Solidarity 424, 30 November 2016

Al Jazeera’s phoney scandal

Submitted by AWL on 18 January, 2017 - 11:38 Author: Keith Road

The “scandal” over the activitiesof pro-Israel groups in the UK and their links with the Israeli embassy uncovered by Al Jazeera is largely manufactured.

Al Jazeera’s story got blanket news coverage after the main protagonist in their undercover footage, Shai Masot, a minor Israeli Embassy official, resigned. Masot was caught on camera saying he would like to see Junior Foreign Minister Alan Duncan removed.

Al Jazeera’s phoney scandal

Submitted by AWL on 18 January, 2017 - 11:38 Author: Keith Road

The “scandal” over the activitiesof pro-Israel groups in the UK and their links with the Israeli embassy uncovered by Al Jazeera is largely manufactured.

Al Jazeera’s story got blanket news coverage after the main protagonist in their undercover footage, Shai Masot, a minor Israeli Embassy official, resigned. Masot was caught on camera saying he would like to see Junior Foreign Minister Alan Duncan removed.

Brexit will mean record wage squeeze

Submitted by AWL on 30 November, 2016 - 2:11 Author: Gerry Bates

Workers in Britain face the longest squeeze on their pay since reliable statistics started, according to the government’s own Office for Budget Responsibility. The OBR projects that by 2021 mean average earnings — pay adjusted for inflation — will not have recovered to their 2008 level.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 30 November, 2016 - 2:06 Author: Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Gerry Bates and Adam Marshall

Guards on Southern Rail struck again from 22-23 November, with further strikes planned for 6-8 December, 22-24 December, and 31 December-2 January. Despite widespread calls to do so, government ministers are refusing to meet with the guards′ union, RMT, directly.

Take Back Control

Submitted by AWL on 30 November, 2016 - 12:45 Author: Attila the Stockbroker

Janine Booth’s pick of news-related poetry is this by Attila the Stockbroker.


You tell me how you’ve suffered since the closure.
I see the pain and sadness in your eyes.
I feel your anger at our country’s leaders
Who offer only platitudes and lies.
At gigs I hear so many of these stories.
All different, but the message is the same.
You’re sick to death of scheming politicians.
No longer going to play their poxy game.

Changing through struggle

Submitted by AWL on 30 November, 2016 - 12:40 Author: Bruce Robinson

Sun-Hee works as a cashier in a large supermarket in a South Korean town. She is just about managing, working unpaid overtime she hopes will earn her the permanent position she has been promised which would enable her to satisfy some of her children’s wants. Shy and passive, she watches as a colleague, Hye-mi, is humiliated by being forced to apologise on her knees to a customer.