National News

RMT ‘aligns’ towards Labour

by New Worker correspondent

THE RMT transport union stopped short of re-affiliating to Labour at a special conference last week. But the Special General Meeting (SGM) did agree to encourage branches to develop ties with local Labour parties. Following a national consultation the RMT National Executive Committee decided, by nine votes to three, to recommend to the SGM that the union should not re-affiliate at this stage but instead continue with its

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Ministers back controversial third runway at Heathrow

THIS WEEK Prime Minister Theresa May’s top ministers endorsed plans for the controversial multi-billion pound third runway at London Heathrow, Britain’s busiest airport. At a meeting in Downing Street of May’s economic committee ministers set out final proposals to back the Heathrow expansion plan which will pave the way for more flights to London.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish Political correspondent

SNP Splits

THE SCOTTISH National Party is “fundamentally undemocratic” that risks alienating Yes supporters, it has “never been so centralised” in its 84 year history and it is under a husband and wife “presidential regime”. Thus writes former SNP Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

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The Lad of Pairts

“The Lad of Pairts”, a boy rising from poverty to riches by going through the village school and then a university scholarship was always bit of a myth when it was invented in the 19th century, but in the 21st century things have not changed very much apart from the addition of the lassies. The SNP’s much vaunted drive to increase access to university for students from poor backgrounds is coming unstuck according to data from the Scottish Funding Council.

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Red Salute to Marx in China

by New Worker correspondent

NCP LEADER Andy Brooks took part in an international seminar titled “Marxism in the 21st Century and the Future of Socialism in the World” that was held in People’s China last week. Over 100 leaders and representatives of 75 communist parties from 50 countries from around the world met in China’s innovative hub of Shenzhen to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx.

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BDS isn’t anti-semitic

Telesur

ROGER WATERS, singer, pro-Palestinian activist and former member of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd, asked the German authorities not to criminalise the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, after broadcasters refused to collaborate with him or promote his concerts in Germany over his support for the peaceful anti-Israel boycott.

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REVIEW The Insidious Intent of Val McDermid

by Ben Soton

VAL MCDERMID may be one of the best crime writers of our time. Her novels do not follow the Agatha Christie model of being set in a closed environment where the murderer commits an outlandish crime whilst the number of suspects can be counted on one hand and the amateur sleuth catches them out making the police look incompetent. Instead McDermid’s novels are about the modern process of crime detection: involving the use of DNA and increasingly digital evidence where the field of suspects covers at least an entire country

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An English village pub in the Chinese countryside

Xinhua

ALL OF the 14 guest rooms at Edward Gawne’s village inn in the Chinese countryside are booked a month in advance. The 33-year-old Londoner runs an inn named Skywells in Wuyuan County, Jiangxi province with his Chinese wife, Selina Liao Minxin.

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International News

Washington provokes Beijing at its peril

People’s Daily (Beijing)

TWO US Navy warships—the USS Higgins, a destroyer, and the USS Antietam, a cruiser—trespassed into China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands provoking Beijing in the South China Sea.

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Secretive Bilderberg meeting sets agenda

Sputnik

DESIGNED in the middle of last century to “foster dialogue between Europe and North America,” the so-called decision makers of the world are to rub shoulders again in the annual, secretive bash of the Bilderberg conference – and at a time of discord between Europe and the United States.

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Israeli jets pound Gaza

Radio Havana Cuba

ISRAELI warplanes have carried out multiple airstrikes on a series of locations spread out through the Gaza Strip. Over the weekend, Israeli jets launched attacks on central, southern and eastern parts of the besieged enclave. Earlier, on Saturday, Israeli tanks also fired upon the coastal area.

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Spanish communists: No respite for the new capitalist government!

Political Bureau of Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE)

THE VOTE of no confidence that brought down the [right wing] Government of Mariano Rajoy opens a new political cycle. The new Socialist Workers’ (PSOE) government will try to take definitive steps to reform the political system, following a parliamentary debate in which it has been found that it is the very nature of capitalism that engenders political corruption.

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Features

Nicaragua,Venezuela:one enemy, one fight for democracy

Telesur

ALL THE SIGNS are that – just as in Venezuela – people at the grassroots level in Nicaragua won’t get fooled again.

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How UK cops invented ‘Domestic Extremism’ to justify political spying

Sputnik

AN INTERNAL British Counter Terrorism unit document has revealed some of the groups the authorities view as ‘domestic extremists’. A campaigner has told Sputnik journalist Kit Klarenberg the file is a clear demonstration of how lacking in legal validity the phrase is.

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Ukraine: A land of miracles, where people rise from the dead

Pravda.ru

REPRESENTATIVES of the Security Bureau of Ukraine claim that the disinformation about the fake killing of Russian opposition journalist Arkady Babchenko in Kiev was part of an operation by the Ukrainian special services to capture the person who was allegedly planning to assassinate the journalist.

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