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‘OUR police officers are now moving more quickly to issue fines where people are clearly breaching coronavirus regulations,’ Tory Home Secretary Priti Patel said at the 5pm daily press conference yesterday adding: ‘Nearly 45,000 fixed penalty notices have been issued across the United Kingdom. ‘So my message today to anyone...
THE Israeli Human Rights group B’Tselem has issued a paper stating that Israel is not a democracy but an ‘apartheid regime’ that systematically oppresses the Palestinians through military occupation and racist laws. In the paper published yesterday, B’Tselem, for the first time in its 31-year history, calls Israel an ‘apartheid...
PALESTINIAN Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh announced on Monday that his government is preparing for new national and presidential elections in Palestine. ‘The Cabinet looks forward to President Mahmoud Abbas issuing the decrees that will specify the dates for the elections in order to begin all necessary preparations for the success...
ISRAELI PM Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday approved 800 new illegal settlement units in the West Bank, determined to drive through the mass expansion while Trump still remains in office. Using the Zionist terms for the West Bank Netanyahu said: ‘We are happy to announce today that 800 new apartments have been...
A SENIOR South Korean official said the situation surrounding a Korean-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran for repeated environmental violations is ‘serious,’ as he and a delegation headed to the Islamic Republic for ‘in-depth’ talks on the issue. ‘I am a little relieved to know that the crew is safe,...
OVER 250,000 small firms and companies are destined to collapse this year according to research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Nearly a quarter of those surveyed have already cut staff in the past three months and one-in-seven expects they will do so in the next three...
THE Coronavirus Infection Survey published by the Office for National Statistics has revealed the extent that the virus swept through the school system and its results are alarming! Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: ‘It is clear from these results that the National Education...
LAST WEDNESDAY President Trump sent a 100,000-plus howling mob on a mission to break into the Capitol building to stop the certification of election-winner Biden as the incoming President of the United States. The mob was equipped with ropes and ladders as well as firearms to do the storming job. They...
Ambulance services are under ‘unprecedented pressure’ Tracy Nicholls, chief executive of the College of Paramedics said yesterday morning, with hand-over delays at a scale never seen before. Crews are waiting up to nine hours to transfer a patient into hospital, she reported, while there are also cases of emergency patients...
THE LEFT-wing Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) yesterday announced the launch of an upcoming membership consultation on whether the trade union should remain affiliated to the Labour Party. In a statement by national president Ian Hodson, who has been critical of Keir Starmer, the union has declared that...
THE NHS is at breaking point! This is the warning from doctors, nurses and NHS staff, furious that the Tories did absolutely nothing to address the problems hospitals faced during the first wave of coronavirus. NHS workers still do not have enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). There are still not...
ARMED supporters of US President Trump stormed the Capitol building and forced a lockdown on Wednesday evening. However, the attempted coup failed. A woman was shot dead by police and three others died of ‘medical emergencies’, US police have said. The masses of right wingers just pushed their way past...

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‘DON’T let this get around, but professionals are forming unions like crazy these days. And, just yesterday, a union unveiled itself at Google … adopting the form of a semi-union in a clear effort to keep Google from crushing it,’ wrote a US labour activist on Tuesday. In just the...
ON WEDNESDAY afternoon thousands of US president Donald Trump supporters rallied in Washington before storming the US Congress to put a stop to the official affirmation of Joe Biden as the next president of the USA. They were spurred on by a speech from Trump in which he urged the...
THE HIGH Pay Centre’s ‘High Pay Day’ research, published Wednesday, is evidence that the government must rebalance the economy after Covid-19 to make it fair, says the TUC. High Pay Day is the day in 2021 on which the typical FTSE 100 chief executive has already earned the same as...
Agricultural workers across India will protest today and tomorrow, January 7 and 8, in solidarity with the ongoing struggle of farmers against the contentious farm laws. As part of the call given by All India Agricultural Workers’ Union (AIAWU), president A Vijayaraghavan and general secretary B Venkat have appealed to...
ON MONDAY night, prime minister Boris Johnson decreed that England’s third national lockdown would legally come into force on Tuesday night with parliament called upon to retrospectively vote its approval of these new laws the following day. The fact that Johnson carried these laws out by decree without recourse to...
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has been sent back to Belmarsh high security prison after a judge refused him bail yesterday, despite a decision to block his extradition to the United States. The decision taken at Westminster Magistrates Court in Marylebone means that Assange still cannot be reunited with his family. District...
HIGHLY respected London GP Dr Augustine Obaro died from Covid-19 on New Year’s Day, becoming the 15th GP lost to the pandemic. Dr Obaro, who worked at Addison Road Medical Practice in Walthamstow, London for the last 17 years, died on 1st January after a short battle with coronavirus, his...
Jubilant scenes greeted Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s decision not to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US to face espionage charges at London’s Old Bailey courthouse on Monday. Assange, 49, was charged with 18 counts of conspiring to hack US government computers and the publication of confidential military records, including...
BIG BUSINESS warned yesterday that, with the return of the lockdown by PM Johnson, thousands of firms will go to the wall. They demanded that state aid to the tune of hundreds more billions of pounds be handed to them to save what is left of the disintegrating UK...
‘TODAY is a victory for Julian! Today’s victory is the first step towards justice in this case,’ Stella Moris, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s fiancee and mother of two of his children, said yesterday. She was speaking to a large crowd of supporters and press from all over the world outside...
The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has had no contact from the Department of Health in relation to a planned public health doctors’ strike in January. The country’s 91 specialists of public health medicine are taking strike action this month as part of their 17-year battle for consultant status and contracts. The...
THE CRISIS that has erupted this week over the question of the Tory government’s determination to keep schools open in the face of the deadly surge in coronavirus infections, has made the question of building a new leadership in the trade unions the burning issue of the day. The determination...
BRIGHTON and Hove primary schools in Sussex are staying closed today after the city council held an emergency meeting and ordered all primaries to move to online learning, in defiance of the Tory government. Last Friday, Tory Education Secretary Williamson bowed to pressure from medical experts and teachers unions and...
SAMA the South African Medical Association has expressed concerns over KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) hospital bed shortages, and medical staff fatigue. The South African Medical Association believes that the KZN Member of the Executive Council’s (MEC) claims that the province has enough beds to cope with the upsurge in Covid-19 cases is...
CORONAVIRUS cases are now rising fast, driven by a new variant of the virus that has emerged in the UK and is much more easily transmittable than other strains. A further 57,725 confirmed cases were announced by the government on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the government announced a further 445...
A YEAR of unparalleled pressure has left staff exhausted and on the brink, a just-released BMA survey shows. Thousands of doctors have revealed the impact that working during the pandemic has had on their mental health and wellbeing. New figures from the latest BMA tracker survey of doctors in England, Wales...
SERVICE Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry says the Covid-19 relief package ‘is just a down payment’. She released the following statement on passage of the package: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that we need bold action to protect the health, safety and economic security of essential workers...
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange is facing a sentence of up to 175 years in a high-security ‘Supermax’ prison if he is extradited from the UK and convicted in the US. The US ruling class are prepared to let him to die in prison to try to deter all future...