News archive from 17 July 2017

Acid attack perpetrators could receive life sentences

ACID attacks could soon carry life sentences, the government revealed yesterday in a planned crackdown on corrosive substances that would see them reclassified as dangerous weapons. Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised an overhaul of current guidelines...

 

Chancellor caught in sexism row

CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond was labelled “deeply offensive” yesterday for allegedly suggesting that train driving was so easy “even” a woman could do it. His reported comment, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Cabinet, earned the former transport secretary a...

 

Scotland: 420,000 working households in poverty

LABOUR said yesterday it was waging a war on working poverty in Scotland following on from the party’s successes in last month’s general election. Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley branded it “disgraceful” that jobs weren’t enough to keep so...

 

Colombia: New decree to release Farc detainees confirmed

COLOMBIAN Justice Minister Enrique Botero confirmed at the weekend that he will issue a new decree on releasing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) detainees today. “It will be a decree that overcomes obstacles to materialisation of freedoms...

 

SACP awards ‘London recruits’ hero

BRITISH communist Ken Keable was delighted to receive an award on behalf of the “London recruits” from SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande. The recruits were internationalist volunteers approached in London by liberation movement armed wing leader...

 

Brazil: Da Silva lawyers launch bid against bribe conviction

LAWYERS for former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva filed their first appeal at the weekend against his conviction for accepting bribes and his nine-and-a-half-year jail sentence. Judge Sergio Moro, who has been spearheading the Operation...

 

Deplorable Hammond claims public sector workers are overpaid

SIT DOWN and shut up is the message from the Tories. Stop your complaining and take what you’re bloody well given. After all, public-sector workers are supposedly “overpaid” in this country, according to Chancellor Philip Hammond. So, surely, it’s...

 

Why is Marxist thought interested in dialectics?

This week, the MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY describes why Marxist dialectics is a way to understand how the world works OUR last article looked at materialism. This week we’ll move on to look at the “dialectical” part of dialectical materialism. The term...

 

In Turkey support for the tyrant is mandatory

STEVE SWEENEY describes the crackdown of human rights that has come in the wake of the failed coup attempt against Erdogan A SERIES of rallies took place across Turkey on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the failed coup attempt against President...

 

Arming the Saudi regime should not be legal

Campaign Against Arms Trade will continue to oppose the arms trade in the courts and in the streets, writes JOE LO LAST Monday morning, Lord Chief Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave handed down their judgement, ruling that the government’s...

 

Getting to know the stars of England’s Euro 2017 squad

SAMANTHA MILLER spoke to some of the Lionesses ahead of the tournament and found out their greatest moments in an England shirt, as well as what they think they bring to Mark Sampson’s squad The Euros kicked off yesterday and England will have their...

 

Formula One: Hamilton firmly on Vettel’s shoulder

Lead is cut down to one point as Brit cruises at Silverstone Lewis Hamilton slashed Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One championship lead to one point by winning a record-equaling fifth British Grand Prix yesterday, with his title rival capitulating after...

 

Federer clinches Wimbledon title No 8 in style

Roger Federer’s wait for No 8 at Wimbledon is over. He is once again the champion of the grass-court grand slam tournament, now more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877. Federer won his eighth title at the All...

 

A Simpol solution to destructive global competition

DAN GLAZEBROOK is intrigued by a new approach that seeks to stop the global ‘race to the bottom’ The Simpol Solution by John Bunzl and Nick Duffell (Peter Owen, £14.99) WHAT ties together the tepid and lacklustre government responses to climate...

 

How Greece’s Syriza wave was broken

The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left by Helena Sheehan (Monthly Review Press, £20.25) ONE of the best books published on the recent fortunes of the Greek left, Helena Sheehan’s blend of the personal and political draws on her...

 


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