south Korea and there must be an end to exercises such as Ulji Freedom Guardian.

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International News

Ukraine turning hostage to Radicals

Sputnik

VIOLENCE returned to the streets of Kiev on Monday when an angry mob clashed with riot police in the capital after lawmakers backed a bill that would reportedly give greater autonomy to self-proclaimed people’s republics in the country’s southeast.

Two police officers have died from their wounds, while more are said to be in critical condition. The government pointed the finger at radicals from far-right political groups like ultra-nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party.

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US will not give up in Latin America

by Patricio Montesinos

THE UNITED States knows it has lost ground in Our America and wants it back at any cost, sparking a chain reaction to push progressive governments of the region out of power, those it considers “enemies” that should be overthrown by any means — through “soft, low intensity or violent coups,” it’s all the same.

This is the current situation in Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, as it has been in Argentina, and could be in other nations in the future, where autonomous anti-imperialist and anti-neoliberal processes are being implemented, in defence against regional integration.

President Dilma Rousseff is resisting a strong onslaught from the Brazilian conservative opposition, trying to remove her from office at any cost. Washington is making full use of the old annexationist right wing to fulfil its objective, the heirs of European colonialism later trained in US neo-colonialism and who know only how to use force to maintain or impose their control.

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Hollywood director tells truth about Tibet

by Lucia Su

“I MADE Tibet: The Truth because I have been annoyed by the constant negative reporting about Tibet in the western media,” said Chris D Nebe, the director of the documentary. “The western media is biased and does not tell the truth about the historic past or present of Tibet,” he said.

The 60-minute documentary debuted in the US in 2013 and showed the audience a true Tibet in the past and present by using sufficient and convincing historic materials.

“It took me about a year to create the film. It has been based on me actually filming in Tibet, as well as extensive research”, Nebe said. “I was also able to locate in Washington DC archives authentic footage filmed by the CIA that showed that the US trained Tibetans in a camp in Colorado as terrorists, which were then in 1958/1959 infiltrated into Tibet and instigated the 1959 revolt.”

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Features

Marx and Engels and scientific socialism

by Rob Gowland

MARX and Engels were not the first people to advocate a socialist form of society. There were in fact a slew of people in the early 19th century promoting various incarnations of socialism, but until Marx and Engels they were all utopian: visions of the future based on hope, and dreams and wishful thinking.

Marx and Engels, in contrast, based their concept of socialism on a scientific analysis of contemporary capitalist society as well as its historical development and its philosophical underpinnings. Not surprisingly their version is called scientific socialism. It can be examined and tested with scientific rigour and actions based on it can be undertaken with confidence.

When it was put into practice in Russia after the Revolution of 1917, it enabled a backward agrarian country to be turned into an industrial powerhouse, where unemployment was unknown, health care and education were free and universal, and life got better every year — for all, not just a privileged elite.

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Oliver Cromwell 1599 — 1658

OLIVER CROMWELL, the leader of the bourgeois English Revolution, died on 3rd September 1658. Cromwell, the MP for Huntingdon, was the leading Parliamentary commander during the English Civil War, which began in 1642 and ended in 1649 with the trial and execution of Charles Stuart and the abolition of the monarchy. The Republic of England, or Commonwealth as it was styled in English, was proclaimed soon after.

In 1653 Oliver became head of state, the Lord Protector. By then the republic Cromwell led included England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as colonies in New England and the Caribbean. During its brief life the Commonwealth became a force in Europe. Culturally it inspired the great poetry of John Milton and Andrew Marvell and other radical and pacifist religious movements like the Quakers who are still with us today.

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Stock market crash Symptom of capitalist decay

by Deirdre Griswold

IF ANYTHING dramatically shows the irrationality of the capitalist economic system, it is a financial market crash. This happens after a period of euphoria in the markets has driven prices to all-time highs and huge sums of money have been changing hands — in these days, usually electronically.

Then comes the day of reckoning. What had seemed solid wealth the day before suddenly turns into red ink. This is what began happening in the third week of August to markets around the world. At such times, only those with deep pockets can stay in the “game” and hold on to their investments, hoping for a renewed surge upward. If the billionaires are able to buy when prices have plunged and others are bankrupt, they stand to make a real “killing” on the market — if it goes back up at some point.

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Who controls the past controls the future: Why does the West hate Stalin?

by Ekaterina Blinova

ON 23RD AUGUST Europe marked a so-called “European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism” coinciding with the date of the signing of the Molotov- Ribbentrop Pact; one of the purposes of this “day of remembrance” is to equate Stalin with Hitler, the USSR with Nazi Germany, says Professor Grover Carr Furr.

By attacking and stigmatising the Soviet past the US and its Nato allies are targeting today’s Russia and its leadership that is unwilling to bow before the West; anyway, the USSR never did anything remotely comparable to what major Western countries did in the last century — the US and Nato have been by far the most aggressive and murderous power in the world since the Second World War, US expert in Soviet history Professor Grover Carr Furr of Montclair State University told Sputnik last week.

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