The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 9th November 2018

Lead story

A Warm Welcome For Cuban Leader In DPR Korea

by our Asian Affairs correspondent

CUBAN leader Miguel Diaz-Canel held top-level talks with Chairman Kim Jong Un and the Democratic Korean leadership this week as part of a world tour that began in France and ends next week after visits to People’s China, Vietnam and Laos.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met Democratic Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday, in the capital city of Pyongyang, “in an atmosphere of camaraderie and friendship” for talks that strengthened the firm ties between the socialist island in the Caribbean and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Both leaders held a private meeting later. They agreed to work for “greater expansion and development of cooperation and exchanges in various fields, such as the economy, culture, public health, science and technology to meet common interests”. The Cuban communist said that his visit to the DPRK was a demonstration of the good relations between both nations, noting that “our relationship is historical and based on mutual respect”.

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Scrap Universal Credit!

by New Worker correspondent

THERE was a big turnout from Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group picketing the DWP HQ at Caxton House in London’s West End last week. The protesters were calling for the scrapping of the hated ‘Universal Credit’ benefits scheme that is killing the poor and disabled. Universal Credit is a punitive measure against a vast section of the population on low income rather than a rational simplification and streamlining of the benefit

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Mid-term blues

AMERICA’S mid-term elections confirmed predictions with the Democrats regaining control of Congress while the Republicans consolidated their hold on the Senate. The new Democrat majority in the House of Representatives will allow them to block any proposed Republican legislation they don’t like. But the Republican grip on the Senate leaves Donald Trump still able to make ministerial appointments without hindrance from his Democrat rivals.

Though widely billed as a referendum on Donald Trump, and the “America first” agenda that swept him into the White House in 2016, the mid-term results merely confirm the fact that the political debate has still not gone beyond the confines of the bourgeois consensus. It’s certainly true that a record number of women on the Democrat slate have been elected to the House of Representatives including two 29-year-olds, the youngest women ever to win House seats; along with two Muslim women and two others from Native American communities.

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