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  • US strikes to change geopolitical balance of power ( 11th April 2017 ) - The US carried out an air strike on a Syrian airbase in what they claimed was retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, which killed 74 people including 11 children, on April 4th 2017. The strike was carried out ahead of any independent investigation, giving rise to the suspicion that the chemical attack […]
  • Right-wing populism, a socialist answer ( 4th April 2017 ) - The neoliberal consensus of the mainstream political parties that had its roots in the 1980s doctrines of Thatcherism and Reaganomics ended in failure with the financial crash of 2007-2008. Polarisation took the place of this consensus leading to a surge of right-wing populist parties and the rise of left-wing movements. Its impact on the tradition […]
  • France 2017: The next big surprise? ( 12th March 2017 ) - France’s Presidential election set for April 23rd could deliver the next major political surprise with the increasing popularity of Front National’s Marine Le Pen. From the outset most of the political elite were confident that Les Républicains candidate François Fillon would win, only for his campaign to be derailed by revelations of his wife’s ‘fake […]
  • Media demands a new Labour leader ( 2nd March 2017 ) - The media seized on Labour’s by-election loss of Copeland, a seat it had held for eighty years, to vent its hostility towards Jeremy Corbyn and demand his resignation. In blaming Corbyn they provide a fig leaf covering the damage done by Labour’s right-wing’s disastrous attempt to remove him after the EU referendum and their continuing […]
  • Israel: Democracy or tyranny of the majority? ( 21st February 2017 ) - US president Donald Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyanu recent meeting, where they all but agreed to scrap the two state solution, merely formalises Israel’s march towards an apartheidesque state. Defending the Israeli state, supporters praise Israel’s democratic credentials. Freedom House, an NGO part funded by the US, assessed that; “Israel remains the region’s […]
  • EU citizen rights – The Tory leave deception ( 19th February 2017 ) - Promises to EU citizens All the major leave EU organisations during the referendum campaign made promises guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens to continue to reside in the UK. The official Vote Leave campaign was unequivocal in its promise to grant those rights automatically, Leave.EU said it would be “wholly illogical” not to. After the […]
  • China’s Belt and Road ( 15th January 2017 ) - Lifting China from a regional to a global power China’s ‘The Belt and Road’ plan is an economic initiative that if successful, will change the world’s geopolitical centre of gravity and lift China from a regional to a global power. The $4 trillion project will aim to connect land areas and sea routes into an […]
  • Conundrum of The Thucydides Trap ( 28th December 2016 ) - American elites at war with themselves Sections of the American elite greeted Trump’s 2016 US Presidential election victory with consternation. They traded insults with each other including accusations of Trump enjoying a bromance with Vladimir Putin. These accusations and counter-accusations over issues such as Russia, China and the economy underline the profound disagreements[1] within the […]
  • Fascism: Its cause and mission ( 15th December 2016 ) - Everyone’s a fascist! “It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, […]
  • US 2016: The fall out ( 13th November 2016 ) - Make America great again! “Make America great again!”. “It’s already great!” came the reply that epitomised the disconnect of the American elites from the lives and distress of working and middle class people. The establishment and their media allies greeted the presidential election result with shocked disbelief crying that no one saw it coming. Michael […]
  • Brexit: Hard or Soft? ( 4th November 2016 ) - The problems that beset the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada is a sobering reminder of the minefield that the UK will have to tread through once Article 50 is triggered. CETA, which passed its first stage of signing 30th October, was an agreement seven years in the making and […]
  • May You Live in Interesting Times ( 13th October 2016 ) - “More and more, people don’t trust their elites. They don’t trust their economic leaders, and they don’t trust their political leaders,”. This was the lament of Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble at an IMF meeting. With the Brexit vote in June, coming less than a year after the election of Jeremy Corbyn, the elites were delivered a […]

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