Monday, August 23, 2021
It is ten years on from NATO’s 2011 seven-month long bombardment of Libya, and this once secular, peaceful and prosperous country is still in turmoil. The destruction of Libya was part of a bigger plan by the US to oust Middle Eastern leaders who they believed threatened their interests. Colonel Gaddafi the Libyan leader, brutally murdered during the war, was for a time, at the forefront of efforts to develop his country and build anti-imperialist alliances. Libyan people once benefited from its oil wealth but now the face chaos, danger and hardship in a civil war brought about by the United States.
Monday, May 17, 2021
Historically the Middle East has been the centre of conflict between different imperial powers with its strategic and economic importance in terms of trade routes and oil. For over thirty years the US has been embroiled in “endless wars” there. Now it is attempting to use proxies in the area so that it can withdraw much of its military presence to concentrate on new priorities. The situation, however, is highly complex with other resurgent regional and world powers asserting themselves in a shifting pattern of alliances. Russia, Turkey, Israel, the Gulf States and Iran are major players. The peoples of the Middle East are continuing to suffer and there is a real threat of major conflict between big powers, whether by accident or design. There is, therefore, a duty on the movement in the west to mobilise unconditionally against war wherever it is instigated and whatever the supposed justification. Also to support the Palestinians in their fight against Israeli oppression.
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, August 16, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic continues to demonstrate the inability of capitalism to deliver for people. The more neo-liberal and parasitic countries are then the worse they have done. Trump's handling of the crisis has been catastrophic for Americans, but whatever damage it does, the United States remains the world's hegemonic superpower. It is now, however, facing conflicts with other capitalist powers over their different strategic interests. Above all the US has decided to ramp up tensions with China as it seeks to prevent it challenging its global dominance.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Iran has become the number one enemy of the West due to its central role in the growing resistance to its interference in the region. The assassination of General Soleimani by the United States was a dangerously provocative act. The risk of another war has been heightened. As well as Iran other countries are becoming more assertive such as Russia and Turkey.
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Psychotherapist, Rachel Young, reports on her visit to Israel-Palestine in 2018. She looks at how Palestinians are systematically dehumanised and traumatised by the Israeli government and armed forces. She found out the strategies they have developed to survive and considers the negative impact on Israelis of their involvement in this oppression and denial of Palestinian rights.