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China: ‘lift sanctions on Afghanistan’

by New Worker correspondent

THE RUSSIANS are calling on People’s China, Pakistan, India and Iran to join them for talks on Afghanistan in Moscow next week. The new Taliban government in Afghanistan has also been invited to take part in the forum, which will chart out the measures the Taliban administration needs to take to return to the international arena. The Kremlin hopes that the meeting will pave the way for a UN-sponsored high-level conference to provide assistance to rebuild the Afghan economy following decades of conflict and imperialist occupation.

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Class (Room) Warfare

by New Worker correspondent

ACROSS the country teachers and lecturers are taking industrial action for wages and conditions.

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Fighting the fascists in the Swinging Sixties

Reviewed by Ben Soton

SET IN 1962, a young Jewish woman, Vivian Epstein (played by Agnes O’Casey), leaves her comfortable life in Manchester in search of her boyfriend. She finds work as a hairdresser and on her afternoon off wanders into a fascist rally in Trafalgar Square only to find her lover, Jack Morris (played by Tom Varney), masquerading as a far-right thug. The organisation in question was the National Socialist Movement (NSM) led at the time by Colin Jordan and John Tyndall and campaigning in Ridley Road in London’s East End, from where the drama takes its name.

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Bad news on the doorstep

RISING prices, logjams at the ports, uncertainty on the jobs market and a damning report on the Government’s mishandling of the Covid crisis. Boris Johnson has, predictably, crept off to sun himself in Spain to avoid the flak. Not that there’s much of it these days.

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Standing up for Palestine

Congratulations to Sally Rooney, the Irish novelist who refused to allow her best-selling new book to be translated into Hebrew by an Israeli company. The author says she was answering the call from Palestinian civil society to impose “an economic and cultural boycott of complicit Israeli companies”, referring to BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – as an “anti-racist and non-violent” movement.

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