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Mighty Minnows?

by New Worker correspondent

This week we turn the spotlight once again on the activities of three of Britain’s smallest and newest unions, which are not affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The three unions whose recent activities are discussed were generally founded to organise in sectors that larger and established unions have not been successful in organising for one reason or another.

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Johnson on devolution

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

BORIS Johnson says he’s firmly in control of the government despite having to self-isolate for two weeks because a contact tested positive for the coronavirus. But that clearly doesn’t apply to his mouth following remarks about Scottish devolution that have deeply embarrassed the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

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Truly Deserving Poverty Cases

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The Scottish government has a £15 million Culture Organisations and Venue Recovery Fund that is supposed to do what it says on the tin and help support cultural venues though COVID-19-enforced closures.

The maximum pay-out was set at £250,000. It turns out that of the 203 applicants only three hit the jackpot, which was doled out by the Creative Scotland quango.

Only one of the successful venues has anything to do with culture. This was the Barrowlands, a former ballroom which is now a venue for popular music for the sort of pop singers who have a niche following but never make the ‘Top Ten’.

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Brussels glee at Cummings’ going

by Matthew Daniel

THE European Union is celebrating Boris Johnson’s firing of his chief Brexit architect, Dominic Cummings, as a “make or break moment” in negotiations with the UK on a withdrawal agreement.

Brexit talks between the UK and the EU are due to head into a critical phase this week, with London hoping to strike a last minute trade deal with Brussels before the transition period expires on 31st December.

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The lying game

Review by Tim Pelzer

Presstitutes Embedded in the Pay of the CIA: A Confession from the Profession by Udo Ulfkotte. Progressive Press, California 2019. Paperback: 255 pages; £27.15. ISBN-10: 1615770178, ISBN-13: 978-1615770175.

IT IS WELL documented that the CIA uses the media to spread disinformation. After 1945, in what is known as “Operation Mockingbird”, the agency recruited journalists to promote its anti-communist Cold War perspective. According to former CIA agent turned whistle-blower Philip Agee, the agency has journalists on its payroll across Latin America.

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A labour of love

Review by Ben Soton

Love and Labour: Red-Button Years: Volume 1 by Ken Fuller. Independently published, 2020. Paperback: 580 pages; £15. ISBN-10: 1699092788, ISBN-13: 978-1699092781. Kindle: 930 pages; £5.99.

WHEN this rather large novel (almost 600 pages in total) arrived on my doorstep I was admittedly not looking forward to reading it. As I read it, however, I was pleasantly surprised. What could be described as Ragged Trousered Philanthropists meets On the Buses, it begins in 1913 and takes us through the First World War, ending in 1917.

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Spycops: secret police exposed

A VETERAN Marxist who was involved in demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the late 1960s has said the head of the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) published “alarmist” reports to try and justify the undercover squad’s operations.

The Undercover Policing Inquiry is hearing evidence, five years after it was set up by Theresa May. The SDS was disbanded after it was revealed officers had engaged in sexual relationships with and deceived innocent people between the 1960s and 1990s.

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International News

Nagorno-Karabakh welcomes Russian peacekeepers

by Tim Korso

RESIDENTS of the unrecognised Caucasian Nagorno-Karabakh republic were glad to see the arrival of Russian peacekeepers says Alexey Polyukhovich, the Deputy Commander of the Russian peace-keeping mission in the region. He noted that locals have high hopes that the deployment of Russian troops will mark a return to normalcy.

The Russian peace-keeper contingent was deployed to the disputed region after Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation signed a joint statement marking the end of hostilities that had flared up at the end of September.

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A victory for multilateralism and free trade

Xinhua THE SIGNING of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s biggest trade pact, by 15 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday represents a victory for multilateralism over unilateralism and free trade over protectionism.

After eight years of negotiations, the crucial and timely signing shines rays of hope through the dark clouds of global trade uncertainty and proves to the world that openness and co-operation are a sure path toward common prosperity.

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Pompeo and Bolton made rich by Israeli lobby

by Ed Newman

A TOP adviser at the Pentagon says prominent US officials – including Iran hawks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security advisor John Bolton – have been taking money and getting rich from the Israeli lobby.

Washington’s support for Tel Aviv is the result of Israeli lobby money, said retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, who was appointed this week as senior adviser to newly installed acting Defence Secretary Christopher Miller, in two media appearances back in 2012 and 2019.

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Features

Truth-tellers get killed

by Finian Cunningham

SERENA SHIM died six years ago, a brave journalist who exposed the real nature of the war in Syria as being a covert aggression by foreign powers for regime change.

That nefarious foreign-sponsored assault on Syria involved multiple war crimes committed by governments who claim to be democratic and law-abiding. It involved the complicity of Western media who have bent over backwards to distort the truth in the service of their governments.

Whilst the Western media were fabricating the nearly decade-long conflict in Syria as a civil war between a supposedly evil regime and pro-democracy rebels, Serena Shim’s investigative reporting helped to shred that charade. It was thanks to her intrepid work that the world could learn of what was really going in Syria and to debunk the lies being spewed by Western governments and their media foghorns.

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Trump’s gone – what’s next?

Radio Havana Cuba conducted an exclusive interview with Washington-based Cuban-American attorney José Pertierra. The reasons behind president-elect Joe Biden´s victory, prospects of Donald Trump´s refusal to concede, and expectations of Havana and Washington relations under the next administration are some of the issues covered in the interview that was conducted by Roberto Bastidas.

Roberto Bastidas: What is your evaluation of the recent election in the USA?

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