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NATO Exercises Defender Europe 2022 & Swift Response 2022:

NATO Continues its Attempt to Further Consolidate US Military
Leadership over the European Peoples for Anglo/US Interests

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NATO Exercises Defender Europe 2022 & Swift Response 2022:
NATO Continues its Attempt to Further Consolidate US Military Leadership over the European Peoples for Anglo/US Interests

No US Nukes at Lakenheath! PROTEST

Demonstration: No US Nukes at Lakenheath!:
Poem - Lakenheath by John Maharg

Fortieth Anniversary of the Malvinas War:
Reminder of Need to End British Colonial Rule

Queen's Speech:
A Programme of Rule by Police Powers and Politicising Private Interests

Workers' Forum:
Price Inflation and the Crucial Fight for Higher Wages

74th Anniversary of Al-Nakba, the Catastrophe: May 15, 1948:
Resistance Until Liberation!

NATO Exercises Defender Europe 2022 & Swift Response 2022:

NATO Continues its Attempt to Further Consolidate US Military
Leadership over the European Peoples for Anglo/US Interests

NATO's DEFENDER-Europe 22 & Swift Response 2022 activities which are openly led by the US began this month across nine countries in Europe, and continue through June with Britain playing a major role. These exercises constitute the largest deployment in Europe since the end of the bipolar division of the world when the former Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

US Army Black Hawk helicopters in the Republic of North Macedonia, May 12 2022 - Photo: EPA

According to the press release from [1], DEFENDER-Europe 22 includes more than 3,268 US and 5,887 multi-national service members from 11 allied and "partner nations", including Denmark, Estonia, Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, and Britain. Current affairs Adda247 [2] says of Exercise Swift Response 2022, that it is "an annual US Army Europe and Africa multinational training exercise that takes place this year in Eastern Europe, the Arctic High North, Baltics, and Balkans. The exercise began in Poland and will be held in eight other countries. The 5th Corps of the US Armed Forces is responsible for the command of the exercises. There will be approximately 18,000 participants from over 20 countries training together in both exercises. The portion of the exercises on Polish soil will see some 7,000 troops and 3,000 pieces of equipment." Britain is sending around 8,000 troops and deploying dozens of tanks to countries ranging from Finland to North Macedonia. Britain's paratroopers are taking part in these manoeuvres in North Macedonia, with the British Army's global response force, commanding a force of 3,000 troops from eight NATO countries.

Reports indicate that as part of NATO's DEFENDER-Europe 22 & Swift Response 2022 activities, large-scale NATO military drills in Estonia started on Monday, May 16, and are to last until June 3. Code-named "Hedgehog", these drills involve 15,000 troops from 14 nations, just over 40 miles from the nearest military base in Russia. Soldiers from Georgia and Ukraine are among those taking part, as well as forces from Finland and Sweden, in advance of these countries' expected formal application to join NATO. The aggressive NATO alliance has concocted that the drills are intended to simulate an attack from Russia on Estonia. Another Baltic state, Lithuania, is hosting "Iron Wolf" exercise, which involves 3,000 NATO troops. These exercises will not contribute to the security of these countries, nor indeed Europe as a whole. It should be pointed out that Finland shares a 810-mile border with Russia in the north. Currently, in Finland also, US, British, Estonian and Latvian forces are participating alongside Finnish forces in exercise "Arrow 22". These involve British Challenger 2 tanks and US Stryker armoured fighting vehicles.

These latest NATO exercises follow NATO's biennial military exercise "Cold Response", also under US leadership, which began in Norway on March 14, ending on April 1. These involved some 30,000 NATO troops. The press release also states that DEFENDER-Europe 22 is a "large-scale US Army Europe and Africa-directed, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between US and NATO allies and partners". The aim of NATO here is to involve and get extensive support from each of the "host nations", and "to sell the importance of ally and partner investment" under the sole leadership of the US in Europe. In this way, NATO is continuing its attempt to further consolidate US military leadership over the European peoples against their interests and at their expense.

The press release claims, "Planning for this exercise began in 2021 and is not in response to any specific threat or adversary." So who is threatening whom? General Christopher Cavoli, US Army Europe and Africa commanding general, declared: "Through exercises like this, we are prepared to defend every inch of NATO territory with a strong, combat-credible force to ensure we stay stronger together in the face of any aggression." NATO has a territory now? It is clear that the threats are coming from NATO. What is more, the Anglo/US and NATO forces continue to have this military presence with their forces in countries in Europe that are not in NATO like Ukraine before and during the present conflict. They also have their forces in non-NATO African countries, like Somalia, and are directly involved in that and other conflicts in Africa. It is legitimate to ask in whose interests they are occupying and "defending" those countries? The same question could also be put in regard to those countries that are part of NATO. The interests of the people of Europe and Africa do not lie with the aggressive expansion of US and British interests across the globe, or their pro-war brinkmanship threatening and provoking Russia and China and other countries. Neither are these interests in the name of the people of the US and Britain but represent the interests of the Anglo/US oligopolies and arms manufacturers. What further conflicts will these exercises give rise to, as has happened with NATO's military arming of Ukraine?

Furthermore, according to NATO itself, in Germany, 7,500 troops are involved in "Wettiner Heide", a NATO Response Force exercise. In the Mediterranean, the USS Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group will be placed under NATO command for the second time this year during the "Neptune series" of naval drills. Next month's "Ramstein Legacy" in Poland and the Baltic countries will be Europe's largest integrated air and missile defence exercise and involve 23 countries. "Baltops", also in June, has been held annually for over 50 years and will see amphibious training across the Baltic region.

All these examples confirm that NATO has never worked to preserve peace and security for the peoples of Europe, but rather to establish political and military structures under the US leadership that have already been responsible for many wars in Europe including in Yugoslavia and in the Middle East, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in Africa in Libya to name a few.

Serious Danger of War throughout Europe Must be Averted

While the whole of humanity was united in trying to face the pandemic together during 2020 and 2021 and into this year the US, Britain and their NATO allies continued to spend billions on military exercises in the Baltic and Black Sea and their "Europe Defender" 2020 and 2021 exercises and war games. In these exercises, NATO hardly bothered to disguise that their hostility and military brinkmanship was aimed against Russia and China, with the aim to prepare to confront them further post-pandemic. Enlightened humanity, on the other hand, continued to demand an end to militarism and war and NATO's expansion and warmongering throughout this period. Following the US and NATO's forced withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, they still carry out crippling sanctions against Afghanistan. This is part of their continued warmongering punishment for the people of Afghanistan for defeating the US occupation in this terrible twenty-year war. NATO countries should instead be paying reparations to Afghanistan for the massive loss of life and destruction of their country.

Besides the military exercises, it should be noted that NATO recently concluded large-scale cyber war games in Estonia, also conducted, reports say, "with one eye on Russia". The NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence was the 10th edition of one of the world's largest annual interactive cyber security drills. Over 2,000 participants from 32 countries formed teams and logged in remotely.

People with a banner of Transnistria, the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic march in the immortal regiment demonstration during the celebrations of May 9th Moscow - Photo: STR Nurphoto via Getty Images.

This is in addition to the concerted disinformation campaign being waged by the US/NATO countries on the crisis in Ukraine. Major news agencies, newspapers, radio, TV and social media invent and deliberately repeat baseless stories, calling this refutation of "false news" or presenting those who refute them as doubtful sources. These are well-known methods used by those who engage in defamation and disinformation. The situation reveals the urgency of supporting credible sources whose aim is not to incite passions to benefit the narrow private interests of war profiteers. It confirms that people must unite to create an anti-war voice which serves them.

People all over the world demand an end to this participation in global warmongering and stand for peace. The anti-war movement must stand by the necessity to stop Britain's warmongering role and its refusal to stand for peaceful solutions in Europe and Africa, whether in Ukraine, Somalia, Yemen or Palestine. The anti-war movement must oppose NATO's expansion and drive to militarise Europe, Africa and the East Pacific. Britain's role as the main ally of the US in Europe takes no account of Russia's security concerns in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Britain is intent not only on helping the US provoke Russia's military action in Ukraine but in arming Ukraine and keeping the conflict going against the interests of Ukraine and Russia for a peaceful outcome. Vital also is the necessity to stop Britain hosting the US preparations for nuclear war on British soil against Russia with the nuclear bombers at Lakenheath and other bases in Britain.

The urgent necessity of these times is to end Britain's participation in NATO and bring about an anti-war government that develops friendly and peaceful relations with all the countries and peoples of the world.

No to Anglo-US/NATO Warmongering!
Fight for an Anti-War Government!

1. US Army DEFENDER-Europe 22 activities begin - - May 5 2022
2. NATO Exercises' Defender Europe 2022 & Swift Response 2022 began - Adda247 - May 4 2022

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No US Nukes at Lakenheath! PROTEST

Join CND as we protest at RAF Lakenheath to stop the US nukes!

Saturday, May 21st - 1pm-3pm outside RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk

Coaches will be arranged from across the country, and transport will be available from Norwich rail station.

CND condemns the return of US nuclear weapons to RAF Lakenheath: join our campaign to protest against this extremely dangerous and destabilising development!

Following reports that the US Department of Defense has added the UK to a list of NATO nuclear weapons storage locations in Europe being upgraded under a multi-million dollar infrastructure programme, it is believed that US nuclear weapons will be coming to RAF Lakenheath, a base in the UK that is run by the Americans. Find out more: Link text

110 nuclear bombs were stored at the airbase until they were removed in 2008 following persistent popular protest, and they must not be allowed back.

The return of US nuclear weapons to Britain - along with the upgrading of its nuclear weapons across Europe - constitutes a further undermining of prospects for global peace. The US is the only country to locate its nuclear weapons outside its own borders and this major increase in NATO's capacity to wage nuclear war in Europe is dangerously destabilising. Their return will increase global tensions and put Britain on the front line in a NATO/Russia war.

Click here to find out more: Link text

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Demonstration: No US Nukes at Lakenheath!


John Maharg

The following poem was written by John Maharg on the first anniversary of the bombing of Libya which took place on Tuesday, April 15, 1986, by American aircraft flying from bases in Britain, "thus making the British government every bit as guilty of the deaths of men, women and children in an arbitrary punitive strike by American imperialism", as the poet himself writes. John Maharg was the pen name of Tom Graham, 1918-2004, worker poet, a comrade of RCPB(ML).

Oh Lakenheath
As English as an English rose
Breathing of summer in the bud
That April day of promise to high June
When hay is in the making
And the cattle browse
Drowsy with peace
As in the heat of the day the harvesters
Toil for the bread of life

That April day of promise to high June
The sky was innocent of evil
And a bird was singing
Its territorial song
From a deadly nest of razor wire
Screaming to heaven came
The sinister silhouettes of F one Elevens
Taking from Lakenheath to Tripoli
From Upper Heyford to Benghazi
Death on American wings
That April day

That April day of promise to high June
When we were sleeping in our homes
In our own country
As innocent of evil as the sky
That April day
Death on American wings was on its way
For execution of the innocents
In their own homes in their own country

For long time now and time to come
The American way of life for others has become
The American way of death

Out with the American way
The American way
The American way
From the military bases
Out and away from Lakenheath

From Mildenhall and Fairford
From upper Heyford
Out and away
Out and away
Oh Lakenheath!

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Fortieth Anniversary of the Malvinas War

Reminder of Need to End British Colonial Rule

Veterans of the Malvinas Islands War occupy the English Tower in downtown Buenos Aires, March 21, 2012, to protest Britain's continued possession of the islands. The monument was given to Argentina by the British in 1916 on the 100th anniversary of its independence. (Xinhua)

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Britain's undeclared war against Argentina, waged by the Thatcher government in 1982.

The immediate cause of the conflict was Argentina's attempt on April 2, 1982, to militarily reoccupy the Malvinas (Falkland Islands), as well as South Georgia and Sandwich Islands which are located off the coast of Argentina. These islands have been occupied by colonial settlers from Britain since the early nineteenth century; they were claimed by Britain following military occupation in 1833 and declared a crown colony in 1841. In 1833, Argentina protested against Britain's military occupation and has never consented to it. It is on this colonial premise that Britain first invaded and occupied these islands thousands of miles away in 1756 that they continue to be claimed by successive British governments. The war with Argentina continued until its government surrendered on June 14, 1982. It lasted just seventy-four days and was responsible for the deaths of 649 Argentinian military personnel, 255 British military personnel and three British settlers. Some 368 Argentinian military personnel lost their lives in just one engagement, the infamous sinking of the ship General Belgrano by British torpedoes on May 2, 1982. However, recent media reports have mainly focused on the use by Argentina of Exocet missiles, supplied by France, which led to the deaths of 46 British sailors and injuries to many more.

In itself, the war solved nothing since, although it did further expose the colonial nature of Britain's occupation of the Malvinas. Successive governments of Argentina have continued to claim Argentinian sovereignty over the territory, while British governments have continued to deploy a significant military presence to preserve their occupation. The conflict reportedly cost Britain about £2.8bn (£9.5bn today) and the islands' defence costs upwards of £60m annually. Today there are less than 4,000 inhabitants. In 2012 it was estimated that more than £20,000 per islander was paid from the public treasury for "defence" alone [1].

The war occurred after many years of negotiations between the two governments and there are indications that Britain was attempting to hand sovereignty back to Argentina. Such discussions first began during the 1960s and resulted in closer relations between the islands and Argentina. After 1982, the UN general assembly in resolution 37/9 again called on both governments to settle the dispute through negotiation. However, successive British governments have continually refused such overtures, claiming that the question of the Malvinas is not one of "decolonisation" as presented by Argentina and UN resolutions but rather one of self-determination, a matter only to be decided by the inhabitants of the islands. When a referendum was last held on this question in 2013, around 1,500 inhabitants, most of them employed by the British government, voted for the islands to remain a British Overseas Territory, a status which is itself essentially a form of colonial rule. Such claims about the self-determination of islanders are an attempt to re-write the history and geography of the islands and to obscure the negotiations of the past.

Writing about the Malvinas in the Guardian recently the Foreign Minister of Argentina, Santiago Cafiero, reminded the British government that the 1994 Constitution of Argentina includes the following:

"The Argentine Nation ratifies its legitimate and non-prescribing sovereignty over the Malvinas, Georgias del Sur and Sandwich del Sur Islands and over the corresponding maritime and insular zones, as they are an integral part of the National territory. The recovery of said territories and the full exercise of sovereignty, respectful of the way of life of their inhabitants and according to the principles of international law, are a permanent and unrelinquished goal of the Argentine people." [2]

Cafiero stated that "No Argentine government will cease its pursuit of our sovereign claim." The claims of Argentina are supported by other states in the region, which have also raised objections to exploration for hydrocarbons in the region. Both the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and Mercosur have supported Argentina's claims, while the Group of 77 and the Organisation of American States have called for Britain and Argentina to recommence negotiations. It must be noted that the dispute over the Malvinas is regarded by the UN as one relating to colonialism and since 1965 has been regularly examined by the UN's Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

On the fortieth anniversary of what must be seen as a colonial war against Argentina all democratic people must demand an end to colonial rule in the Malvinas, Gibraltar, British Virgin Islands and all other such territories.

2. National Constitution, First of the Temporary Provisions

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Queen's Speech

A Programme of Rule by Police Powers and Politicising Private Interests

On May 10, Prince Charles delivered the Queen's Speech outlining the legislative programme for the new parliamentary session [1]. Though the parliament is expected to last for one year as is standard, the Speech announced some 38 Bills, significantly more than what is usual. Of those 38, five are draft Bills and five are carried from the previous session [2].

Amid increasing concerns of the ruling circles as to the health of the Queen, aged 96, and the future of the monarchy, the Speech was delivered by the Prince of Wales for the first time after the Queen pulled out due to what were officially described as "mobility problems" by the Palace.

Though the Prince began by declaring that the government's priority "is to grow and strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living for families," the Speech announced nothing to address control over prices or the increasingly-restricted claims of working people on the economy, or even support those struggling in the situation.

Instead, the Prime Minister's spokesperson echoed former Prime Minister Theresa May's infamous "magic money tree", insisting that there was only a "finite" amount that could be done.

In his introduction to the legislative programme, Boris Johnson declared that "no government can realistically shield everyone", claiming: "This moment makes clear our best remedy lies in urgently delivering on our mission to turbo charge the economy, create jobs and spread opportunity across the country."

The intent is to drive up productivity through further exacerbating the disequilibrium in the social relation between employer and employed. Referring to a promise made in 2019 to introduce an Employment Bill concerning employment relations, TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady accused the Prime Minister of "turning his back" on workers.

"After the P&O scandal, dragging our outdated labour laws into the 21st century has never been more urgent," she said. "Enough is enough. This is a government that just doesn't get it - from the cost of living emergency to the insecure work epidemic. People can't wait for greater rights and security at work - they need it now."

Police powers

A protester in Parliament Square earlier this year demanding government action - Photo: Belinda Jiao SOPA Images LightRocket via Getty Images

In fact, it could be said that rule by police powers is what characterises the legislative programme, the centrepiece of which is its so-called "Bill of Rights". The Bill will repeal the Human Rights Act 1998, which incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. The government has used Brexit as impetus, though the Convention is not an EU matter as such. The new Bill will replace that Act with legislation that aims to "ensure our human rights framework meets the needs of the society it serves". The back to front manner in which this poses matters itself exposes its intent. Rather than society being organised to provide objectively-existing rights with a guarantee, it sets out to define "rights" according to the demands of a society based on privilege.

Further, the Public Order Bill - aimed ostensibly at direct action organisations such as Insulate Britain and Extinction Rebellion - introduces prison terms and unlimited fines for "guerrilla tactics" including interfering with or "locking-on" (using glue or other means) to key infrastructure such as transport, and extends stop and search powers. The Bill also introduces Serious Disruption Prevention Orders to criminalise such protest.

Related to this, though presented as aimed at terrorism, the Draft Protect Duty Bill will require various public venues and locations to have new security measures in place. And ominously, the National Security Bill will carry out the "biggest overhaul of state threats legislation for a generation", with mention made of barring access to civil legal aid and damage payments.

At the same time, the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Bill, will stop public bodies "engaging in boycotts that undermine community cohesion", with reference to boycotts against Israel, but aimed at enforcing control over public bodies and preventing them from taking independent stands.

Similarly, the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill will legislate that "for the first time, students' unions will have to take steps to secure lawful freedom of speech for their members and others, including visiting speakers". The Office for Students (OfS) will gain powers to investigate matters relating to this conception of free speech, and will institute a new role of OfS Director of Free Speech.

Paying the rich and politicisation of private interests

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill represents the government's flagship programme, described as aiming to "drive local growth, empowering local leaders to regenerate their areas, and ensuring everyone can share in the United Kingdom's success", part of which is to make changes to the planning process.

As part of this, the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) Bill will institute the (existing) UKIB as a statutory body with "clear objectives to support regional and local economic growth and deliver net zero, and ensure it has the full range of spending and lending powers". Established in June last year, this bank enables pay-the-rich schemes providing money to invest in the large infrastructure projects demanded by big business.

The Energy Security Bill is connected with this in its aim towards the government's conception of what it calls a Green Industrial Revolution. The Bill includes setting up a Future System Operator to manage the energy system.

Such politicisation of private interests, being termed "renationalisation" by commentators, is also evident in the Transport Bill, which will create Great British Railways as a new public authority to oversee the rail network.

The Brexit Freedoms Bill is further aimed at making those regulatory reforms demanded by big business - in this case, using Brexit to make Britain a haven for business, that "encourages prosperity, innovation, entrepreneurship and the cutting of £1 billion of burdensome EU red tape for businesses".

The Schools Bill is relevant in this regard, which is aimed in part at furthering the capital-centred agenda for the school system through academisation. This Bill will also change funding arrangements and establish a registration system for children not in school.

All in all, the Queen's (or Prince's) Speech outlined a programme of politicising private interests, including paying the rich, and strengthening rule by police powers to this end. It certainly presents no solutions to the matters of serious concern to the polity, such as the deepening economic crisis, or war. The programme is aimed at blocking people from even speaking in their own name, let alone playing any role in deciding matters that affect their lives, key to which are the direction of the economy and the need for Britain to be a factor for peace in the world. The programme, with its so-called Bill of Rights, underscores the need for real democratic renewal where people themselves constitute the governing authority.

1. The full text of the Queen's Speech is available at:
For a full list of Bills with summaries, see:
Alain Tolhurst, "All The New Legislation Set Out In The Queen's Speech", PoliticsHome, May 10, 2022
For a useful description of then probable Bills made before the Speech, see:
Dods Political Consultants, "What to expect from the Queen's Speech in 2022", PoliticsHome, May 6, 2022
Our article also makes use of the following commentaries:
Eleanor Langford, "Government Insists Money Is Finite After Queen's Speech Announced No New Cost Of Living Support", PoliticsHome, May 10, 2022
Tim Lezard, "Queen's Speech, unions accuse government of turning its back on working people", UnionNews, May 11, 2022
Katie Neame, "How the labour movement reacted to the 2022 Queen's Speech", LabourList, May 10, 2022
2. Eleanor Langford, "Government Could Struggle To Get All 38 Bills Announced In The Queen's Speech Through", PoliticsHome, May 10, 2022
According to this article, the average number of new Bills introduced has been 22 in recent years.

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Workers' Forum

Price Inflation and the Crucial Fight for Higher Wages

Alstom workers in struggle to raise the price they receive from their employers in exchange for their capacity to work, May 16 2022 - Photo: Unite London East

In the light of the cartel party consensus at Westminster on the question of inflation and wages, as exemplified by Chancellor Rishi Sunak's declaration that nothing can be done to stop inflation, at present at a 40-year high, and that the cost-of-living crisis in the next months "will be tough", we thought it would be informative and educational for our readers to reprint the following article from the Canadian publication Ontario Political Forum, posted on May 13, 2022. It fits the bill for the situation in Britain also.

Prices are shooting up - except the price workers receive for their capacity to work. Life has become more difficult, particularly for lower paid workers. Workers organised into union collectives have launched struggles to raise the price they receive from their employers in exchange for their capacity to work. They deserve everyone's support. Their success will stand the entire workforce in good stead, especially the large majority of workers who are not organised into defence organisations or other collectives. They face their employers as individuals and are suffering.

Why is this disruption taking place in the lives of the working people? What has gone so wrong that prices of food, housing and fuel can rapidly rise? Generally with automation the work-time involved in the production of those goods has been going down so logically their prices should be going down as well, or should at least be stable.

Many theories are bandied about as to the cause of price inflation but most importantly those in positions of authority in the economy and politics say nothing can be done and that there is no alternative. They refuse to take action to defend the people. In the most detached manner, they say the people have to ride it out and gradually the large increases will peter out. Meanwhile working people suffer.

Such a detached response from the ruling elite is unacceptable. It cannot even be called human. Throughout history when humans are confronted with a problem they use their brains and take action to solve it and move on. Of course, such things only matter to those affected by the problem. The ruling elites either directly benefit from rising prices or ride the coat-tails of those who do. Thus, they have no interest in solving the problem.

Could it be that those who hold decision-making positions in the economy and politics are not greatly affected by price inflation and may even benefit from it? Those who own big enterprises are selling the goods and services their workers produce at higher prices and grossing more money. But the prices they pay for the capacity to work of their employees are falling behind. This means profits are going up, especially until workers are able to win some key battles for higher wages.

In politics, those who represent the interests of the working people and have a keen desire to deal with the problem of price inflation must be elected and replace those who represent the rich in the established parties of a governing cartel. The absence of those representing the interests of working people in positions of authority means that problems affecting workers, such as price inflation, are dismissed as impossible to solve. Even worse, broad problems in the social and natural conditions are allowed to fester and deteriorate. Violence, police powers and war have become the "go to" methods to deal with the consequences of inaction in solving the root causes of problems in the economy and society.

To address the problem of price inflation and other pressing issues, requires worker politicians who raise the need for a new direction for economic and political affairs. Those representing the interests of working people, not the rich, must assume decision-making positions. The working people must themselves come forward with their own empowerment. It is also crucial at this time to support all those fighting for higher wages and to fend off all arguments which blame the workers for economic problems.

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74th Anniversary of Al-Nakba, the Catastrophe: May 15, 1948

Resistance Until Liberation!

Funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh. It is the duty of all to condemn the violent expulsions, the killing of Palestinian-American
Shireen Abu Akleh - a journalist working for Al-Jazeera - and the Israeli authorities' violent assault on her funeral, as well
as their killings and imprisonment of Palestinian men, women and children - Photo: Wafa

May 15 is the day we commemorate Al Nakba - the Catastrophe - a day marking a "continuous journey of pain, loss and injustice" for the Palestinian people. It marks the day that some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes during the 1948 war. Palestinians were forced from their lands and homes due to military attacks by Zionist forces, supported by the British and US governments. The Israeli Zionist forces attacked 774 cities and villages, and occupied 80 per cent of the Palestinian soil after killing nearly 15,000 Muslim and Christian civilians. Those who survived were forced to migrate to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and neighbouring countries, such as Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

Nakba demonstration on May 20, London - Photo: PSC

May 15, Al Nakba Day, is living memory of these crimes, crimes which set the scene for today's conditions where more than seven million Palestinians live in exile, while two million are living in the Gaza strip, the world's largest open-air prison.

The ethnic cleansing and forced expulsion of Palestinians is not a thing of the past but also of the present because of the permission given by the big powers to the crime of genocide being committed by the occupier of Palestinian lands and homes.

Britain, the US and the big powers of Europe are condoning the illegal settlements or they issue feeble protestations. Now, in the face of the most egregious crimes, they remain silent as Israel carries out massive expulsions from Masafer Yatta in the West Bank, taking over more and more Palestinian land.

It is the duty of all to condemn the violent expulsions. Also to be condemned is the killing of Palestinian-American Shireen Abu Akleh - a journalist working for Al-Jazeera - and the Israeli authorities' violent assault on her funeral, as well as their killings and imprisonment of Palestinian men, women and children. Condemn what the Palestinians are suffering and the world is witnessing; condemn the violence escalating to brutal attacks on Gaza as well!

Workers' Weekly salutes the Palestinian people's unrelenting resistance and stands with them as the struggle for liberation continues.

The Palestinian Right of Return is a human right. The Palestinian Right to Resist an illegal occupier is a human right. The Palestinian Right to Justice is a human right.

Uphold the Palestinian People's Right to Be and their Right of Return!
Condemn Israel's Crimes! Salute the Palestinian Resistance!

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