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Air wars

by New Worker correspondent

LAST SATURDAY Extinction Rebellion (XR) held a protest outside Leeds Civic Hall against any return to ‘normal’ when the COVID-19 crisis abates. They were calling on the local council to abandon its plans to expand Leeds-Bradford International Airport, which they say would destroy all the council’s plans to reduce the city’s carbon footprint to zero by 2030.

One organisation that was not at the protest was Unite the Union, which has demanded that the government come to the rescue of the aviation industry. Last week it attacked the Government for not providing enough support for the aviation industry.

It points out that 1.2 million workers in the UK rely on aviation for their employment, at airports, airlines, retail, services and transport jobs associated with air travel.

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Labour Woes

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Scottish Labour recently won a victory over the nationalists – not the governing SNP, however, but one of the minor nationalist movements that follow in its wake.

This was a small triumph in the Court of Session, where former leader Kezia Dugdale won a libel action against the “Reverend” Stewart Campbell of the Bath-based “Wings Over Scotland”, whom she accused of sending homophobic tweets.

This Campbell denied and sued for £25,000. His final appeal in the case resulted in three senior judges agreeing that Dugdale’s views were fair comment, so she will get her full legal expenses plus a 50 per cent “uplift”.

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A Vote of Confidence

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

On Tuesday Boris Johnson demonstrated his resounding confidence in his Scottish Tory MPs by making a new ministerial appointment to replace Douglas Ross, the Moray MP who resigned in protest from the Scotland Office over the Dominic Cummings affair. The new junior minister is Iain Stewart – who failed to win a seat in the Scottish parliament in 1999 but finally arrived at Westminster in 2010 for the English Milton Keynes seat he still holds.

Black lives matter in London

by New Worker correspondent

LONDONERS gathered in Trafalgar Square on Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd, the Black man whose murder in Minneapolis by police officers has triggered off a week of protests and rioting across the USA. Following clashes with the police after they tried to clear a junction in Parliament Square blocked by protesters, 23 people were arrested.

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No going back until it is safe

by New Worker correspondent

AT AN ON-LINE meeting in Bristol on last week, teachers, parents, pupils and union activists gathered to give their support to teachers and their unions who are refusing to reopen schools until it is safe to do so.

Opening the Zoom meeting, Jon Reddiford, National Education Union (NEU) executive member for the area, spoke of the huge amount of unity amongst teachers and of the concerns that were being raised. He drew our attention to the closure of Weston-super-Mare hospital over the weekend because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Amanda Martin, National President of the NEU, spoke of the concerns of teachers about being expected to open classrooms. She told the audience that the Government has issued many documents with much conflicting information, most of which had not been verified by experts.

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Government tossed out lockdown plan for care homes

Sputnik

AMIDST the COVID-19 pandemic, care homes have increasingly become epicentres for deaths linked to the respiratory disease, with some 16,000 residents suggested to have died, according to official UK figures.

Health officials had proposed plans for a radical lockdown of care homes back in April, in an effort to stop the spread of deaths from COVID-19 amongst the vulnerable residents – but their proposal fell on deaf ears, reports the Guardian.

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Murder in Lockdown

REVIEW

by Ben Soton

Lockdown by Peter May. Quercus Publishing: London, 2020. Paperback: 416pp; £8.99 (£4.50 on Amazon). ISBN-10: 1529411696; ISBN-13: 978-1529411690. Kindle: File Size 1602 KB, 416 pp. ASIN: B086HCDNS6. Text-to-Speech: Enabled; X-Ray: Not Enabled; Word Wise: Enabled; Screen Reader: Supported; Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled.

IF I AM ever asked what I did during the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020 I will have to say: “Very little, I sat at home reading the occasional book, watched DVDs as well as writing this column.”

This in no way compares to the health-workers, shelf stackers, transport workers and delivery drivers and not to mention bank staff, who kept the country running and saved lives.

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International News

Tel Aviv: ‘Minneapolis is Here!’

CP Israel

HUNDREDS of Jews and Arabs demonstrated against police violence in West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Saturday following the brutal killing of Iyad Hallak, a young autistic Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli officers in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier in the day.

In Tel Aviv, over 200 people protested outside the city’s police headquarters whilst over 150 demonstrators, including Hadash and Communist Party of Israel activists, marched on Jerusalem’s King George Street with red flags. Their placards said: “Palestinian Lives Matter” and “Justice for Iyad, Justice for George”, in reference to George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed last week in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death has sparked mass demonstrations in cities across the USA.

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HSBC urged to support new Chinese security law

by Xu Keyue

BANKING giant HSBC has been urged to speak out in favour of Hong Kong’s proposed new national security law in order to regain the trust of its clients lost after it allegedly played a role in funding the Hong Kong riots and being involved in the arrest in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei.

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Yemen...a step closer to hell

Radio Havana Cuba

THE humanitarian emergency taking place in Yemen, considered the most serious crisis in the world today, could deepen even more due to the COVID-19 pandemic that’s capable of ravaging a country, if it lacks the sanitary infrastructure.

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Home on the range…. where the buffalo roam (not)

by Ray Jones

MOST PEOPLE in Britain will have become aware of Native American Indians via Western films – from the out and out racist to the patronisingly liberal to the progressive.

They will know something of the wars when white settlers came to take their tribal lands, and their eventual defeat and forcible removal to Reservations on land the Whites did not want, and the horror and pain caused. But what about the situation of Native Americans today?

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Features

Minneapolis erupts after George Floyd murder

by Chauncey K. Robinson

CIVIL UNREST and outrage have overtaken the city of Minneapolis as a community seeks retribution for the death of yet another Black person at the hands of police. Video footage went viral earlier this week showing four white officers using excessive force and an unauthorised restraint manoeuvre to arrest 46-year-old George Floyd. George lost his life on 25th May due to the actions of these officers, despite his pleas for help and consideration.

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Grenell quits ‘occupied’ Germany

by Finian Cunningham

RICHARD Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, is stepping down from his post after two years in the job.

Many German politicians will be relieved to get rid of him because of his outspoken, undiplomatic views.

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The Olympics: the dance of millions

by Oscar Sánchez Serra

THE International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) president has stated that if the Tokyo Games are not held in 2021, they will be cancelled. Why?

Although news of the postponement to July 2021 was announced in March, it is now that the question is being taken more seriously, putting in doubt the holding of the event on the rescheduled date – because no COVID-19 vaccine has appeared to slow the pandemic that continues to expand in several nations, including the USA, Brazil and Chile, and the World Health Organisation warns of over-confidence where the numbers of cases are decreasing.

Behind this elitist sports debate is a true dance of millions. Twenty-one years ago, the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, expressed how the method of awarding the venue for an event of this kind was being shaped exponentially and progressively, by the fact that “a country with more money and offers more has a chance”.

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