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Across the sea

by New Worker correspondent

NEXT WEEK, across the Irish Sea, Unite members working in all 11 of Northern Ireland’s councils, plus workers at the Education Authority, and various colleges such as the North West Regional College, Belfast Metropolitan College, St Columb’s College, South Eastern Regional College, Lumen Christi College and the Northern Regional College, will be taking strike action.

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Rubbish Pay

by New Worker correspondent

IT IS NOT only multinational companies and Tory governments who are the enemies of trade unions. Sometimes it is Labour councils. In Coventry, the Labour-run council has been accused by Unite the union of needlessly postponing the solution to a long-running dispute involving the city’s bin workers.

Last week Unite’s General Secretary, Sharon Graham, accused the council of moving the goalposts at a meeting at conciliation service ACAS that was “a farce”. She demanded that a suspended Unite shop steward, Peter Randle, be reinstated immediately.

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Shipbuilding news

by New Worker correspondent

BRITISH shipbuilding is not what it once was when the bulk of the world’s ships came from British yards.

Last week the Tory Government announced a national shipbuilding strategy that was speedily denounced as “a façade” by the main union, Unite.

In particular, it condemned the fact that the new policy says UK yards could bid for work but then subcontract design and construction of ships to foreign companies.

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Nicola Strangelove

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

WHILST THE armchair war-mongers on both sides of the Atlantic are clamouring for escalation the Pentagon, Boris Johnson, and Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Chief of the Defence Staff, all say that a ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Ukraine is not on because it would bring NATO into direct military and possibly nuclear conflict with Russia.

But this hasn’t stopped Nicola Sturgeon, who often reminds us that she was a member of CND before joining the SNP, from urging on a move that would take us one more step to nuclear Armageddon.

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IndyRef2 or Not

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

It is worth reporting that the SNP’s long-awaited second independence referendum has been making minor waves.

After Brexit it was supposed to happen in late 2018 or early 2019, but things did not work out well. Covid delayed it – or rather, gave Sturgeon an excuse for not having to hold one.

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Westminster with a Cherry on Top

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

That is how James Mitchell, Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh, describes the present state of Holyrood, and has arrived the conclusion that what exists is a great disappointment for those who fought for devolution from the seventies to the 1990s when Tony Blair’s government eventually delivered a devolved Assembly.

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International News

Peace is the goal that counts

by Oscar Sánchez Serra

THE WORLD is being subjected to a strident, arrogant communications war, in which double standards dictate the agenda. For example, in covering the Ukraine–-Russia conflict, self-proclaimed defenders of freedom of expression censor others and go so far as to insist that it is for the good of the people.

Facebook, Instagram and Telegram, subsidiaries of the much-vaunted Meta, have shut down Russia Today and Sputnik. But the double-talk does not stop there. When a similar action is taken by the other side, no red card is waved, it is decreed a goal.

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Keeping a distance

by Guillermo Alvarado

FROM THE luxurious halls of Versailles, from which Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette left to face the guillotine shortly after in the stormy process of the French Revolution, the leaders of the European Union have begun to distance themselves from Ukraine and the military crisis in the east of that continent.

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Chinese economy in excellent shape

by Sun Ding & Xu Jing

THE CHINESE economy is in “excellent shape” and the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has lived up to its expectations says Khairy Tourk, a professor of economics at the Chicago-based Illinois Institute of Technology. He said China’s economic growth target of around 5.5 per cent for 2022 is “very realistic” and that there is a possibility that China might overshoot the number, “judging by the country’s past record of predicting future growth rates”.

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Ukraine: Russia and China demand investigation into germ warfare labs

by Richie Merino

ON 9th March Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova demanded transparency from the USA on its military biological weapons programme carried out in Ukraine and funded by the US defence department. The Russian military previously claimed to have documentary evidence that Ukrainian authorities have been hastily destroying dangerous evidence of highly pathogenic bacterial and viral agents, which they allegedly kept in laboratories funded by the Pentagon.

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The hypocrisy of the West

by Lin Xiaoyi WHAT PEOPLE of colour are experiencing in Ukraine fully exposes the deep-rooted racism and white supremacy the West upholds says British-Nigerian lawyer Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.

Whilst the ongoing crisis in Ukraine continues, it is even more regrettable that people of colour such as Africans, Indians and Arabs, who have lived in Ukraine and are trying to flee the conflict, seem to be treated unfairly by the West with actions and the manipulation of public opinion. This fully exposes their white supremacy and hypocrisy and has drawn criticism from people around the world.

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Ukraine on Fire

Reviewed by Mike Kuhlenbeck

This film was banned in Ukraine. Efforts have also been made to prevent it from being shown in the USA ever since it appeared on the film festival circuit in 2016. This Workers World review was first published in the New Worker in 2017. From time to time Ukraine on Fire gets dropped on YouTube, although it is still currently online to registered viewers. Now readily available for free at the request of Oliver Stone and the film’s director Igor Lopatonok, you can check it out yourself on: https://www.writebrainstudios.tv/project/ukraine-on-fire/

DIRECTOR Igor Lopatonok’s powerful documentary Ukraine on Fire exposes the history of Western imperialist intervention in Ukraine and the 2014 coup that allowed the far-right to ascend to power.

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Features

What is happening in Ukraine?

by Vyacheslav Tetekin

Communist Party of the Russian Federation

There is a war in Ukraine

OUTWARDLY, it looks like an armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All political forces, including Left, have spoken out about these events. The range of assessments: from humanistic-emotional (“people are dying, stop the war”) to purely class (“The West is pushing two oligarchic regimes”). In fact, this conflict has deep roots. When analysing the situation, we must consider both the national content of the class struggle and the class content of the national struggle.

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Our friend Harry Belafonte

by Pedro de la Hoz

HARRY BELAFONTE was awarded Cuba’s Friendship Medal by the Council of State in 2020. He continues to be a source of inspiration for many who appreciate him as an exceptional artist and extraordinary human being.

When Harry Belafonte held in his hands the Friendship Medal awarded by the Cuban state on 23rd July 2020, it surely passed through his mind that this was an unforgettable sequence of the many moments during his life when he shared the same luck, convictions and destiny of the Cuban people.

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