National News

Met confesses to aiding blacklist

TWO MAJOR unions representing construction workers who were blacklisted by employers because they were active trade unionists are considering legal action against the Metropolitan Police after Scotland Yard admitted that Special Branch Officers had passed detailed information on hundreds of workers to construction industry employers. And it is concerning that the Met’s internal inquiry reached this conclusion two years ago but sat on it until the workers’ compensation cases had cleared the courts.

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Confusion after Manchester bomb tragedy

CONFUSION, misleading reports and poor communications led to a two-hour delay in the Greater Manchester fire Service being deployed and a failure to provide an emergency phone line for members of the public enquiring about family and friends after the suicide bombing at the Manchester arena on 22nd May last year.

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YouGov pollsters question voting rights

THE POLLING company YouGov was criticised last week on social media after it was revealed that one of their online surveys questioned whether or not benefit claimants should be allowed to vote.

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Millionaire jailed over fatal safety breach

KEITH Crawford, a millionaire and former UKIP parliamentary candidate, was jailed last week after ignoring safety pleas that lead to the death of a builder who had been excavating to repair a leak in an outside pool

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Something to Hide

ANYONE who has ever served on a committee, even in a humble workplace trade union branch, knows the importance of keeping a record of discussion, or at least of decisions taken.

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Foreign Affairs

The SNP’s attempts to have a foreign policy have been generally been marked by failure: their efforts to win support from the European Union (EU) were rebuffed by the very bureaucrats and politicians they expressed devotion to.

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Drivers on Strike

Bus drivers employed by first Bus are involved a series of strikes in Aberdeen, the birthplace of the multinational company, which was formed in 1995 and expanded across Britain by gobbling up privatised former council services. Last year it made £5,653.3 million from its 100,000 employees.

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A showcase of cultures

Xinhua

EVERY culture has its uniqueness. The challenge for the British Museum to be an encyclopaedic one is to showcase not only the exclusiveness of cultures but the coherent inter-connectivity amongst them, said British Museum Director Hartwig fischer

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Peace Now! US troops out of Korea!

by New Worker correspondent

KOREAN solidarity activists stood outside the new and heavily guarded American embassy in London last weekend calling for peace on the Korean peninsula and the withdrawal of all US troops from south Korea. Called by the Korean Friendship Association (KFA), the picket was supported by New Communist Party members in London, including Theo Russell from the Central Committee, together with comrades from the Italian Communist Party

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International News

Western rage over Skripal

Xinhua

IN RESPONSE to the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy with a nerve agent, more than 20 Western countries have announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at a shopping centre in Salisbury, Britain, on 4th March.

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No justice under Israeli occupation

Communist Party of Israel

AHED TAMIMI, the teenager from Nabi Saleh arrested after a video of her attempting to push two armed Israeli soldiers off of her family’s porch went viral, signed a plea bargain in Israeli military court on Wednesday 21st March, according to which she is to serve eight months in prison, minus the three months time she has already been incarcerated.

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Former Catalan president arrested

Sputnik

ON SUNDAY, Carles Puigdemont, who is wanted in Spain for sedition and rebellion, was detained on a European arrest warrant in Germany whilst on his way to Belgium.

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Indonesia stands by Syriat

Syria Times

THE INDONESIAN ambassador in Damascus, Djoko Harjant, says his country, which has experienced the agony of terrorism, has supported Syria in its war against terrorism over the past seven years and it will take part in rebuilding infrastructures in the country. It is worth mentioning that Syria was the second country to recognise the independence of Indonesia in 1945. The Indonesian diplomat, who has been in Damascus over the last four years, gave details about how his country supported Syria and how he himself played a key role in explaining the reality of events in Syria for public opinion in Indonesia.

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Common history on the road to socialism

Granma

“THOSE who live on fish and rice, and wear silk, far away, in Asia, on the seashore, below China,” as Cuban National Hero JosÉ Martí described the Vietnamese in Un paseo por la tierra de los anamitas (A stroll through the land of the Annamites), have always been friends of Cuba. The ties between the peoples of Cuba and Vietnam go far beyond the historic coincidence of the birth of Ho Chi Minh (May 19th 1890) and the death in combat of JosÉ Martí (May 19th 1895), as they were reinforced by the constant struggle of the Vietnamese leader and fidel to build socialism.

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Features

Martin Luther King killed defending labour’s rights

by Chris Mahin

THE 4TH OF April is one of the saddest days of the year. On that day in 1968, the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Although many events are held each year to honour Dr King’s memory, too often people forget — or have never learned — why he was in Memphis that spring. Dr King went to Memphis to help striking sanitation workers — and paid for his stand with his life. That makes 4th April an important anniversary not only in African American history (and in US history in general), but in the history of the labour movement as well.

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If Poirot went to Salisbury!

Sputnik

THE TWEET from the Russian Embassy in the UK suggesting that in the absence of evidence, Hercule Poirot should be sent to solve the Salisbury poisoning mystery, wasn’t well received by sanctimonious, virtue-signalling neo-cons.

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