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Imperialism steps back

by our European Affairs correspondent

IMPERIALISM stepped back from the brink of war in Europe this week following intense Franco-German diplomatic efforts and a secret telephone discussion between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin on Saturday. Though the Americans are still refusing to rule out NATO expansion into Ukraine they have offered to meet some of Russia’s legitimate security demands and Russian tanks are now pulling back from the Ukrainian border.

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Rubbish wages

by New Worker correspondent

ACROSS the country refuse workers have recently been at the sharp end of the class struggle.

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Black Humour from a Dark Age

Reviewed by Ben Soton

A COMEDY set during a global pandemic is inevitable in an era dominated by the Covid plague. Christopher Wilson’s 2021 novel, however, is set during the much deadlier pandemic of the mid 1300s known as the ‘Great Pestilence’. We now call it the Black Death.

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A New Era for World Trade

by John Maryon

WE LIVE IN the age of State Monopoly Capitalism in which large corporations, with a monopoly position across a wide range of markets, have become directly connected with government apparatus. Their aim is to use the state and its elected representatives to provide the legal and political frameworks that will enable them to increase their profits. A notable sign of the potential chaos and disorder can be seen in the challenge that exists to capitalist state power by the monopoly capitalists.

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What it means to be a communist and revolutionary today

by Michael Chant

A keynote opening given by the leader of the RCPB-ML at a joint seminar with the NCP that was held recently in London.

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Editorial

Starmer the warmonger

SIR KEIR STARMER has denounced the Stop the War movement as some sort of tool of Russia in a desperate attempt to further ingratiate himself with what he thinks is the dominant section of the British ruling class. Writing in the Guardian following talks with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels the Labour leader says the anti-war movement is at best ‘naive’ and at worst a force bolstering those who threaten democracies while telling the Times that Labour is the “party of NATO”.

Conjuring up the ghosts of Labour’s old right wing Starmer said “Attlee, Healey and Bevin saw communism for what it was and were prepared to stand up to its aggression,” he said. “Today’s Labour party has the same clear-eyed view of the current regime in the Kremlin. We know, as they did, that bullies only respect strength. Russian tanks sit, engines revving, on the verge of annexing Ukraine but protest placards waved here by the usual suspects condemn NATO not Moscow... to condemn NATO is to condemn the guarantee of democracy and security it brings and which our allies in eastern and central Europe are relying on as the sabre-rattling from Moscow grows ever louder”.

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Bye Bye Cressida Dick

NO ONE WILL shed any tears over the departure of Dame Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police chief who was finally forced to resign after a damning indictment from the Mayor of London last week.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “not satisfied” Dame Cressida could “root out the racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, discrimination and misogyny that still exist” in the force or restore Londoners’ trust in the Metropolitan Police.

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