THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 16th of November 2018


National News

Economic recovery the Brexit Boom?

by Kristian Rouz-Sputnik

THE BRITISH economy appears to be gaining momentum despite Brexit-related fears of disinvestment, a new governmental report claims, as the solid labour market, and improvements in manufacturing and foreign trade are driving ongoing economic expansion.

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Pay inequalities mean women will work next 52 days for free

by Xu Xin Xinhua

THOUSANDS of women across Britain will effectively work for the rest of the year for free, equal pay campaigners said last week

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PCS prepares next year’s pay offensive

by New Worker correspondent

PLANS FOR next year’s pay campaign were spelt out following a meeting of the leadership of the biggest civil service union in the country last week. The PCS national executive committee (NEC) followed a six-week consultation period with branches. The campaign plan will include the size of the pay claim and the steps that the union needs to take to win it. This will include political campaigning and negotiations with the Government, which is the union’s major employer, and the timing and the nature of any industrial action to back it up is being also being considered

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‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ exposed

Sputnik

A CHURCH in Dartford in south London is secretly offering ‘gay conversion therapy’, a hidden camera investigation has revealed, with a pastor telling the undercover reporter that homosexuality is the work of Satan and comparing acceptance of homosexuality to Nazi brainwashing.

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Celebrating Red October

by New Worker correspondent

COMMUNISTS all around the world celebrated the greatest event in the 20th century last week in events to mark the 101st anniversary of the Russian revolution that established the first workers and peasants republic, the USSR. On Saturday comrades and friends gathered to join them at the New Communist Party’s (NCP) annual tribute to the Bolshevik victory in 1917.

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By the White Cliffs of Dover

by Carole Barclay

DOVER has been the gateway to England for thousands of years. The chalky cliffs were immortalised in song by Vera Lynn during the Second World War, and the castle and the subterranean defences on the cliffs that surround the ‘Key of England’ were maintained until the end of the Cold War.

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FILM REVIEW Peterloo: A very British massacre

by New Worker Cinema Correspondent

Peterloo (2018). Director: Mike Leigh. Stars: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake and Neil Bell. 214 minutes. PG-13. WATERLOO — a field in Belgium where in 1815 the armies of Britain, Prussia and other European powers defeated the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. St Peters field — a square in Manchester where on 19 August 1819 cavalry charged a crowd of unarmed protesters killing around 20 people. The closeness of the two events led to the latter being called the Peterloo Massacre; an event now the subject of a feature film, Peterloo, directed by Mike Leigh. The events in the field in Belgium were made into a film almost 50 years ago, in a film entitled Waterloo. A film about the events closer to home is long overdue

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International News

Bebo is Cuban!

by Pedro de la Hoz Granma

RAMóN Emilio ValdÉs Amaro is Cuban. Not even the decades he lived far away, first in Sweden and later in Spain, made him less ours nor stopped him from promoting Cuban music. One hundred years since his birth on 9th October 1918, Bebo ValdÉs is from Cuba.

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Israeli cabinet splits over Gaza truce

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

ISRAELI Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned, slamming Prime Minister Netanyahu for “surrendering to Hamas terror” by agreeing a truce that ended two days of fierce fighting across the Gaza border that began when Israeli commandos, posing as Palestinians, were unmasked by Palestinian militiamen in the Strip over the weekend.

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Zionist leader’s lawyer faces graft charges

by Pavel Jacomino Radio Havana Cuba

ISRAELI police say they are in possession of sufficient evidence for the attorney general to bring bribery charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal lawyer following a graft probe into the regime’s purchase of German submarines under a lucrative deal

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Khashoggi’s last words

Sputnik

OVER THE weekend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a televised speech that Ankara had given recordings of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the USA, France, Britain and Germany

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Features

Strugglers for peace who worked for Soviet intelligence

Sputnik

A SQUARE in Moscow was named after Kim Philby, the most famous Soviet double-agent of the Cold War era, this week. The square bearing the name of the legendary British spy is located in the Yasenevo district in south-west Moscow. Philby defected in 1963 and died in the Soviet capital in 1988 at the age of 76.

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Irish suffragettes at the dawn of the independence

by Mícheál Mac Donncha An Phoblacht

AT THE start of the 20th century women began to campaign actively against the denial of their right to vote. In 1903 the Women’s Social and Political Union was founded in England, and the militant feminists commenced the battle for the vote. In Ireland there had been groups working for women’s suffrage but the campaign really began here on the instigation of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Margaret Cousins.

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Israeli blocks Palestinian author but can’t stop her words

by Ted Kelly Workers World (US)

AN ISRAELI judge ordered the deportation of Palestinian novelist Susan Abulhawa after security forces held her for over 36 hours. Border security detained Abulhawa in the Tel Aviv early on 1st November, when she arrived to attend the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival where she was scheduled to speak in both Jerusalem (Al-Quds) and Ramallah.

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