National News

Prism’s breach of trust

THE REVELATIONS made last week by American whistle-blower Edward Snowden that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) has been using a computer programme called Prism to spy on all the electronic communications that go through major net servers Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Skype, and allowing access to British intelligence agencies, has made redundant all discussion and debate of the Government’s “snoopers’ charter”.

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Troops in the classroom

TEACHING unions reacted with alarm last week to proposals from the Department of Education that former soldiers and other armed services personnel should be able to take a two-year course to become teachers, regardless of whether they have a degree.

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Armed Forces links to EDL

THE BRUTAL murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last month by two extremist Muslim fundamentalists has provoked a surge in anti-Islamic sentiment among members of the Armed Forces, according to the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight.

This has prompted concerns over links to right-wing groups such as the English Defence League and the British National Party.

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George Rolph on hunger strike

ON TUESDAY 3rd June, 2013, George Rolph was banned from Facebook, without reason.

He was in day 14 of his hunger strike, which he is doing for others going through what he has had to endure, whilst also trying to get the general public to wake up to what is happening to the most vulnerable people in Britain, a country which once cared for all those less fortunate than ourselves.

He says will not stop this hunger strike until the British government and its contracted private sector agency Atos stop their persecution of the sick, the disabled, the poor, the carers, the unemployed, even if it means he has to die in doing so.

Legal aid cuts turn Bar into ‘pastime for rich’

THE CUTS to the legal aid system mean that in future only young people from wealthy backgrounds will be able to qualify as barristers, according to the Young Barristers’ Committee.

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Anti-Muslim hate crimes increase 700%

RECORDED attacks against Muslims in London have increased by 700 per cent in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, according to the Metropolitan Police. Commander Simon Letchford told Today on Radio 4 that recorded Islamophobic incidents have jumped from one a day to eight and that the true total is likely to be significantly higher.

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Blacklisted for 20 years

THE GIANT union Unite last week said it has evidence that blacklisting — the vetting of individuals by name in the building industry — is still happening, four years after the discovery of a secret list that has denied people work for years.

Last Monday the BBC’s Panorama screened an interview with the woman who helped run that blacklisting operation. Blacklisting has been illegal for a long time.

Once it was done by organisations like the Economic League but was outlawed a long time ago.

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Climate activists get spared jail

TWENTY-ONE climate activists belonging to the No Dash for Cash campaign last week were sentenced to long hours of community service but spared jail at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court for occupying the West Burton Gas-Fired Power Station last autumn.

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International News

Turkish riot police storm Taksim Square

by Ed Newman

TURKISH riot police have moved into Istanbul’s Taksim Square, which has been occupied by anti-government protesters for close to two weeks.

Officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets, leading many protesters to flee the square into adjoining Gezi Park. Some activists hurled fireworks, fire bombs and stones at police.

The unrest began after a crackdown on a protest over the park’s redevelopment. The Turkish prime minister claims that the move was hijacked to cause vandalism, but protesters say they won’t stop until they get the resignation of Turkey’s strongman, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Chinese communists in space!

Xinhua news agency

CHINA successfully launched its fifth manned spacecraft late on Tuesday afternoon, sending three astronauts on the country’s longest space trip.

With 10 astronauts and six spacecraft launched into space in a decade, China is speeding up on the path of exploration and building a home for Chinese in the galaxy.

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Former Sinn Féin president Ruairi O Bradaigh dies

Irish Republican News

FORMER Sinn Féin president Ruairi O Bradaigh died in hospital in Roscommon on 5th June, aged 80. O Bradaigh served as the president of (Provisional) Sinn Féin until 1983, when he was ousted from the position by his successor, Gerry Adams. In 1986, a split within Sinn Féin saw O Bradaigh leading one faction which became known as Republican Sinn Féin.

Long characterised by the British as a stubborn idealogue, Mr O Bradaigh will be remembered by republicans as a visionary leader, whose “Eire Nua” proposal for a federal republic of four Irish provinces offered a credible path to a lasting peace on the island.

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Stalin’s personal archives opened

by Dimitri Sudakov

ABOUT 100,000 documents from the archives of Joseph Stalin and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union have just become available to the general public. The legendary leader is presented in the materials as both a statesman and the man he was in everyday life.

Rosarchiv (Russian Archives) announced the launch of a new website called Documents of the Soviet Era, where one may find materials from Stalin’s personal foundation. It took experts five years to digitise them.

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Ireland: British Government knew rubber bullets were lethal

by Peadar Whelan

LETHAL RUBBER BULLETS were given the go-ahead by the British Government to use against civilians in Ireland in the 1970s even though it knew how dangerous to life the weapon was, Ministry of Defence files newly uncovered reveal.

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Erdoğan has no room to retreat or go forward

by Kemal Okuyan editor of Sol, daily paper of the Turkish Communist Party THE PRIME minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has arrived... he had spoken before landing. He gave another speech at the airport accompanied by his ministers, organisers and cheerleaders, who worked hard throughout the day to mobilise supporters to greet him. The next day he dictated the headlines of six newspapers: “I am respectful to harmless demands.”

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Cuban white-coated brigade in Algeria

by Gabriel Molina Franchossi

COOPERATION between Algeria and Cuba began in mid-1961 with military aid sent by Fidel to Colonel Houari Boumediène, the head of the military wing of the FLN [National Liberation Front], when the Algerians were fighting French colonialism in the mountains and cities.

Since then, cooperation has multiplied and advanced at the multi-disciplinary level, to constitute an example of mutually advantageous links between these two nations of the South.

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Mercenaries ride again!

by Rob Gowland IN DAYS of yore, when the great European powers were building (or more commonly seizing) their empires, they regularly used the services of soldiers for hire, mercenaries who saw soldiering as a job, so why not do it for a foreign government if it paid better than your own?

The French Foreign Legion — France and Spain both formed special Foreign Legions of mercenaries drawn from other countries to defend their colonial holdings around the world.

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A brief history of ‘marriage’

Part two

by Bob McCubbin

What was Lewis Henry Morgan’s contribution?

THE 550 pages of Lewis Henry Morgan’s Ancient Society (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1985; “a direct photographic reproduction of the corrected 1878 edition”) reveal how Morgan was able to draw on a huge amount of then-existing ethnographic information on clan-based societies all over the world.

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