THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 23rd of November 2018


National News

Knives still out for May

by Larry Neild-Xinhua

AS PRIME Minister Theresa May appointed replacements for the two front-bench ministers who quit last week, a leading expert in politics predicts that she only has a 50:50 chance of winning a challenge to her leadership.

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Newspaper woes

by New Worker correspondent

FURTHER jobs are at risk across the newspaper industry. According to the Press Gazette, the online trade paper, up to 41 jobs are at risk across Reach’s (formerly Trinity Mirror) regional editorial teams, mostly in print production.

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Not paved with gold

by New Worker correspondent

OFfiCIAL figures concerning the number of homeless people are just “the tip of the iceberg”, particularly with regard to young people, according to Phil Kerry, chief executive of youth charity New Horizons. Speaking at a debate where the London Borough of Camden invited experts to give insights into life on the streets, Kerry said: “We know a lot of homelessness for young people is hidden. They are resourceful and use their talents for surviving. Many are sofa-surfing, moving from extended family to friends or colleagues. We know at New Horizons that 30 per cent of rough sleepers are doing that with sofa-surfing.”

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Teens set themselves ablaze in “fire challenge”

Sputnik

A DANGEROUS craze known as the “fire challenge”, which involves people applying flammable liquids to their body and then setting themselves on fire whilst being filmed, has apparently once again become popular amongst teenagers, the Daily Mail reports citing sources amongst hospital staff.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Wine Notes

SIX MONTHS ago a longstanding Scottish National Party (SNP) policy was finally implemented when the minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol came in to force after a long series of court battles fought by the Scotch Whisky Association. It argued the proposal would not help winos but merely penalise moderate tipplers. Eventually the pub trade supported MUP because it sternly deplores people getting drunk on alcohol bought from supermarkets.

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The Law Takes its Course

Former first Minister Alex Salmond has been making headlines just in time to mark the fourth anniversary of his resignation after his failure in the 2014 Referendum.

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Ice Cream Wars

Scottish nationalists, with or without a capital N, like boycotting things. Curiously the main targets of their wrath are not English companies or American multinationals, but Scottish companies

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Edukashun Newz

The Head of Education in North Lanarkshire council who resigned in 2016 has narrowly avoided being struck off for instructing his staff to falsify data on the pupil-to-teacher ratio at schools in the area in 2014 to meet government targets.

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Three Year Olds

Edinburgh’s toddlers are a violent lot according to both Unison and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), who have produced a survey which found that more than half of nursery nurses and pupil support assistants (50.6 per cent) claim to witness violence daily or several times a day, and 48.7 per cent had directly experienced violence at least once a week.

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100 years of the KKE!

by New Worker correspondent

NCP leader Andy Brooks joined hundreds of Greek and Cypriot communists celebrating the glorious 100-year-old history of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) at a meeting in London last weekend. Wood Green’s Cypriot Community Centre hall was packed to the rafters on Saturday to see a video tribute to the KKE that was founded in 1918 and to hear a report of the current situation in Greece by Tilemachos Dimoulas, a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of KKE.

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Cuban leader pays homage to Marx

by New Worker correspondent

CUBAN leader Miguel Diaz-Canel paid tribute to Karl Marx at a ceremony at the Marxist thinker’s tomb in Highgate last week. The Cuban president, who was making a stop-over in London following his talks in China, Democratic Korea, Laos and Vietnam, also took the opportunity to hold talks with Jeremy Corbyn and members of the government. “We honour one of the great thinkers of humanity, Karl Marx, in his grave at the Highgate Cemetery, for Cuba in the bicentennial year of his birth and the 135th anniversary of his physical absence,” the Cuban president said.

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For peace in Korea

by New Worker correspondent

FRIENDS of Korea returned to the Marx Memorial Library last weekend for a solidarity meeting to discuss the current efforts for peace and reunification that have taken place on both sides of the divided peninsula since Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s historic talks with Donald Trump, the leader of US imperialism, in Singapore in June

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International News

New danger to Assange

Radio Havana Cuba

ECUADOR may be preparing to extradite WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange to the USA his lawyer has warned. Carlos Poveda said: “I believe that [Washington, London and Quito] have reached some agreement and that is exactly why the special protocol [on home rules] was introduced... to accelerate the process of ending his asylum and hand him over to the United Kingdom authorities.”

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Israel threatens Airbnb

Xinhua

ISRAELI Tourism Minister Yariv Levin on Monday threatened to take measures against Airbnb’s decision to remove home listings in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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Brazilian Workers Party leader thanks Cuba for medical aid

Radio Havana Cuba

THE PRESIDENT of Brazil’s Workers Party (PT), Gleisi Hoffman, thanked the Cuban government and doctors for their solidarity with the Brazilian people, and regretted that they have been forced to end their participation in the ‘More Doctors’ programme in Brazil

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fierce clashes in Kashmir

Telesur

AN INDIAN army’s ‘search’ operation turned to gunfire with protesters leaving four pro-independence campaigners and one soldier dead and four civilians injured.

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Features

Russia close to recognising Donbas republics after elections

by Lyuba Lulko Pravda.ru

RUSSIA strengthened its position in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics on Sunday 11th November. Now there are legitimate authorities in the people’s republics with which Russia can implement the project of economic integration of the Donbas.

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On the Front Line in the Donbas

Red Star over Donbas

Last month, Yuri Kotenok spoke to Alexei Markov, the commander of the 14th Separate Motorised Rifle Battalion, the legendary ‘Ghost Battalion’ of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), about the current situation.

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Long live Red October

by Rob Gowland Guardian Australian communist weekly

THE OCTOBER Revolution took place in the second decade of the last century. In other words, it was a long time ago — so why should we be concerned with it in the 21st century? That’s easy: because the change it heralded in the way society operates was so profound and so far-reaching that it continues to influence or even determine international relations and the aspirations of the world’s people today.

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