THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 7th December 2018


National News

Former Trump aide discussed Assange’s handover

Sputnik

THE WIKILEAKS founder has been confined in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 when he was granted asylum there to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations and persecution in the US for publication of leaked US docs. The terms of his stay were tightened when a new Ecuadorian president was elected in 2017.

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On the Roads

by New Worker correspondent

ANOTHER group of workers objecting to a measly one per cent are those at Highways England, who have just had a pay rise of that amount imposed on them

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On the Buses

by New Worker correspondent

CHRISTMAS shopping in the north-east will get difficult if the 650 bus drivers employed by Arriva Durham go ahead with their week of strike action that is scheduled to take place from Sunday 16th December.

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On the Rails

by New Worker correspondent

ON TUESDAY passengers on the east coast LNER line went hungry when workers on railway catering company Rail Gourmet based in Edinburgh went on strike. Citing allegations of bullying and harassment of staff, abuse of the disciplinary procedures and non-payment for additional duties, RMT members downed spoons following a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations.

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Tory Cuts

by New Worker correspondent

LOCAL government union Unison has condemned the Tory government for putting young people’s futures at risk by chopping £13.3 million from youth services across the UK in just three years.

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Beefing at the Tower

by New Worker correspondent

THE FAMED Beefeaters, who perform the valuable ceremonial duties of looking after Her Majesty’s crown jewels at the Tower of London, are amongst those working for Historic Royal Palaces who are being balloted over possible action to defend their pensions against massive proposed cuts.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Dehumanising Welfare

THE SCOTTISH National Party (SNP) has spent decades demanding that all sorts of powers should be controlled from Edinburgh. Another of their regular activities is to condemn the Tories for their “dehumanising” approach to welfare.

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Spooks corner

This week the Daily Record turned the spotlight on the shadowy ‘Institute for Statecraft’ (IFS) — a think-tank that the paper claims is a government front set up to combat Russian “disinformation”.

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Against Universal Credit!

by New Worker correspondent

A HIGHLY successful protest against Universal Credit was held last Saturday in Ladbroke Grove in west London. About 50 Unite members along with Labour Party QNEHammersmith, Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea Trades Council activists joined the demonstration in carnival land that was also supported by Emma Dent Coad, the new Labour MP for Kensington & Chelsea.

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Mrs Wilson TV REVIEW

by Ben Soton

IN THIS Tuesday night espionage thriller on BBC1, the actress Ruth Wilson plays her grandmother Alison Wilson. The three-part series centres around the theme of deception, which goes hand in hand with espionage. Alison Wilson meets her husband Alec Wilson, an espionage agent, during the Second World War and they soon marry.

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International News

Korean Solidarity in Madrid

by New Worker correspondent

Korean solidarity activists vowed to redouble their efforts in the coming year at an international conference in Madrid last weekend. A UK KFA delegation led by Dermot Hudson took part in the conference at the Democratic Korean embassy in the Spanish capital that was attended by Korean Friendship Association (KFA) delegates from all parts of Europe.

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France suspends fuel hike to end crisis

Sputnik

FRENCH Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has declared a moratorium on the increase in energy taxes that led to mass demonstrations and unrest in the country. But Benjamin Cauchy, a member of the ‘Yellow Vests’ said that the movement wants to continue protests — although, he added, they need to be non-violent.

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NATO tells nuclear lies

by Manlio Dinucci Workers World (US)

“RUSSIAN missiles pose a danger,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, sounding the alarm, in a 23rd November interview with Maurizio Caprara in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. Published just three days before an ‘incident’ in the Azov Sea, the interview poured petrol on already inflamed tensions with Russia. “There are no new missiles in Europe. But Russian missiles, yes,” claimed Stoltenberg — whilst hiding two facts

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New Israeli stunt

Sputnik

THE ISRAELI army has launched an operation they say is aimed at neutralising alleged tunnels dug from Lebanon into Israel by the Hezbollah movement. The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) announced the operation on Twitter but used photographs of a Hezbollah branch in Iraq, not Lebanon, according to the flags held by the fighters.

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More Ukrainian provocations

by Stephen Lendman

UKRAINE is a virtual US colony - the way it’s been since the Obama regime’s February 2014 coup, replacing democratic governance with fascist tyranny in Europe’s heartland.

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Features

The colonisation of Mexico: Malintzin — traitor or survivor?

Telesur

IN MEXICO and Latin America it’s common to call someone who ‘betrays’ her or his own culture a “malinchisa”. In the national narratives of Mexico and Latin America there are few names comparable to that of Malintzin, better known as “La Malinche”. A traitor to many and a survivor to others, history has put a heavy burden on her shoulders

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US trade war with China a desperate move to save western empire

by Andre Vltchek Pravda.ru

MOST OF THOSE who have had a chance to witness Chinese internationalist mega-projects clearly understand that the West is near to collapsing; it will never be able to compete with the tremendous enthusiasm and progressive spirit of the most populous country on earth, which is built on socialist principles (with Chinese characteristics).

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Lucky no more

by Rob Gowland Guardian Australian communist weekly

I STARTED school in 1945, halfway through the year, when I turned five. Woollahra Central School was an odd mix of kids from posh homes and others from the working-class parts of the suburb. The Great Depression had finally ended with the outbreak of the Second World War but there was still plenty of poverty to be found in Australia. When I started there, there was no school uniform. Half the kids — especially the boys — came to school in bare feet

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