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On the Farm

by New Worker correspondents

SINCE 1934 the Trades Union Congress has celebrated the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, the Dorset farm labourers who were transported to Australia a century earlier for the crime of attempting to form a trade union.

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Danger on the rails

by New Worker correspondent

RAIL UNION RMT has come out fighting against plans to introduce driverless trains on the London Underground. Their General Secretary, Mick Lynch, complained: “The news that the Government is pressing ahead with wasting money on a consultancy project on driverless trains on London Underground when there are massive challenges facing the transport network shows their twisted set of priorities,” warning that the union will “fight it with every tool at our disposal including the use of industrial action”.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE Scottish National Party is gearing up for a renewed campaign for a second independence referendum as the SNP leader in Westminster reshuffles his team in readiness for the autumn session in the House of Commons.

Ian Blackford urged his colleagues to prepare for a “new phase” of campaigning and announced a mini shake-up of his front bench in an email leaked to the Scottish Daily Record this week. Blackford said: “We will be moving into a new phase of independence campaigning when we return in October. I will be addressing this in more detail with the group when we return from recess. As part of this I will be asking [former deputy leader] Stewart Hosie to work directly with me co-ordinating our independence campaigning. These changes will collectively enhance our ability to hold the UK Government to account and prepare for us for the tasks ahead in the drive to win the arguments for independence.

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Dear Manky Place

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The place-name ‘Glasgow’ is supposed to be derived from the Scots Gaelic term for ‘Dear Green Place’. Next month Glasgow is hosting the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) summit. Unfortunately for an environmental conference, the environment of Glasgow is far from green. Although the council has published grandiose public works plans, including a regional metro, the present-day reality is very different.

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The Flying Scotsman

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

It is time to say farewell to Wings Over Scotland, a website which has been a feature of the Scottish political scene since October 2011.

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CIA planned to get Assange

by Tim Korso

THE CIA was ready to start a firefight in London to prevent Russia from busting out Assange, investigators claim. But we didn’t witness a Bond-like movie in real life because the Americans realised it was impossible to pull out the WikiLeaks founder without bringing a lot of trouble down on their heads.

The US authorities are not really fans of Julian Assange, but the CIA under Directors Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel took the hate for the WikiLeaks founder to a whole new level – up to planning his assassination, say a group of Yahoo News investigators citing accounts of anonymous former officials.

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Defending Korea in the West Country

by New Worker correspondent

THE FIRST EVER meeting of KFA West of England was held in Taunton, in Somerset, on Sunday. Chaired by Dermot Hudson, the meeting heard a presentation on the Juche philosophy by Alan Bolon and discussed ways of building solidarity with Democratic Korea in the West Country.

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International News

DPRK tests missile as envoy speaks at UN

by Morgan Artyukhina

SOUTH Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) reported early on Tuesday morning that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) had fired an “unidentified projectile” into the Sea of Japan. The JCS gave no indication of what type of missile had been fired, however the senior brass typically only issue alerts if they believe the test was of a ballistic missile.

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Israel “will be gone in 20 years”

Radio Havana Cuba

A RETIRED US Army Colonel and former chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell says Israel will not survive the next 20 years because Tel Aviv is delegitimising itself as an apartheid regime.

“Israel would not be in 20 years, it would be gone. It certainly will not be a democracy. It will be an apartheid regime and the world will just reject it as they did South Africa. I’m now saying it will be gone,” Lawrence Wilkerson said.

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German SDP win general election

Xinhua

GERMANY’S centre-left Social Democratic Party (SDP) won Sunday’s general election with 25.7 percent of the votes, beating the conservative CDU/CSU bloc, according to the provisional election results released by the Federal Returning Officer early Monday morning.

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Eyewitness Vietnam: Tackling COVID‑19

by Amiad Horowitz

FOR MUCH of the last year-and-a-half, Vietnam has stood out among the countries of the world because of its highly effective strategy of containing the COVID‑19 pandemic. Much of the success can be attributed to the socialist, communal approach to fighting the SARS‑CoV‑2 coronavirus. When the Delta variant arrived in Vietnam, however, it proved much harder to contain. Now the Vietnamese government and Vietnamese people are taking the same socialist and communal approach to the vaccination campaign, and it’s proving highly successful.

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A reminder for Biden

by María Josefina Arce

THE END of the blockade against Cuba is a constant demand of the international community, which in recent days has intensified in forums such as CELAC, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, which is in session in New York City.

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Features

US “era of war over” – really?

by Finian Cunningham

IT’S NICE to hear President Joe Biden saying that the US “era of relentless war is over”. But ‘nice’ doesn’t mean ‘credible’. Indeed, the probable chances are that Biden’s words are sugary, hollow and disingenuous. Sentimental candy-floss.

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The ugly face of fascism in Australia

by Peter Willis

IT’S 1919. Germany is in chaos after four years of war that ended in a humiliating defeat and surrender. The German economy was crippled by a heavy-handed armistice requiring punishing reparation payments to the allies. The German soldiers were dumbfounded how they were defeated when they weren’t even fighting on German soil. Feeling angry and betrayed, the returning soldiers were looking for someone to blame. Amongst them a young Adolf Hitler, bitter about the armistice and Germany’s humiliating surrender.

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Is “Tax the rich” the solution?

by Arjae Red

NEW YORK Democratic Party Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the centre of a large social media debate when she appeared at this year’s Met Gala event in September wearing a dress with “Tax the Rich” boldly embroidered on the back. The fundraising event is attended by many wealthy individuals and celebrities.

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