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In the Air

by New Worker correspondent

The most modern form of transport, the one which began in 1903, is also in grave trouble. According to Unite the Union it could take the aerospace sector up to five years to return to pre-pandemic levels. As a result, it says urgent intervention by the Government is essential because only it holds the levers to support the sector through the coronavirus crisis and beyond. This view is also held by the Labour First Minister of Wales, his Democratic Unionist equivalent in Northern Ireland and the Scottish Nationalist one in Scotland.

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On the High Seas

by New Worker correspondent

Meanwhile on the briny oceans the maritime part of RMT, which has been battling against shipping employers, is warning that whilst many employers have been using the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse to make mass redundancies the union is struggling to enforce the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

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Say ‘Cheesed Off’

by New Worker correspondent

NEWS GROUP UK, which reported a £419 million profit in February because it sells 16 copies of its best-selling title the Sun every second, is attempting to reduce the income of the freelance photographers it uses.

Both the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the British Press Photographers’ Association (BPPA) have joined forces to demand that they reconsider the terms, which will drastically reduce freelance photographers’ income by stripping away their rights to their commissioned work. The new contracted offered to regular contributors is “exploitative” and “rights-grabbing”, they say.

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Assange now ‘high risk of suicide’

by Mohamed Elmaazi

WIKILEAKS publisher Julian Assange is at “very high risk of suicide” should extradition occur to the US, and the suicide risk “arises directly from Mr Assange’s psychiatric disorder”, the Old Bailey heard on Tuesday. Mr Assange has a history of clinical depression, the court was told.

Assange, who faces up to 175 years in prison for his role in obtaining and publishing classified US documents, has been kept at Belmarsh maximum-security prison since he was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy on 11th April 2019.

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Sock Puppets Galore

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

A HOLYROOD Committee is presently examining the Hate Crimes and Public Order Bill. This measure has attracted a record number of submissions for a Holyrood measure with, the vast majority of the respondents strongly opposed to it. Apart from the merits or otherwise of the bill, the line-up of forces tells us a great deal about how Scottish politics works through the use of sock puppets. These are organisations either set up to act as independent charities and lobby groups by government or commercial firms to promote their interests or have effectively been taken over for these ends.

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SNP Warfare

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Internal SNP battles continue to keep us amused in these interesting days. The SNP leadership has been accused for the second time of rigging the rules in the bitter battle between Sturgeonites and Salmondistas for the nomination for the Holyrood seat of Edinburgh Central.

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Johnson’s dismal COVID record

by Aleksandra Serebriakova

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire for his initial response to COVID-19 as reports emerged in spring that he failed to attend five emergency meetings in January and February of the Civil Contingencies Committee, also known as Cobra, which deals with major crises.

London mayor Sadiq Khan revealed in a Q&A on LBC Radio last week that he has not spoken to the Prime Minister since 10th May, which is also the last time the national emergencies committee Cobra met, despite the country facing “the biggest health, economic and social crisis since the Second World War”.

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The Soviet sacrifice remembered in Durham

by New Worker correspondent

STUDENTS studying Russian held a literary and musical evening dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Second World War at Durham University last weekend. The students gave reports on key events of the war, read poems and sang songs about important battles and victory.

Olga Zabotkina, who proposed the memorial evening, told the students about the members of her family who fought in the Great Patriotic War and the sacrifices made by the Soviet Union in the struggle against the Nazi invaders.

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A not so gripping tale

REVIEW

by Ben Soton

Singapore Grip. Six-part ITV series based on the novel by JG Farrell. Stars: David Morrissey, Colm Meaney, Luke Treadaway, Elizabeth Tan and others. On ITV from Sunday 13th September at 9pm, also available on the ITV Hub.

AS EVERY TV reviewer now tells us, the ‘Singapore grip’ is a slang term used to describe the sexual act in which a man remains stationary during intercourse whilst a woman clenches her vaginal muscles to pleasure the penis. In all likelihood the man would be of wealthy European decent whilst the woman would be a native of East-Asian origin.

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British students showcase Chinese language skills

Xinhua

THE REGIONAL final of the 19th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition in Britain was held in London on Saturday, with 10 college students taking part in the first-ever virtual contest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The contest for foreign college students was divided into four parts, including a knowledge quiz about China, a speech on the theme ‘One world, One family’, artistic performances and self-made two-minute videos.

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International News

Colour Revolutions: Imperialism’s ‘colourful’ trapsbroad

by Carlos Luque

COLOUR Revolutions bring no light, no glory. Many of these “revolutions” promoted as non-violent, end up enforcing their “freedom and democracy” with bombs and missiles. From the start, the makers of Colour Revolutions have had their sights on Cuba. Instructions in Gene Sharp’s manual From Dictatorship to Democracy talk about democracy, but what is proposed is the distortion of demands for human rights to serve other purposes, not to make them a reality.

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Trump’s wall of lies

by Ed Newman

ACROSS the world, there are several walls that are famous for their historical, religious or symbolic significance, such as the Great Wall of China, Hadrian’s Wall in Britain and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Now we have the Wall of Lies between the USA and Mexico.

The wall’s construction began under previous administrations, but President Donald Trump promised to achieve its completion to supposedly stop the crossing of undocumented migrants from the south to the north.

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Book not closed on Soleimani assassination

Sputnik

IRANIAN Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic has not closed the book on the possibility of retaliating for the US assassination of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.

“I am not in the business of making threats, but the book is not closed”, Zarif said during a Council on Foreign Relations virtual event on Monday in Tehran.

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The rule of big oil causes misery in the Middle East

by Conn Hallinan

DURING THE REIGN of the Emperor Justinian I (527–565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the ‘Black Death’ (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. It may well have killed close to half the world’s population, some 50 million people.

COVID-19 is not the Black Death, but its impact may be civilisational, weakening the mighty, raising up the modest and rearranging axes of power across the globe.

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Features

Big Data and the science of manipulating the masses

by Raúl Antonio Capote

AT THE BEGINNING of the 20th century, Edward L Bernays, the publicist, journalist and inventor of the theory of public relations who is considered the father of modern propaganda and the engineering of consensus in the USA, stated in one of his texts: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

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Arthur Adams: The Soviet spy who took America’s atom secrets

by Ilya Tsukanov

IN JULY 1945, US President Harry Truman informed Soviet leader Joseph Stalin that the USA had created “a new weapon of unusual destructive force”. To Truman’s surprise, Stalin “showed no special interest” in the weapon. Later, historians learned that the Soviet leader had realised the significance of the US atom bomb project before Truman himself.

In 1944, an American scientist working at the Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory under the pseudonym of ‘Martin Kemp’, Soviet codename ‘Asclepius’ (the Greek god of medicine), began providing his Soviet handlers with thousands of pages of information on the top-secret US project to build a nuclear bomb.

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