Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Saudi Arabia's attempts to role back Qatar's influence in the Gulf have been largely unsuccessful and have created more divisions. This has caused some re-alignment of forces in the region with powers such as Russia, China and Iran taking advantage to extend their influence. The US has interests in both Saudi Arabia and Qatar but has also sought to divide and rule. This is further evidence that it is creating instability and problems that it cannot control.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike, begun on 17th April has ended in victory, with 80% of their demands being met. It demonstrates the strength of the Palestinian people when unified round their cause and the power of solidarity. It also shows that Israel is vulnerable to pressure, both internal and external.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
British imperial policy expressed in the Balfour declaration was behind the creation of the State of Israel. It was motivated by rivalries with other powers and a desire to undermine working-class movements, including the new revolution in Russia. It had little concern for Jewish people and even less for the Arab population of Palestine.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Palestinian prisoners in Israel are on hunger strike demanding that their basic human rights are respected. Violations include, torture, solitary confinement, medical negligence and denial of visits. Approximately 20% of the population has been detained, affecting every Palestinian family. in a letter to the New York Times, the leader of the strike, Marwan Barghouti explains why it came about.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Without any proof the Western media has been quick to point the finger at President Assad for the chemical weapons attack in Idlib. But he would seem to have little to gain from such an action as he is winning the civil war. There are, however, several competing factions within the country and regional powers who would have plenty to gain.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Details the reasons why the US has orchestrated attempts at regime change in Syria and the role of its supporters in the region. It also looks at the war in Yemen and the situation in Libya and Iraq.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
While the Syrian army is pushing back Islamic State terrorists, the US is endangering progress by continuing to back groups linked to Al Qaeda and threatening the fragile ceasefire.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Chilcot report was a damning indictment of the war in in Iraq. There was no case for war nor was it supported by the UN. Its conduct and the aftermath created devastation in the country with millions of Iraqis suffering death, injury, displacement and hardship. However the inquiry did not challenge assumptions about imperialist intervention in the affairs of other countries.