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US leaves a shattered Afghanistan

by New Worker correspondent

THE STARS AND STRIPES finally came down in Afghanistan on Monday. The last American troops left on the final flight from Kabul airport as Taliban supporters took to the streets of the capital to celebrate by setting off fireworks and firing tracer bullets into the night sky. They leave a country shattered by 20 years of the war that followed the US-led imperialist invasion in 2001 as part of their bid for world domination in the name of a “new world order”, which was eagerly embraced by Tony Blair in Britain and a gaggle of other Western politicians who believed that with the collapse of the Soviet Union no-one could now stand in their way.

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Pay Progress and Battles

by New Worker correspondent

Tuesday saw workers at computer giant IBM (the company which once said the world market for home computers could be as many as five) secure what their union, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), describes as a “top end pay deal”. They unanimously accepted a deal that gives them an across-the-board fully consolidated rise of 2.5 per cent, a victory which the union claims is to be set against an RPI inflation rate of 1.5 per cent in March and will be backdated to April to boot.

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Days of hope in Stuart London

by New Worker correspondent

THIS IS the fifth novel in the Marwood & Lovett series set in Restoration London. James Marwood and Cat Lovett are children of Puritan republicans, which puts them in a difficult position under the restored Stuart monarchy. By the fourth novel however, they are both doing rather well for themselves. Marwood works for Lord Arlington, Charles II’s intelligence chief. Meanwhile Lovett owns a thriving architecture business inherited from a late husband.

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A planned energy policy now!

EXTINCTION REBELLION (XR) campaigners are back in town this week doing their best to “tell the truth about climate change” in colourful street protests to demand the urgent action needed to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

The ecology movement was established following a call from several academics and veteran green campaigners in 2018 to set up a movement that embraces Gandhi-style civil disobedience to take their demands to the streets and fire a common sense of urgency to tackle climate breakdown.

Their sit-down protests and efforts to paralyse traffic in London over the last two weeks are part of XR’s long-term campaign to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.

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