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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."

Obama's re-election: hopes of the poor and profits of the rich

Barack Obama’s re-election is undoubtedly the best outcome for American capitalism.

Presidential election offers us a choice of Wall Street champions

The US presidential election is turning into a cliff-hanger comparable to 2000, when a controversial Supreme Court judgement awarded Florida, and hence the White House, to George W Bush.

Economic woes pile up for a government of 'Lord Snootys'

The wheels are coming off the coalition government with astonishing speed. The basic reason is objective. It is behind on its target of reducing the budget deficit, despite this being the supposed reason for the coalition’s existence. At the same time the economy is shrinking.

No end in sight for global slump

The party conferences have been unable to conceal the fact that the government coalition is in big trouble. Its reason for existence is to reduce the budget deficit—indeed chancellor George Osborne’s original plan was to eliminate it.

The Syrian revolution poses a severe test for Turkey's rulers

The first real sign that the civil war in Syria could spill over into a wider conflict came last week. A series of mortar and artillery exchanges took place across the border between Syria and Turkey.

The debt crisis spreads from Greece across Europe

France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and—last but not least—Spain. A storm of anti-austerity protest has been sweeping through Europe.

This coalition government is failing at both of its aims

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are kidding themselves if they think the undeniable success of the London Olympics will allow them to "relaunch" their coalition government.

The Long Depression is going from bad to worse

"Better enjoy Games while they last. Hangover coming with bad economic outlook truly worldwide." I don’t usually quote Rupert Murdoch approvingly, but this tweet of his is spot on.

America doesn't always get its way

There is a puzzling contradiction in contemporary discussion of American power. The theme that the US is in decline, being elbowed out of the way by China, is well established in mainstream discourse.

The revolution in Syria is rooted in popular uprising

The past few days may have seen the balance of forces tilt decisively against Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Paradoxically, a significant section of the Western left seems to have tilted as decisively in their favour.

Europe is stuck in a banking 'doom loop'

One sign of how serious the eurozone crisis has become is the brevity with which every supposed "solution" brings relief.

Greece's real battle comes after election

It’s a cliche but it’s nevertheless true that the eyes of the world are on Greece. I get feverish updates of the latest opinion poll from revolutionary Marxists and bourgeois economists alike.

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