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THE collapse of construction firm Clugston has halted work on Newcastle University’s new £39m extension and £25m sports centre. Clugston, which employs more than 600 people, called in administrators KPMG last week. KPMG said the two projects were ‘on hold pending the outcome of current discussions’. The university said it was...
EXECUTIVE Director of Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, has slammed the Israeli government’s record saying: ‘We’ve learned that there is no Palestinian victim – a three-year-old child, a fourteen-year-old youth, a whole family – whose killing the Israeli system cannot expertly whitewash. ‘There will be an investigation, there...
THE US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has the responsibility for aircraft safety, did nothing to ground Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft despite their own analysis that the plane was inherently unsafe. After the first crash in October last year of an Indonesian Lion Air 737 Max, in which 189 people...
TURKEY and Libya have begun implementing agreements on maritime boundaries and military cooperation – inciting an angry reaction from Greece which insists that the measures clearly violate its sovereign rights. The pacts were signed by Ankara and Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) last month. They took effect over...
THE ENDLESSLY repeated slogan that ‘The NHS is Not for Sale’ is completely empty in the face of the fact that US companies and other privateers are already taking over and making vast profits out of the NHS and are determined to leech even more out of the NHS...
LABOUR IS pledging a relentless focus on the NHS in its first 100 days in government as new research reveals hundreds of ‘extreme’ risks to patient and staff safety in hospitals across England. The long-term impact that Tory and Liberal Democrat underfunding is having on the health service is exposed...
STRIKING senior doctors in Zimbabwe have accused the government of misleading the nation – by suggesting it had secured large quantities of essential drugs and equipment after warning the country’s public hospitals had become deathtraps with no equipment and/or medicines. ‘There was much fanfare and ribbon cutting, and images of...
AN EXPLOSIVE situation that threatens all-out war between the NATO powers is fast developing in the Mediterranean region in a struggle to seize the eastern Med’s oil and gas resources. On Sunday, Libya’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord, based in Tripoli, announced a pact with Turkey over maritime jurisdiction areas...
HEATHROW Airport workers signed up to support the campaign to elect Hassan Zulkifal, WRP Ealing Southall general election candidate, yesterday. Unite member Ram Sheemar said: ‘I work for LSG Skychef and I’m voting for Hassan because he’s fighting for the working class. I want a general strike to defend the...
SPEAKING at a press conference on the ‘first hundred days’ of a Labour government, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, pledged: ‘So let me now set out my priorities for my first hundred days in the Treasury and how we’ll put power and wealth into the hands of...
CHINA’S new special envoy on Middle East affairs, ambassador Zhai Jun, confirmed today his country’s rejection of all Israeli measures aimed at annexing the Jordan Valley and Judaising the old town of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. The Chinese envoy added during a press interview at the headquarters of...
LABOUR’S shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, delivered a speech yesterday laying out the priorities for the first 100 days of a Labour government. Within 100 days a Labour government would end 10 years of Tory austerity, renationalise public utilities and pour billions into the economy to stimulate an economic revival. At the...
TENS of thousands of school and university students demonstrated last Friday in Athens and in all Greek major cities against the oppression and violence campaign carried out by the riot-police of the right-wing government. The marches were held in commemoration of 16-year-old school students Alexis Grigoropoulos who was killed 11...
JERUSALEM – Several Palestinian officials and experts condemned the detention of a Palestine TV crew in Jerusalem on Friday, describing it as a violation of international law. Israeli intelligence officers detained the Palestine TV crew and seized their equipment in the latest attack against Palestinian media outlets in the occupied...
WITH millions of workers and youth on strike or taking to the streets, where they have been joined by the masses of the Yellow Vest movement, the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, speaking up for the French bosses and bankers, has reiterated the determination of the French government and...
LONDON Fire Brigade Chief Dany Cotton is to leave the service four months early. Cotton, 50, previously announced she was standing down from the London Fire Brigade (LFB) in April 2020. She was facing calls to resign after a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 72 people in...
RUSSIA has stressed its concern about the growing ‘militarisation of space’ by the United States and its allies, and urged that such hostile measures should be counterbalanced. ‘Russia has always opposed and continues to oppose the militarisation of space,’ Russian President Vladimir Putin told a government meeting on military policies...
YESTERDAY, the London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) commissioner, Dany Cotton, announced that she was resigning from her post four months early. Cotton came under sustained criticism from phase one of the public inquiry into the Grenfell fire tragedy, which found that the LFB’s preparations for such a fire were ‘gravely inadequate’. When...
FRANCE is paralysed by a nationwide general strike by transport workers, teachers and other trade unions, supported by the mass of the working population. This is a showdown between the whole of the working class and President Emmanuel Macron, backed by the ruling class and its armies of riot policemen. Macron’s...
EALING Southall Labour MP Varindra Sharma refused to sign the West London Council of Action petition to reopen maternity and paediatrics at Ealing Hospital yesterday morning. Ealing Southall Workers Revolutionary Party candidate Hassan Zulkifal said: ‘Soon after we set up our campaign table Sharma arrived and we asked him to...
STRIKING catering workers employed by LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet were arrested at airports across the United States on November 26 as they protested for higher wages and benefits. A nationwide series of strikes and sit-ins blocked traffic and terminals at airports across the nation at the end of...
FRANCE yesterday was paralysed by a general strike called by the trade unions in response to the attempts by the government of president Macron to impose cuts to pensions and increase the retirement age for every worker in the country. The strike is the biggest mass action by workers since...
HUNDREDS of students have joined their lecturers at Goldsmiths University fighting the cuts to education and the introduction of casual labour. The students and lecturers held a fashion parade against what they called austerity fashion aimed at exposing the desperate state of education and the condition in which workers are...
SPEAKING in Birmingham yesterday morning, Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said: ‘On Tuesday a new Shelter report found 135,000 children will be without a home this Christmas. ‘On the same day an analysis by the Equality Trust showed the UK’s six richest people control as much wealth as the poorest...
THE COMMANDER of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, announced on Tuesday that his country’s naval forces are due to hold joint war games with their counterparts from China and Russia on December 27. ‘The joint drills of Iran, China and Russia codenamed Marine Security Belt will be staged...
THE US bosses have ramped up their ongoing campaign of economic and political sanctions against China. The House of Representatives has passed a bill calling for new sanctions against alleged human rights abuses against a Muslim minority group, the Uighurs, from the Xinjiang province. The bill, rushed through on Tuesday...
RAIL UNION RMT yesterday issued a fresh call for further talks as members across the length and breadth of South Western Railway stood firm on the second day of the December strike action in the fight for safe and accessible rail travel for all. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:...
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riad al-Malki, has discussed in The Hague with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, the developments of ICC’s preliminary examinations in light of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s declaration on settlements, warning against Israel’s exploiting of this declaration...
YESTERDAY the two-day summit of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) opened in London to celebrate 70 years of this imperialist war machine. Trump joined the heads of state of the 29 countries that make up this military alliance in what was supposed to be a joyous celebration but which instead...
‘AMAZON and all companies and industries must be nationalised and put under public ownership,’ Jonty Leff, Workers Revolutionary Party candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch said addressing a demonstration outside Amazon HQ in Shoreditch. The protest coincided with Cyber Monday when millions of packages are delivered at knock down prices. ‘As...
FORMER Bolivian President Evo Morales has said that the Bolivian nation will continue its fight against an American and Israeli-backed ‘coup’ in the country and ultimately prevail. The coup government, ‘assisted by Israel and the US, will prepare itself (to stifle resistance), but when a nation rises, no system can...
THE head of the Royal College of GPs yesterday said that the job of full-time GPs was now ‘undoable’ owing to the huge pressures of work. Professor Martin Marshall said it would be wrong to think that younger doctors were more workshy than previous generations, but he said, ‘I think...
MILLIONS of rail passengers will have to pay an average of 2.7% more for tickets from 2nd January, in a fare rise announced last Friday by the Rail Delivery Group of railway privateers. Many commuters will face an increase of more than £100 in the annual cost of getting to...
THE Afghan Taliban militant group says it is ‘way too early’ to speak of restarting direct negotiations with the United States, a day after US President Donald Trump paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan and said Washington is resuming talks with the militant group. During his first visit to Afghanistan...
IRAQI government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi told the official Iraqi News Agency on Saturday that the authorities are going to issue arrest warrants for a number of high-ranking officials and refer them to the judiciary for trial on charges of corruption. This is after the killing of over 400 workers and...
Young Socialists West Green Primary School Woodlands Park Rd (off West Green Rd) London N15 3RH 12pm - 4pm With Charlie the Clown and Jolly Jack the Clown.