The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 29th March 2019

National News

PM may go to save Brexit deal


FOLLOWING the resignation of several cabinet ministers on Monday, Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May has reportedly offered a Faustian exchange to the House of Commons: her job in exchange for the passage of her Brexit proposal, according to a report in the Sun this week.

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Dundee Cake slices get smaller

by New Worker correspondent

IN DUNDEE, the city on the banks of the beautiful silvery Tay, Unite the union is holding a consultative ballot on potential industrial action following the SNP-controlled city council approving £10.3 million of cuts at its annual budget.

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Shunted from Company to Company

by New Workercorrespondent

CLEANERS employed by Vinci Cleaners to work on London Overground trains operated by Arriva (London’s local above-ground trains) are holding a 48-hour strike next week. Rail union RMT said that its members working on London Overground for Vinci on the Arriva Rail Contract will take a further 48-hour strike action

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Tories Sweeping Islamophobia Under Carpet


THE MOUNTING controversy over alleged anti-Muslim racism in the Conservative Party is proving to be somewhat of a thorn in the side of the party at a time when a great deal of focus is needed on Brexit. Yet the accusations of ‘institutional racism’ show no signs of going away.

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Luxury penthouse for Brexit official


Downing Street has spent £12 million on a seven-bedroom penthouse apartment for Antony Philipson, the British consul-general in New York and trade commissioner for North America

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Federalism Debated

LAST SUNDAY saw the Scottish Morning Star Spring Conference held at the Scottish TUC in Glasgow debate the question of Scotland’s future: Federal, Independent or Separate in the EU [European Union]?

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SNP Rule in Action

Doubtless it was purely by coincidence that the very next day an official report was issued which demonstrated the failure of two of the SNP government’s efforts to take over previously locally controlled functions.

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White Gold: A not so golden age TV REVIEW

by Ben Soton

THE 1980s were a dreadful decade. After the rather promising 1970s they saw massive defeats for the working class both in Britain and internationally. At home we witnessed the defeat of the miners and print workers. Internationally we saw progressive governments under siege in Afghanistan, Nicaragua and Angola. The decade ended with the counter-revolutions resulting from the treacherous policies of Mikhail Gorbachov.

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How Britain’s Arms Trade spreads death around the world

by Ray Jones

LAST SATURDAY at a meeting held by Conwy Peace Group in Llandudno Mike Kavanagh, from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), explained how Britain trades in arms with unsavoury countries such as Israel and Saudi Arabia — amongst many others. Nor is the trade always one way; Israeli companies are now setting up here and attempting to sell military and police hardware to Britain

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International News

Temer: finally in the hands of justice

by Jorge Ruiz MiyaresRadio Havana Cuba

A BRAZILIAN expert in military coups against elected governments, Michel Temer — a man who for many years was able to evade the hands of justice thanks to the immunity that afforded him a seat in Congress — has finally been arrested for leading a criminal mafia. He was detained in Rio de Janeiro and flown under heavy security to the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, where he will be tried

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Trump’s cheap and cynical provocation


ISRAEL’S Zionist leaders welcomed US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the time had come for the USA to “fully recognise” Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Palestinians warned the move would further destabilise the region and lead to bloodshed

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Israelis pound Gaza again


DESPITE an Egypt-brokered ceasefire on Monday night, missile fire continued into Tuesday as Israeli pounded the Palestinian Gaza Strip with rockets. Gaza has shot back at Israeli territory, which highly protected by the ‘Iron Dome’ air defence system. Now the Israelis say they will keep firing until Friday’s ‘Great March’ to the Israeli contact line is cancelled.

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‘American Dream’ — an American Nightmare

by Ed Newman Radio Havana Cuba

TO THE surprise of no one, a new migrant caravan has been formed in the Mexican border city of Tapachula and it is already headed towards the US border. The caravanistas hope their dreams will come true — but the fate of this new migrant caravan will probably become a nightmare.

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FLN supports Algerian protests


THE National Liberation Front (FLN) and the Democratic National Rally (RND) — two parties in Algeria’s ruling coalition — came out last week in support of protesters who are calling for the transition of power in the North African country.

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20 years on Remembering the bombing of Yugoslavia

by Neil Clark Sputnik

WE’RE COMING up shortly to the 20th anniversary of the start of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. It began on 24th March 1999 and lasted for 78 days. There was no break, not even for Orthodox Easter

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Zionism serves imperialism

Throughout its history Zionist leaders have licked the boots of whatever capitalist Great Power seemed to serve their interests. The tail does not wag the dog, and Israel and the American ‘Zionist lobby’ do not dictate American foreign policy. They serve it. They provided US imperialism with a convenient alibi to play the role of ‘honest broker’ in the Middle East. They enable the feudal Arab oil princes, whose thrones are propped up by imperialist bayonets, to claim that the Arabs’ enemy is not imperialism as such but Israel and this supposedly all-powerful ‘Zionist lobby’, which pulls the strings in the USA. The 1979 entry for Zionism in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia spells this out in detail:

THE MOST reactionary variety of Jewish bourgeois nationalism. Zionism became widespread during the 20th century amongst the Jews in the capitalist countries. Today it is a nationalistic ideology, represented by a ramified system of organisations and a policy expressing the interests of the Jewish big bourgeoisie, which is closely linked with the monopolistic bourgeoisie of the imperialist states. Modern Zionism is militantly chauvinist, racist, anti-communist and anti-Soviet.

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China explores new ways to fight terrorism

by Yi Fan China Daily

ON A CRISP March day in Kashgar, the biggest city on the western edge of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, men and women danced for hours to traditional music to celebrate the marriage of a young couple.

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