The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 10th March 2017

National News

London’s March4Women

THOUSANDS of women braved the rain to gather in the Scoop next to London’s County Hall on the south bank of the Thames last Sunday 5th March to mark International Women’s Day and kick-start a month of action for a more equal world.

The CARE International rally and March4Women event was organised to help shine a light on the inequality faced by women and girls around the world.

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Women work for free for a fifth of the year, says TUC

THE DAY the average woman starts getting paid compared with the average man is on Tuesday 7th March, meaning that women effectively work for free for 66 days compared with men, according to a new analysis by the TUC.

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Zero hours contracts increase

THERE are now 910,000 workers on zero-hours contracts according to figures for the year 2016, released by the Office for National Statistics last week, a rise of 105,000 — or 14 per cent — on the figures for 2015 and 30 per cent higher than in 2014.

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Delivery drivers charged £150-a-day for being ill

DELIVERY drivers employed by GMT Couriers, who deliver parcels for Marks & Spencer, River Island and John Lewis, can be being charged £150 per day if they cannot find someone to cover for them when they are ill.

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Haringey property sale threatens residents

THE LONDON Borough of Haringey is planning a new development that will force hundreds of families out of the borough and transfer large swathes of public property including homes, schools, business properties and libraries into the private sector.

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Tories gag universities on Palestine history

THE TORY Minister of State for Universities, Jo Johnson, recently sent a letter to universities throughout England urging them to crackdown on anti-Semitism and intimidation and violence directed at Jewish students.

It comes after a spate of recent anti-Semitic incidents on campus, including Holocaust denial leaflets distributed at Cambridge University and swastikas discovered at Exeter University.

But within this seemingly reasonable request he has included all activity and teaching that is in support of Palestinian rights or criticism of the Zionist government in Israel.

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Opposition to the SNP

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE SECOND helping of the Spring conference season took place last weekend in Glasgow. This time it was the turn of the new opposition party (the only one ever to secure a majority of the popular vote at a General Election), which is under the leadership of a popular telegenic young kick-boxing lesbian. The conference saw delegates vigorously lambast the Scottish National Party’s (SNP’s) record in government, particularly over its mishandling of education and health.

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Aleppo: Fall or Liberation?

by New Worker correspondent

IT WAS standing room only for late-comers at the Marx Memorial Library as the hall filled to capacity last week to hear campaigning journalist Vanessa Beeley give a report on the struggle against terrorism in Syria. The 65 or so people in attendance at the meeting, sponsored by the New Communist Party (NCP) and Socialist Fight, were shown eyewitness testimonies from civilians fleeing their imprisonment at the hands of terrorist factions inside Syria’s industrial heartland of Aleppo.

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Trump trumped in Grosvenor Square!

by New Worker correspondent

SOLIDARITY activists returned to the US embassy in London on Saturday to demand the end to the American war-games in south Korea that are ratcheting up tension on the Korean peninsula. NCP leader Andy Brooks joined comrades at the protest organised by the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) to call for a halt to the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve military exercises that are rehearsal for a full-scale invasion of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). And although KFA pickets rarely attract the mainstream media, this one had come to the notice of a Daily Star reporter who interviewed KFA Chair Dermot Hudson and filed a report that appeared on his paper’s online edition.

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International News

Argentinean unions mass protest

by Pavel Jacomino ARGENTINEAN unions and social organisations, including workers, teachers and women, have called for a mass three-day protest against the government of President Mauricio Macri in what’s set to be the largest demonstration against the administration since it took office 15 months ago.

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ISIS threatens China


THE ISLAMIC State (ISIS) terrorist group has threatened China for the first time in its history — they have released a video in which the portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping “turns” into a flame. The terrorists threaten China and promise to shed “rivers of blood” in the country.

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Legendary Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova


ON 6th March 2017, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova turned 80. The head of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (CTC), Yuri Lonchakov, shares his impressions of this outstanding woman.

Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel in space. She is the only woman who went on a space trip alone and spent three days in the earth’s orbit.

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Expelled DPRK ambassador warns Malaysia


THE AMBASSADOR of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Malaysia, who has been expelled by the Malaysian government, on Monday expressed “grave concerns over the extreme measures taken” by Malaysia that will harm bilateral ties.

It is the first time that Ambassador Kang Chol spoke to the media after the Malaysian government declared him as “persona non grata” on Saturday.

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Why do women still have to fight for basic equality?

THE GLOBAL class struggle is intensifying and as it does so newly-energised reactionary forces are emerging, trying to turn the clock back on the issues of racism and sexism.

Social media are revealing alarming levels of serious hostility to the simple proposition that all humans are — or should be — equal. After the defeat of Nazi fascism in 1945, prominent bourgeois politicians and philosophers loudly agree with that proposition — at least in public. In countries throughout the world women’s equality has been proclaimed and written into laws.

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Not so free trade

by Rob Gowland

WHY DOES someone like Australian premier Malcolm Turnbull go into politics? A filthy rich ex-banker, he certainly doesn’t need the money. Is he just bored or does he have a burning desire to do something for the weak and the powerless? Well, he’s unquestionably ideologically driven but his concerns are not for the weak and powerless but for his fellow capitalists: everything he does is undeniably for rich people like himself. In short, Malcolm Turnbull went into politics to protect and promote the interests of his own class.

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The Boston Massacre: the poor, not the elite, began the American Revolution

by Chris Mahin

AMERICA’S rulers tell us that this country was built by people with property. For most of us that message started with our first history class, where we were told that this country was founded by upstanding, property-owning folk in New England and Virginia. In fact the American Revolution was begun by people who didn’t own anything, people who were the ancestors of today’s downsized and underemployed. It’s time to tell their story because we need their fighting spirit back again.

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Nine days in northern Ireland

by Zach Gevelinger

ON 6th July 2013, whilst on vacation in Belfast, in the northern six counties of British-occupied Ireland, I visited a female political prisoner for her birthday and wound up arrested under Section 41(b) of the 2000 UK Terrorism Act, not knowing when or if I’d ever get out.

The prisoner was held in Hydebank jail on suspicion of trying to assassinate two police officers in May. Though we were allotted two hours to visit, the administration stopped the meeting short and escorted me to the visitors’ area. There they arrested me.

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