Last year was remarkable. In some ways the election of Donald Trump in the US summarises many trends.
In her latest attempt to appear in control, prime minister Theresa May has unveiled her vision of the “shared society”.
Israeli ambassador Mark Regev (Pic: International Maritime Organisation)
What we call “the US”, “China”, and “Russia” are geographically based capitalist power-complexes. Their interests sometimes overlap, but often conflict. Even as dramatic a change of personnel as Trump’s victory isn’t going to dissolve these rivalries.
It’s no surprise that 2017 begins with attacks on migrant workers. But it’s disappointing that so many come from members of the Labour Party.
The right wing media has got into a frenzy over foreign aid. Britain spends 0.7 percent of its gross national income on foreign aid—that’s far too much for the likes of the Daily Mail newspaper.
There’s no reason for Labour to be squeezed between a racist Brexit and a neoliberal defence of the European Union
Mark Carney warned last week that politicians had to tackle the growing “isolation and detachment” that working class people feel towards capitalism. The Bank of England governor is just the latest figure in the ruling class to feel the ground shifting beneath his feet.
Will we see a national strike by large numbers of workers ever again?
One thing will be certain in 2017—the Tories will continue to tear one another apart over Brexit.
The government is to ban the fascist group National Action this week. It will be the first fascist group to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation.
How much longer can the Labour Party keep disagreeing with itself about immigration? Pressure on the party—and the tensions inside it—over immigration are growing.
Racists have seized on a new report on segregation in Britain.
In tough times, it’s important to celebrate when our side wins. In Italy, Austria and the US, ordinary people recorded heartening victories this week.
Forces supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had taken control of up to a third of east Aleppo at the start of this week. The area has been under siege since 2014 and the situation for people there is dire.
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement marked another stage in the low-intensity warfare that has gripped the Tory party. They’ve been squabbling since David Cameron struck his ill-fated deal with the European Union (EU) in February.
Theresa May’s Tory government wants to “have its cake and eat it” in Brexit negotiations—but that’s not going to happen.
The conviction of Thomas Mair for the murder of Jo Cox MP led to discussion in the media of his links to Nazi ideology and groups.
So much of what’s said about the supposed economic damage caused by migration is driven by xenophobic fantasy that has nothing to do with any genuine evidence
Britain has refused to give the Chagos Islanders the right of return. Nick Clark looks at the history of this great crime