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THE WEST’S ‘bastion of freedom and democracy’ in the Middle East, Zionist Israel, yesterday launched deadly attacks on a UN school housing hundreds of refugees in Gaza, despite seventeen warnings from the United Nations that civilians were sheltering there. Even the UN spokesman Chris Gunness said ‘the world stands disgraced’...
SUPPORT Stafford Hospital campaigners fighting the closure of the West Midlands hospital’s A&E, maternity, and paediatrics departments have set up camp in the hospital grounds. This comes after two legal bids to stop a planned ‘downgrade’ failed. More than 50 people are currently camping at the site and hospital workers,...
ISRAEL killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp early on Wednesday morning, despite repeated warnings that thousands of civilians were sheltering there, the UN said yesterday. Witnesses at the UN-run Abu Hussein school said the walls had been destroyed, while UN spokesman, Chris...
LABOUR’S shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has called for NHS privatisation to be halted until after the 2015 general election. Speaking yesterday Burnham said ‘privatisation is being forced through at pace and scale’ without the permission of the British people. Burnham said: ‘Commissioners have been ordered to put all services out...
THE US and the EU are set to stiffen and widen their sanctions against Russia. Their intention is to target its finances, energy and defence sectors so as to remove Putin from the right. All hands are on deck to wage this struggle, from the UK ambassador to...
‘THE Palestinian Resistance’s victory in Gaza is a clear sign of the weakness of the Zionist regime and a prelude to final victory of Palestinians against the occupiers,’ Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah told Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hoseyn Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday. Nasrallah Hailed the exemplary resistance of the Palestinian nation...
LAST Thursday night Imperial Healthcare Trust, which runs Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospitals, published details of their plans for the three sites. It amounts to the biggest hospital closure programme in the history of the NHS. The decision will be approved by the Imperial Board when they meet at...
KIEV forces have been attacking civilians in residential areas in east Ukraine over the last few days. This is in spite of the promise by coupist president Poroshenko that civilians would not be targeted by Ukrainian forces during the civil war in the region. Five civilians were killed in Lugansk, when...
EVERY week without fail, doctors, medical journals, and health experts produce authoritative studies that ram home the fact that under this Tory-led coalition government every branch of the NHS from hospitals to general practices, from psychiatric services to care for the elderly, have had their finances cut to the...

Evictions Up!

GROWING numbers of private sector tenants are turning to Citizens Advice after facing eviction despite being up to date with their rent, the national charity has revealed. The charity has seen a 38 per cent increase in issues caused by people without rent arrears being threatened with eviction from a...
OVER 120,000 marched and rallied in central London on Saturday against Israel’s onslaught on Gaza as the Palestinian death toll reached over 1,000. Workers and youth and supporters of the Palestinian cause gathered outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington, west London, before marching towards the Houses of Parliament. Trade union...

Forward to Palestine

HAMAS on Sunday, along with the other Palestinian factions in Gaza, agreed to another 24-hour truce. Hamas’ statement read: ‘In response to the UN’s intervention request to monitor the situation . . . it has been agreed between the resistance factions that a 24-hour humanitarian truce will start...
PALESTINIAN activist Dr Hanan Ashrawi yesterday called for the EU Foreign Affairs Council to stop ‘adopting Israel’s narrative’ and to stop ‘justifying Israel’s military assault’. Dr Ashrawi said that Israel has murdered 745 Palestinians during its latest enslaught on the people of Gaza, and that Israel is engaged in...
HAMAS leader and member of parliament Mushir al-Masri said on Friday that the group had not agreed on a ceasefire with Israel, despite tentative reports that an agreement had been worked out. ‘There is no ceasefire with Israel at this stage and the resistance still has much to surprise the...
THE UK economy grew by 0.8% in the second quarter of 2014, official figures are said to show. The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show the economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak, which was reached in the first quarter of 2008, as the great...
THE Cork Young Workers’ Network is holding a protest in solidarity with the locked-out Greyhound workers outside The Peace Park, Grand Parade, Cork, at 3.00pm today, Saturday, 26th July. Cork Young Workers Network spokesperson, Samantha Cooney, said yesterday: ‘As a group we think the treatment of the Greyhound workers is...
Residents living on the Myatts Field North PFI (Private Finance Initiative) ‘regeneration’ scheme, situated between Brixton and the Oval in south west London and now branded ‘Oval Quarter’ by estate agents and developers, are protesting today against intolerable living conditions on the demolition site. The protest, which is meeting...
ACCORDING to an internal review conducted by the chief constable of Derbyshire, Mick Creedon, the London Metropolitan Police spying activities on the family of Stephen Lawrence, were guilty of nothing more than ‘flouting the rules’ and amassing information on groups that ‘served no purpose in preventing crime’. What this...
THE HAMAS military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades said on Thursday that they had killed eight Israeli soldiers in northeastern Gaza City in what was potentially the deadliest attack on the Israeli military since the ground invasion began last week. Al-Qassam Brigades said that they infiltrated into the eastern part of...
THE family of murdered young Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes and the bereaved mother of teenager Ricky Reel yesterday condemned undercover spying on their campaigns for justice. A report into undercover policing was ordered after it emerged that police had sought to destroy the reputations of the family and friends...
‘FREE, free Palestine! Israel is a terror state!’ chanted over 3,000 protesters at a rally and vigil outside the Israeli embassy on Tuesday evening. The call came when over 600 Palestinians have been killed, mostly civilians, including many children as a result of continuing Israeli airstrikes that began a fortnight...
PALESTINIAN President Mahmud Abbas has backed calls by Hamas for an end to the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip by Israel as one of the conditions for an agreement on a ceasefire. At least 649 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed in the past 16 days of fighting...
MORE than 20 leading doctors and scientists from the UK and Italy have denounced Israel’s ongoing aggression in Gaza in a letter to The Lancet. The letter reads: ‘On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression on Gaza by Israel.’ ‘We...
CAMERON was in threatening mode on Monday in his statement to the House of Commons. He said that President Putin must use his influence to end the conflict in Ukraine, following the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane which killed all on board. He told the House of Commons...
THE GAUNTLET has been thrown down on hospital demolition plans with health bosses told to ‘think again’, said Hammersmith & Fulham Council yesterday. The A&E’s at Hamersmith and Central Middlesex hospitals are to be closed on September 10. A delegation from Hammersmith & Fulham Council has met with...
FOR the first time in history midwives are uniting with other health workers to ballot for strike action, in an escalating fight over a measly 1% pay rise. Unison and the Royal College of Midwives announced they would be balloting over the pay offer made by the government in...
THE powerful strike by 220,000 NUMSA members, workers in South Africa’s steel and engineering sectors, entered its fourth week on Monday. NUMSA members in the metal and engineering industries downed tools on July 1, initially demanding a salary increase of 12 per cent, dropped from their pre-strike demand of...
THE Palestinian resistance is drawing a new path for the Palestinian people and will continue until the basic goal of ending the siege imposed on the Palestinian people in Gaza is achieved, an Islamic Jihad official said on Friday. The movement’s deputy secretary-general Ziad al-Nakhala said on Friday evening that...
AN ISRAELI tank shell smashed into the third and fourth floor of the Al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza yesterday morning, killing four people and wounding 16, Palestine Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra reported. The third floor houses an intensive care unit and operating theatres. Sixty people were reported injured in the...
THE RUSSIAN military announced yesterday that they detected a Ukrainian fighter jet flying alongside the Malaysian passenger jet before it crashed. The Russian military said that it was a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet and that it was gaining height towards the MH17 Boeing on the day of...
THE three-day meeting of Labour’s ‘policy forum’ ended on Sunday with a massive vote to commit the Labour Party to carrying on with the Tory-led coalition’s savage austerity cuts designed to pay off the huge national debt run up in order to bail out the banks and bankrupt British...
‘FREE, Free Palestine! Gaza, Gaza we will never let you go! From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!’ chanted angry protesters on Saturday’s huge 100,000-strong march from Downing Street to the Israeli embassy in Kensington. The march was in response to the stepping up of the onslaught...
MOSCOW – Western states and Kiev have rushed to find Russian involvement in the MH17 crash having no evidence to back their claims, Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov has said. He invited Ukraine to answer 10 questions to prove their commitment to an impartial probe. He said: ‘1. Immediately after...
WE are currently witnessing the greatest eruption of vilification against Russia and its leadership since the Fulton speech by Winston Churchill on March 5 1946, when Western imperialism detached itself from its Russian allies, who had smashed Hitlerism, and Churchill declared that an Iron Curtain had fallen...
ON the 13th day of the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, residents say invading Israeli forces committed ‘a new massacre’ in the Shujaiyya neighbourhood of Gaza City. At least 50 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in the eastern neighbourhood, medics said Sunday. The death...
595 women cleaners of the Greek Ministry of Finance in Athens were sacked on 17 September 2013 and their jobs given to private contractors. Since then they have been unemployed and fighting to get their jobs back. Their wages, when they worked, were only between 205 to 757 euros a...
UNITE leader Len McCluskey visited locked out NHS biomedical staff yesterday to highlight the appalling treatment they’ve received at the hands of their NHS employer, Northampton General Hospital. Unite had requested a meeting between Len McCluskey and the trust’s CEO, Dr Sonia Swart, to discuss the workers’ position, but the...
IT didn’t take long for the Israeli government to carry out its plan to invade Gaza and carry out a pogrom against the Palestinian people. Late Thursday night, all talk was of a ceasefire brokered by the Egyptian government, a comprehensive deal to end the fighting between Israeli and Palestinian...
MOSCOW believes that the US capitalists are targeting it with sanctions ‘because the events in Ukraine have not developed the way Washington scripted them,’ the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The statement continues that ‘The outrageous and groundless desire to blame Russia for the civil war...
MARWAN AL-BARGHOUTHI, the Fatah leader imprisoned in Israel, called on the Palestinian leaders ‘to go to the Gaza Strip in order to take part in the battle of resilience and resistance together with our people, and to remove the siege and reconstruct the Strip’. Al-Barghouthi also urged ‘popular mobilisation and...
RITZY Cinema workers, on their ninth day of strike action, marched with 200 supporters and trade unionists from the British Film Institute (BFI) yesterday. What do we want – the living wage! When do we want it – now!’ rang out through the streets of London as the lively march...
THE ‘improved’ unemployment figures are a mask for a country that is working harder, and getting poorer, with more than 4.5 million people now regarded as ‘self-employed’! The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that UK registered unemployment fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million in the three...
THE UK government in alliance with the Labour Party has over a three-day period pushed through an emergency law, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill, through the House of Commons and the House of Lords, so that it can continue to spy on phone and internet records and...
TWO weeks into their strike, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), has rejected the latest wage offer in the metals and engineering industry. On Sunday, it said its 220,000 striking members will intensify their industrial action. Both NUMSA and the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation...
TEACHERS unions said yesterday that the policies enforced by the now ex-Tory Education Secretary Gove, and resisted by hundreds of thousands of teachers and parents, drove him out of office and now his policies must be dumped as well! Gove was one of twelve MPs to lose their...