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Russian forces advance – peace talks continue

by our European Affairs correspondent

RUSSIAN forces have taken the major Black Sea port of Kherson and tightened their grip around several other Ukrainian cities including the capital, Kiev. The Russians have linked up with the Donbas militias to besiege the Black Sea port of Mariupol and are continuing to advance from Crimea into central Ukraine; and Russian servicemen have begun delivering humanitarian aid to civilians in the Kharkov region.

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Tube battles

by New Worker correspondent

LONDON’S underground was almost brought to a standstill on Tuesday when 10,000 tube workers belonging to RMT took strike action for the day in opposition to plans by Transport for London (TfL) to cut 600 frontline jobs. Apart from that immediate threat, further job cuts and pension cuts are in the pipeline.

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Proud to be a Communist in the 21st Century

by New Worker correspondent

KARL MARX and Frederick Engels co-operated to publish the Communist Manifesto in 1848. It was at the time of the Industrial Revolution when cities were being industrialised and millions flocked from the countryside to seek work in the new factories. It was also a time of harsh exploitation by the bourgeoisie who accumulated great wealth from the surplus value created by the workers. The Communist Manifesto examined the development of nature, society and productive forces and proved the necessity for a class struggle. A struggle that would not only lead to a redistribution of wealth through various forms of public ownership, it would also serve to change the aspirations of the proletariat and the social relations within society itself.

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Reclaim the NHS!

by New Worker correspondent

LONDONERS were out on the streets last weekend campaigning against NHS privatisation and the Health and Care Bill that is now going through Parliament.

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Editorial

Defend RT!

THE RUSSIA TODAY news channel was forced off the air this week by the Johnson government in a move that follows similar measures against Russian media outlets throughout Western Europe. Although still available online, the Russian television station can now no longer be accessed on any of our TV platforms. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries says “the Russian dictator will now find it harder to spread his disinformation and lies” but banning RT is, in reality, a sign of weakness by the bourgeoisie that have taken us to the brink of all-out war in Europe over Ukraine.

Now European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has decided to ban RT across the European Union. But Europe’s largest association of journalists has, quite rightly, blasted the move. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), which represents 320,000 journalists across Europe, has called the European Commission President’s decision “counterproductive” and questioned her right to make it.

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Stand by the Donbas!

JOHN MCDONNELL has been criticised for pulling out of a Stop The War rally after being told he would be kicked out of the Labour party if he spoke at the meeting.

The man who was once Jeremy Corbyn’s second-in-command caved in to Starmer’s threats and left it to Corbyn to speak alongside Tariq Ali and other Stop the War Coalition leaders at the meeting in London on Wednesday.

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