I’ve been in Istanbul participating in the Marxism 2016 festival organised by the Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party (DSIP). Turkey's politics has undergone an astonishing reversal over the past year.
What's driving the Labour right’s assault on Jeremy Corbyn over antisemitism—sheer opportunism or ideology? Certainly the former. Even BBC Radio 4’s Today programme briefly took time off from feeding the frenzy over Ken Livingstone’s remarks to concede that “Livingstone is a proxy for Corbyn”.
It's been pleasant to watch the awkwardness of the right wing Leave campaigners over Barack Obama’s intervention in the Brexit debate.
The Tata steel workers threaten to be the latest case in which the brutal logic of capital destroys industries and working class communities. We’ve seen it again and again in the past 35 years—the miners under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and the Luton and Longbridge car workers under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
My prediction at the start of the year that “divisions among the Tories will become high profile” in 2016 has been amply confirmed.
Donald Trump’s sweeping victories in the US primary elections on “Super Tuesday”—last week—has thrown the Republican Party into “a state of pandemonium”, according to the Washington Post newspaper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics since his Justice and Development Party (AKP) first won parliamentary elections in 2002.
One thing’s certain about 2016. The struggle within the Labour Party will continue, but divisions among the Tories will become high profile.
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
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.
The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is experiencing very powerful forces of attraction and repulsion.
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.
WHICH WAY is the world economy going? The view seems quite different depending on which side of the Atlantic you are.
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