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A martyr for Irish freedom

by Theo Russell

A NEW committee was launched last Friday at the London Irish Centre in Camden, north London, to prepare for the centenary of the death of Terence MacSwiney, the mayor of Cork, who died after 73 days on hunger strike in Brixton prison, south London, in October 1920.

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Johnson’s first week in office

Sputnik

LONDONERS took to the streets last week to protest against Boris Johnson, who has promised take Britain out of the European Union (EU) by 31st October with or without a deal on the post-Brexit relationship. But Steve Hedley, the senior assistant general secretary of the RMT transport union, thinks it is unlikely that a new Brexit deal will be passed before the 31st October deadline.

Last week Johnson became the elected leader of the Conservative Party after defeating his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and consequently replaced Theresa May as Prime Minister. Johnson won the Tory membership poll with 92,153 votes, compared with Hunt’s 46,656. But according to the Labour Party, Johnson was chosen by just 0.3 per cent of the electorate.

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Justice in the Dock

by New Worker correspondent

CIVIL Service union PCS is planning ballots on industrial action over planned redundancies and office closures in the English courts system as Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service Centres (CTSC) are facing drastic cuts under a Government ‘reform’ programme.

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Changing of the Guard

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

INEVITABLY the changing of the guard at No 10 Downing Street has had certain knock-on effects on Scottish politics.

The reaction of first Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the new Johnsonian age was to demand a second independence referendum — but as she says that every almost week that is no more news than a “dog bites man” story. Earlier she said that the elevation of Boris Johnson made Scottish independence more likely; but if there was a grain of truth in that remark she would have kept her lips firmly sealed.

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Drug Deaths Crisis: A Dodgy Solution

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland increased by 27 per cent to 1,187 in 2018, a figure that is proportionately three times that for the UK as whole and the worst in the European Union (EU). Although a fortnight has passed since the deplorable figures were announced the first Minister has not made a single comment on the problem — but behind the scenes the SNP Government have come up with a brilliant idea for dealing with the problem.

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Brilliant Industrial Policies

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The SNP’s industrial strategy is as energetic and successful as their drugs policy. It has been announced that eight turbine jackets for an offshore wind-farm development are to be made at the BiFab plant in fife.

Instead of being grateful, GMB and Unite are furious that the French developer EDF has contracted the Italian firm Saipem to subcontract work on another 45 jackets to Indonesia, where they will be “delivered by cheap foreign labour then shipped by diesel-burning barges to the fife coast”.

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General Election Now!

Xinhua

People gathered in Parliament Square in London last week, showing placards as they attended a Labour Party rally calling for a general election. Jeremy Corbyn has called for a general election because, he claimed, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has “no plan” to tackle Britain’s problems. The Labour leader said that the new Conservative Government has “the hardest right-wing Cabinet I have ever seen”.

The Korean Victory in 1953

by New Worker correspondent

Friends of the Korean people met in central London last weekend to celebrate the defeat of US imperialism in the Korean War that began when the USA and its lackeys attacked north Korea in June 1950. It ended with the USA beaten to a standstill on 27th July 1953. Although the USA signed an Armistice, it still refuses to normalise relations with the people’s government in the north and the Korean peninsula remains divided, with the south still occupied by thousands of US troops.

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How the Middle Class Ruined Britain

TV REVIEW

by Ben Soton

How the Middle Class Ruined Britain. BBC Two; Tuesday 23 July, 9pm—10pm. Available on BBC iPlayer.

GEOFF Norcott is a professional writer and comedian. He tells us in a BBC2 ‘documentary’ he presented last week that he is also working-class Leave Voter. OK. He then goes on to say how he favours a small state and a limited benefit system and also votes Tory. Maybe Geoff is unaware which class is more likely to require the use of the welfare state.

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International News

Colombian social leader shot after protests

by Ed Newman

YISELLA TRUJILLO, a social leader from Colombia, was murdered over the weekend, less than 24 hours after a march took place against the mass murders of Colombian social and community leaders including members of the People’s Alternative Revolutionary Force of Colombia (FARC).

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Alleged 9/11 mastermind makes plea-bargain offer

Sputnik

KHALID Sheikh Mohammed, who was named by the USA as one of the main architects of the 9/11 attacks and is currently being held at the US Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, recently indicated that he would consider helping 9/11 victims in their lawsuit against Saudi Arabia if the US government decides not to seek the death penalty against him.

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Amnesia and lies at the United Nations

by Elson Concepción PÉrez

IT IS TRULY shameful for anyone to use or represent a United Nations (UN) institution, such as the Human Rights Commission, to present accusatory reports on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s legitimate government, in the most biased and deceptive manner.

This has occurred, without even a sharp word for those who, in flagrant violation of human rights, have imposed an economic siege on the country, causing hunger and death amongst the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

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30th July: Martyrs of the Cuban Revolution

by Eduardo Palomares Calderón

“The day only one Cuban is left to make this revolution, it will be me.” FRANK País García was amongst those men who move people, conquer plains and mountain tops, who see the light on the horizon and speak for all. The young revolutionary was shot by Batista’s henchmen 62 years ago, thinking that with 20 bullets they could bury him in oblivion. But the date was chosen in his honour, to become Martyrs of the Cuban Revolution Day.

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Features

Cambodia needs no US guidance on how to be friends with China

Sputnik

CAMBODIA is building its relationship with China, adhering to the constitution, and refutes US information regarding Sino—Cambodian military ties. Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen has called reports on China’s access to Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base in the Gulf of Thailand “the worst news that has ever been fabricated” against the country.

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Angela Davis inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame

by Chauncey K Robinson

REVOLUTIONARY activist, philosopher and professor, Angela Davis is being inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this year. The organisation is the nation’s oldest membership group dedicated to recognising and celebrating the achievements of women in the USA. Davis has a long history in the civil rights movement as an advocate for the oppressed, along with standing firm on issues such as racism, systemic oppression and justice for Palestine.

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Moncada: A victory of ideas

by Juan Diego Nusa Peñalver

HISTORY cannot be forgotten. At a time when US imperialism and its regional allies are intent upon eliminating the idea that “a better world is possible”, the Cuban Revolution and its heroic people are resisting at all costs, convinced of the justness of their ideals, and celebrating the 66th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada in Santiago de Cuba and the Carlos Manuel de CÉspedes Garrison in Bayamo.

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Stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs!

by Huaxia

IN THE WAKE of a series of violent incidents initiated by radical protestors in Hong Kong, some politicians in the USA and Britain did not miss the chance of meddling in China’s internal affairs, using their usual front as the champion of freedom and democracy.

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