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HOME SECRETARY Amber Rudd has warned that billions of pounds have been laundered through the City of London. She has plans for a new national economic crime centre, with the power to task the Serious Fraud Office to investigate the worst cases of fraud, money laundering and corruption. The move...
CHAIR of the King’s College Hospital NHS Trust Bob Kerslake resigned late on Sunday evening stating that the cuts he was being asked to carry out would have compromised the quality of care, welfare of the staff and endangered patient safety. ‘If we had sought to achieve what...
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. He gave the command during a surprise visit to Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province yesterday morning. A ‘significant part’ of the Russian military contingent in Syria should return to Russia, Putin announced, addressing Russian military personnel...
PALESTINIANS have come out in force in the Gaza Strip to protest against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s ‘capital’, burning pictures of President Trump and the Saudi king. The rally, organised by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), drew thousands in the besieged...
THE EU leadership last Friday morning at 6am rescued PM May from the debacle of her Northern Ireland crisis, and saved her government by agreeing to advance to the second stage of the Brexit negotiations. They made this move because her government – in office thanks to the votes of...
‘FREE Palestine! Hands off Jerusalem!’ shouted over 3,000 protesters outside the US Embassy on Friday night. The massive rally called for mass demonstrations against the decision of US president Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US embassy to the city. The Stop...
FREEZERS and tumble dryers are catching fire daily resulting in nine fatalities and 298 injuries. In fact, this figure does not include the Hotpoint fridge freezer which sparked the fire at Grenfell Tower, resulting in the deaths of so many men, women and children. Consumer group Which? warns that...
AT least two Palestinians have been killed and almost 300 others have sustained injuries when clashes broke out between Palestinians demonstrating in protest against the recent decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Israeli-occupied Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of the Tel Aviv regime despite widespread international opposition...
DUP leader Arlene Foster said yesterday that her party had worked with the May government into the early hours of Friday morning to secure changes to the text the DUP had rejected on Monday. The Monday breakdown had thrown the EU leadership into a crisis out of its fear that...
‘NAMING and shaming’ bosses who refuse to pay workers even the minimum wage is not enough, trade union GMB correctly insisted yesterday, demanding that those responsible must be prosecuted. They were responding to the Tory government’s Department for Business ‘naming and shaming’ 260 employers who have not paid 16,000...
HOSPITALS across the country are already running close to 100% bed occupancy and the full effects of winter haven’t even started to impact on the NHS. Hospital trust chief executives have revealed that NHS hospital beds are as much as 99% full even before the onset of the predicted Arctic...
A SHOCKING 128,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless and in temporary accommodation this Christmas Day, a new report by Shelter revealed on Wednesday. One in every 111 children is currently homeless, and with the country still at the mercy of a worsening housing crisis, 2017 has seen the...
‘WE as Palestinians are ready to fight!’ Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil said as both the West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip erupted into fierce clashes with Israeli soldiers yesterday in response to US president Trump’s announcement to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. A general strike swept...
‘UCU (University and College Union) will be calling sustained strike action aimed at massively disrupting lectures, classes and the administrative life of your institution next year,’ General Secretary Sally Hunt has declared. The UCU launched a strike ballot last Friday against a vicious onslaught on its members’ pensions which could...
THE FACT that 128,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless and in temporary accommodation this Christmas Day is a ‘national scandal’, the leader of Shelter declared yesterday. A new Shelter report revealed that one in every 111 children is currently homeless and the worsening housing crisis means that 2017...
THOUSANDS of Palestinians took to the streets across the West Bank and Gaza yesterday in protest at the United States’ impending announcement of the relocation of its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Protests took place in Ramallah, Jenin, Tubas, Hebron,...
LABOUR shadow secretary for Brexit Keir Starmer, for the first time in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, urged the Brexit Secretary and the government to cancel the date for leaving the EU. He said: ‘Will the Secretary of State now drop the proposal for a fixed deadline exit date...
TRAIN fares in Britain will go up by an average of 3.4% from 2nd January, the biggest rise since 2013, and described by rail union RMT as ‘another kick in the teeth for British passengers.’ Students hoping to travel home to see their families will be hit hard by the...
PM MAY, placed into office after the Cameron-Osborne 2016 EU referendum disaster, has continued to display the complete disorientation of the Tory Party and the British ruling class as UK capitalism proceeds from one disaster to the next, plunging the whole country into poverty. She called a snap election believing...
SCHOOLCHILDREN and students across Greece protested on Monday against cutbacks to the education sector, and the ‘intensification of performance evaluation’ which is part of the reforms implemented by the SYRIZA-led government. Protesters gathered outside the Education Ministry in the northern Athens suburb of Maroussi at midday and schoolchildren demonstrated against...

No agreement over Brexit

‘IT is not possible for us to reach an agreement today,’ Jean Claude Juncker, EU Commissioner said at a press conference yesterday as the talks between Tory PM Theresa May and the EU broke up without a deal. Juncker continued: ‘We now have a common understanding of the most important...
ALL IMMIGRATION centres should be shut down because they are extremely damaging to the health of the refugee and asylum seekers who are incarcerated in them, doctors warned yesterday in a newly released report entitled ‘Locked up, locked out’. The report says that the UK has one of the largest...
LAST night’s BBC Panorama programme entitled ‘Jihadists You Pay For’ has blown the lid off one of the ways in which British imperialism has been secretly funding the jihadist terrorists in Syria for years. These allegations centre on Adam Smith International (ASI), a British based company specialising in ‘foreign aid’,...
‘SENATE votes to hand huge tax giveaways to the rich paid for by students and working families,’ said the National Education Union (NEA) on Saturday. On Saturday, the Senate approved the GOP tax plan that will offer huge tax cuts for US corporations and the wealthiest Americans and likely increase...
THE National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (NUMSA) is threatening a national strike against electricity power company Eskom. A NUMSA statement said: ‘The National Union of Metal Workers (NUMSA) and the United Front (UF) are extremely dismayed by the opportunistic call made by the Eskom board and its management...
IRELAND’S deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney has said his country has ‘no desire’ to delay the UK’s Brexit talks. While Ireland was not looking for ‘full detail’, it was seeking the parameters within which a solution could be found. His comments came ahead of a week of crucial decisions on...
‘THE LABOUR Party faces the greatest crisis in its history,’ claims former deputy Labour leader Roy Hattersley. ‘Momentum – a party within the party which is dedicated to moving Labour to the far left of the political spectrum – is on the point of winning control of Labour’s policy, programme...
THE WORLD’S capitalists are ringing the alarm bells at the prospect that the May government will fall. The US CME Group that owns and operates large derivatives and futures exchanges in Chicago, and New York City is up in arms, declaring that the May government is ‘hanging by a thread’...
RICHARD SHARP, a member of the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Committee has warned that the UK is heading for a Venezuelan-style economic crash and bankruptcy, unless borrowing is further slashed, insisting that public debt and public spending are the problem. Sharp is giving the Tory party the ammunition to...
‘I DID nothing wrong,’ claims ‘the Leader’ in a rehearsed reading of ‘Shirleymander’. The sharply witty play by Gregory Evans was presented at the Playground Theatre, west London and will receive its full stage premiere next summer to coincide with the anniversary of the nearby Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. The work...
JUNIOR doctors at Portsmouth Hospital were used to interpret tens of thousands of X-rays without proper training and as a result cases of lung cancer were missed causing ‘significant life-threatening harm’ to three patients, the Care Quality Commission has found. During their visit in July, CQC inspectors found the...
‘SCHOOLS must be returned to their local authority family of schools,’ Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said, responding to a report which shows the disaster which ensues when Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) collapse, shutting multiple schools, leaving teachers and pupils high and dry. Returning...
THE TORY government has caved in to EU demands and agreed to pay a whopping ‘divorce’ bill that is estimated to be £50 billion. EU officials briefed the press that the UK government had agreed that it would honour its share of the EU’s unpaid bills, loans and other liabilities...
THE Russian envoy to Palestine, Haidar Aghann, affirmed that in Russia’s view, a comprehensive and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies in ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within the 1967 borders and the establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital. In...