‘An extraordinary week even in the age of Trump’. US government escalates war on refugees

Ben Hillier The US government has dramatically escalated its war against refugees and undocumented migrants. In the week before the congressional midterm elections, president Trump deployed more than 5,000 military personnel to the country’s southern border as part of “Operation Faithful Patriot”. The...CONTINUE READING

From social democracy to fascism: how Bolsonaro took Brazil

Rick Kuhn The Workers’ Party, with its mass working class base and the largest political organisation in Brazil, bears some responsibility for the victory of a fascist, Jair Bolsonaro, in the presidential election on 28 October. The stagnation of the Brazilian economy and the collapse of the vote fo...CONTINUE READING

Australia, US facilitate Saudi war crimes in Yemen

Omar Hassan The Saudi-led war on Yemen has devastated a country already crippled by widespread poverty and systematic neglect. In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies launched what has become a vicious, unrelenting assault on a defenceless population. Their goal is to defeat the Houthi rebels, who have r...CONTINUE READING

UN report: revolution needed to prevent climate disaster

James Plested Only a revolution can save us. That’s the take home message of the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on 8 October. Based on emissions reduction commitments made under the 2015 Paris agreement, the world is on track for an average temperatu...CONTINUE READING

The fight for abortion rights in Argentina 

Priya De In Argentina, abortions are legal only if a pregnant person’s life is deemed to be in danger, or if a pregnancy can be proved to be the result of rape. As a result, between 350,000 and 500,000 women undergo illegal abortions each year. Between 45,000 and 65,000 are hospitalised annually du...CONTINUE READING

Palestinians strike against racist law

Nick Everett Palestinians across the occupied territories and Israel observed a general strike on 1 October in protest against Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law, adopted by the Knesset (parliament) in July. The strike coincided with a bitter fight to resist Israel’s planned demolition of West Bank Bedou...CONTINUE READING

Argentina rocked by general strike

Sean Edwardes Argentina ground to a halt on 24 and 25 September under the weight of a massive general strike. Concurrent national stoppages were called by the nation’s union movement in protest at the falling value of the Argentine peso, spiralling inflation and government austerity, all of which are be...CONTINUE READING

Are the Democrats becoming the #1 party of the US establishment?

Ben Hillier Of the many happenings in the 2016 US presidential elections, one has often been overlooked: Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s extraordinary gains among upper middle and ruling class white voters. Party strategists wagered that positioning Clinton as the prime defender of the establis...CONTINUE READING

Why Swedish neo-Nazis are growing

Tom Gilchrist Sweden has become the latest country in Europe to face a far right insurgency at the polls. The Sweden Democrats, a party with neo-Nazi roots, won 17.6 percent of the vote in the 9 September general elections, making them the third largest party in the Swedish parliament. That a far right...CONTINUE READING