The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 9th June 2017

National News

RMT calls for rail urgent safety summit

THE TRANSPORT union RMT last week called for an urgent security summit as it warned that rail staff cuts and introduction of driver-only trains increases the risk from terror attacks.

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Craig Mackinlay MP charged over allegations of overspending

THE CROWN Prosecution Service (CPS) last week charged Craig Mackinlay MP, the Tory MP for South Thanet in Kent, over allegations of election fraud at the time of the 2015 general election by overspending his campaigning budget.

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EDL laughed out of Liverpool

THE ISLAMOPHOBIC English Defence League (EDL) was humiliated in Liverpool last Saturday by thousands of anti-fascists who came out on to the streets to block their intended march through the city. Eventually police had to escort the 60-strong EDL out of town to the strains of the Benny Hill Show theme tune, played by anti-fascists.

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Hospitality bosses told to ‘smell the coffee’

THE GIANT union Unite last Tuesday told employers in the hospitality and tourism industry told to “wake up and smell the coffee” in relation to the low pay and exploitative practices in their sectors.

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NHS leaders planning the ‘unthinkable’

SENIOR managers in the NHS are planning cuts previously regarded as “unthinkable,” according to a report last week in the Health Service Journal.

These measures include closing services, stopping treatments and systematically extending waiting times, amidst growing financial pressures.

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US mayors thank Sadiq Khan

EVERY MAYOR in the United States last week thanked London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his leadership during the terrorist attack at London Bridge last Saturday.

This follows an attack on Khan from US President Donald Trump who, within hours of the attack, posting a message on Twitter saying: “At least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”

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Encouraging gains

by our Scottish political correspondent IN THE final few days leading up to the General Election, Labour gained ground in Scotland.

The recent Ipsos Mori poll puts support for Labour and the Tories tied on 25 per cent each, behind the SNP on 43 per cent.

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DPRK Youth Para Enemble - A smash hit in London!

by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES and friends of Korea joined music lovers to see the Democratic Korean Youth Para Ensemble’s final performance of their tour of England with the support of the Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled. Their first tour wowed Londoners in 2015. They did the same last week.

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International News

Russia fighting for peace in Syria


SYRIAN President Bashar Assad says the situation in his country has dramatically improved from the military perspective, with terrorist groups on the retreat. Alexander Perendzhiev, a political and military analyst and lecturer at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, says that the main guarantee to ensure a lasting peace in Syria is finding political stability and that Russian forces are actively engaged on that front.

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The wicked are first to complain

by Chengliang Wu and Curtis Stone

THE US Navy has accused China once again of conducting “unsafe and unprofessional” manoeuvres near US military aircraft sent to spy on China. Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a P-3 Orion surveillance plane over the South China Sea last week. How ridiculous it is for the US Navy to complain after jeopardising China’s security and interests. Such behaviour makes one think of a Chinese idiom: the wicked are the first to complain.

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Trump’s Support for Qatar blockade will backfire


PRESIDENT Donald Trump has made a serious mistake by picking a needless fight with the pro-American Arab Gulf state of Qatar even though it permits Washington to operate its main air base in the area, says former CIA intelligence officer Phil Giraldi.

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US health care has a relapse

by Rob Gowland

FOR THE right-wing in America, universal health care is some sort of diabolical Communist plot, designed to sap the moral fibre of the nation and open the way for the destruction of democracy itself. “Free enterprise” is their mantra, the answer to all the world’s problems. According to their philosophy, there is no difficulty that cannot be overcome by the simple expedient of finding a way to make a profit from it.

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An Englishman explains his fascination with Tai Chi

by Li Binian, Liu Jinhui and Cao Kai

ENGLISHMAN Daniel Nichols has something of a dual role here in China. For the last two years he has split his time between teaching English at a university and studying Tai Chi.

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World’s most dangerous people: Donald Trump & Prince Salman


MANY PEOPLE consider Donald Trump to be the most dangerous person on the planet. Nevertheless, during his visit to Saudi Arabia, he met a man capable of pushing him from this dishonourable pedestal.

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Venezuela resists US sabotage

by Berta Joubert-Ceci

NEVER before has the Venezuelan Bolivarian process faced such a dangerous threat as it does today. This is true even though US imperialism and its collaborators in Venezuela have imposed a continuous siege on the country ever since Hugo Chávez became president in 1999. Their hostile actions included a coup d’état, which was quickly defeated, and sabotage of Venezuela’s nationalised oil company.

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Cuba joins organising committee for World Festival of Youth


CUBA has become a member of the international organising committee for the 19th World Festival of Youth Sochi-2017, elected during the third preparatory meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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