The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 2nd December 2016

National News

ASLEF drivers vote to join Southern Rail strikes

MEMBERS of the train drivers’ union ASLEF who are employed by Southern Rail last week voted overwhelmingly for strike action in the long and bitter dispute in defence of the role of qualified train guards on every train.

The RMT rail union has been pursuing this dispute with a series of strikes for several months now.

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Vigil for victim of racist acid attack

ANTI-RACISTS gathered outside Barking Town Hall in east London on Tuesday evening in freezing weather to show solidarity with Imran Khan, a local father of five who was sprayed with acid by Islamophobic thugs when trying to deliver a pizza.

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Leaves on the Piccadilly line

THE RMT transport union has called for the complete closure of the Piccadilly London Underground line until a problem with the wheels on the ageing rolling stock has been sorted.

Accumulations of fallen leaves on the track caught under the wheels during braking cause serious damage (known as “flatting”) to the wheels, resulting in a potential safety problem.

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Low-down dirty fracking tricks

LABOUR leaders and green campaigners have accused Government Ministers of “dirty tricks” by deliberately delaying a report showing fracking could affect house prices, health and the environment until after a crucial planning decision, according to evidence from leaked documents.

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Pension age to rise again?

FORMER Pensions Minister Steve Webb last week revealed that the Government is considering raising the retirement age — when people can claim the state pension — yet again, to 70.

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Harassing claimants costs more than it saves

LABOUR MP Meg Hiller, who chairs the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, last week revealed that, according to figures from the National Audit Office (NAO), the benefit sanctions regime costs more to run than it saves in benefit costs. And she called on the Government to “get a grip” on the sanctions system.

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Local Government

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

SCOTTISH National Party (SNP) councillors in Aberdeenshire are in a spot of bother because of circumstances beyond their control. They were the dominant part of a fragile SNP—Independent—Labour coalition that came to power in a coup in May. But two Tory by-election gains have made things difficult.

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Eddication Newz

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The SNP Government has come up with a brilliant scheme to improve exam results in Scottish schools. The scheme does not involve any financial outlay, which increasing the number of teachers or spending money on more computers for schools would involve.

Education Secretary John Swinney has a much cheaper and quicker method in mind. He wants to ensure more people pass their exams by the simple expediency of reducing the pass mark.

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Double Jobs

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

As being a Member of the Scottish Parliament is not a very demanding occupation the more energetic members sometimes continue their previous jobs. This has landed two Tories with calls for their resignations.

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End the Housing Crisis!

by New Worker correspondent

HOUSING campaigners assembled in Old Palace Yard, opposite the Houses of Parliament, on Wednesday 23rd November to demand that Chancellor Philip Hammond take immediate measures to address the current housing crisis.

Their first demand was the repeal of the Housing Act, which is fundamentally unfair and unworkable.

And they set out a list of demands in their own alternative Autumn Statement for homes, jobs and communities:

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End British aid to the Kiev fascist junta!

by New Worker correspondent

PROTESTERS returned to Whitehall last week to protest against British imperialism’s continuing support of the fascist junta in Ukraine. Earlier this year the British government doubled its military assistance to Ukraine, to provide training for an army that now incorporates 84 fascist battalions.

New Communist Party (NCP) leader Andy Brooks and other London comrades braved the early evening cold to take part in the picket outside the Ministry of Defence building opposite Downing Street on Thursday 24th November called by the NCP with the support of the Solidarity with Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU) movement. Daphne Liddle, Theo Russell and Dermot Hudson from the NCP all took the mike to denounce the illegal regime in Ukraine and to express solidarity with the people of the Donbas republics and workers struggling against fascist oppression throughout Ukraine.Last month a progressive Ukrainian barrister told a meeting in London that in today’s Ukraine: “trade unions exist legally, but effectively they don’t exist.”

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Liverpool solidarity for Korea

by New Worker correspondent

KOREAN solidarity activists met in Liverpool last week to hear a report on the current situation in the US-occupied south of the country and to discuss future solidarity work in Merseyside and the North West.

The meeting, called by the UK Korean Friendship Association (KFA) in Liverpool, was opened by Dermot Hudson, the KFA’s national chair, who said the south Korean puppet regime was the most corrupt state in the entire world.

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International News

The Resting Place of the Commander

by Pavel Jacomino

The immense majority of Cubans, that is to say millions of people of all ages, started to pay homage this week to Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Revolution, who died last Friday in Havana at 90 years of age.

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China commemorates veteran revolutionary Zhu De

by Zhang Tianrui

THE CENTRAL Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held a seminar on Tuesday to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of veteran revolutionary Zhu De.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC, who spoke at the event, urged the Party, the military and the nation to learn from Zhu and contribute to the cause pioneered by veteran revolutionaries.

Zhu De (1886—1976) was one of the major founders of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the People’s Republic of China. He was awarded the rank of marshal in 1955.

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Scandal-plagued south Korean leader ready to go


SOUTH Korean President Park Geun Hye says she will follow any parliamentary decision on her fate, including a shortened presidency. She made the comments on Tuesday during her third televised address to the nation since a scandal involving herself and her long-time confidante emerged in October.

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Gracias Fidel Castro! Your legacy remains!

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

FIDEL CASTRO RUZ, the leader of the Cuban Revolution, passed away on the night of Friday 25th November but he remains a colossal monument to human endeavour and social achievement.

Having survived countless assassination attempts by the CIA, having stood up to decades of an inhuman and inhumane blockade, having seen his economic and social model survive, and having built a valid example of an alternative socio-economic model for the future whilst providing substantial humanitarian aid programmes abroad, Fidel has left humankind sadder but enriched.

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Fidel Castro: global revolutionary

by Sergio Alejandro Gómez

YOU CAN learn as much about a man from his critics as you can from his admirers. Henry Kissinger, United States Secretary of State under Nixon, described Fidel in his memoirs as perhaps the most genuine revolutionary leader in power at that time.

The former Secretary of State and advisor to various US Presidents was referring to 1975 when — to the surprise of the US — Cuba gave its support to the Angolan independence struggle. In the Cold War geopolitics of the time, the Soviets were opposed to direct involvement whereas Washington blatantly supported the racist apartheid regime in South Africa.

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Egypt will never forget Soviet friendship

The Russian military are returning to Egypt. Russia and Egypt held their first ever paratrooper exercises in the African desert. The friendship between the two countries started many decades ago, when the USSR rescued Egypt from collapse and helped the Egyptians create a modern army and return the territories seized by Israel. Dmitry Nersesov talked about the Russian—Egyptian military cooperation in an interview with Yuri Myakishev, the chair of the Council of Veterans of the War in Egypt.

Where are the roots of the Russian—Egyptian relations in the military sphere?

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An Italian Che Guevara on the Ukrainian front

by Anna Dolgareva

InterUnit is a division of the Ghost Brigade in the Lugansk People’s Republic. Foreign volunteers who came to Donbas — communists — serve there. That is, they are not isolated,but rather a full-fledged military-political organisation formed by passionate people who care. It is very encouraging and inspires hope that the world is not so bad. It gives you faith in people.

Nemo is volunteer from Italy. He has fought in the “Ghost” since 2015, looks remarkably robust and loves good literature. After talking with him, even the most inveterate pessimist can stop dreaming about the apocalypse because I’d really like to see the world that he envisions for the future. And somehow it isn’t hard to believe that such a person is capable of building this new world.

This is not your first war. You fought in Yugoslavia. Tell me more about that, please...

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Ukraine and USA insist Nazism should be glorified


A RESOLUTION on the need to struggle against the glorification of Nazism and contemporary manifestations of racism, discrimination and xenophobia was adopted by the Third Committee of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly by a majority vote. Only three countries, including Ukraine and the USA, predictably voted against the document.

The resolution, prepared by Russia in cooperation with 54 countries, received the support from 131 states. Three countries — the USA, Ukraine and Palau — voted against it and 48 countries, with EU members amongst them, abstained.

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