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Fidel Castro — no hero of ours

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Pablo Velasco

Fidel Castro, one of the last remaining leaders of a Stalinist state, died last week at the age of 90. Among sections of the left there is near-hysterical outpouring of eulogy, while bourgeois commentators blithely dismiss him as a communist despot. A third camp socialist assessment of Castro’s politics is needed.

Under Fidel Castro a Stalinist state organised low cost food and welfare but also imposed a repressive regime where LGBT people and dissidents were persecuted.

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Miłka Tyszkiewicz needs help!

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Marek Krukowski and Jόzef Pinior
Appeal for help for the Polish socialist Milka Tyszkiewicz, now very ill.

Some comrades will remember Miłka Tyszkiewicz speaking at meetings in the UK in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The appeal below on her behalf is from Marek Krukowski and Jόzef Pinior.

Marek is a Director of the Warsaw based Foundation for Freedom and Peace. The legendary socialist Solidarity underground leader, Jόzef Pinior, later served terms as a Member of the European Parliament and the Polish Senate, elected on different party lists, but retaining his independent left status.

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Trump win emboldens Israeli right wing

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Ira Berkovic

Ministers in Israel's hard-right government have voted unanimously for a bill that seeks to retroactively legitimise settlement outposts built illegally on Palestinian land in the West Bank. It then passed its first reading in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, by 58 votes to 50.

Israel's right-wing government is moving to "legalise" the "outposts" in the West Bank which, unlike "settlements", are currently illegal even under Israeli law.

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Tubeworker - 23/11/2016: Trump Win Shows Sick System

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Tubeworker

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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Queensland wharfies and seafarers endorse anti-Trump rally

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Bob Carnegie

The Queensland Branch of the Maritime Union of Australia, representing dockworkers and seafarers, is endorsing the Brisbane Rally Against Trump’s Inauguration.

Branch secretary Bob Carnegie said:

"As the Queensland Branch Secretary, I have endorsed the rally not as a protest to the democratic values of the US people but my real concern at some of the more extreme policies enunciated by Trump in his election campaign.

The Queensland Branch of the Maritime Union of Australia is endorsing the Brisbane Rally Against Trump’s Inauguration.

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Labour should vote against Article 50

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Editorial

On 5 November Jeremy Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror that Labour will vote in Parliament against triggering “Article 50” — the formal procedure for Britain quitting the EU — unless the Tory government agrees to Labour’s “Brexit bottom line”.

That, he said, is mainly continued UK membership of the “single market”, within which customs duties and checks are abolished and trade regulations are uniform.

It will be good, not bad, if the government cannot pass “Article 50” through Parliament — that is, if Parliament, in one way or another, upholds the rights of migrant workers.

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Glasgow council ICT workers strike

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Dale Street
Glasgow unison members strike over outsourcing.

Unison members employed by Labour-controlled Glasgow City Council were on strike for 24 hours last Thursday (17th November) in opposition to plans to privatise the council’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services.

The 230 Unison members who took part in the action staged pickets of their workplaces in the morning, followed by a mass meeting on the next stages in the dispute, and then a lobby of the City Chambers at lunchtime.

Tubeworker 27/10/2016 - Solidarity With Refugees And Migrants!

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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The SNP, antisemitic tropes and Facebook

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Dale Street

“Unfortunately, a comment on this thread has been deleted and the user banned for repeated antisemitic comments. Bigotry or any form of racial or religious discrimination, be it Islamophobia or antisemitism, simply will not be tolerated on this page.”

That was the commitment given by the SNP Friends of Palestine (FoP) on its public Facebook page in December of last year. It is a commitment that the campaign has spectacularly failed to implement.

Contributions to the SNP Friends of Palestine's Facebook page.

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The Times, AWL and Momentum: more shoddy journalism

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Sacha Ismail

On 21 October Times senior political correspondent Lucy Fisher and chief political correspondent Michael Savage published an article about the AWL entitled “Hard-left Corbynites dismissed as softies”, glued together with out of context quotations, snippets from Facebook, gossip, inversion of reality and anonymous sources.

The Times has published an article saying the AWL dismisses “hard-left Corbynites... as softies”, glued together with out of context quotations, snippets from Facebook, gossip, inversion of reality and anonymous sources.

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Cable Street 1936: when workers stopped the fascists

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Ruah Carlyle
Eighty years ago, in the October 1936 Battle of Cable Street, anti-fascists stopped the police clearing a route for Oswald Mosley’s fascist march in East London.

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The pay-day lender's friend

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Simon Nelson

“I wish to make an unreserved apology, I completely accept the committee’s report and I am truly sorry. My only mistake, though, was one of naivety. Everything I did was designed to strengthen regulations into payday lending and was not motivated by financial gain. All I can say is that I am so, so sorry.”

This was the speech of Tory MP Justin Tomlinson as he admitted to leaking a report written by the Public Accounts Committee about payday lending to to an empoyee of Wonga. As he made his apology, his colleagues reassured him and patted his shoulder as he left the chamber.

Tory MP Justin Tomlinson was openly colluding with Wonga.

SNP: "Labour equals Tories equals Nazis"

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Dale Street

“We are very close to independence and we must start campaigning right now,” said the SNP’s newly elected deputy leader Angus Robertson MP in his speech to last week’s SNP conference.

Robertson, who is also the party’s leader in Westminster, was lying. The SNP’s campaign for a second referendum on Scottish independence began as soon as they lost the first one in September of 2014.

SNP's hyperbolic conference rhetoric is a cover for their right-wing nationalist agenda

SNP backs Heathrow third runway

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Dale Street

An open letter to those on the left who support the Progressive Alliance.

Okay, your pals in the SNP have just announced official support for a third runway at Heathrow.

Yes, I know what you’re going to say: “It’s only been reported in the MainStream Media. ‘The Canary’ hasn’t confirmed it. And even if it is true, the third runway could be a Mossad-inspired false-flag operation.” But take my word for it: it’s true. And I think we can safely rule out any involvement by Mossad.

An open letter to those on the left who support the Progressive Alliance.

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Why Momentum failed (or didn’t even try) at Labour Party conference

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Sacha Ismail

In the days immediately after Jeremy Corbyn’s crushing re-election victory, the Labour right won a series of victories at Labour Party conference. How?

It’s true that the left-wing surge in the party membership has not had time to properly feed through into left-wing dominance in CLPs, left-wing officers, left-wing conference delegates and so on. It’s also true, and well-documented, how the right used all kinds of cynical and undemocratic manoeuvres and tricks to win their victories. These factors would have caused difficulties whatever the left did.

Immediately after Jeremy Corbyn's crushing re-election, the Labour right won a series of victories at party conference. How did this happen?

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Southern: This Is War

In the history of workers' struggles in the early 20th century, and occasionally since, the term "labour war" has been used to describe an industrial dispute that reaches an almost military pitch. Such disputes saw workers mount armed pickets, to defend their strikes against the police, right-wing paramilitaries, or armed strike-breakers hired by management.

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The World Transformed: a positive event

Many hundreds, possibly thousands, of people attended the "The World Transformed" conference sponsored by Momentum and other organisations and publications, alongside Labour Party conference in Liverpool last week.

The basic fact of a relatively diverse and open political discussion event bringing together Labour-oriented left-wingers from across the country was very positive. There was lots of useful and interesting stuff both on the formal agenda of workshops, panels and meetings, and more broadly around the event.

Many hundreds, possibly thousands, of people attended the "The World Transformed" conference sponsored by Momentum and other organisations, alongside Labour Party conference in Liverpool.

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