British prosecutors in the north of Ireland have taken the decision to not prosecute two soldiers who were found to have killed innocent people during the Troubles. Tory MPs have attempted to justify the outcome as some form of reconciliation of the Troubles; however for those who have lost friends, family and loved ones reconciliation is a far away thought when state sanctioned killers still walk the streets.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that workplaces within the EU are free to ban hijabs and other visible religious dress.
A joint report commissioned by the Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Inspectorates has accused the two organisations of engaging in a “blame game”, which ultimately results in a failure to prosecute sexual offences. The report, published today, said “both organisations argued that the other was to blame for the low conviction rates.” It continued, “Until this blame culture is eradicated, a real shift in attitudes seems unachievable”.
On the anniversary of the coup d’etat which led to partition and Turkish occupation in Cyprus, the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) has released a statement condemning the aggressive actions of NATO and Turkey and calling for international solidarity for peace and reunification.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that over one million children of key workers live in poverty. The TUC has blamed this on low pay, poor contracts and a high cost of living for workers in Britain. Employment even for key workers throughout the pandemic have proven to be insecure and of poor quality. In England, Scotland and Wales this reality is faced by one in five children of key workers. The worst affected region according to the report is the North East where the figure increases to as many as one in three.
Some have questioned China’s commitment to a system that has brought such rapid change to what was one of the poorest countries in the world only a few generations ago. However, China’s recent completion of its grand long-term aim to abolish absolute poverty should show the millions of people who make up the CPC take this task seriously.
Today (Tuesday 13 July), the House of Commons approved the Tory government’s planned cuts to foreign aid. The cuts from 0.7% to 0.5% of the budget will see a reduction of around £4 billion, with the government justifying the decrease by blaming the pandemic.
At the end of September, the Covid Universal Credit boost of £20 a week will be removed. Confirmed by work and pensions secretary Thérèse Coffey, the Tories have been undeterred by pervasive public and cross-party opposition to the move.
The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) has issued a statement and call for solidarity against the ongoing attempts by the United States to destabilise Cuba and an end to the criminal blockade which has sought to starve the Cuban people into submission for over six decades.
It seems as though with the heavy coverage by western media sources along with the promotion of social media campaigns like the recent #SOSCuba, there is intention to inflate and exaggerate the anti-government sentiment in Cuba.