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Back on track in Wales

by New Worker correspondent

RAILWAYS in Wales have been returned to public ownership by the minority Labour Government. The Transport for Wales (TfW) concession, run by KeolisAmey (KA, a joint venture between the subsidiary of the French national railways and the Spanish Amey, which also runs the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) for Transport for London (TfL), will be handed over to public ownership because it is no longer profitable as former commuters are working from home because of the coronavirus crisis.

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Night work nightmares

by New Worker correspondent

THE DAYS of a 9-to-5 working routine have vanished for many workers, but for those who have to work nights things are worse. Years ago, shift-workers were paid premium rates to work unsocial hours. These days night-turns are amongst the worst paid jobs in the country. According to a recent report by the TUC, about a third earn less than £10 per hour and are on insecure contracts, whilst night working is well known to be bad for workers’ health, particularly with regards to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression, and the difficulties of sleeping during the day.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

IT IS A common misconception that the handling of the coronavirus plague has been better north of the border than in the south. Despite a brief attempt by the First Minister in July to claim the Scottish death rate was only a fifth of that of England, because of the difference in reporting the deaths the COVID-19 death rate has been much the same in both countries.

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Ground to a halt

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Dental health services, an important issue in the country where people breakfast on Mars bars, have all but ground to a halt and the Scottish government seem in no hurry to get the surgeries reopened. The spineless Scottish press does not seem to worry about such matters.

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Scotland’s Future?

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

A new nationalist political party will be contesting the next Holyrood elections. This is Scotia Future, which has been established by two ex-SNP members, former South of Scotland MSP Chic Brodie and colourful independent Renfrewshire Councillor Andy Doig.

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British cyber attacks on Russian leaders

by Oleg Burunov

FORMER Cabinet Secretary, Lord Sedwill, told Times Radio on Saturday that the British government had conducted a series of “discreet” cyber-attacks on “Russian leaders and their interests”.

He said that the goal was to punish President Vladimir Putin and his senior allies and to “impose a price greater than one they might have expected”.

Lord Sedwill added that the government tried to exploit Moscow’s “vulnerabilities”, not least through the deployment of its recently declared “offensive cyber-capability”.

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Aid for iconic arts and cultural organisations

Xinhua

A TOTAL OF 35 iconic arts venues and cultural organisations in Britain got an injection of £75 million pounds from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, with 70 per cent of funding awarded outside of London, British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Saturday.

The fund is intended to protect some of the nation’s leading cultural organisations, including the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London, the internationally renowned Sadler’s Wells, and other major venues such as the Old Vic, the Sheffield Crucible, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

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A Tory drama for today

REVIEW

by Ben Soton

Roadkill: 4-part mini-series (2020) on BBC1 and currently also available on BBC iPlayer. Written and created by David Hare. Produced by The Forge. Director: Michael Keillor. Stars: Hugh Laurie, Millie Brady, Helen McCrory, Saskia Reeves, Patricia Hodge, Olivia Vinall, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Sarah Greene, Iain De Caestecker, Danny Ashok.

IN FEW political dramas does the Prime Minister state their allegiance. Roadkill, the BBC’s latest Sunday Night political drama, is an exception, where Prime Minister Dawn Ellison (played by Helen McCrory) openly states she is a Conservative. This is perhaps not surprising because its creator, the veteran playwright David Hare, has never shied away from the theme of contemporary politics in his dramas.

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International News

India should focus on pandemic instead of war

by Wang Wenwen

WAR is always in the minds of some Indians, no matter how messy their domestic situation is.

The ruling BJP party’s Uttar Pradesh chief, Swatantra Dev Singh, recently caused quite a stir by claiming that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already decided when India would go to war with China and Pakistan.

Such ambitious claims will give his Indian audience the wrong impression that India is so powerful that it will surely win if it goes to war with China and Pakistan. What he failed to mention is that the national strength and military might of China far exceeds that of India.

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Cubans in Europe against the Blockade

by Jorge Ruiz Miyares

CUBANS residing in various European countries held a virtual meeting on Saturday to support their country of origin in the face of the escalation of hostility from the US government.

Dozens of Cubans and Cuban organisations based in about 30 European countries took part in the initiative that allowed them, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, to exchange opinions and experiences amongst those who support Cuba’s national sovereignty and independence.

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Cuba, the USA and the UN

by Pedro Martínez Pírez

A NEW sign of the erratic international policy of the current US administration is that they did not celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations on 24th October.

It did not matter that the UN has its headquarters in New York City, in an impressive building designed by the great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

In fact, US President Donald Trump is currently engaged in an intense electoral campaign to be re-elected on 3rd November and the polls do not favour him. Moreover, he does not sympathise with the multilateralism advocated by the UN.

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Black History Month: The 1876 US presidential election debacle – a warning

by Chris Mahin

ONE candidate promised to fight corruption but refused to condemn violent racist paramilitaries. The other candidate was the reluctant choice of many in his party.

The election was marked by intimidation by white supremacists and by systematic voter suppression, especially of the black vote. The winner was not known until long after Election Day.

As the 2020 US presidential election lurches to its end, one earlier presidential contest contains an ominous warning: The 1876 campaign. That election ended with American society being thrown backwards and with the loss of hard-won rights. We should heed its grim lessons.

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Features

Saif Gaddafi: the only candidate who can end the chaos in Libya

Sputnik talked to Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, the cousin of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, to discuss the health of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Muammar Gaddafi’s son, as well as to discuss the Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya’s participation in the inter-Libyan talks.

Sputnik: As far as we know, another round of inter-Libyan talks is planned, this time under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) in Tunisia. Are you going to take part in these talks, and will you help to resolve the Libyan crisis?

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Canadians campaign to free Meng Wanzhou

by Ken Stone ON 28th Septembe

r Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Technologies and permanent resident of Canada, was forced to make yet another appearance in court in Vancouver where she faces possible extradition to the USA. The charges she faces if extradited include seven counts of bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit both, plus conspiracy to defraud the USA, all of which carry possible sentences of more than one hundred years in a US federal penitentiary, plus heavy fines.

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A Perfect Crime: a gripping Netflix documentary on the looting of East Germany

by Dennis Laumann

A Perfect Crime, a Netflix documentary. Produced by: Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion. Stars: Alfred Hartung, Tobias Kasimirowicz, Beate Malkus. Four episodes of 38–46 minutes.

MARTYR, capitalist, occupier, victim – Deltev Rohwedder was responsible for selling off the German Democratic Republic’s public industries after the fall of its Communist government. His 1991 assassination, allegedly by an armed left-wing group, still leaves behind unanswered questions concerning the West’s takeover of socialist East German

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