THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 4th August 2017


National News

High Court protects Blair

THE HIGH Court last week blocked an attempt by Iraqi General Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat to bring a private prosecution against former Prime Minister Tony Blair plus former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and former attorney general Lord Goldsmith over the Iraq War.

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Spycops exposed

UNDERCOVER police in Britain have infiltrated and spied on more than 1,000 political groups since 1968, according to an inquiry that was set up two years ago by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary after a press investigation had raised the issue.

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Rochdale unites against EDL

ANTI-FASCISTS in Rochdale, in Greater Manchester, rallied twice last week to protest at incursions by racists — Britain First and then the Islamophobic English Defence League (EDL) — into their town.

Following a far from successful Britain First gathering the previous Saturday, the EDL held a march and rally over this weekend. The fascists tried to exploit the issue of sexual abuse in the town and inflame Islamophobia. Both Britain First and the EDL failed in this as locals refused to be part of their scapegoating.

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British Gas new round of price rises

BRITISH GAS last Tuesday announced that it was raising its electricity prices by 21.5 per cent; a move that consumer experts say is likely to trigger a new round of price rises throughout the domestic fuel supply industry this winter.

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The Silly Season

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

AUGUST is known as the silly season by the media because the long parliamentary recess means that they have to fill their columns with even more rubbish to make up the difference. But whilst the Westminster MPs and the movers and shakers in the Scottish parliament swan off for their well-earned break, life still goes on in the corridors of power.

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No support for Kiev fascists

by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES returned to Whitehall last week for another picket in solidarity with Ukraine’s anti-fascist fighters and to call for the end of British military assistance to the puppet regime in Kiev. Gerry Downing of Socialist Fight and Dermot Hudson from the London NCP joined other supporters of the Solidarity with the Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU) movement to highlight the repression that is going on in Ukraine today.

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Democratic Korea’s stupendous achievements

by New Worker correspondent

THE CHADSWELL Centre in central London once again became the venue for Korean solidarity activists gathering last weekend to commemorate the defeat of US imperialism and its lackeys in the Korean War, and to celebrate the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK’s) successful launch of a new ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile].

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Bradford celebrates David Hockney’s 80th birthday

by Mu Xuequan

A HUGE party in a public park in Bradford celebrated the 80th birthday of David Hockney on Sunday 9th July. Party-goers at Lister Park were able to enjoy a feast of art, fun and food at the park, with a puppet parade, a Hockney-themed birthday cake and rides on a vintage bus.

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Ukraine on Fire: A powerful exposé of fascism

Reviewed by Mike Kuhlenbeck

Ukraine on Fire (2016); documentary; 95mins. Director: Igor Lopatonok. Writer: Vanessa Dean. Stars: Fanny Sage, Arina Belanova, Evgeny Chernov.

DIRECTOR Igor Lopatonok’s powerful documentary, Ukraine on Fire, exposes the history of Western imperialist intervention in Ukraine and the 2014 coup that allowed the far-Right to ascend to power.

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International News

Millions vote in Venezuela’s election

by Pavel Jacomino

THE PRESIDENT of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) Tibisay Lucena has announced that turnout in the country’s historic National Constituent Assembly was over 41 per cent, indicating that over eight million people voted in the elections on Sunday. A feeling of excitement filled the crowds in the centre of the capital, Caracas, as citizens sang, danced and laughed after the end of the process to choose their delegates to the legislative body that will draft the new Constitution.

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The Open University rejects Cuban students

Granma THE British Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) has launched a campaign to overturn a ban on applications from Cuban students by one of the biggest educational institutions in Britain.

The Open University (OU) has been exposed for operating a policy of barring applications from Cuban students because of US blockade laws against Cuba.

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Muslim leaders OK resumption of prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Xinhua

JERUSALEM’S senior Muslim clergies announced last week that worshippers can return to pray inside a contested shrine, following two-week-long violent clashes over new Israeli security measures at the site.

The Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, and the Waqf, a Jordanian Islamic body that administrates the site, ruled that the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been restored. Prayers were resumed on Thursday 27th July.

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Features

Bastille Day — 14th July 1789: The French Revolution begins

by Shane MacThomáis

FOR 95 per cent of the population in France in 1789 it was the worst of times; the other five per cent — including King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette — lived a decadent lifestyle in the Palace of Versailles outside Paris.

The price of bread, the diet of the working class, was soaring. In August 1788, 50 per cent of a peasant’s or urban worker’s income went towards the purchase of bread. By July 1789, this figure had risen to 80 per cent.

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What’s really behind the US interest in Korea?

by Rob Gowland

IT IS an elementary rule when examining the foreign policy decisions of capitalist governments to ‘follow the money’, in other words, who profits from the decision? The US and its imperialist allies, including the Australian government, have made a huge song and dance — have, in fact, waged a propaganda war — against tiny north Korea’s efforts to defend itself against the USA’s constant threats of aggression. Why? Because the US is actually scared of north Korea (more properly called the DPRK — the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)? No, of course not.

The US maintains a huge military presence in south Korea (including nuclear weapons in far greater numbers than the north possesses). This preparation for fighting a new war on the Korean Peninsula does not sit well with the population of south Korea, who are only too aware of the utter destruction inflicted on the country by the last US attempt to eradicate Communism from the region.

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