National News

Working class students face hardship and isolation

WORKING class students face higher costs, hunger and social isolation according to a major review, Class Dismissed: Getting in and Getting on in Further and Higher Education, published by the National Union of Students (NUS) on Monday.

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Cold homes

ONE HUNDRED and forty thousand households, amounting to an estimated 400,000 people, were left without electricity or gas in December and January because they didn’t have enough money to top up their prepayment meter (PPM) new research has revealed, according to research commissioned by Citizens Advice.

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Holding rogue landlords to account

EVICTIONS from private tenancies are a major part of the 78 per cent rise in homelessness since 2011, according to the Safer Renting Project

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How many deaths ….?

THE NUMBERS of homeless people forced to sleep on the streets is rising — the national figure has grown 169 per cent since 2010 — and so is the number who die on the street, but no official statistics exist to record those deaths.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

SNP IT Troubles (I)

PRIOR TO 2014 Referendum the Scottish National Party (SNP) claimed that they could get a new country up and running within 18 months at a cost of only £200 million. More e time and expense have already been spent on much delayed plans to take over the functions of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) alone, however, as provided for in the 2016 Scotland Act.

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SNP IT Trouble (II)

The Scottish National Party are presently engaged in a series of amusing internal battles arising from their use of social media.

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The SNP ‘Left’

A new SNP group has been set up that has pious hopes of becoming “the SNP’s Momentum”

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A recipe for resistance

fiLM REVIEW by New Worker film Correspondent

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Director: Mike Newell; Starring: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown findlay, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode. 12A cert, 124 minutes. THE NAME of the film is of an imaginary society established in occupied Guernsey as a means of getting around the occupation curfew laws. Most of the film, however, is set in 1946. Subsequently I was initially disappointed, expecting tales of resistance to the Nazi occupation. The subject of resistance was raised but it only played a small role in the film.

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Reculver’s stormy past

by Carole Barclay

BACK IN the 1960s Reculver was a tourist haven, with the biggest caravan park in the country. Although most of the caravans have gone, visitors still throng the village at weekends and holidays to see the ancient ruins, or wander along the nature reserve and the coastal footpaths that

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International News

Cuba’s new president vows continuity of socialism


MIGUEL DIAZ-CANEL was elected as Cuba’s new president last week. He follows Raul Castro, who retired after two consecutive five-year terms in office.

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Downed cruise missiles may help Russia


ON 14th April, the USA, France and Britain fired over 100 missiles at multiple targets in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by government forces in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta. Almost two-thirds of the rockets were shot down, according

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More killed in Gaza

Radio Havana Cuba

AT LEAST four Palestinians have lost their lives and more than four dozen others were wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers as anti-occupation protests along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied territories continue unabated.

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Media cover-up: shielding Israel a matter of policy


MEDIA spin will continue to provide Israel with the needed margins to carry out its violent policies against the Palestinian people, with no moral accountability. The term ‘media bias’ does not do justice to the western corporate media’s relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and

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The Bridge of Spies or the end of a CIA Operation?


Fabian Escalante is a former head of Cuban intelligence. He is the author of several books on the intelligence services of the USA against Cuba and has investigated the assassination of John F Kennedy (JFK) from the Cuban viewpoint. LAST YEAR, talented American actor Tom Hanks acted in and produced a Steven Spielberg-directed film called Bridge of Spies, which, by the way, earned one of his supporting actors an Oscar this year in that category.

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Who stands to gain?

GuardianAustralian communist weekly

WHEN investigating a serious crime such as attempted murder, it is customary to seek answers to the question “Who would benefit from the death of this person?” In other words, identify the motive.

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