National News

Revenge of the ‘cockroaches’

TWO BRANCHES of the Byron burger restaurant chain were forced to close last week after protesters released hundreds of live insects — including cockroaches and crickets — into the premises. This was in retaliation after the company organised a fake training day on 4th July that was a trap to catch members of staff who were working in London illegally.

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Higher education only for the rich?

THE NATIONAL Union of Students (NUS) last week attacked the Government’s decision to abolish maintenance grants for students from low income families and replace them with yet more loans — in addition to the loans that cover the course fees.

This decision coincides with a new report that shows paying off student loans wipes out the “graduate premium” — the higher earnings that graduates are supposed to be able to secure because of the qualifications.

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Sacked for seeking union recognition

THE BAKERS Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) is fighting for the reinstatement of Kumaran Bose, a leading trade union organiser employed by the Leicester-based giant food company Samworth Brothers.

Samworth Brothers are the owners of Cornish pasty maker Ginsters, as well as being the largest manufacturer of certified Melton Mowbray pork pies. Last year alone they boasted of pre-tax profits of £41.7 million.

But Samworth Brothers also have a long history of funding the Conservative Party and are a decidedly anti-trade union business.

Since the introduction of the new “living wage” in April this year, bosses at Samworth have cut paid breaks and have ditched premium rates for working unsociable hours and overtime in order to dodge their moral responsibility, thus making their workers fund the living wage themselves.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political correspondent

SCOTLAND’S First Minister is a lawyer but a Scottish National Party (SNP) flagship policy has recently received a severe mauling from more senior elements of her former profession. Five Supreme Court judges (including two Scottish ones) have denounced the nationalist’s Named Person’s Scheme for being in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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Stop Britain arming Ukrainian Nazis

by New Worker correspondent

PROTESTERS gathered in Whitehall, Westminster near the Ministry of Defence building to call for an end to the British military and financial support to the illegal regime in Ukraine, which includes Nazis and idolises Stepan Bandera.

Bandera was a Second World War collaborator with the Nazi invasion. His followers in the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists eagerly set about murdering Jews and Poles to curry favour with the invading Nazis.

Now the British government, along with the United States and other NATO countries, is supplying money, weapons and training to the Ukrainian army, which includes the openly Nazi-supporting Azov Brigade.

The protest was initiated by the New Communist Party (NCP) and supported by Solidarity with Anti-fascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU), Socialist Fight, the London branch of Partido Communista from Italy and other progressive forces.

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The Victory in Korea

by New Worker correspondent SOLIDARITY activists marked the 63rd anniversary of the end of the Korean War at a meeting in central London last Saturday afternoon.

US imperialism, flying the false flag of the United Nations (UN) and backed by its allies that shamefully included the UK, attacked north Korea on 25th June 1950.

Beaten to a standstill, US imperialism was forced to sign an armistice in 1953 and to promise to hold free elections in south Korea to lead to the reunification of the country. Sixty six years later the Americans still occupy south Korea, propping up a puppet regime that rejects all Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) proposals to ease tension on the divided peninsula.

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International News

New Cold War looms large in North East Asia

by Liu Chang

A NEW Cold War is looming large in Northeast Asia as Washington insists on installing an anti-missile shield in south Korea, a provocative move that could further split the region, trigger a fresh arms race and crush hopes of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula.

Immediately after the Second World War, the US-led Western bloc sought to dictate post-war world order and contain the Soviet Union to ensure global supremacy as well as the proliferation of capitalism and its set of values worldwide. And that was how the Cold War set in.

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Clinton, Trump and the demonisation of Russia

by Greg Butterfield

HILLARY Clinton and the Democratic Party have launched a new attack on Russia, charging President Putin with being responsible for the damaging email leaks from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in order to aid Donald Trump’s election campaign.

Besides attempting to divert attention from Democratic officialdom’s treatment of Bernie Sanders, the charges are aimed at furthering the imperialist campaign to demonise Russia and popularise aggressive NATO expansion in eastern Europe (a bipartisan policy pursued by both Democrats and Republicans for more than two decades).

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Russia and Turkey: a new marriage of convenience?

by Lyuba Lulko

TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will visit Russia on 9th August. Russia should not trust Erdoğan but no-one can doubt that the Turkish president is now trying to improve Turkey’s relations with Russia. This makes Turkey Russia’s ally in the endeavour to split the consolidated position of the West.

Erdoğan could see who his friends and enemies were following the recent attempted military coup in Turkey. When reports of the coup started appearing, US Secretary of State John Kerry only released vague statements in which he expressed a hope that Turkey would be able to preserve peace and stability. Saudi Arabia and Qatar congratulated Erdoğan on his victory over the coup only two days afterwards. Russia did not wait and clearly expressed her support for the Turkish president. “Russia gave us unconditional support during the attempted military coup. We thank President Vladimir Putin and Russian officials for their support,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

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Ban of Russian Olympic Team: Cold War at its “Best”!

by Andre Vitchek

THE EMPIRE is becoming thoroughly unpredictable. It is attacking on all fronts. It’s lost all its shame and decency.

A new Cold War is now in full swing and the West is using both old and new tactics in order to demonise and discredit all of its opponents: from Russia to China, Venezuela, north Korea, South Africa and Iran.

Our anti-imperialist media outlets, including those of the RT, TeleSUR, Press TV, China Central (CCTV) and Sputnik are being labelled as “propaganda” channels. Defensive and internationalist initiatives of our countries are branded as aggressions. Those governments that are relentlessly working on behalf of the people are defined as “evil” or at least as “dictatorships”.

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The Battle of Aleppo would have been long over if not for the US

AS THE military commanders of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) issue an ultimatum to the jihadist groups located in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo to lay down their arms and leave the city, Russian media points out that the operation to liberate the settlement would have been long over if not for the US.

Russia and the Syrian government have launched a joint large-scale humanitarian relief operation in Aleppo, establishing three corridors for civilians and one for militiamen wishing to lay down arms, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said last week.

Meanwhile Russian online newspaper Vzglyad [Opinion] notes that the operation on the liberation of Syria’s largest city would have been long over if not for one problem — namely the US.

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Leaving the EU will represent a defeat for the bourgeoisie

Andy Brooks, the General Secretary of the New Communist Party of Britain (NCP), was interviewed by a member of the International Relations Bureau of the Communist Party, Turkey (KP) the week before the European Union (EU) referendum. The interview was held at the NCP Party Centre in London on 13th June and published in the Turkish communist daily soon after. This translation in based on the text posted on the International Communist Press (ICP) website, which is affiliated to the International Relations Bureau of the Communist Party, Turkey.

International Communist Press: The EU referendum in the UK is now one week away. What do you think about the EU and the referendum?

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