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National News

Polls predict Labour swing in May elections

by Svetlana Ekimenko

THE CONSERVATIVE Party may lose more than 800 council seats in the local elections in England and Wales on 5th May, with the “Partygate” row likely to swing five per cent of the voters in favour of Labour according to Electoral Calculus and Find Out Now findings published in the Telegraph this week

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

LAST WEEK we looked at the SNP’s platform for the spring election. This week we can glance at what the opposition is laying out on their stalls now that the local election campaign has resumed after the Easter break. Politicians of all hues believe that these ritual campaign launches will help boost their chances in the May polls. Sadly they all got off to a bad start.

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XR blocks London bridges

by New Worker correspondent

CLIMATE CHANGE campaigners shut down four major bridges in London over the Easter weekend as part of a wave of actions across the United Kingdom demanding an end to fossil fuels. Protesters across London played bongos and waved banners that demanded an end to fossil fuels as they blocked roads that caused queues of traffic in the centre of the capital.

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International News

Fanning Ukraine crisis, exporting refugees

by Yang Sheng & Wan Hengyi

The UK, which has been one of the most hostile forces in its efforts to target Russia since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, is now being sanctioned by Russia with a blacklist of senior British politicians whilst London has also been criticised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) over treatment towards refugees.

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British firms help develop Ho Chi Minh City

GRAHAM STUART, the British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, witnessed a signing ceremony on the 9th April that gave the go-ahead to Masterise Homes with Foster+ Partners and Quimera Energy Efficiency (QEE) to develop the ‘Global City’, an urban centre project in Ho Chi Minh City

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Racism – Swedish-style

by Guillermo Alvarado

ANGRY protests have rocked Sweden after a far-right group burned a copy of the Koran in public in Stockholm last week. Those responsible for the outrage were mem- bers of the xenophobic and racist Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party. Though they threat- en to do this again their leader, Rasmus Paludan has neither been arrested nor questioned by the forces of law and order

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The real war criminals

by Ed Newman

THE RUSSIAN government has reacted angrily to Joe Biden’s absurd claim that the Russians are committing genocide in Ukraine. Even the French head of state, Emmanuel Macron, and the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, have dissociated themselves from Biden’s words

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Venezuela stands firm

by José Llamos Camejo

VENEZUELA has shown the Americans that no coup can succeed against the popular will of the masses. The Cubans also stand firm alongside the Venezuelan people celebrating the heroic popular uprising that returned Comandante Chávez to the Presidency 20 years ago, tweeted Communist Party First Secretary and President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, adding that the attempted 2002 coup was intended to resurrect the country’s dismal past.

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Features

Sport and Socialism

by Peter Craig

I RECENTLY WROTE about the negative effects capitalism has had on football, the world’s favourite sport. Those issues aren’t just limited to the beautiful game. Everywhere one cares to look, examples can be found of how the dominant social system has eaten away at the edges of what working people love about sport, commercialised it, taken ownership away from workers, all to line the pockets of capitalists.

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Marxism Science and Nature

by John Maryon

KARL MARX and Frederick Engels published the Communist Manifesto in the mid19th Century when life was very different in many ways from that of today. Since those times many changes have taken place. We have witnessed an expansion of scientific knowledge and the development of advanced technology. There have been major medical advances and space travel has become a reality.

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