The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 3rd August 2018

Lead story


by our Arab Affairs correspondent

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump says he’s ready to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions amidst reports that American diplomats have made similar appeals to the Iranians at United Nations HQ in New York on eight separate occasions, all to no avail. The Iranians say that the USA’s unreliability makes engagement and dialogue with the current US government impossible, but reports in the Arab media say that Iranian and Israeli representatives held secret talks in Jordan in May and that covert discussions with the Americans may also be taking place. In 2015, Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the USA — plus Germany signed an agreement to restrict Iran’s nuclear development in return for lifting crippling economic sanctions. Trump tore up that agreement in May and vowed to restore the sanctions regime against the Islamic Republic. The chief American warlord said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as it is officially known, was “a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made” and added “it didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will”.

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Workers’ Notes Eurostar strike goes ahead Saturday

by New Worker correspondent

EUROSTAR workers walked out on Saturday in protest at the dangerous overcrowding at London’s St Pancras station. Members of transport union RMT picketed the international departure entrance following the breakdown of talks over shocking and dangerous working conditions resulting from repeated service failures and breakdowns. The international terminal at St Pancras has been reduced to chaos, with staff left to bear the brunt of public anger, following a spate of service problems that have dumped thousands of passengers on the cramped concourse at St Pancras as the season heads towards its summer peak. RMT has repeatedly demanded action to improve conditions but with nothing tangible coming from Eurostar there is no option but to strike. Workers at the French end of the Eurostar operation have also registered their disgust at the appalling conditions and have taken action in an attempt to force the company to act. RMT General Secretary.

by New Worker correspondent

THE ZIONISTS are calling for the suspension of one of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) over remarks they claim are “anti-Semitic”. Peter Willsman was taped at a meeting earlier this month when the NEC refused to adopt in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. But Willsman, the secretary of the left-social democratic Campaign for Labour Democracy group, has subsequently apologised and suggested he has been misquoted.

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The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

NEXT WEEK millions in Japan and throughout the world will pause to remember those who died in the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the last days of the Second World War. On 6th August 1945 Hiroshima was destroyed by an American atom bomb. Nagasaki was hit three days later. Some 250,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed instantly in the atomic blasts. Many more would later perish from flash burns and radiation sickness. The Second World War began as an imperialist war. It became a people’s war when the Nazis turned on the Soviet Union in 1941 and the Japanese Empire unleashed its legions against the Americans in the Pacific. Four years later the Red Army was in Berlin and the Japan was begging for a ceasefire. But these pleas were ignored. Instead the world witnessed the use of the most terrifying and devastating weapon — the nuclear bombing by the USA of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The claim that the atom bombs forced Japan to surrender is an enduring myth of the Second World War perpetuated by bourgeois politicians and historians who seek to justify this monstrous war crime.

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