National News

NHS pay rise an illusion

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A GOVERNMENT leaked document last week revealed that, after months of negotiations between the Department of Health and NHS unions, it was ready to offer around 1.3 million NHS staff a pay rise of 6.5 per cent.

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Jewish Voice for Labour speak against witch-hunt

THE CAMPAINING group Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) last week issued a statement in response to the suspension of their secretary, Glyn Secker, on the grounds that supposedly he has made anti-Semitic remarks: &ldquo;In an extraordinary development, JVL Secretary Glyn Secker, long-time Jewish activist, executive committee member and director of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and captain of the Jewish Boat to Gaza in 2009, has been suspended from membership of the Labour Party.

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Fascists jailed

PAUL GOLDING, the leader of the extreme right-wing and racist organisation Britain first, and his partner and deputy leader Jayda Fransen, were found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment last week and jailed at Folkestone magistrates&rsquo; court.

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Tories vote to reduce free school meals

THE TORIES along with their allies in the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) last Wednesday voted for cuts to free school meals in England &mdash; despite protecting Northern Ireland from similar curbs.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Labour in Conference LAST WEEKEND the Scottish Labour Party held their annual conference in Dundee. This was the first such occasion since the election of their new leader Richard Leonard after the unexpected departure of former leader Kezia Dugdale. It was in stark contrast to last year&rsquo;s event when room had had to be especially draped so that it looked smaller and fuller for the TV cameras

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Shortbread Wars AN IMPORTANT new cause has rallied Scottish nationalists: they have been calling for a boycott of a major Scottish food company. The target of their ire is Walkers of Speyside (no relation to the crisps firm), manufacturer of oatcakes and shortbread. The ingredients for shortbread are simple: flour, sugar and butter, which means it qualifies as a Sottish health food.

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Shakespeare in China

Xinhua

THE ROYAL Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced the launch of three new Chinese productions using the RSC&rsquo;s translations with Chinese theatres.

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Karl Marx: thinker and revolutionary

by New Worker correspondent

KARL MARX died in London on 14th March 1883 and his passing is marked by a number of ceremonies, including the annual address at Marx&rsquo;s tomb in Highgate Cemetery and the New Communist Party&rsquo;s more modest annual reception at the Party Centre in Battersea last week.

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Lewisham train fiasco

by Dermot Hudson

ON FRIDAY the 2nd of March I boarded the 17:39 train from Waterloo East to Orpington to get home. The train was operated by the South Eastern Railway, a privatised rail company owned by the Go Ahead Group, a capitalist monopoly. International

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International News

Trump sacks Tillerson

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump sacked his foreign minister this week and replaced him with the Director of the CIA. Trump thanked Rex Tillerson for his service and confirmed that CIA Director Mike Pompeo will become the new secretary of state. President Trump tweeted that he was confident that Pompeo would do a &ldquo;fantastic job&rdquo; in his new post

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EU warns Trump of tit-for-tat tariff war

The European Union (EU) on Monday threatened to take retaliatory action by charging duty on American products if US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on European steel and aluminium.

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UN ignores genocidal war on Yemen

SAUDI ARABIA carried out so many terror attacks with Washington&rsquo;s support in the last few days in February that this writer had trouble tallying all the incidents. A United Nations (UN) Security Council meeting did not address these genocidal attacks and instead chose to focus on rallying support for a war against Iran.

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Features

Have a glass of glyphosate!

by Rob Gowland

CAPITALISM is not a system that thinks small. Its ambition is simply to rule the world, to eliminate any competing non-capitalist system and to make the world an obstacle-free playground for those engaged in the serious pursuit of profit. The tiny upper strata of capitalist society lead lives of extraordinary luxury whilst the toiling masses who actually produce the wealth the rich enjoy are begrudged the pitiful fragment they are reluctantly allowed to retain. And they are only allowed to keep that so they can go on producing riches for a greedy minority.

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.Ukraine: the war the Western media ignore

Interview with Borotba&rsquo;s Victor Shapinov by Greg Butterfield

On 22&mdash;23rd February 2014 a violent coup overthrew Ukraine&rsquo;s elected government. It brought to power the right-wing &lsquo;Maidan&rsquo; movement, with backing from both Democrats and Republicans in Washington.

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Have the Oscars become anti-Russian too?

THE 90TH Academy Awards show has become a disappointment for Russia yet again. Andrei Zvyagintsev&rsquo;s Loveless dram,a nominated for the Oscar in the &lsquo;Best Foreign Language film&rsquo; category, was left in the basket, whereas the Oscar for the best documentary went to Icarus - an &lsquo;investigation&rsquo; by Bryan Fogel on doping in Russian sports

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