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  • Matt Hancock affair highlights the real sleaze at the heart of Whitehall - This ‘you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours’ culture has run rampant. The level of corruption surrounding the Tory Party is immeasurable. For every big scandal like this that reaches the tabloids, there are another 10 NEDS quietly working away influencing our politics while we're none the wiser.
  • Protest erupts in Brazil in retaliation to Bolsonaro COVID disaster - Bolsonaro’s government has not made a concerted effort to fight the pandemic, on the contrary, the president has sought to undermine the legitimacy of COVID-19 as a genuine threat and has actively obstructed plans to improve the country’s situation. Only 11% of Brazil’s 211 million people have been vaccinated, and acquisitions of new vaccines have been made few and far between.
  • Raisi wins Iranian election on low voter turnout - The turnout in Friday’s voting was low, coming in at around 50%, but Raisi won comfortably. The measly 2.4 million votes for Hemmati shows that most Iranians are losing interest in dancing for murderous Western regimes though and those who cast their ballot emphatically announced their desire for a different route.

Culture & Sports

  • Poetry Corner: December 1936, Spain by Clive Branson - December 1936, Spain by Clive Branson, 16 June 1939 Clive Branson was born in 1907. He became a skilled painter and studied at the Slade School of Art. At the age of 23 he exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy. He joined the ILP around 1927 but moved to the Communist Party in 1932. Clive was active in the fight against the British Union of Fascists in London and played a leading role in the local Aid to Spain campaign, so naturally he enthusiastically volunteered for the International Brigades. Here we feature his poem December 1936, Spain, an exhortation for aid and solidarity to Spain, highlighting the common cause of all people's in the struggle against fascism.
  • England host Scotland at Wembley in tonight’s Euro 2020 draw - England host Scotland in the second Group D game of Euro 2020. The game kicks off at 8pm, while Croatia and the Czech Republic meet at 5pm at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Despite Covid restrictions meaning less than half the Stadium be filled will be able to watch the game live at Wembley Stadium, tens of thousands of Scots are expected to travel to London for the game. 
  • The failures of the 50+1 model - Howard Green critiques English football fans' calls for the Premier League to adopt the Germany's corporate football model.

Contributions


Back2Basics

  • Introduction - Back2Basics is the Young Communist League’s series on Marxist concepts made easy. Its aim is to provide a starting point for those interested in learning about communist theory and a foundation for further reading and study.
  • 1. Materialism - The philosophical underpinning of Marxism-Leninism is often referred to as "dialectical materialism". Parts 1 and 2 of this series set out what that actually means; materialism in this issue and dialectics in the next issue.

Digital

  • Challenge TV Interview: Ayelén Biegbeder (la Fede, Argentina) on the femicide of Florencia Gomez - On the 12 October in the town of San Jorge, Buenos Aires, María Florencia Gómez Pouillastrou (known as Florencia Gómez) was murdered, and her body was abandoned in a field in the local area. The 35-year-old woman was an active feminist who had recently become a city councillor. Florencia was a comrade of la Fede – the Communist Youth Federation of Argentina. She was a militant socialist and member of the Communist party in San Jorge. Jessica Duggan spoke with her close friend and comrade, Ayelén Beigbeder, for ChallengeTV to find out more, and to explore the endemic violence against women in Argentina that led to her death. #JusticiaPorFlorencia