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Global strike

by New Worker correspondent

IT IS a little-known fact that a global strike took place on Thursday and Friday of last week. This took place at offices of the British Council, the government organisation which officially claims to “build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language”. To show its devotion to equalities it also promotes the Welsh language in Argentina.

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Rubbish wars

by New Worker correspondent

IN THE long-running Coventry refuse collectors’ dispute, Unite the union have taken the unusual step of suspending from membership those councillors who are also Unite members.

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Not so sweet

by New Worker correspondent

YET ANOTHER fire-and-rehire dispute is ongoing in York where workers at Valeo Snackfoods, who make Fox’s Glacier Mints, humbugs and sherbet lemons, poppets and other similar foodstuffs for Marks and Spencer and other chains, held a mass protest on Monday as part of their struggles as against their bosses’ threats. Workers have been told they will be fired-and-rehired unless agreeing to a new contract that reduces holidays and pay.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THIS COLUMN could be titled The Shipping Gazette, for once again we have to return to the saga of the two long-delayed and over-budget ferries presently being built (or not as the case may be) at the Port Glasgow shipyard of Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL).

The Auditor General of Scotland has been casting his beady eye over the matter, adding even more detail to this sorry saga.

FMEL is the last remaining lower Clyde shipbuilder and the only maker of civilian ships on the river, which once produced a quarter of the world’s ships. It has long-specialised in roll-on/roll-off ferries for Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), the nationalised company serving the Scottish islands.

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‘Nessie’ – more than meets the eye?

by Oleg Burunov

THE legendary creature called ‘Nessie’ has made Loch Ness a popular tourist attraction in Scotland over the decades. The number of those who claim they’ve spotted the monster is growing, according to data from the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register.

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China rejects Western pressure over Ukraine

by Oleg Burunov

BORIS JOHNSON says China should stop sitting on the fence over the Ukraine crisis. The Prime Minister has made it clear that People’s China should get off the political fence and condemn Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine.

In an interview with the Sunday Times Johnson claimed that it is becoming “steadily more difficult and politically embarrassing for people either actively or passively to condone Putin’s invasion”, but the Chinese Foreign Ministry is repeatedly stressing that Beijing adheres to an independent position on the Ukrainian crisis.

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International News

Americans should practice what they preach

by Wang Xinyi

SANCTIONS-HAPPY Washington is again slapping penalties on other countries, targeting Beijing recently with a repeatedly trumped-up charge of human rights violations.

Its ideologically-driven move involving visa restrictions on Chinese officials is yet another malicious trick to contain Beijing by trying to stir up trouble and inflict turmoil on Chinese territory with bogus “human rights” allegations.

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Key Chinese talks in Kabul

by Zhang Han

CHINESE Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with the Taliban government in Kabul last week. Wang said China’s stand revolved around what he called the “Three Respects” and the “Three Nevers”.

“China respects Afghanistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, respects the independent choice made by the Afghan people, and respects Afghanistan’s religious beliefs and customs. China never interferes in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, never seeks any self-interest in Afghanistan, and never seeks the so-called sphere of influence.”

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Features

The NATO war that undermined the rule of law

by Ekaterina Blinova

ON 24th March 1999, the US-led NATO bloc launched a bombing campaign, Operation Allied Force, against Yugoslavia that lasted for 78 days. During the operation, NATO aircraft flew 38,400 sorties, including 10,484 strike sorties, and released 23,614 air munitions, killing at least 2,000 civilians and injuring 12,500.

“Twenty-three years after the NATO aggression in Yugoslavia, the memories among the Serbian population are very vivid,” says Dr Srdjan Sljukic, a professor of sociology at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. “The anti-NATO feelings dominate not only in Serbia, but also among the Serbs in Republika Srpska (Bosnia) and Montenegro. In spite of very strong NATO propaganda in the Serbian media that are controlled by the West and the activity of NGOs financed by the West, over 80 per cent of the Serbian population are against the idea that our country should join NATO.”

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Nazism: Ukraine’s deadly disease

by Vyacheslav Tetekin Communist Party of the Russian Federation

TODAY, as the military operation in Ukraine goes on, it is becoming increasingly evident that the ideological basis of the present Ukrainian government is extreme nationalism, or rather, overt neo-Nazism. It is the continuation of the pro-fascist Bandera movement that took the side of Hitler’s Germany during its invasion of the USSR in 1941–45. After the defeat of the Bandera movement in 1953 Nazism hunkered down; however, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and Ukraine’s independence, Bandera neo-Nazism reared its head again.

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No sanctions, no nukes, no war!

by Sara Flounders

A SEISMIC shift is sending shock waves through the global economy. The well-established capitalist disorder, dominated by US imperialism and in place since the Second World War, is on shaky ground. Extreme economic sanctions imposed on Russia are dragging the whole world into a war that started long before the Russian intervention in Ukraine on 24th February.

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