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Fewer jobs on the ground

by New Worker correspondent

NEWLY RELEASED figures show that Britain’s bosses notified the Government’s Insolvency Service that they planned to make 300,000 worker s redundant in June and July alone. In June 1,888 employers filed plans for 156,000 job cuts, while in July 1,784 firms made plans to cut nearly 150,000. In both cases this marked a six-fold increase from the same period in 2019. These figures exclude cases where the number of redundancies is 20 or less which do not need to be reported and those in Northern Ireland. One in three firms are expected to make some staff redundant between July and September.

However, the government’s own Office for Budget Responsibility thinks that unemployment could even hit four million next year.

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Fewer jobs in the air

by New Worker correspondent

A PARTICULARLY tight-fisted cut has been imposed by British Airways just after it had announced 6,000 job losses. This is the loss of the pound a week allowance traditionally paid to first aid trainers.

It follows BA’s £3.8 billion loss this year as a direct result of the coronavirus plague. BA was privatised in 1987 and is now part of International Airlines Group (IAG) after its merger with Iberia of Spain in 2011.

BA said that withdrawing the payment would not have any impact on maintenance procedures, and piously claimed that the allowance is not a legal requirement but only a historic benefit.

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Taking the biscuit

by New Worker correspondent

PRODUCTION of essential foodstuffs are under threat by 400 Edinburgh workers who are taking industrial action to secure a decent pay rise of seven per cent

The bosses, who are Burton’s Biscuits, manufacturers of the famed Wagon Wheels, Jammie Dodgers and Maryland cookies, claimed to be shocked by the demand. In response GMB said Management’s offer of 1.6 per cent was derisory and insulting.

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Turning to China for medical tech collaboration

by Zhang Jiawei

THE WORLD is racing against time to find vaccines and drugs for COVID-19 with big international pharmaceutical companies playing a key role.

But a new generation of British tech-centric companies are bringing new ideas into the process, promising some unconventional but more efficient solutions to diagnosing the disease and finding treatments. And they’re are keen to work with academic institutions and companies in China to bring innovation to wider areas.

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Labour’s Woes

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard is having a spot of bother. Demands have been made for his resignation as leader, the party’s fifth in six years. These came initially from an obscure MSP, Jenny Marra, but were taken up by James Kelly who resigned from Labour’s front bench for that very purpose.

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Home-made ‘Anti-Semitism’

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The Law Society of Scotland (LSS) has fined one of its members £500 over the case of graffiti calling for “Free Palestine” on the house of an Israel supporting lawyer. The recipient of the fine was the actual lawyer himself.

This is the latest twist to a plot by Israel supporters in Glasgow to smear Palestinian campaigners as “anti-semites” by creating false-flag anti-Semitic social media postings and events in a crude attempt to discredit the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC).

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Government crackdown on XR green protesters

by Oleg Burunov

EXTINCTION Rebellion may be designated an ‘Organised Crime Group’ after its blockade of national print works in England and Scotland last week. Home Secretary Priti Patel condemned the action of the environmentalist movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) to block print works used by the Times, Sun, Telegraph, and the Daily Mail after XR activists accused the news outlets of failing to “accurately” report on climate change issues.

The Daily Mail has cited unnamed government sources as saying that Extinction Rebellion (XR) could now be classified as an “organised crime group”, as part of a clampdown on XR’s activities.

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Honouring Soviet soldiers in Manchester

by New Worker correspondent

LAST WEEK the Russian ambassador took part in the opening ceremony in Manchester of a new memorial in honoured memory of the Soviet soldiers who gave their lives liberating Europe as well as the brave people of Leningrad who defied a Nazi siege for 872 days during the Second World War.

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International News

The final stretch in the United States

by Ed Newman

WITH LESS than two months to go before the presidential elections in the United States, scheduled for 3rd November, there is still uncertainty of the outcome. However, Donald Trump seems to be betting on chaos and disruption to help him get re-elected.

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Playing Tibet card will only hurt India

by Li Qingqing

SOME INDIAN media outlets have recently said that India’s “Special Frontier Force” (SFF), a force recruited mostly from exiled Tibetans, has “thwarted” the People’s Liberation Army’s actions along the China-India border area. A Tibetan member died and another was critically wounded during the SFF’s illegal crossing of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near the south bank of the Pangong Lake last week.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June declared that Indian deaths in the Galwan Valley clash “will not be in vain”. Now, India is letting these exiled Tibetans rush to the forefront. It seems that New Delhi may try to play the Tibet card.

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Serbs do Trump’s bidding

Radio Havana Cuba

THE SECRETARY general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation says US President Donald Trump has made Palestine a “victim” of his electoral ambitions as Serbia moves its embassy to Jerusalem following a Washington-brokered deal.

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Navalny: Poisoning Nord Stream-2

by Finian Cunningham

AS IN most criminal cases, the objective soon emerges to betray motive and perpetrator. And as always the question of who gains is a reliable guide to an investigation.

This week, German authorities are dramatically accusing the Russian government over the alleged poisoning of dissident figure Alexei Navalny who is reportedly still in a coma in a Berlin hospital. Days after Navalny was airlifted to Berlin from Russia last weekend, a German military laboratory claims to have found traces of deadly nerve agent Novichok in his body.

Now on the back of unproven criminal allegations against Moscow, it emerges that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under renewed pressure to abandon the Nord Stream-2 gas project with Russia.

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Power play: A Russian vaccine versus zero solidarity

by Raúl Antonio Capote

TWO WAYS of viewing reality are competing in the world. We saw it at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. We see it following Russia’s announcement of the first vaccine against the new coronavirus,

On one side, countries like Cuba, China and Russia promote a multilateral approach and solidarity, while the United States and its closest allies opt for fierce competition and zero solidarity.

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Features

Why has America banned TikTok?

by Ben Carroll

WITH MORE THAN 100 million monthly users in America, nearly 70 per cent of whom are ages 13-24, TikTok has quickly become a wildly popular, short-video social media app. Owned by Chinese corporation ByteDance Ltd, TikTok is the sixth most popular social media app worldwide, according to usage statistics compiled in January of this year.

Teenage users of the app — colloquially referred to as “TikTok teens” — are credited with using TikTok to thwart a 20th June re-election rally of President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by reserving a huge number of tickets under fake names. Leading up to the planned rally, Trump and his campaign team bragged about overfilling the arena where the event was planned. Instead, they were met with a venue that was less than half-filled. The crowds they anticipated never materialised.

Trump issued an executive order on 6th August that will effectively ban TikTok and WeChat, another Chinese-owned messaging and social media app, from operating in the US by mid-September. The reason for this drastic move is allegedly “to protect national security”. This is related to accusations around data security and privacy. In reality, the US government’s action is an escalation of Washington’s ongoing efforts to undermine China, particularly in the growing battle around the development and ownership of technology.

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Hess: The Nazi peace deal – join us to attack the Soviets

Sputnik

ON 10th May 1941, six weeks between the ill-fated Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess made a solo flight to Scotland, hoping to arrange peace talks with London. For decades, many of the details of his trip, including, crucially, whether Hitler knew about it ahead of time, have remained shrouded in mystery.

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Canada’s communists says unrest shows capitalism failing

Sputnik

THE CURRENT societal unrest in Canada, the United States, and other parts of the world is proof that current systems in place are failing citizens, Communist Party of Canada (CPC) leader Liz Rowley said in an interview.

Amid the ongoing unrest, politicians, activists, and ot

But the Canadian communist leader says that while communists and other left-wing forces are part of the movement for change, to characterise the protests as a left-wing conspiracy is to ignore all the issues that ordinary citizens are currently facing.

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