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ADDRESSING the Labour shadow secretary Anneliese Dodds, the Tory Chancellor Sunak said yesterday in the House of Commons: ‘I do stand ready to work with the honourable member opposite, if she knew exactly what she wanted.’ He added: ‘Today the government stands with the British people and British business with...
NOT PARTICIPATING in the signing ceremony of the agreement to launch the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) on Tuesday does not mean withdrawing from the forum, which Palestine has participated in its establishment, said Omar Awadallah on Wednesday, the head of the United Nations General Administration and its Specialised...
ADDRESSING the Labour shadow secretary Anneliese Dodds, the Tory Chancellor Sunak said yesterday in the House of Commons: ‘I do stand ready to work with the honourable member opposite, if she knew exactly what she wanted.’ He added: ‘Today the government stands with the British people and British business with...
‘THIS CASE is a grave threat to press freedom, not just for Julian Assange, but for all British journalists,’ lawyer Stella Morris, Julian Assange’s fiancée said yesterday outside the Old Bailey where prosecutors are trying to have Assange extradited to the US where he faces 175-years in jail. His ‘crime’?...
THE PRESIDENTS of Venezuela and Argentina have demanded an end to the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently fighting extradition to the United States at the Old Bailey court in London. Argentinian President Alberto Fernández and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro signed an open letter, along with...
PM JOHNSON announced the latest draconian lockdown rules in the House of Commons last Tuesday, with the threat that, if not obeyed to the letter, he was prepared to call in the military to force obedience Johnson told MPs that there would now be ‘greater police presence’ on the streets...
‘IT IS in no-one’s interests for members of the armed forces to be given a free pass over alleged war crimes’ said Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, yesterday. She was speaking ahead of the first proper hearing today on the government’s highly controversial Overseas Operations Bill. ‘This Bill comes with...
PALESTINE Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has accused the United States administration of pressuring and blackmailing the Palestinians to compromise on their national rights. Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah on Monday, Shtayyeh said: ‘The US policy has been and is still aimed at encircling the Palestinian leadership and...
THE TRUMP administration has stepped up its war on ‘Marxists and radicals’ naming three major cities that it has targeted to strip of their federal funding. New York City, Portland and Seattle are on the Justice Department’s hit-list of ‘anarchist cities’ accused of encouraging crime and criminality. A Justice Department statement...
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has said he would nominate a woman to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Immensely popular among Democrats, Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer last Friday, just weeks before the presidential election. Her death handed Trump, who is seeking...
YESTERDAY the Tory government announced its plans to save the profits of the private rail companies by bankrolling them for another 18 months. In March, when lockdown started, every single rail company faced being wiped out as passenger numbers plummeted by 90%. At this point the Tories stepped in to guarantee...
THE TORY government is imposing a new legal duty to ‘self-isolate’ if instructed to do so by ‘NHS Test and Trace’ from next Monday, 28 September, with fines of £10,000 for failure to comply. Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday, Tory Health Secretary Hancock warned: ‘This self-isolation is...
LAST Wednesday Howard Beckett, Unite union assistant general secretary, welcomed as a victory for the union British Airways ‘partial U-turn on fire and rehire’. Beckett announced that a draft agreement had been reached with BA that would not be finally agreed until Unite members had voted and agreed to the...
TORY HEALTH SECRETARY Hancock yesterday said of the Covid-19 crisis that Britain was facing a ‘tipping point’ and ‘we have a choice’. It turns out that the choice was for everybody to become a police nark and inform on their neighbours! Covid restrictions in England will get tougher if the...
THE UNITE union has sent a ‘GSS UPDATE 17 SEPT’ to its below-wing ground staff members working at Heathrow to try and persuade them to vote for a lousy deal with BA. The Update states: ‘The first part of the document is called the preamble, the most important part of...
THE WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) is urging healthcare leaders and governments to address all persistent threats to both the health and safety of all workers and patients. ‘The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives,’ were the...
THE DIRECTOR of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray, told a congressional hearing on Thursday that the US ruling class has lost control of the situation and that the mass protests sparked by police killings and police brutality have the potential to escalate into civil war and...
YESTERDAY in Parliament, Tory Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that less serious cases would be turned away from A&E and only the most serious cases would be let in, telling the House of Commons: ‘Of course no one will ever be turned away from our emergency departments in the...
DURING DAY 11 of the hearing yesterday at the Old Bailey, in which the prosecution is attempting to get WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange extradited to the US, the prosecution attempted to argue that people had come to harm as a result of the documents that WikiLeaks published exposing imperialist...
SYRIA’S Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has affirmed that the statements of US President Donald Trump about targeting Syrian President President Bashar al-Assad for assassination underlines that the (US) administration is both rogue and outlaw. It follows the same method as terrorist organisations – of killing and liquidation without consideration to...
YESTERDAY, the Bank of England announced that it will be keeping interest rates on hold at the historical low of 0.1%. This was the unanimous vote of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) which also voted to keep on with its Quantitative Easing (QE) programme of pumping out £745 billion...
UNITE union said yesterday that it welcomes what it has called British Airway’s ‘partial U-turn on fire and rehire’ but warns issues are ‘not yet settled’. British Airways sacked 42,000 workers at the beginning of August. Following the appearance of Alex Cruz, the chief executive of British Airways at the House...
THE TORY government has announced that the Overseas Operations Bill will get its second reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 23rd September. In its current form, the Bill risks effectively decriminalising torture. Second reading is a first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the proposed legislation. Senior military figures including...
WITH coronavirus cases continuing to rapidly increase day on day as a result of the Tories’ campaign to drive the reopening of workplaces, schools and universities, the vital issue of testing for Covid-19 has descended into complete chaos as a result of the Tory determination to hand the NHS...
THE LABOUR Court in Johannesburg will be the setting for South Africa’s trade unions and the African National Congress (ANC) government to fight it out over salary increases for about 1.2 million public servants. Trade unions are presenting a united front to get salary increases of between 4.3% and 5.4%,...
A PROPOSED law giving PM Johnson’s government the power to reject parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU passed its first reading in the House of Commons by 340 votes to 263 on Monday night, with former Tory PMs, such as Theresa May, abstaining along with 30 Tory...
JOHN SHIPTON yesterday called for the TUC to take up the fight for the release of his son, Julian Assange, and prevent his extradition to America. The TUC is currently holding its Annual Conference at Congress House, just round the corner from the Old Bailey, where the WikiLeaks founder is...
PALESTINIANS in the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank rose up in anger to denounce the normalisation deals signed in Washington yesterday afternoon between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Hamas movement, which governs the Gaza Strip, have condemned the...
US PRESIDENT Trump is behind the politically motivated prosecution of Julian Assange who he said should receive the death penalty, it was alleged by American lawyer Eric Lewis at Assange’s extradition trial at the Old Bailey when it resumed yesterday. The case was postponed last week, halted for two days...
PALESTINIAN factions and the broader international Muslim community have expressed outrage at a fledgling trend of Arab-Israeli normalisation that has so far seen the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain cozying up to the occupying regime under Washington’s auspices. Palestinians have declared today, Tuesday, a ‘day of rage’ over an...
NEW ANALYSIS by the research group the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has shown that unemployment in the UK will be a massive increase on the levels reached during the recession of 2008/9. According to the IES, in the third quarter of this year 450,000 jobs will go – more...
FOLLOWING the refusal of the Arab League to condemn the UAE for its recognition of the state of Israel, Bahrain has now followed the lead of the UAE and now recognises Israel and will, no doubt, be attending the ‘Recognition’ signing ceremony in Washington tomorrow. US President Trump and Israel’s...
‘WHAT DO we want? 15%! When do we want it? Now!’ rang out on the Nurses March through London on Saturday afternoon. More than 1,000 nurses and their supporters marched from BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place to Trafalgar Square, where they heard speeches demanding trade union action to achieve...
THOUSANDS of doctors say a second Covid peak is very likely and is their greatest fear this winter. A major survey of doctors by the BMA shows that a second peak of Covid-19 in England this winter is the number one concern among the medical profession. Eighty-six per cent of more...
NHS PERFORMANCE stats reveal the ‘devastating extent of patient suffering’ amid a ‘daunting’ backlog, says the BMA. In his response to the latest NHS performance figures, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, council chair of doctors’ union the BMA, stressed: ‘Today’s figures reveal the devastating extent of patient suffering across the country as...
NURSES, midwives and NHS workers around the country take to the streets again today to demand a 15% pay rise and they are extremely angry. They have been treated with utter contempt by the Tory government who cynically lauded them during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and then proceeded...
NHS workers should receive an early pay rise of 15 per cent or £3,000, whichever is greater, the Unite union, said yesterday. Unite, which has 100,000 members in the health service, also demanded that pay discussions between the government, the NHS and health trade unions start without delay. Unite is writing...
ON WEDNESDAY South African president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the death at the age of 91 of George Bizos, the renowned human rights lawyer who came to prominence for his role in defending Nelson Mandela on treason charges in 1964. Mandela was widely expected to receive the death penalty but thanks...
PALESTINIAN Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad Malki, called on the Arab League to reject the United Arab Emirates-Israel normalisation agreement. ‘Otherwise, our meeting will be considered a blessing to the move, or a cover for it, which the state of Palestine will not accept,’ Malki, who chairs the...
ON DAY four yesterday of the Old Bailey hearing deciding the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange the proceedings were adjourned until Monday while a lawyer is tested for Covid-19. Assange was taken back to Belmarsh High Security Prison after Thursday’s session was adjourned. Outside the court Assange’s supporters blockaded the...
YESTERDAY, Boris Johnson announced new emergency laws making social gatherings of more than six people illegal in England from next Monday. This law applies to any meeting or gatherings anywhere either indoors or outdoors; it does not apply to schools or workplaces. These draconian measures will be enforced by the police...
AUSTRALIA’S Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) is demanding that PM Scott Morrison explains what he knew about Qantas management’s long-term decision to axe and outsource 2,500 workers, as local media revealed this week that documents show the airline planned the move 10 years ago. TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said that Qantas...

Assange Must Be Freed Now!

ON DAY three of the case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, at the Old Bailey in central London, yesterday morning the court went straight in to the evidence of Clive Stafford Smith, a dual national British/American lawyer licensed to practice in the UK. Assange has had a further 18 new...
‘THE TRADE unions should organise mass demonstrations and call a general strike,’ Julian Assange Defence Committee member Joe Brack told News Line yesterday. He was speaking outside the Old Bailey on the second day of the WikiLeaks journalist’s extradition hearing. Brack said: ‘For the next three to four weeks we are...
THE UK’s negotiator with the EU, Lord Frost, has said that there is still time for the UK and the EU to agree a ‘post-Brexit’ trade deal. His words follow a pledge from PM Johnson to walk away from the talks if a deal isn’t done by 15 October. Johnson...