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General disarray

by New Worker correspondent

THE GMB, formerly the General, Municipal and Boilermakers union, with a claimed membership of 631,000 members is Britain’s third largest union. In some respects, it is Britain’s original Marxist union. Karl Marx’s daughter Eleanor helped Will Thorne found the Gas Workers and General Labourers Union in 1889.

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Firefighters in trouble

by New Worker correspondent

THE Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has demanded that the Prime Minister and the First Ministers of the devolved assemblies halt 15 years of what they call “unprecedented” austerity, and invest properly in fire and rescue services that presently employ 48,000 firefighters and back-up staff.

Amongst other things, the FBU criticise the lack of preparedness amongst public services for the pandemic and warn leaders not to allow plans to be drawn up that reduce vital fire cover during or after the crisis.

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A Moment of Fame

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

FOR SOME politicians, the only time they get noticed by the public is when they resign from a very humble post in order to protest at some action (in this case inaction) by their boss.

As he is only 37 it is too early to tell if that will be the fate of Douglas Ross, the Tory MP for Moray who resigned in protest on Tuesday morning from a junior post at the Scotland Office (a department of the UK Government). He was upset that Boris Johnson was sticking by his controversial advisor Dominic Cummings, whose motoring habits seem to be the most important contemporary political question at time of writing.

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Blowing in the Wind

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Once upon a time, when the SNP was under the thumb of Alex Salmond, it was claimed that Scotland would be the “Saudi Arabia of renewable energy”. In 2001 it was said that a “green energy revolution” would see the creation of 28,000 direct jobs in the offshore wind sector and would see £7.1 billion of worth of investment by now.

The reality is slightly different. There are presently 1,700 full-time jobs in the sector. Once again complaints have emerged that just about the only country not manufacturing the wind turbines is Scotland.

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The Cummings affair – the row continues

by Lilia Dergacheva

BORIS JOHNSON has thrown his weight behind his right-hand man, causing many to rage as more politicians join the fray with continuing calls for more thorough checks in the alleged breach of the coronavirus measures that Cummings was himself behind.

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They were never alone

FILM REVIEW

by CT Ryan

Alone in Berlin, 2017. Director: Vincent Perez. Stars: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl. Available on Amazon Prime, Google Player and YouTube from £3.49

Alone in Berlin presents the spectrum of possible human responses to living in Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Fanatical support, mere acceptance or resignation, ambiguity, compromise, self-interest, corruption, but above all, courageous resistance – in this case on the part of Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson).

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International News

China warns USA over Hong Kong

Sputnik

CHINA’S Foreign Ministry has harshly criticised Washington’s recent attempts to meddle in its policies towards Hong Kong, vowing to use “every necessary measure” to stop the US from doing so in the future if necessary. The ministry’s spokesman Zhao Lijian argued that Washington had “no right to criticise and interfere” in how Beijing regulates its semi-autonomous territory.

Hong Kong enjoys a certain degree of autonomy in terms of its economy and laws, but recently Beijing decided to introduce stricter penalties for treason and sedition in light of the protests that rocked Hong Kong in 2019 that led to casualties as well as numerous accounts of vandalism.

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Libya: A paradise for mercenaries

Radio Havana Cuba

THE confusing and bloody war that has plagued Libya since the overthrow and assassination of leader Muammar al Gaddafi nine years ago by the USA and NATO, continues to unfold in the region, now with the arrival of mercenary troops from every corner of the globe.

France, supported by NATO, led the intervention that destroyed a country which was the most thriving and stable nation in Africa – throwing it back to the Middle Ages.

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Iranian tankers dock safely in Venezuela

Radio Havana

TWO Iranian oil tankers have docked in Venezuela, carrying fuel to meet the needs of this South American country. They started pumping petrol to the Palito refinery in the northern Venezuela province of Carabobo on Monday.

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Charilaos Florakis: The story of a Greek communist leader

by Nikos Mottas

CHARILAOS FLORAKIS, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) from 1972–1991, passed away on 22nd May 2005 at the age of 91. Florakis’s life, indelibly tied to the struggles of the KKE, was devoted to the ideals of Marxism-Leninism.

Born in 1914 in Paliozoglopi, a small village in Thessaly, Charilaos Florakis joined the Greek Young Communist League (OKNE) in 1929. As an OKNE member and later as a student and active worker at the ‘TTT’, the Ministry of Posts, Telegraphs, Telephone Offices, he began his political activity during a politically turbulent period for Greece.

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Features

USA: Anti-lockdown protesters are nothing but strike-breakers

by Bruce Bostick

IN THE MIDDLE of this deadly COVID-19 pandemic, which has already cost our nation over 90,000 lives, we’ve seen the spectacle of crowds of heavily armed racist white men demanding that the economy be reopened. They project an image of regular working folk pressed to speak out against government “tyranny” that has unreasonably forced them to stay home

They say all they want is to reopen their little businesses and for the government to let all Americans go back to safe, peaceful and prosperous work. Much like their overall view of the world however, that is a false, misleading narrative.

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Trump and the anti-China blame game

by Dilip Barua

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (ML)

THE US establishment and their thinktanks seem to have decided to consider China as their number one enemy – so the US government and its media are making a concerted effort to propagate fabricated and fictitious news to confuse and mislead the people on any lame excuse.

On this basis, Donald Trump’s activities and speeches are always well calculated and do everything with a long-term perspective. The forthcoming days may be more critical and unstable with respect to politics and economy of the world, for the next presidential election of the USA and the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cuba: The children the counter-revolution tried to kill

by Delfin Xiqués

THE HISTORY of hatred by the most violent enemies of the Revolution towards Cuba is uniform from the first act of terror to the recent armed assault on our embassy in Washington. The motives behind all the attacks are the same (intolerance, commitment to the empire of capitalism, impunity for vice and exploitation), and although the perpetrators and hitmen have varied, the terrorist threat against the island remains the same.

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