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Trump opens a rift with US ruling class


Many in the US ruling class may be beginning to wonder whether Trump is worth the trouble

Trump banks on racial polarisation


The protests against the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police are swelling into an uprising of national proportions.

Is EU singing from Hamilton songbook?


Alexander Hamilton, one of the brilliant group of “founding fathers” of the United States and its first finance minister, was once remembered mainly because he was killed in a duel by vice president Aaron Burr in 1804.

Bosses will use debt crisis against poorest


On the other side of the pandemic, many fear there will be a debt crisis. This fear is mainly motivated by the huge amounts of money governments are spending to prop up companies and subsidise wages.

Economic crash could leave lasting scars


The bank of England’s latest monetary policy report is a classic example of bad news and good news. The bad news is that the British economy will shrink by 14 percent this year.

Imperialist rivalries heighten the crisis


The Coronavirus pandemic represents a crisis that is simultaneously biological, economic, and political

Science advice is shaped by politics


The latest bombshell to explode in the government’s face has hit its claim to base its policy for the Covid-19 pandemic on “the science” or “the evidence”

Will US hegemony survive pandemic?


Donald Trump's decision to withdraw United States funding for the World Health Organisation symbolises how the coronavirus pandemic has been dominated by national responses to what is a global problem. 

We’re in the fight of our lives—to save our lives


“History has brought mankind to that pinnacle on which the total obliteration of mankind is at last a practical possibility,” wrote the radical scholar Norman O Brown. 

Lockdown policies hit the Global South


There’s an old cliche about the economy falling off a cliff. This time it really has, all over the world.

Coronavirus crisis exposes the myth of a progressive EU


The coronavirus crisis has exposed political leaders as wanting. The systematic bungling by Boris Johnson’s government is summed up by the fact that he, his health secretary and the chief medical adviser have all tested positive for the virus.

Coronavirus crisis is a big blow to neoliberalism


If you want a sense of how bad the crisis is, just look at Boris Johnson’s face

Rulers want to cure capitalism of virus


We’ve already learned two important things in the Covid-19 crisis. The first is that the future is here.

Bosses’ virus fears are only for profits


“New data paint grim picture of coronavirus fallout,” read a headline in the Financial Times newspaper last week. My heart sank when I saw it. But when I anxiously scanned the article, it wasn’t about the spread of the coronavirus or the deaths it is causing.

Erdogan’s imperial play comes undone


The Brazilian Marxist Ruy Mauro Marini coined the concept of “sub-imperialism” back in the 1960s. The concept applies perfectly to Turkey under president Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Labour leadership don’t inspire hope


Why is the Labour Party leadership election so depressing? Clearly it has something to do with the line-up. In all probability it will come down to the choice between Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, and Rebecca Long-Bailey, the candidate of the left.

Coronavirus shows capitalism is sick


It is still too early to say how serious an epidemic Covid?19—as the latest coronavirus outbreak is now known—will prove to be.

Israel supporters are on a new offensive


The Witchhunt smearing anti-Zionists as antisemites has moved on to new targets

The left must move on from Brexit splits


“I have taken great care not to deride, bewail, or execrate human actions, but to understand them, ” the great philosopher Baruch Spinoza wrote in the Introduction to his Political Treatise, unfinished when he died in 1677.

Britain in firing line of US-EU trade war


China and the United States have agreed to a truce in the trade war they have been waging for the past two years. What is supposed to be “phase one” of a larger trade deal was signed in Washington last week.

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