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The EU's ‘internationalism’ is a liberal myth


It’s not really that surprising that in the Brexit debate the European Union (EU) is portrayed as somehow embodying internationalism. After all, xenophobic Little Englanders such as Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith and Ukip leader Nigel Farage dominate the Leave campaign.

Cameron's big business backers can’t cover Tory divisions over EU


Two pieces in Monday’s press define the agony that is beginning to engulf the Tory party. The first, in the Financial Times newspaper, announced, “Big business backs Cameron’s push to keep Britain in the EU.” The second was Boris Johnson’s lengthy explanation in his Telegraph blog explaining why he opted to join the Leave campaign.

Nato policing of European borders will make the refugee crisis worse


Jens Stoltenberg is an obscure Norwegian politician who is the current secretary-general of Nato. This is a post reserved for European political mediocrities loyal to the Atlantic order dominated by the United States since the late 1940s.

Russia's proxy war twists the knife in Syria


At a meeting in Manchester last week I heard a Syrian refugee describe his plight and that of his family. It was heartbreaking. Essentially the same story could be told of millions, and their number increases daily.

'Free movement' in the EU is just a myth


Supporters of the campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union (EU) are gearing up their efforts. The in/out referendum could come as early as June.

Turmoil shows up problems for the 'recovery'


Since the start of the year the stock markets have been going crazy. At one point global share prices were 20 percent below the high they reached last year. Some £2.8 trillion was wiped off shares.

Has the Turkish regime overplayed its hand?


Now president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics since his Justice and Development Party (AKP) first won parliamentary elections in 2002.

Divisions on Europe will dominate Tories


One thing’s certain about 2016. The struggle within the Labour Party will continue, but divisions among the Tories will become high profile.

Don’t get tangled up in imperial rivalries


Alex Callinicos argues that socialists and anti-imperialists have to build the broadest and biggest anti-war movement possible. But this task faces new complications

Blairites back war in Syria to take aim at Jeremy Corbyn


The drama over whether Britain should join the bombing campaign in Syria irresistibly recalls the feverish climate in February and March 2003, in the lead-up to the Anglo-American assault on Iraq.

Corbyn's concessions will weaken the whole left


The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is experiencing very powerful forces of attraction and repulsion.

Our job is to defeat imperialism, not Isis


Positively the stupidest thing said about the Paris attacks came from the French president, Francois Hollande, when he denounced them as an “act of war”. Of course they were, but this war didn’t start on Friday of last week.

Economic recovery has a human price


WHICH WAY is the world economy going? The view seems quite different depending on which side of the Atlantic you are.

Kurds are trapped by imperial schemes


The Ankara bombings underlined that the troubled relationship between the Kurds and the Turkish state is close to the heart of the rapidly deteriorating crisis in the Middle East, argues Alex Callinicos

Syria is a battlefield of imperialist rivalry


Russia’s military intervention in Syria has confirmed the most basic reality of the war—outside powers increasingly dominate Syria’s fate. 

David Cameron plays party politics in Syria


Expect to hear a lot about military action in Syria in the next few weeks, writes Alex Callinicos. This is all about David Cameron playing party politics. It doesn’t mean that Britain is about to weigh seriously into the war in Syria.

The 'China dream' is rapidly falling apart


It's been a dramatic summer—Greece, the European refugee crisis, Jeremy Corbyn. But the big story for the world economy has been the collapse of the Chinese stock market. Since peaking in June, falling share prices have wiped £3 trillion off its value.

What will happen if Jeremy Corbyn does win?


The uncomprehending rage of the Labour right as it sinks in that Jeremy Corbyn may well win the leadership is a delight to behold, writes Alex Callinicos

Syriza left needs to fight against deal


Anyone who imagined that Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’ capitulation to the European Union (EU) in July would end the Greek crisis was kidding themselves. Unfortunately this is more because of what Europe’s rulers are doing than resistance from Syriza.

Obama leads a new scramble for Africa


Barack Obama has economic as well as strategic motivations in mind for his extended interest in Africa, writes Alex Callinicos

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