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Syria ‘response’ is a dangerous gamble for the West

Whatever the extract truth about the chemical weapons attack east of Damascus on Wednesday of last week, it seems to have been on a huge scale, writes Alex Callinicos

Egypt's revolution is a giant learning process

The Egyptian Revolution is teaching us what we had at best learned from books before. It is showing that revolutions are vast complex processes that embrace both advances and retreats.

Coalition keeps us in a cycle of crises

Sometimes the witlessness of the Guardian surpasses all understanding. Last Saturday it carried an article explaining why, after the Office for National Statistics announced that Britain’s economy grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter of 2013, “The future looks bright for Osborne”.

Will Detroit disaster lead to new revolts?

Detroit, I Do Mind Dying, by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin, paints a marvellous portrait of a great industrial city pulsating with working class revolt.

Labour 'me-tooing' helps Tory offensive

Alex Callinicos says Labour's failure to commit to stopping Tory cuts will only benefit the right

Groundhog day as Labour backs cuts

One might say that the historical role of Labour leaders is to disappoint their supporters. The fundamental contradiction of Labourism lies between its promise to make the world a better place and its commitment in government to managing capitalism efficiently. 

Proxy war in Syria is part shadow boxing

The great powers seem to be squaring off over bleeding, war-torn Syria, writes Alex Callinicos. Britain and France have bludgeoned the European Union (EU) into ending its embargo on arms supplies to the rebels. 

Tokyo tumble shows crisis far from over

The financial markets have been behaving recently as if the 2008 crash was merely an unhappy memory, of no relevance to the present. 

If I use an umbrella, will it lead to rain?

One of the many puzzles about the economic crisis is that people still listen to economists after they failed to anticipate the financial crash of 2007-08, writes Alex Callinicos.

Thatcher shows up problems for Labour

When asked about her greatest achievement, Margaret Thatcher famously replied, “Tony Blair and New Labour”. So it’s quite appropriate that, as one monster is laid to rest, the other should suddenly surface.

Pumping in money won’t restart growth

A big talking point in Washington at the minute is a new book by David Stockman, who was Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981-85. Disillusioned by his failure to stop Reagan cutting taxes and boosting military spending, he became a right wing libertarian.

Tories in crisis allow chance of left revival

Totally marginalised under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, the Labour left has been one of the driving forces behind the swelling protest movement against the bedroom tax, writes Alex Callinicos

The US’s ‘strategic pivot’ to the Pacific

Alex Callinicos considers the options for US imperialism on the tenth anniversary of its invasion of Iraq

Pistorius case shows South Africa’s divide

What is the shooting case of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius really about? First, it’s about sport, celebrity, and money. It’s hard to explain otherwise how he was granted bail when he admitted that he blazed away at his bathroom door, killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Why there's trouble ahead for the Tories

Last week ended well for David Cameron. Lined up with German chancellor Angela Merkel he secured, for the first time, a cut in the European Union’s long-term budget for 2014-20.

US imperialism ten years after the Iraq war

Ten years ago, bloated with a euphoric belief in its own omnipotence, the United States under George W Bush was preparing to invade Iraq. Where does US power stand today?

West's greed in new scramble for Africa

The West is preparing to pull its armies out of Afghanistan. But the French intervention in Mali and the Algerian hostage crisis suggest that a new front is opening up in the Maghreb region, north west Africa. It may last "even decades" according to prime minister David Cameron.

Cameron is trapped in European pickle

David Cameron will finally make his long heralded speech on renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the European Union (EU) on Friday. He is in a pretty pickle.

Cliffhanger for the US economy

Will the US economy fall over the "fiscal cliff"? As Socialist Worker goes to press, this question remains unanswered.

Gaza shows impact of Arab revolts

Frederick Engels wrote in 1854, "We must not forget that there is a sixth power in Europe, which at given moments asserts its supremacy over the whole of the five so-called ‘Great Powers’ and makes them tremble, every one of them. That power is the Revolution."

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