Monday, February 8, 2021
Despite the judge in charge of the case ruling against extradition to the United States, Julian Assange remains in prison without charge. He is being detained in conditions which amount to torture and his physical and mental health are at serious risk. Although not charged with any crime his offence has been to expose the misdeeds of the US war machine. His persecution a major threat to investigative journalism and free speech everywhere.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
One of the most notorious aspects of the development of neo-liberalism has been the huge growth in the gig economy. With venture capital having a big stake in it, Deliveroo was one of the pioneers in slashing workers’ rights and their terms and conditions of work. The use of workers with bogus self employed status has become a significant feature of how capitalism exploits workers in the 21st century.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Whilst big rivals confront each other in a new cold war, the tactics involved in this of sanctions, boycotts and bullying are also being underpinned by military might. This includes a concerning build up of nuclear weapons and the lowering of the threshold for their use by the USA and NATO. There are nuclear and other threatening manoeuvres directed at encircling Russia and China. Britain too is increasing its arms spending and exports, is developing a new National Cyber Force and is still set on renewing Trident nuclear weapons.
Friday, February 5, 2021
The people of Chile voted overwhelmingly for a new constitution which will free them from the constraints of General Pinochet's legacy. Now the fight is on for the left and social movements to ensure they secure delegates to the Constitutional Convention which will draft it. This is also a fight to address the inequalities rampant in Chilean life and brought to light by the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
W. E. B. Du Bois was an outstanding intellectual and activist. Born in 1868, the year that black people in the South were enfranchised he put his science, learning and life in the service of the struggle for equality for black people in America. He was an internationalist and fighter for peace which meant that like so many he became the subject of the US state witch hunts against progressives.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Sylvia Pankhurst was sidelined from the official celebrations of 100 years some women getting the vote in Britain. This was not unconnected to her socialist politics. Unlike the other Pankhurst women she took a class position on fighting for women's rights and embraced anti-imperialist causes, especially opposing the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. The Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial committee are seeking to redress this shameful neglect by raising a statue to her in Clerkenwell Green.
Monday, February 1, 2021
The Socialist Correspondent invites you to an analysis and discussion meeting Sunday 7th March at 2.00pm: THE END OF THE UNIPOLAR US ORDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST Power is shifting in the Middle East – the region where so many of the world’s fault-lines meet. While the Syrian war subsides, the war in Yemen continues and the threat of war against Iran grows. Russia has re-asserted itself militarily and China is involved economically – both countering a weaker but increasingly dangerous, USA. As US hegemony begins to wane, the rival regional players are staking their claims. How will Biden try to use these expansionist powers in America’s interest? Simon Korner examines the complex situation Chair Frieda Park You are invited to a Zoom Meeting. When: Mar 7, 2021 02.00PM London Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckfuyqqTItH9xKr5bXN8_xt-VyKGwGCLpg After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
SOCIALIST CORRESPONDENT ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION MEETING Speaker: Steve Howell – Former adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, Author of Game Changer, the story of Labour’s 2017 election campaign, and a US-UK joint citizen. Chair: Elly Baker