Monday, June 17, 2019
The English local elections of May 2019 were a disaster for the Tories who lost a net 1,269 seats. Their collapse let in the Lib Dems who did not add massive numbers of votes. Their modest gains and the Tories collapse accounted for much of their progress. This shows that their success was not evidence of a major shift towards pro-EU sentiment. Labour made gains and losses but its biggest losses were in Leave voting areas. In a complicated situation Labour did well to hold its support base together.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Dundee is a tale of two cities - the PR image and the realities of working class life and impoverished communities. Loss of industry and cuts to local services continue to lead to job losses, however trade unions and the Labour Party are fighting back.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
The US and others are tightening the screws on Venezuela with sanctions and threats of invasion. They do not want a peaceful resolution of the country's problems, but are aiming at regime change. Despite being sponsored by the US, the anti-democratic right wing opposition failed in a recent coup attempt against the government.
Friday, June 14, 2019
This is the 60th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, which has brought incredible gains for the people of Cuba. Its internationalism has also meant that it has spread those gains - health, literacy, disaster relief, liberation - beyond the shores of the island. Millions of people across the world have benefited. in the past Cuba has survived enormous challenges and now faces new ones.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has carefully targeted its campaigns to highlight Israeli injustice against the Palestinian people. One measure of its success is the Israeli response which, while trying to close the campaign down, in fact only draws further attention to Israeli actions.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Despite what the media would have us believe, those attacking the Labour leadership over alleged anti-Semitism within the Party do not speak for all Jews in Britain.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
NATO was founded in the Cold War to advance the West's interests. 70 years on, despite the end of the Soviet Union it continues that purpose, expanding further and threatening "foes". It and its members have been implicated in recent wars which have brought misery to peoples and made our planet a dangerous place.
Monday, June 10, 2019
The development of communications and information technology has meant that conflict between states and covert operations have entered a new dimension. In the media here it is countries like Russia and China that are blamed for this but the West too engages in cyber warfare. Britain, the US and others have been involved in hacking and interfering in the politics of other countries.