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A real leap of faith!

by Theo Russell

ONE OF the most difficult and drawn-out aspects of the peace process in Ireland has been that of reconciliation between communities which have suffered divisions dating back centuries — to the 16th century plantations - and which were made even worse by partition in 1921.

From this side of the Irish Sea it certainly appears that most of the efforts to develop reconciliation have come from the nationalist rather than the Unionist side, and particularly from Sinn Fein.

But on rare occasions public figures from the Protestant-Unionist community have emerged who have risked denunciation and attacks by developing ties with Sinn Fein.

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The price for blocking Huawei

HUAWEI’S UK office has warned of far-reaching economic consequences from London’s possible refusal to provide the Chinese telecoms giant with access to Britain’s 5G infrastructure network. This comes as the British government reportedly decided to postpone a decision over whether to include Huawei in 5G infrastructure. London referred to Washington’s indecisive policy on the Chinese tech giant which saw the US crackdown on Huawei partly eased by President Trump last month.

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Working for free

by New Worker correspondent

MANY workers are forced to spend time working for their boss for free. Time spent travelling to work where workers do not have a fixed location is one such case. field service engineers employed by Openreach, the digital network branch of British Telecom are up in arms about the daily robbery they face.

According to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) an increasing number of the engineers are being forced to provide hours of their time for free every week.

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Library News

by New Worker correspondent ONE OF the main targets for local authority cuts are libraries and museums. When the choice comes down to closing a swimming pool or a library the library almost invariably loses.

In Bradford the City’s Metropolitan Council have forced library workers into a ballot on industrial action in defence of the city’s 13 libraries and four museums.

The ballot conducted by Unite, involves 50 staff members who are facing yet another round of cuts, this time of £950,000 from this April and another of £1,050,000 from next April.

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On the Buses

by New Worker correspondent

A STRIKE BY 1,700 bus drivers in Edinburgh may be called off if they accept a last-minute offer of 2.7 per cent in a long-running pay dispute. Their union, Unite, said the dispute was down to “poor workplace relations and a hostile culture at Lothian Buses” but it is recommending acceptance of Management’s latest offer. Regional industrial officer Lyn Turner said: “It’s a good offer and a better deal than the last time. I’m hoping that they will accept it.”

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Bourgeois Political Party Elects a New Leader

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

ON MONDAY a major British political party elected a new leader who sits for a Scottish constituency. In case anyone missed the news, she is Jo Swinson CBE, who has sat for East Dunbartonshire since 2005 when she was a Baby of the House, with a short break due to the 2015 SNP landslide. During the Tory—Liberal coalition years of 2010—2015 she rose from a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to become a junior minister for paper clips distribution or something like that.

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Trade Union Militancy in Action

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The Scottish branch of one of Britain’s most militant and effective trade unions is demanding that the Scottish National Party (SNP) Government give its members a pay rise to bring them up to the level of their colleagues south of the border.

When Chancellor Philip announced that consultants in England would get a 2.5 per cent pay rise (as recommended by the independent pay review body for doctors and dentists) the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland responded by demanding equality, saying that a poor deal would be the “last straw”.

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Essential Workers

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Workers at a leading company in a spiritually important industry have voted by a massive 95 per cent to reject a miserable 2.5 per cent pay offer from their employer, whose shares increased in value by 20 per cent since the start of the year and whose last half-year profits amounted to £2.4 billion.

If they vote for strike action in a forthcoming ballot the workers could entirely halt the production of their essential products. The workers are those employed by Diageo, the world’s largest spirit producer whose brands include Johnnie Walker whisky, Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin, Baileys and Guinness.

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Important Strikes

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Three days of strike action have seen more than a 100 flights cancelled to and from six major Scottish airports as a result of strike action by air traffic controllers. They are involved in a pay dispute with their employer Highlands and Island Airports Limited (HAIL), which is owned by the Scottish government and who have declined to become involved. It has merely urged the company and Prospect to hold fresh talks to resolve the dispute.

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People’s power defends libraries!

by John Maryon

MANCHESTER’S Chetham Library is considered to be the oldest public library in Britain. The British Library is the UK’s largest and the national institution holds over 200 million items, including 14 million books.

The Marx Memorial Library in London holds an invaluable collection of books, magazines and newspapers dealing with Marxism and working class history. Since 2010 more than 700 libraries have closed in Britain, with the loss of 800 jobs. Today many of our public libraries are under threat as cash strapped county councils cutback their services.

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Justice for the Palestinians!

by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES and friends returned to the Cock Tavern in central London for a discussion on the Palestinian cause opened by a panel that included New Communist Party (NCP) leader Andy Brooks and Salim Alam from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

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Queen’s cleaners battle against poverty wages

by New Worker correspondent

WORKERS who clean and maintain London’s world-famous Royal Parks are set to walk out on strike in protest at poverty wages, causing a major embarrassment for Buckingham Palace.

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International News

American spyring smashed

by Ed Newman

IRAN’S Intelligence Ministry has identified and destroyed an integrated network of operatives serving the CIA inside the country. The Ministry’s director-general for counter-intelligence said on Monday that Iran had arrested 17 professional spies working on behalf of the CIA throughout last year and some of those arrested had been sentenced to death.

The official said that the spies had been operating in key organisations and institutions mainly in the private sector. He noted that the CIA had recruited the individuals by mainly contacting them over the internet. Other tactics included issuing or renewing US visas, hiring Iranian specialists, providing necessary equipment and access to certain participants in scientific events abroad, sending emails and messaging through social media.

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Murder attempt on Donbas communist leader

Red Star Over Donbass

ANOTHER attempt to kill Boris Litvinov, one of the organisers of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), was foiled last week.

Litvinov, the leader of the Communist Party of the DPR said that on the morning of Friday 19th July: “I went out to my car in a secure parking lot near my house. Having examined the car externally, as always, I got into it, started it and began to slowly leave the parking lot. After driving 8-10 metres, I heard a strange sound under the car, like a flat tyre. Stopping, I got out of the car and once again began to inspect the wheels. And then I noticed a two-pound weight under the wheel. At first I had the idea to get the weight out from under the wheel and throw it aside. But from the weight a rope stretched under the car. After examining the direction of the rope, I found an explosive device under the driver’s seat consisting of two grenades attached to the bottom of the car.

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Hong Kong protestors’ challenge intolerable

by Li Xia

ON SUNDAY evening, some radical demonstrators besieged and stormed the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. They defaced the national emblem and painted insulting words on the wall.

Such vicious acts have seriously trampled on the rule of law in Hong Kong, blatantly challenged the authority of the central government and touched the bottom line of the principle of “one country, two systems,” which are absolutely intolerable.

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Iran at forefront of the resistance

IRANIAN Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the United States of pursuing a policy of unilateralism and for the breakdown of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as Iran nuclear deal.

Speaking at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, the Iranian minister said: “My country is at the forefront of resisting the US’ new unilateral tendencies, which includes outright economic terrorism. Our sincere efforts to address the concern about our nuclear peaceful programme, though baseless, is one among many victims of new unilateralism. The US administration is destroying the Iran nuclear deal, despite the investment the whole world made to bring it about. And in the process it has not only breached the relevant [UN] Security Council resolution, but also ironically sanctioned those who try to abide by it”.

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Burying your head in the sand

by Rob Gowland

ONLY SOMEONE who is particularly thick can have failed to realise that the boss class and their wealthy mates have decided to ramp up their never-ending war against the workers. They are attacking economically, diplomatically and even militarily any and all governments around the world that are — or are even considering — pursuing policies that might be considered inimical to the interests of big business.

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US ‘Socialism’ — bought by US intelligence

by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal

FROM 4—7 JULY thousands of left-wing activists from across the USA gathered in Chicago for the 2019 Socialism conference. The conference was sponsored by American leftist juggernauts the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Jacobin magazine and the International Socialist Organisation’s Haymarket Books, and featured regime-change activists from multiple US government-funded NGOs.

At this event, some of the most powerful institutions on the American socialist — but avowedly anti-communist — left have brought together a motley crew of regime-change activists to demonise Official Enemies of Washington.

One anti-China panel at the conference featured speakers from two different organisations that are both bankrolled by the US government’s soft-power arm of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a group founded out of Ronald Reagan’s CIA in the 1980s to grease the wheels of right-wing regime-change efforts and promote ‘free markets’ across the planet.

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