News archive from 18 September 2017

Wasps' James Haskell and Harlequins' Joe Marler have a Premiership rugby head to head!

James Haskell and Joe Marler know plenty about each other. The Wasps flanker and Harlequins prop were teammates on last summer's British & Irish Lions tour. They have also both regularly been part of the England squad since Eddie Jones took over...

 

Wasps v Quins opinion: "Blaming the referee is a case of shooting the messenger"

“What you want from referees is consistency, and I’ve got to be honest I thought he was consistent, he gave us nothing all game. “But I’m not going to sit here and blame the referee - there were a lot of areas where we could have been better.” - Dai...

 

Cable grabs unwitting funny-man role

VINCE CABLE was a laughing stock yesterday, insisting it was “perfectly plausible” he could be Britain’s next prime minister. The optimistic Lib Dem leader told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show that he could replace PM Theresa May in Downing Street despite his...

 

Ministers lose fight against own taxes

THE Home Office waged a seven-year war against its own tax rates, attempting to shave nearly £16 million off the amount it pays for its headquarters, official documents show. Valuation tribunal decision documents disclosed today show that the Home...

 

Less than a fifth of top finance execs are women

LESS than a fifth of senior executives at financial firms are women, according to a report published today. A study of 280 banks, building societies and other financial service companies shows that only 18.5 per cent of chief executives, chief finance...

 

Dr Congo: At least 36 Burundi refugees killed in clashes with military

AT LEAST 36 Burundi refugees, 15 of them women, have been killed in clashes with the Congolese military, a UN official said at the weekend. UN envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Maman Sidikou said he had received “credible reports” that...

 

Iraq - PM: half of Isis fighters’ families are Turkish

ABOUT half of the families of Isis fighters being held in Iraqi refugee camps following the liberation of Mosul are Turkish, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said at the weekend. The revelation will put Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan under...

 

Caribbean and African states back inspiration in Caracas

CARIBBEAN and African nations stood firm with Venezuela on the front line against imperialism in Caracas on Saturday. The Todos Somos Venezuela solidarity conference broke up into workshops to debate a draft declaration condemning the US and other...

 

Austerity axed a million jobs

SMALL-STATE Tories will no doubt pat themselves on the back after hearing that the public sector represents its lowest share of the labour market since 1947. Since Thatcher’s day Conservatives have bleated out a “public bad, private good” approach to...

 

What can a Marxist approach tell us about science?

This week the MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY discusses why Marxists challenge the view of science as pure knowledge SCIENCE and the word “scientific” can mean at least three different things, including: the “knowledge content” of different disciplines (as in...

 

Erdogan’s regime puts democracy on trial

STEVE SWEENEY reports on the show trial of former People’s Democratic Party co-chair Figen Yuksekdag THE long-awaited trial of former People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yuksekdag starts in Ankara today with one key component missing — the...

 

A history of holding back nuclear Armageddon

The nuclear standoff with North Korea reminds KEITH FLETT of Britain’s resistance to the bomb The recent crisis over North Korean nuclear weapons — which many feel is more of a crisis of having an unpredictable, hard-right politician called Donald...

 

No honeymoon for Roy as he returns home to Palace

0 Crystal Palace 1 Southampton by Maamun Hajmahmoud at Selhurst Park ROY HODGSON’S return to the club of his childhood ended miserably as Southampton deservedly ran out as one-nil winners. The former England manager made the point in his programme...

 

Recondite revelations of a rogue trader

Alexis Stenfors’s account of losing £379m on the derivatives market says much about the rotten core of capitalism, says JOE GILL Barometer of Fear by Alexis Stenfors (Zed Books, £9.99) WHILE reading Barometer of Fear by former City trader Alexis...

 

Doom, gloom and a ray of hope from Chomsky

Optimism Over Despair by CJ Polychroniou and Noam Chomsky (Penguin, £6) IF YOU’VE never read any of Noam Chomsky’s astute analyses of capitalism, empire and the state of our planet then Optimism Over Despair, a collection of 22 question-and-answer...

 


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