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Transport news

IT IS GOOD to note that one state-owned transport company operating in Britain is doing well. Unfortunately the benefits do not accrue to the travelling public, for the company is Arriva Rail London (ARL), the operator of the London Overground, which is ultimately owned by Deutsche Bahn, the German state railway.

Transport union RMT have condemned the company for paying out £4.5 million in dividends last year whilst embarking on a drastic programme of closing ticket offices. Overall, the company’s income, which mainly comes via a concession payment from the publicly funded Transport for London (TfL), increased by £25 million.

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High principals

by New Worker correspondent

WHAT DOES a college principal do when facing “significant financial challenges” that force 21 staff redundancies and the closure of three centres? The answer is obvious, you take two business-class return tickets to China in order to attract students who will presumably be getting a worse deal with a worse staff—student ratio.

Although Perth College has been responsible for producing some of the finest plumbers and bricklayers in Perthshire, it is difficult to see what attraction it has for Chinese students who have no shortage of home-grown institutions. The grander Scottish educational institutions like Chinese post-graduates who come to broaden their horizons on masters courses; they are especially welcome because they bring large fees to make up for the free tuition provided for locals.

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United Kingdom more divided than ever!

by finian Cunningham

THE ISSUE of Brexit has decisively won the day in England and Wales. But for Scotland and Northern Ireland — the other two nations that make up the UK — voters have become even more entrenched in their opposite position to remain in the European Union (EU).

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Johnson moves against boycott Israel campaign

by Robert Inlakesh

BORIS Johnson, is reportedly preparing to pass a bill that will outlaw support for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) against Israel, making it illegal for public agencies to engage with any group that participates in boycotts of the Israeli regime.

The story, which first surfaced in INews, has now caught wind in the Israeli press and is seen as another win for Israel to have come from Britain’s recent election, with Labour’s pro-Palestinian Jeremy Corbyn losing to his Conservative Party rival.

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International News

Russia and China call to end DPRK sanctions

Sputnik

RUSSIA and China have submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that calls for lifting sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and promptly resuming the six-party talks.

The resolution proposes to exempt the inter-Korean rail and road co-operation from UN sanctions, and lift to all measures previously imposed by the UN Security Council that are directly related to civilians’ livelihood, amongst others.

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NATO Summit

by Manlio Dinucci

FRENCH President Macron spoke of the “brain death” of NATO; others called it “moribund”. Is this military alliance, without a head of its own, crumbling as a result of internal fractures? The disputes at the December London Summit seem to confirm this scenario. A look at the substance, at the real interests that the various allies share, provides a different view.

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India mass protests

Edited by Ed Newman PROTESTS over a new Indian citizenship law based on religion spread to student campuses as critics said the Hindu nationalist government was pushing a partisan agenda in conflict with the country’s founding as a secular republic.

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French workers confront Macron government

by G Dunkel

THE GENERAL strike in France is now into its third week. Transportation is barely hanging on, with just 10—30 per cent of scheduled trains running. Cars and buses spend hours in traffic jams. Bicycle lanes are jam-packed. CafÉs, restaurants, hotels and stores report losing major amounts of year-end holiday business.

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Features

The West’s disinformation campaign against China

by Li Qiao and Liu Xin

TYPING “China” on Twitter’s search engine, numerous tweets on heated topics concerning China come up. Many of them deal with China’s economy and political system, the Xinjiang Uyghur and Tibet autonomous regions, and Hong Kong.

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Germany: the good, the bad and the ugly

by Victor Grossman

LOOKING OUT my window at the wide Karl Marx Allee boulevard below, I have seen many a big May Day parade march by in the old GDR (German Democratic Republic) days, and many a passing bicycle race or marathon.

Recently, for the first time, I saw a slow, endless column of green or yellow tractors. I learned later that 5,600 of them, after blocking traffic whilst driving in from North, South, East and West Germany, had converged at the Brandenburg Gate, parked in orderly rows and then voiced their demands: “Fewer or better pesticides, OK! Less or better fertilisers, also OK! We too want to save our planet. But not without consulting with us, who are fighting a bitter battle against monopoly agriculture giants and monopoly retailing giants which are threatening the survival of us family farmers.”

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Bleak times for Assange

Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Tories gained an election victory amidst the ongoing extradition case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Sputnik spoke to Craig Murray, former diplomat and whistle-blower, to discuss how the outcomes of the vote would affect the fate of the jailed Australian campaigner

Sputnik: With the general election result — and the UK’s overwhelming vote towards the established order — how will this work impact Assange’s case?

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