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Syrian tragedy risks bigger imperialist clash


Syria is undoubtedly the most dangerous place in the world at the moment.

Coalition deal opens the door to the German right


Germany under chancellor Angela Merkel was meant to be the bastion of the neoliberal centre in Europe.

Theresa May’s visit to China shows the pressure she faces


No one is likely to write an opera about Theresa May’s visit to China the way John Adams did about president Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing in 1972. Her stay in China was completely obscured by media stories about Tory divisions over Brexit.

Imperialism won’t end Kurdish agony


In a Middle East tormented by the domination of Western imperialism, the Kurdish people have been among the greatest victims.

Labour should not back single market


Jeremy Corbyn is under increasing pressure from the Labour right to shift his policy on Brexit. This would mean—at the maximum—supporting a second referendum and—at the minimum—backing Britain staying in the European single market if it does leave.

Europe’s centre ground is crumbling beneath Angela Merkel’s feet


In the endless discussions about Brexit, it’s commonly assumed that the British side is weak and confused and the European Union (EU) is strong and united. The first is true, the second not so much.

Fiddling the figures can’t end Tory crisis


Philip Hammond, the Tory chancellor, likes to present himself as a safe pair of hands. He’s nicknamed “spreadsheet Phil”. Boring maybe, but reliable. But he’s been responsible for two of the biggest media pratfalls of the present government, which is saying something.

Saudi-Iran rivalry is behind new turmoil


Saudi Arabia has mostly been a stable pillar of the imperialist order in the Middle East.

Erratic Trump gives a boost to US rivals


Anyone who's watched Ken Burns’s flawed but absorbing documentary about the Vietnam War must have been struck by the interplay between presidential politics in Washington and the rhythm of combat in Southeast Asia.

After Heaton-Harris - what are the real threats to academic freedom?


Was the Heaton-Harris affair just a storm in a teacup? Christopher Heaton-Harris is the pro-Leave Tory whip who wrote to university vice-chancellors asking for information about “professors involved in the teaching of European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit”.

Catalan struggle can damage smug bosses


“When the first reports of serious disorders in Catalonia were reaching Madrid, the English ambassador wrote home that he saw ‘nothing in the business that is hard to settle’.”

The European Union vs Theresa May—neither side is progressive


The Brexit negotiations will probably stay stuck after this week’s meeting of the European Council.

Mariano Rajoy’s repression in Spain props up the European Union too


“When one joins the civil guard, one declares civil war,” wrote the novelist Ramon Sender in 1936, the year his native Spain disintegrated into war.

Marx’s masterwork is as relevant as ever


On 14 September 1867 Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume I, was published in Hamburg.

Nato hypocrites are feeding the drive to war


The conflict is a consequence of the US decision, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to expand Nato

Brexit isn’t just a problem for the Tories


Predictably enough, negotiations between the Tory government and the European Commission over the terms of Brexit are running into difficulty.

Time ticks away on the Tories’ collapsing cabinet


Tony Blair's latest intervention in the Brexit debate shows him to be unusually self-deluding even by his standards. He still doesn’t seem to understand that every time he opens his mouth he damages whatever cause he’s supporting.

The Labour right’s Brexit bungle helps the Tories


The way forward for the left is not to defend the indefensible neoliberal EU

Jeremy Corbyn was right to link West's war with Manchester attack


Whatever happens in the election, Jeremy Corbyn has earned his place in history. He did this last Friday when he didn’t flee in the face of the Tory attempts to exploit the Manchester atrocity.

Tony Cliff matters for socialists today


Tony Cliff was born 100 years ago last weekend, on 20 May 1917. Brought up a Palestinian Jew, he came to Britain in 1946.

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