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National News

A not so five star service?

by New Worker correspondent

RECENTLY the shopworkers’ union USDAW announced the results of a by-election to fill two vacancies for the North-West representatives on its NEC. They sent out 77,600 ballot papers and got 2,871 back. Of these 13 were declared invalid, leaving the scrutineers the onerous task of counting a measly 2,858 postal votes. This equalled to a turnout of 3.7 per cent, or more significantly an abstention rate of 96.3 per cent. The successful candidates secured 936 and 819 votes respectfully, with six other candidates ranging from 234 to 761.

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Makes You Sick

by New Worker correspondent

LAST MONTH the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a self-styled progressive thinktank, published a report showing enormous variations in the level of sick pay on 4th February 2022, which lays out significant variances in access to sick pay between different sections of the population. Some of the findings are to be expected, but it is useful to have them quantified and confirmed by an outfit that was very close to Tony Blair.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE SNP has been basking in praise from unusual quarters this week. No less than the venerable New Statesman, the 109-year-old weekly devoted to Fabian gradualism, has awarded the SNP brownie points for joining the pro-imperialist chorus in support of the puppet regime in Ukraine. The occasion was Nicola Sturgeon’s first comment on the Russian military action in the Ukraine that she denounced as “unprovoked aggression”, which shows how woefully ill-informed she is about the years of the fascist Ukrainian government’s actions.

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Changing stripes?

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Meanwhile, Labour is dumping the rose in favour of the thistle in an attempt to revive their flagging fortunes in Scotland. Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar told the media he was focusing “relentlessly” on the party’s future this week and he will formally unveil the new red and purple thistle logo on the first day of the Scottish Labour Party’s annual conference that starts on Friday.

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Health Matters

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Recently the NHS Great Glasgow and Clyde gave the board’s CEO, Jane Grant, an award for her “inclusive and empowering leadership”. Some have said that this was like giving Harold Shipman an award for good patient care due to the fact that the board’s flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) has been the scene of a poor infection management scandal that caused at least two deaths at the £multi-million hospital.

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RT – a victim of not-so-free speech in Britain

by Zheng Yan

WITH DRASTIC changes in the Ukraine crisis, Russia Today (RT), Russia’s media outlet, encounters increasing pressures from the West. Now culture secretary Nadine Dorries says she has concerns that RT will “look to spread harmful disinformation”.

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International News

Laughing all the way to the bank!

by Guillermo Alvarado

THE REACTIONS of several Western powers to the armed conflict in Eastern Europe, exaggerated but not unexpected, have several of the wealthiest and most powerful corporations on the planet very happy. I’m referring of course, to those that make up the military industrial complex.

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What the Americans don’t tell you

by Chen Zhuo

THE LAST US troops left Afghanistan on 30th August 2021. Looking at the land they would find few differences from 20 years ago, when America began the occupation. Bombs and attacks killing civilians in broad daylight, women and girls hiding at home.

The US government claimed the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as other conflicts it’s been involved in, were in part to protect human life and freedom around the world.

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Amazon workers sacked for organising union

by Ed Newman

UNION LEADERS and activists gathered in Brooklyn, New York, to denounce Amazon’s union-busting tactics and to show support for union drives by Amazon and Starbucks workers around the country. Activists also called out the targeting of Black organisers.

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A tale of two Olympics

by Ian Goodrum

THERE WERE two Olympics in Beijing – the real one and a media fantasy land. Not even Bing Dwen Dwen, the Beijing Winter Olympics mascot, was spared from scorn by the US media.

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Russian Ambassador warns of worsening relations

Sputnik

RELATIONS between Russia and the UK, which have already been at a low point due to the British government’s actions over the past eight years, deteriorated even further last month after the country slapped Moscow with a new round of harsh economic sanctions over the special operation in Ukraine. The sanctions affected the Russian central bank and banking industry.

The Russian Ambassador to the UK, Andrey Kelin, has not ruled out the possibility of the Kremlin even severing diplomatic ties with London over its decision to impose sanctions on Russia over the operation in Ukraine to protect the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR).

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Features

Israel – denying the reality of the Zionist occupation

by Vijay Prashad

ISRAEL is seeking to prevent the use of the word ‘apartheid’ to define its occupation of Palestine.

On 27th January 2022, the Hebrew-language news site Walla published part of the text from a telegram sent by Amir Weissbrod – who is part of the Israeli foreign ministry – to Israeli embassies around the world. The telegram warned Israeli diplomats that in the upcoming 49th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which is expected to begin on 28th February, a report will be tabled regarding Israel’s 2021 bombing of Gaza. This report will apparently use the word “apartheid” to refer to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians.

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