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Saudi oil production devastated

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

SAUDI OIL production has been halved following a devastating Yemeni drone attack on two huge Saudi Arabian oil refineries along the Persian Gulf last weekend. The Saudis and their American masters say the Iranians did it but the Russians are calling for an unbiased investigation amid speculation in the Russian media that the strike may have come from Qatar or the Emirates, whose rulers are at loggerheads with the House of Saud.

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Ann Rogers remembered

by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES and friends gathered at the Party Centre over the weekend to pay tribute to the life-long commitment of Ann Rogers to the communist cause. Ann, who passed away in June, was a leading member of the New Communist Party and was National Organiser and Editor of the New Worker during the turbulent times of the 1980s and 1990s when the very existence of the Party was at stake.

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Holiday Pay Battles

by New Worker correspondent

HOLIDAY PAY in Britain was one of the few positive things to come out of Neville Chamberlain’s pre-war Tory government. For many workers however, it is still a theoretical concept.

The Resolution Foundation in a recently published report has unsurprisingly found that around half a million British workers do not receive the holiday pay to which they are legally entitled. The worst affected are those in the gig economy on zero-hours contracts who are often not regarded as formal employees at all and thus do not get sick pay.

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Editorial

What they stand for

LAST WEEK’S Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth has provided their new leader Jo Swinson with another stage to trawl her vacuous views in front of the dissident Tories who they hope to win over in time for the next general election.

In the old days the Liberals posed as a radical alternative to Labour. Their youth wing embraced the Palestinian cause and campaigned against the racist, apartheid South African regime while championing early calls for devolution in Scotland and Wales. But those days are long gone.

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Bi Bi Netanyahu?

It seems that Benjamin Netanyahu’s days at the helm of the State of Israel have finally come to an end following a general election that saw the Likud leader’s party pipped at the post by General Benny Gantz’s new Blue and White bloc. While the Blue and Whites are only one seat ahead this should give Gantz first crack at forming a coalition with the minor parties that will control almost half the seats in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

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