National News

Academies and council schools hit by funding crisis

Friday by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) shows that schools run by local education authorities are facing cuts in staffing, increasing class sizes, and rapidly deteriorating buildings and equipment, with teachers and teachers’ assistants being forced to work well beyond their paid hours and, for the assistants, well beyond their qualifications. Even with all, this many are failing to keep within their inadequate budgets.

The EPI report found that the number of council-run secondary schools falling into deficit had trebled to 26.1 per cent in the four years to 2017.

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Anti-fascists organise against FLA

BIRMINGHAM Stand up to Racism is organising a strong counter-demonstration to oppose plans by the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) — an innocuous sounding name for an organisation that is strongly Islamophobic and is picking up support from a wide range of racists, fascists and other hooligans who have been looking for a new home since the collapse of the British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL).

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Spike in winter death rates

MORE than 10,000 people died in England and Wales in the first seven weeks of 2018 in addition to the numbers that were expected for the time of year, according to official figures. This is an increase of 12.4 per cent in the death rate — and it was before the two severe cold snaps in March.

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Activists charged under anti-terror laws

A GROUP of protesters who stood on the tarmac runway at Stanstead Airport to try to prevent the forced deportation of asylum seekers, were arrested and charged under anti-terrorism laws.

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Skripal case nerve poison could have been made in many countries

SEVERAL countries could have made the nerve agent used in the chemical attack on Russians Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, according to weapons experts reported in the New Scientist.

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What’s wrong with the Skripal Case

Sputnik

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May has expelled 23 Russian diplomats and cancelled high-level contacts with Moscow after allegations of Russia’s involvement in the poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer sent bilateral relations to a low not seen since the Cold War. Sputnik spoke about the case with a veteran and colonel of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, who spent 42 years working in the agency, on the condition of anonymity.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Football News

THE Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act, one of the pet projects of the Scottish National Party (SNP), was finally given the red card and sent off the pitch for an early bath when Holyrood finally blew the whistle on what Labour MSP James Kelly described as: “The worst piece of legislation in Scottish parliament history

Free Money

Jamie Howard is likely to receive £4.4 million of public money from the SNP Government. He is presently the owner of the Isle of Ulva, a small island near the much larger Isle of Mull, on which nothing much has happened since

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REVIEW Made in North Korea

by Dermot Hudson

THE GENTRIfiED area just north of Kings Cross, with its trendy shops and coffee bars, is not the sort of place where you would expect to find an exhibition of socialist realist art from a revolutionary anti-imperialist country. Yet the House of Illustration in London’s Granary Square (an area redeveloped from old railway land) is hosting an exhibition of graphic art from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that ranges from posters to canned food labels.

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To the eternal memory of Karl Marx

by New Worker correspondent

WELL OVER a hundred communists and friends defied the snow to take part in the annual commemoration of the passing of Karl Marx at his tomb on Sunday. Marx died in his London study at half-past two on the afternoon of Wednesday 14th March 1883. He was buried three days later at Highgate Cemetery and the Marx Memorial Library has for many decades held an annual graveside oration at his burial place in the cemetery in North London.

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International News

Landslide for Putin

Sputnik

THE VOTES have been counted. The incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin wins in the current presidential election with a result of 76.66 per cent in his favour, the chair of the Russian Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova said.

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Río march for slain activist

Radio Havana Cuba

About 2,000 people marched through the Mare favela in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday in memory of human rights activist Marielle Franco, who was gunned down last week. “Marielle’s voice will not be silenced,” a march leader shouted through a megaphone

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No longer the only game in town

People’s Daily (Beijing)

AFTER 18 days, China’s most important annual political meetings, collectively known as the “Two Sessions,” has come to a successful conclusion, highlighting the advantages of Chinese-style democracy.

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Features

Elections in Italy and the Vanishing Centre

People’s Democracy (India)

ELECTIONS for the Italian parliament on 4th March have followed the recent electoral trends of the European continent. One, these elections, by Italian standards, witnessed large scale voter abstention. Two, election results show that the ‘establishment parties’ lost badly, whereas those challenging these parties have won by significantly, increasing their vote share. And finally, the voters did not give any party complete majority, thus throwing up a hung assembly.

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DPRK women thrive despite imperialist threats

Workers World (US)

THE INSTITUTE of International Studies in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) released a study on 30th January titled White Paper on Human Rights Violations in US in 2017. When I read it, I burst out in laughter. The DPRK was mocking the USA for making claims about the status of people in the DPRK.

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