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‘US and allies must be held accountable’

by New Worker correspondent

AMERICAN troops are struggling to maintain order at Kabul airport, besieged by thousands of Afghans desperate to board the last planes out before the deadline set by the Taliban for the departure of all imperialist troops from Afghan soil. But at the United Nations, People’s China said the USA and its allies must be held accountable for human rights violations in the war in Afghanistan. China’s UN ambassador said these countries caused “great suffering” whilst “under the banner of democracy and human rights”.

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BMA – A Venerable Trade Union

by New Worker correspondent

THIS WEEK we take a look at one of Britain’s most successful registered trade unions, although it does not really like to admit it is a union and resolutely refuses to join the Trades Union Congress.

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Defending Democratic Korea!

by New Worker correspondent

NCP leader Andy Brooks joined Korean solidarity activists who were picketing the Foreign Office in central London last weekend. London comrades joined the demonstration in Whitehall on Saturday that was supported by other labour movement activists and friends of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea campaigning for peace in Korea and an end to sanctions against the DPRK.

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End of an era

FEW SUPPOSE Joe Biden will lose any sleep over the concerns of his European allies who are now bleating on about America’s hasty retreat from Afghanistan, let alone the wails of expendable Afghans left stranded at Kabul airport when the last US troops pull out at the end of the month.

The past few days have been a bitter lesson in real-politik for British politicians who still talk, at least in public, about a “special relationship” with the USA, whilst there’s a growing realisation amongst the movers and shakers of the European Union that their supposed ‘super-power’ status is just another Brussels pipe-dream.

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Opportunity knocks

Sharon Graham has won the election to be the next general secretary of Unite. She succeeds the 70-year-old veteran Len McCluskey, who prolonged his stay at the top table but finally stepped down this year after 10 years in office. Unite’s first woman leader received almost 5,000 more votes than her nearest rival in a three-horse race that ended this week. She will now take over from Len McCluskey as leader of the second biggest union in the country.

As usual these days the race to the top was, in practice, confined to three full-time officers and the factions they head. Whilst all three claimed to be following in the footsteps of Len McCluskey the only one who had their old chief’s blessing was Steve Turner – and that was only grudgingly given after Len’s chosen man, Howard Beckett, dropped out when he realised he couldn’t win. Turner – the official broad left ‘United Left’ candidate – came a credible second whilst Gerard Coyne – the right-wing ‘moderate’ – was well behind in third place.”

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