Friday, July 1, 2016
In the former socialist countries of eastern Europe social housing was once plentiful, cheap and good quality. Mass privatisation has lead to escalating rents, erosion of tenants rights and the enrichment of property owners. Patterns that are familiar from the British experience of so-called right-to-buy policies.
Monday, November 30, 2015
The harsh bailout conditions inflicted on Greece include the privatisation of billions of Euros worth of state assets. It is often German companies who are benefiting from this, acquiring profitable enterprises at bargain prices.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The European Union is imposing swingeing austerity and privatisation on Greece, flouting the democratic wishes of its people and disrespecting its government. Other countries have suffered similar treatment. Despite some differences between Germany and others about the best way to deal with these problems, we can be sure that it will be working people who pay the price.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The crisis in Ukraine has been created by direct interference by the west in the internal affairs of the country. This has lead to the ousting of the elected President and confrontation with Russia. The extreme right has also been fostered and fascists play a significant role in the new regime. There is civil unrest with strong opposition to the coup and to repression by the pro-western forces in certain quarters. Russia, while acting in its own interests, has effectively held off the threat of encirclement by the west. Western countries, seeking advantage for themselves, are divided about how to act. Popular opposition in Ukraine and abroad combined with Russian power and western division have so-far prevented all out war.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The origins of the Charlie Hebdo attacks lie in the actions of imperialism abroad where it has caused devastation through war and promoting terrorism. At home poverty and discrimination also fuel extremism. Unity is needed to combat reactionary forces and indiscriminate attacks on Islam do not help this cause.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
A snapshot of a remarkable life. Facing many dangers, Sarah fought fascism at Cable St and in Spain.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Especially among those who experienced life in the Soviet Union a majority have a positive view of it. The economy delivered for people and some of its leaders are still regarded highly today. Today citizens of the former Soviet Union are worse off than they were before its demise and have a dim view of the benefits of capitalism and its political system.