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Exclusive Britain's transparency watchdog is overwhelmed and chronically short-staffed

THE government’s transparency watchdog is chronically short-staffed and has dozens of cases over a year old, the Morning Star has found.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigates complaints made about freedom of information (FOI) requests that have been rejected by ...

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Full Marx What can a Marxist approach tell us about race and racism?

WHAT is “race”? If by race you mean distinct groups of humans distinguished by physical and/or mental characteristics which derive from their biology, their genes then — “race” doesn’t exist.  

That’s not a Marxist conclusion either — it’s a scientific one, backed up by ...

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Israel's investigation into Gaza killings will be ‘mere propaganda,’ human rights group warns

HUMAN rights group B’Tselem warned of a whitewash today as it claimed Israeli promises to investigate 11 killings in Gaza last year were “mere propaganda” to appease the international community.

The group slammed Israel’s unlawful open-fire regulations toward Palestinians ...

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Interview Kizzy Crawford: ‘I am part of two worlds, in both I will thrive’


“WELSH, English and Barbadian — I have a fantastic cultural heritage to be proud of,” Kizzy Crawford declares. And her love of nature, musicianship and language is what inspires the jazz of this gifted Welsh-Barbadian.

Born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1996, her solo career ...

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Exclusive Detained migrants working way below minimum wage lose out on £250k in just one month

DETAINED migrants have lost out on almost a quarter of a million pounds in wages over the first month of this year already, new research by the Morning Star can reveal.

The Home Office pays asylum-seekers and other migrants as little as £1 an hour for work they do inside detention ...

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Editorial Secure housing is a human right

NOTHING defines better the parasitic nature of capitalism than the rentier aspects of our economy in which a select few live — without the necessity of working — on the rent paid by the many.

What makes this exploitative situation even more distasteful is that a substantial slice of ...

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Turkish police water cannon mourners attempting to visit grave site of former political prisoner

TURKISH police attacked mourners with water cannons today preventing them from attending the cemetery where Zulkuf Gezen was taken in the night following his reported suicide in Tekirdag prison yesterday.

The political prisoner was one of the thousands on hunger strike in jails across ...

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Greater Manchester firefighters urge public to help resist cuts

FIREFIGHTERS in Greater Manchester are urging the public to help resist the proposed closure of six fire stations across the region.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has asked people to message Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and local MPs to demand that the proposals to close down the ...

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Britain facing a ‘manufacturing emergency,’ McCluskey warns

LEN McCLUSKEY is warning that Britain is facing a manufacturing emergency and has urged the public to oppose the closure of Swindon’s Honda car plant by supporting a protest planned for next week.

The Unite general secretary decried the fact that manufacturers have announced the loss of ...

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Obituary Vairamuttu Varadakumar: 1949-2019

IT WAS one of the most iconic anti-deportation protests of the last century. A dozen Tamil men stood on the tarmac at Heathrow and stripped down to their underwear, as stunned police and journalists looked on.

The bold and defiant demonstration on February 17 1987 secured their struggle a ...

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Men's Football Chelsea complain to Uefa over alleged racist abuse during European match

CHELSEA lodged a formal complaint with Uefa today over racist abuse aimed at Callum Hudson-Odoi during the closing stages of the 5-0 Europa League win away to Dynamo Kiev.

The Premier League club issued a statement on highlighting the incident during the second leg on March 14, which did ...

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Scottish government's chronic underfunding puts Orkney ferry services at risk, RMT warns

VITAL ferry services from mainland Scotland to the Orkney isles are under threat due to chronic underfunding by the Scottish government, the RMT union warned today.

Ferry services face a budget deficit of £1.6 million this year after decades of sustained cuts, the transport union ...

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Hospital agency workers in London ‘ready to go to the barricades’ over new pay schedule, GMB says

AGENCY workers in London have told their union that they are “ready to go to the barricades” over a new pay scheme whose introduction would cause them to miss a week’s wages.

General union GMB has said that that hospital workers contracted by multinational outsourcing company ISS are ...

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Men's Rugby League Wigan in contact with Shaun Edwards over his future

WIGAN were “seeking dialogue” with Shaun Edwards over comments the Wales coach made that seemed to cast considerable doubt on his proposed cross-codes switch to the Warriors next year.

Edwards is set to leave his post as Wales’s defensive guru at the end of this autumn’s World Cup ...

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New Zealand to change gun laws in next 10 days

NEW ZEALAND is set to change its gun laws within the next 10 days in the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks in which 50 Muslim worshippers were killed in two mosques.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the cabinet was “completely unified” in reforming gun legislation although the ...

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Women's Tennis Bianca Andreescu shocks Angelique Kerber to claim maiden Indian Wells

BIANCA ANDREESCU had thought herself a champion many times.

Now it’s true.

The 18-year-old Canadian, who practices visualisation every morning, upset three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, becoming the first wildcard winner ...

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‘The neoliberal nightmare’ is over in Mexico, Amlo declares

NEOLIBERALISM has been “abolished” in Mexico according to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Amlo) who introduced the country’s new economic plan yesterday.

He explained: “The neoliberal model and its economic policy of pillage and handouts are abolished” in Mexico promising ...

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Book Review: No Way But This: In search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow

IN NO Way But This, Jeff Sparrow recounts a personal pilgrimage from his native Australia to places around the world Paul Robeson visited, while assessing the impact his life continues to have today.

From Sydney — where Robeson’s career ended in 1960 — Sparrow continued via ...

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Album reviews with Ian Sinclair: March 18, 2019

IN THE mid-2000s it was difficult to escape the sound and influence of US singer-songwriter Sam Beam — AKA Iron & Wine, in indie music circles — especially his career-high second album Our Endless Numbered Days.

Re-released with eight demos to celebrate its 15th anniversary the ...

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Councils failing to protect renters from vengeful landlords

PRIVATE-SECTOR tenants are being denied protection from revenge evictions by their landlords, Generation Rent revealed today.

Only one in every 20 renters who complains to their council about poor conditions in their accommodation gets protection from the local authority, research by the ...

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Book Review: The Alt-right: What Everyone Needs to Know by George Hawley

THE EXTREME right poses all too evident threats in Britain and elsewhere, as the recent attacks on mosques in Christchurch so tragically demonstrate. So this book provides a welcome compilation of information mainly, but not exclusively, focused on the development of the alt-right.

This is ...

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