Sunday, January 26, 2020
In France the Gilets Jaunes protests have been going on for over a year and now there are massive strikes and demonstrations against Macron's pension "reforms". Virtually unreported by the mainstream media in Britain these movements are beginning to collaborate and represent wider demands.
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Since the height of the so-called pink tide in Latin America, reactionary forces, backed by the united States have been rolling back progress. there have been coups, constitutional/legal manoeuvres and coups. the challenges remain massive, but despite setbacks there is an upsurge in strikes and protests by working people, most notably in Chile.
Friday, January 24, 2020
NATO's 70th anniversary summit was held in December 2019 in London. it was marked by internal divisions over the future of the alliance. NATO was founded to advance the West's interests in the Cold War. Despite seismic political changes and questions about its purpose, it still promotes Western power and heightens the threat of war.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Book review. The book considers the significance of groups and individuals who have acted "disloyally" out of deeply held principles, against the regime in their countries.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Socialism has the interests of humanity at its core and can plan economic activity to serve those interests. However, we are in a world dominated by capitalist self-interest. In these circumstances, how can we campaign to prevent climate catastrophe? Labour's Green New Deal is a good start.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
The United States failure to achieve regime change in Syria has led to a shifting power dynamic in the Middle East. Russia, Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates have become more assertive and alliances between them have changed in ways which do not serve US interests. The US sees Iran's emergence as regional power as a particular threat to its own position as well as to Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
To combat the climate crisis we need state intervention and planning. this is an opportunity for the left to argue for collective solutions to the planet's problems. Change must not be at the expense of individuals and the working class. Labour's Green Industrial Revolution policies, with their focus on climate justice, can unify all those who are interested in and affected by climate change, creating a broad movement.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Review of Andreas Malm's book, Fossil Capital. Malm traces the origins of global warming and shows how it is a product of capitalist industrial development. He also addresses contemporary issues: the urgency of the challenge to reduce carbon emissions and how this challenge can be met.