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Not Uber the moon

by New Worker correspondent GENERAL UNION GMB recently announced, with great fanfare from itself, the Morning Star and the TUC, that it had signed a recognition agreement with Uber, the notorious multi-national minicab firm. The TUC welcomed this, with its General Secretary saying: “Gig economy workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. This landmark agreement is a huge breakthrough and will give Uber drivers a real voice at work.”

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Doubled-edged sword

by New Worker correspondent

SHOP-WORKERS union USDAW has recently been putting a great deal of work into efforts to secure laws for increased penalties for those who abuse shop-workers, a measure supported by major supermarket chains. Next Wednesday the House of Commons will debate the matter after a petition to that effect passed the statutory 100,000 signatures.

Holyrood has already passed a Labour Party-promoted Protection of Workers Bill. It has now been passed by the Scottish Parliament and awaits the Queen’s signature.

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Going down the Tube

by New Worker correspondent

TUESDAY saw unions and the Mayor of London oppose the demands made by the Tory Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in return for a third £1 billion bailout that runs until December and on which Transport for London (TfL) depends for its recovery after travel collapsed during the pandemic.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

NOW THAT the elections are safely over, the back-stabbing begins. Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar dealt a double whammy to two old foes when he unveiled his new parliamentary front-bench team. Former leader Richard Leonard was dumped along with his deputy, Alex Rowley. But the real political theatre is still in the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Last weekend we had the curious spectacle of the party’s National Treasurer resigning because he was not allowed to see the books. This seems to say how little senior party officials trust each other. Dunfermline & West Fife MP Douglas Chapman, who was only elected to the job last year, resigned in a huff on Saturday saying: “Despite having a resounding mandate from members to introduce more transparency into the party’s finances, I have not received the support or financial information to carry out the fiduciary duties of National Treasurer.”

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Greenwashing

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The SNP is seeking to establish a coalition with the Green Party despite both parties denying it and saying they are merely looking at a “co-operation agreement”, which is of course something entirely different. Over the years the Greens have been loyal supporters of the SNP, particularly at Budget time when they always agree to whatever the SNP propose after some fake negotiations about some favoured Green measure that the SNP were going to do anyway.

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Media bias against Palestinians

by Ed Newman

BRITISH media coverage of the recent Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip was “biased” against Palestinians and “skewed” public impressions, according to a new report.

The Muslim Council of Britain’s Centre for Media Monitoring (CfMM) analysed the British media coverage of the conflict in a 44-page report entitled Media Reporting on Palestine 2021, which came out last week,

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International News

US media plays disinformation game yet again

Xinhua

AFTER BEING ridiculed and debunked for about a whole year, the ‘lab-leak conspiracy’ concerning COVID-19’s origin suddenly gained traction over the last week, with all US media reports citing a story by the Wall Street Journal that quoted dubious sources.

It was not the first time that America’s mainstream media had willingly played a role in the US war of disinformation. By readily following the White House’s old playbook of manipulating media reports to sell its evil agenda, some US reporters and their employers are endangering not only their careers but global efforts to fight an unprecedented global health crisis.

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Photo Awards honours UK snapper

VNS

THE Photographer of the Year Award, worth $5,000, has been won by photographer Tom Price from the UK for the photo Porter, featuring a porter in Kolkata, India, carrying a load on his head. The photo reflects the life of migrant workers.

The annual All About Photo Award is organised by All About Photo – an online magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of photographers around the world. This year it received entries from 23 countries and was judged by a panel of 10 experts.

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Lukashenko: How we punched the West in the teeth

by Nadezhda Sablina

ON Wednesday 26th May, at a meeting in the Oval Hall of the Government House in Minsk, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko clearly and unequivocally made it clear to our enemies: we will fight for the country to the last. It is already clear from the reaction of people on the Internet that the statements of the Belarusian leader met with warm support and inspired the patriotic part of our society, as well as people who sympathise with us abroad. Let’s examine some of the main theses of the President.

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Features

A conversation with Susan Abulhawa Zionism

The following interview with Palestinian activist and author Susan Abulhawa was conducted by Ted Kelly on 3rd May 2021.

SUSAN ABULHAWA: Recently five or six young Palestinian boys were kidnapped and arrested; you know, just terrorised. They were young; they were babies, and they were targeted because they were picking wild za’atar, wild herbs. This is actually part of our tradition. Palestinians have been foraging for za’atar and meramiyeh for thousands of years.

Nobody has harmed that landscape more than the Zionists. You can see it in the way they build their homes. They literally decapitate the hills. Palestinians never built that way; Palestinian homes are built on the sides of hills and in the valleys to conform to the landscape, not the other way around. Israel makes the land conform to their desire.

If you’ve never seen a hill being decapitated, it is such a violent act. The hills are covered in trees, so all those trees are destroyed. Consider how many animals depended on those trees as their habitats and for their sustenance, all of that’s gone. There’s just zero respect for the land.

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Eyewitness report: Syrians celebrate election outcome

by Kobi Guillory

ON Wednesday 26th May , election day in Syria, crowds flocked to polling places to cast their votes. A delegation of observers from the USA, South Africa, France and Palestine visited polling stations east of Damascus in the war-torn Ghouta region to witness the voting and celebrations taking place. Occupied by American and Saudi-backed contras for over six years, civilians there were unable to vote in the last presidential election, and many more have only recently returned to finally rebuild their homes. Within Ghouta, the delegation observed voting in Arbin and Douma.

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