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Airport wars

by New Worker correspondent

BRITISH AIRPORTS are rapidly becoming a major battleground in the class war. Unite the union warned on Monday that threatened strike action at Stansted Airport would cause severe delays to EasyJet if check-in staff took action over a pay dispute.

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United for Grenfell!

by Theo Russell

THOUSANDS of people from the local community, trade unionists from London and across Britain, and a contingent from Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea Trades Council joined a highly emotional, silent march in North Kensington last Friday, two years after 72 people were lost in the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Royal Marines sent to Gulf over tanker crisis

Sputnik

ROYAL MARINES have been deployed to the Persian Gulf in the wake of tanker attacks blamed on Iran. The reported development comes amidst heightened tensions in the Middle East as the USA and its regional allies have accused Iran of orchestrating an attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this week. Tehran has strongly rejected the allegations as unfounded.

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Labour Pains

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE SCOTTISH Labour Party has no shortage of troubles. In the aftermath of the elections for the so-called European parliament the knives came out for Labour leader Richard Leonard as a result of the party coming fifth with less than a tenth of the vote.

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Unlikely Militants

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), which sets accredits all most non-university qualifications in Scotland, is not noted as a hotbed of industrial militancy. Long-suffering staff have announced, however, that they will be taking discontinuous strike action at the organisation on the 26th June, 22nd July and 6th August 2019.

This comes after Unite the Union had earlier agreed to suspend industrial action on the basis of an Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)-negotiated framework agreement between both parties. This agreement resulted in the SQA being committed to a series of measures designed to address the restructuring issues that contributed to the substantial lack of trust and confidence in SQA management.

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TV Times

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

In late February the new BBC Scotland channel was launched at a cost of £32 million with great fanfare. Now we know just how popular it is.

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Dead Tree Press

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

In the world of print media things are not much better. The Buteman, which is based in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute in the firth of Clyde (population 6,014), is closing this week after being published since 1854. Seven years ago it sold 2,627 copies but now sells only 550, although the latter figure is better than some BBC Scotland programmes. The closure will not involve any redundancies because the news editor and reporter are now both based in the Edinburgh hub of JPI Media, where one of them also doubles up on the Midlothian Advertiser. Also closing are two other JPI Media titles in the Borders: the Hawick News and the Selkirk Weekend Advertiser. A few months ago The Buteman put out a pathetic appeal to its diminished readership: “The Buteman no longer has a reporter on the island. So to help Kevin fill your local newspaper with your local stories please get in touch with him.” It is not surprising that The Buteman went down the Clyde, it would be difficult to persuade people to pay to read news they had supplied themselves.

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Boycott Puma!

by New Worker correspondent

MEMBERS and supporters of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) were out in force last Saturday, protesting outside sportswear company Puma’s flagship store in London’s West End. The demonstration in Carnaby Street, near Oxford Circus, greatly slashed the numbers entering the store.

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Stand by Cuba!

by New Worker correspondent

THIS year’s RMT Cuba Garden Party in Clapham, south London last week saw hundreds of members and friends of the transport union RMT gather to show their support for socialist Cuba as it faces a new wave of attacks from the Trump government. The guest of honour was Cuban international medical volunteer Dr Emanuel Fonseca, who said that Cuba “Deeply believes that a better world is possible, and this is only possible by socialism”.

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Chinese scholar gets Oxford award

CHINESE writer and Nobel laureate Mo Yan was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, in recognition of his contribution to Chinese and world literature.

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International News

Chinese and Democratic Korean leaders to meet in Pyongyang

Xinhua

CHINESE President Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), will hold talks with Democratic Korean leader Chairman Kim Jong Un during his state visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) this week.

This will be the first visit to the DPRK by the top leader of the CPC and China’s head of state in 14 years, and also General Secretary Xi’s first visit to the country since the 18th National Congress of the CPC in 2012, Song Tao, head of the International Department of the CPC, said at a press briefing in Bejing on Monday.

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Kosovo: Mass murderers return to the crime scene

IDOC

TWENTY years later, the murderers of the Yugoslavian people return to the crime scene. Those who bombed Yugoslavia in 1999, spreading terror and death, are celebrating their atrocities in the NATO protectorate of Kosovo.

Former US President Bill Clinton and top diplomat Madeleine Albright are amongst Western leaders flocking to Kosovo to receive honours from ethnic Albanian militants they backed in the 1999 NATO massacre against Yugoslavia.

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Iran busts CIA cyber-espionage ring

Sputnik

IRAN has dismantled a CIA-run “large US cyber-espionage” network, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported, citing the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani.

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D-Day 75 years later

by John Catalinotto

THIS YEAR the European imperialist leaders with US president Trump as guest of honour made a point of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy on 6th June 1944, D-Day. They were allegedly honouring the troops who died in that battle, which contributed — though much less than they’d like us to believe —to the defeat of Nazi Germany.

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UN votes against British occupation of Chagos Islands

People’s Voice (Canada)

THE UNITED Nations (UN) General Assembly has voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of implementing a court ruling that says Britain’s occupation of the Chagos Islands violates international law.

Altogether 116 members voted in support of the resolution with only the USA, Australia, Israel, Hungary and the Maldives supporting the UK.

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Features

Indian elections: The Left will overcome

People’s Democracy (India)

THE 2019 Indian general election was held in seven phases from 11th April to 19th May 2019. About 900 million people were eligible to vote and turnout was over 67 per cent. The reactionary Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies won 353 of the 545 national parliamentary seats in the Lok Sabha, the House of the People or lower house of India’s bicameral parliament. The two communist parties in India’s Left Front managed to hold on to only five.

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Israel: A colonial, settler state

by Stephen Gowans

Below is an excerpt from Stephen Gowans’ new book, Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East: From European Colony to US Power Projection Platform. The excerpt is from Chapter 3, titled Nakba.

ON 29th November 1947, the United Nations [UN] General Assembly approved Resolution 181, calling for the partition of Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states, linked by an economic union, with Jerusalem set aside as an international territory outside the jurisdiction of either state.

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