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What does global capital want out of a Brexit deal?


Brexit has become, as numerous commentators have pointed out, a historic crisis of the British state

US is trying to slow down China’s rise


Donald Trump has been blundering around Europe again, picking fights as he goes. But the relationship that really matters is between the US and China.

The White House can’t trump socialism


The Trump administration is full of surprises. The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has just published a 72-page report called, “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism.”

Why Fukuyama still doesn’t get history


Francis Fukuyama has published a new book with the remarkably dull title Identity—not that anyone has really noticed. It was very different back in 1992, when The End of History and the Last Man came out.

Clash between Turkey and Saudi Arabia gives Donald Trump a headache


We’ve seen again how hard it has become to manage the Middle East in the interests of Western imperialism. The players this time are the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Will the rich flee before a Corbyn government?


While Brexit obsesses politicians and commentators, the super-rich apparently are more worried about Jeremy Corbyn.

Liberals do not have any answers to crisis


Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it’s a matter of controversy whether the global economic crisis it helped to precipitate is over.

The Labour right are attacking the real anti-racists


Something remarkable is happening in the Labour Party. The right is trying to seize the mantle of anti-racism.

The global trade war hasn’t been resolved


Last week the developing trade war between the three main economic blocs—the United States, the European Union (EU), and China—seemed to relent.

Fight antisemitism, not Corbyn’s Labour


If you want to make sense of the row about Jeremy Corbyn and antisemitism you have above all to understand that it has nothing to do with antisemitism.

Trump’s chaos tour will unleash far right


The extreme centre, as author Tariq Ali dubbed mainstream neoliberal parties, is convinced that Donald Trump’s European tour confirmed he is unfit to be president. And it’s true that his performance has been characteristically erratic, and occasionally idiotic.

Why EU cannot heal its national divisions


Apparently Jeremy Corbyn is under growing pressure from within the Labour Party to support a second referendum on Brexit. This comes not just from the Tony Blair fan club on the Labour right but also from within Corbyn’s own grassroots support movement Momentum.

Livingstone case shows it’s risky for Corbyn to appease the right


Every time the Labour right have confronted Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters in open combat they’ve been defeated, usually humiliatingly. But they’ve just been allowed to score a major victory

Regional rivalries lie behind Trump shifts


Why is Donald Trump destabilising the Middle East? For that’s what he’s doing by moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran.

Don’t dress Marxists up as liberals, Mason


It’s an interesting sign of the troubles with which capitalism is struggling that the coverage of Karl Marx’s bicentenary has been pretty respectful.

Koreas are pawns in a much bigger game


Is Donald Trump about to have a “Nixon in China” moment? The signs are that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may actually deliver a diplomatic success instead of descending into a disastrous war between the two countries.

The Cold War rhetoric is inflated—but there are real risks


There have been claims on both sides that the Syrian crisis marks the most serious confrontation between Washington and Moscow since the Cuban missile crisis

The universities struggle is changing workers


The strike has infused new life into semi-moribund UCU branches

Theresa May is a faithful friend to corrupt Mohammed bin Salman


Only someone with Theresa May’s flair for public relations would have received Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, on International Women’s Day last Thursday.

Trump’s trade war means chaos for the ruling class


Ever since he was elected, there’s been an argument over whether Donald Trump would be more than a conventional right wing Republican president.

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