The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 1st September 2017

National News

Police bar 656 from carnival

ANOTHER very successful Notting Hill Carnival has just drawn to a close with around a million people on the streets of west London having a good time.

Television news bulletins have been full of colourful pictures of people in fantastic and beautiful costumes dancing along to the music and they always include a few shots of police officers joining in the fun.

But those bulletins have totally failed to inform us that prior to the event 656 people were arrested, not on the basis of any crime they had committed but on the basis of crimes that senior police officers thought they might be going to commit.

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RMT warning over driverless lorries

THE TRANSPORT union RMT last week issued a warning over tests involving driverless lorries.

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UN condemns Tories’ ‘human catastrophe’

THE UNITED Nations (UN) last week accused Britain’s Tory government of creating a “human catastrophe”. This follows a previous UN report that said the Tories had committed “grave” and “systematic” violations of human rights in Britain, and of using a “smoke screen” and “misusing statistics” to try to cover its tracks.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) met in Geneva, Switzerland to assess assessing how well the British government is sticking to its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, which our government ratified in 2009.

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Rock solid support for Sheffield Jobcentre strike

THE CIVIL service union PCS last week reported solid support from its members for the latest two-week strike against the closure of Eastern Avenue Jobcentre in Sheffield.

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by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Jeremy Corbyn has been doing missionary work north of the border to reclaim strayed souls.

Targeting marginal seats presently held by the SNP he has visited a tweed factory in the Western Isles, Kitty’s Nightclub in Kirkcaldy, a picket in support of a Jobcentre in Lanarkshire threatened with closure as well as holding a rally in Glasgow, meeting all with large enthusiastic audiences.

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SNP figures “pretty ropey” say SNP

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

One of the important fixtures of the Scottish political calendar is GERS Day. In this case it is not a reference to the Glasgow football club but to the publication of the annual Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland figures.

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US troops out of Korea!

by New Worker correspondent

KOREAN solidarity activists returned to Grosvenor Square last weekend to denounce the latest provocations of US imperialism and its lackeys that have taken the Korean peninsula to the brink of war.

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OLIVER CROMWELL, the leader of the bourgeois English Revolution, died on 3rd September 1658. Cromwell, the MP for Huntingdon, was the leading Parliamentary commander during the English Civil War, which began in 1642 and ended in 1649 with the trial and execution of Charles Stuart and the abolition of the monarchy. The Republic of England, or Commonwealth as it was styled in English, was proclaimed soon after.

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International News

Syrian civil war is over say Russians

THE implementation of de-escalation zones in Syria and the separation of terrorists from opposition have allowed the intensification of the fight against terrorism, effectively ending the civil war in the country, says Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu.

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Former CIA Agent says US trains ISIS

by Ivan Martínez

THE US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is being asked to train the ISIS terrorist group and at the very same time to combat it, a former CIA contractor says. Steven D Kelley made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV from Anaheim, California: “The CIA is being faced with their current task of continuing to arm and train the rebels, which they’ve admitted doing — the so-called Free Syrian Army — and at the same time being asked to combat the group ISIS, which it is getting harder and harder for them to mask that it’s essentially the same group.”

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India’s failure fuels guru’s rise

by Zhou Xin

INDIA’S northern states of Punjab and Haryana were put on high alert ahead of the sentencing of self-proclaimed spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was found guilty of raping two women followers last week.

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Confederate statues: take ’em all down!

by Deirdre Griswold

MORE THAN 700 Confederate monuments stand in public places in the USA. There are 191 schools named after Confederate leaders, with 129,000 children attending those schools. More than half of those are young people of colour, over 27,000 Black and 40,000 Latino children. Ten US military posts are named after Confederate generals. Thousands of roads are named after Confederate commanders and politicians.

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Fidel’s legacy at the University of Havana

by Yenia Silva Correa

FIDEL’S IDEAS about respecting rights, legality and upholding the law, always in consultation with the masses, go back to his years as a student.

Fidel was born on 13th August 1926. In 1945 he enrolled at the University of Havana to study law, where he continued to expand his political knowledge, eventually developing a revolutionary consciousness focused on Cuba and the peoples of the Americas.

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After Charlottesville — Liberal hypocrisy writ large

by John Wight

US SENATOR John McCain, this staunch US patriot whose claim to fame, and heroism, is his role in the bombing of poor peasants from the air during the war in Vietnam, is either ignorant or believes that everybody else is.

How else are we to explain his condemnation of racism and bigotry and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, having gone out of his way to support neo-Nazis in Kiev prior to and after Ukraine’s legitimate and democratically-elected government was overthrown in a coup driven by fascists in 2014?

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Same Nazi scum in America and Ukraine


ALTHOUGH the recent surge in far-right violence in the US bears a striking resemblance to the situation in post-Maidan Ukraine, it gets strikingly different coverage in the mainstream media and entirely different reactions from Western politicians.

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Who is the real ‘Rogue State’?

by Rob Gowland

YOU HAVE presumably noticed how Australian news bulletins invariably refer to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as “the rogue state”. The use of this term of opprobrium began, of course, with the Yanks, but all of America’s assorted allies and clients quickly fell into line. In Australia, even the ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] uses it. But one has to ask: why?

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