National News

King’s Lynn protest demands end to mental health cuts

“NO IFS, no buts. No mental health cuts,” was the message to health bosses during a protest march in Lynn last weekend. Dozens of demonstrators marched through the Walks and around the town centre this lunchtime before holding a rally near the Majestic cinema.

The protest was organised following mental health chiefs’ decision earlier this month to close the Fermoy unit to new admissions.

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Tories’ Islamophobic rant against Sadiq Khan

by New Worker correspondent

ZAC GOLDSMITH, the Tory candidate in next week’s London Mayoral contest, has turned his campaign against his Labour rival, Sadiq Khan, into an Islamophobic rant.

He never fails to mention that Khan is a Muslim and accuses him of repeatedly associating with Muslim extremists.

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Labour to fight on for child refugees

THE TORIES last week voted down an immigration bill amendment that would have let 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian minors enter Britain.

But the Shadow Immigration Minister, Keir Starmer, has promised that “the fight will go on” to force Britain to do more to help some of the thousands of unaccompanied child refugees stranded in mainland Europe.

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BHS victim of asset stripping

THE HIGH street clothing store chain British Homes Stores (BHS) last Monday announced that he company, which employs 11,000 staff, was going into receivership.

Talks to persuade Sports Direct to buy up some of the shops failed at the weekend after Sports Direct insisted it would not take on BHS’s £571 million pension deficit. The retailer has debts of more than £1.3bn, including the pension fund deficit.

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Hillsborough victims ‘unlawfully killed’

LIVERPOOL fans who died at the Hillsborough football ground in 1989 were “unlawfully killed” according to a jury verdict delivered last Tuesday at an inquest.

This follows a 27-year campaign by the families of the 96 victims to have them exonerated from blame for the overcrowding that led to a lethal overcrowding in the stands.

After the event the Sun newspaper libelled the fans claiming that Liverpool fans had run riot, had robbed the dead and the dying, and had urinated on police officers who had been trying to resuscitate the victims.

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International Workers’ Memorial Day 28th

TRADE UNIONISTS all around Britain joined their sisters and brothers throughout the world on Thursday to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.

Every year on 28th April, trade unions and workplace health and safety campaigners all over the world remember those who have tragically lost their lives because of work.

The slogan for the day is “remember the dead — fight for the living”. Many of us will know of someone who has died at work, or is suffering from serious injuries or occupational disease.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Scottish Election News

“DON’T JUST hope for a better life, vote for one,” was the slogan used by Margaret Thatcher in the 1979 general election. “Don’t just hope for a better Scotland, vote for one,” is the slogan being used by Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon in the 2016 Scottish parliamentary elections.

No doubt someone at SNP HQ will get a severe telling off for letting the cat out of the bag. It is not unusual for pseudo-radical bourgeois politicians to follow reactionary policies but normally they have the sense to think up some trendy new words to cover their tracks. Tony Blair was a master of the art.

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Rebel Tory MPs oppose compulsory academies

TORY MPs are calling on the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to ensure that plans to force all state schools to become academies are not included in next month’s Queen’s speech, following warnings from Conservative whips that they face inevitable defeat in the House of Commons.

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Freedom for Öcalan Campaign launched

by Theo Russell

A NEW campaign to for jailed leader of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, to be released was launched on Monday at a packed meeting at the House of Commons organised by Labour MP Kate Osamor, with full support from the unions UNITE, Unison and the GMB.

Öcalan has been held in solitary confinement on the Turkish island of Imrali since 1999, when he was arrested in Nairobi by the Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) with CIA assistance.

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Fair education for Bristol

by New Worker correspondent

BRISTOL teachers were out campaigning last week for “Fair education for Bristol” where they gathered for a rally at Christmas Steps in the city. The focus of the event was to impress on Bristol City Council and the next Bristol City mayor the need to strive for a fair education for all Bristol children.

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Left views on EU referendum

by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES met in north London last Sunday to debate on the European Union (EU) Referendum on 23rd June in a meeting organised by the group Red Block.

Daphne Liddle spoke on behalf of the New Communist Party pointing out that the EU is a creation of the ruling class and a bastion of western imperialism, and that leaving will weaken it. It had never protected trade union or working class rights, which had steadily deteriorated under the EU’s drive for privatisation and austerity.

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Commemorating Odessa massacre

MEMBERS and supporters of Solidarity with Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU) are planning a lunchtime picket of the Ukrainian embassy in Holland Park next Monday at 12.30pm, followed by a meeting and film show at the Marx Memorial Library at 2pm.

On 2nd May 2014, dozens of people were killed in Odessa, Ukraine after far-right thugs set the Trade Union House on fire. Amongst those killed were many participating in the anti-Maidan “Kulikovo field” protest camp, including communist activists. To-date Ukrainian authorities have failed to conduct a serious investigation into what happened.

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International News

US should consider its own human rights record before pointing fingers at others

People’s Daily (Beijing)

CHINA published two reports last week, Human Rights Record of the US in 2015 and A Chronology of Human Rights Violations of the US in 2015. As their titles suggest, both reports blasted the US when it comes to human rights.

The two documents can hopefully serve as a reminder for the US to think about its own human rights record before calling out other countries for violations, which the superpower so commonly does.

The facts cited in the report expose some serious shortcomings in America’s human rights record. For example, the use of guns is out of control in the US, causing 13,136 deaths in 2015. US police also frequently display excessive violence, fatally shooting 965 people last year, which is made worse by the fact that very few of the offending officers were disciplined for their abuse of power.

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Saudi Arabia declares war against all

Pravda.Ru

THE SAUDIS are threatening to take measures to protect their $750 billion investment in the American economy, should the US hold Saudi officials responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Saudi Arabia’s actions look like blackmail, the President of Russia’s Institute for the Middle East, Yevgeny Satanovsky believes: “This is not about the protection of investments. In fact the Saudis are blackmailing the Americans by threatening to sell their assets in the United States. This is a significant amount of $750 billion. Such a move would undoubtedly cut the price of US corporate and government securities — they will be unloaded on the market immediately.”

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Fidel Castro: the Cuban people will overcome

Radio Havana Cuba

Fidel Castro Ruz’s address to the closing session of the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

IT IS a superhuman effort to lead any people in times of crisis. Yet without them, the changes would be impossible. In a meeting such as this, which brings together more than 1,000 representatives chosen by the revolutionary people themselves, who delegated their authority on them, it is for all of them the greatest honour they have received in their lives, with the added privilege of being revolutionary, which is a product of one’s own consciousness.

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Donetsk communists host Cosmonautics Day for kids

by Greg Butterfield

IN THE former Soviet Union, Cosmonautics Day on 12th April celebrates the anniversary of the first space flight by a human, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, on 12th April 1961, and the great advances in space exploration opened up by socialist construction in the USSR.

Communists in the city of Donetsk, capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic, held a festival for children in honour of Cosmonautics Day, with chalk drawing, music and renovation of the playground at the local planetarium.

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Features

Fascism returns: The boys from Brazil

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

I THOUGHT I had seen everything and heard everything until last week, when I watched the Brazilian House of Representatives, or Parliament, deciding to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Never have I seen such a bunch of infantile, puerile, self-seeking, useless and vapid morons who anywhere else who would not be fit to clean the toilets.

Last week Brazil’s House of Representatives (Câmara dos Deputados, literally Chamber of Deputies), or Parliament, decided by an overwhelming majority to send a motion for impeachment to the Brazilian Senate, accusing the President of having manipulated the economic figures prior to the last election. The vote in favour of impeachment was 367, with 137 against, seven abstentions and two noshows. The minimum figure required was 342 votes.

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The Easter Rising: a page in Ireland’s centuries-old national movement

by Theo Russell

Part two of a two part article.

The dead end of Home Rule

THE THIRD Irish Home Rule Bill, which finally passed in 1912, offered little more than today’s United Kingdom’s devolutions. Irish MPs would still meet at Westminster and only have limited domestic powers, with no say on defence, foreign policy or even customs duties. Ireland would remain in the Empire and Lloyd George had already given the Unionist leader Edward Carson a guarantee excluding Ulster from Home Rule.

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