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Imperialism


The bitter legacy of Western intervention in Afghanistan

08 April 2014
As Nato’s occupation comes to an end, Guy Smallman speaks to Afghans about its legacy of deep poverty and corruption

Imperialism's game of empires

01 April 2014
As Western and Russian rulers rattle sabres, Simon Basketter says we must take on a system that drives the world to war

Ukraine - phoney war continues as savage cuts and price rises push up poverty

01 April 2014
The West and Russia are continuing their phoney war over Ukraine.

Rulers’ squabble as new deal means deep cuts for working class people in Ukraine

25 March 2014
Russia was booted out of the elite club of rich economies on Monday of this week. 

Ukraine caught in clash between powers as Crimea joins Russia

18 March 2014
Crimea has joined the Russian Federation as the Ukrainian crisis continues to be a faultline for the major powers. The outcome of a referendum in Crimea last weekend was a foregone conclusion. 

Ukraine's taste of freedom

11 March 2014
Ukraine has been a pawn in the imperial games of more powerful nations for centuries—but the 1917 Russian revolution offered a glimpse of hope, writes Ken Olende

The West hesitated over Ukraine due to links with Russia

11 March 2014
Apocalypse seems to have been postponed in Ukraine. In his press conference on Tuesday of last week Vladimir Putin seemed to rule out extending Russia’s occupation of Crimea to eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine in crisis - say no to imperialist war games

04 March 2014
The arrival of Russian troops on the streets of Crimea is producing an ­ever?­escalating war of words from global political leaders.

Putin raises the stakes in imperialist Crimea crisis

03 March 2014
Russia’s seizure of military control over Crimea has brought Ukraine to the brink of war.  This crisis represents the coming together of three distinct conflicts.

Bahrain - courage and resistance in the face of repression

25 February 2014
Bahraini activists Rula al-Saffar and Jalila al-Salman spoke to Judith Orr about resistance to the al-Khalifa regime

Assad holds firm in talks on Syria

11 February 2014
Talks between representatives of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and Western-backed sections of the opposition restarted on Monday of this week.

An olympic struggle between oligarchs of West and East

04 February 2014
The Winter Olympics in Sochi start this week amid a welter of controversies. Radical lawyer Bill Bowring summed them up—corruption and cronyism surrounding the construction of Olympic facilities, the war between Moscow and Central Asian jihadis, Russia’s anti-LGBT law, and so on.

Britain in war crimes probe

14 January 2014
The International Criminal Court has been asked to investigate former British politicians and troops over allegations of “systematic torture” in Iraq.

A history soaked in blood - the British Empire’s crimes are nothing to celebrate

07 January 2014
A century after the First World War our rulers are still trying to peddle patriotic pride. But the British Empire’s crimes are nothing to celebrate.

Britain's brutal legacy in Kenya

17 December 2013
Fifty years after Kenyan independence Ken Olende looks at the crimes of British colonialism, the Mau Mau rebels who fought back, and their betrayal by Kenya’s new rulers

JSOC exposed: How Britain’s SAS helped set up the US president’s private army

03 December 2013
Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill looks at the shadowy Joint Special Operations Command in his new film Dirty Wars

Operation Legacy: When Britain burned the paper trail of its imperial crimes

03 December 2013
Britain burned a huge number of damning documents in secret to hide the shame of its brutal empire. Ken Olende looks at Operation Legacy

Iran deal could let US focus on China

26 November 2013
It’s an open question whether or not the deal struck last weekend in Geneva between Iran and the United States, alongside five other “world powers”, will stick, writes Alex Callinicos

West plans intervention in Central African Republic

26 November 2013
The British press is demanding Western intervention in the Central African Republic (CAR) after stories of atrocities and the threat of genocide.

Philippines typhoon shows the price of poverty

12 November 2013
Rescue workers were fighting to get to outlying regions of the Philippines hit by typhoon Haiyan as Socialist Worker went to press. In the worst-hit city of Tacloban more than 10,000 people are thought to have died.

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