Lebanon on a knife edge

Omar Hassan Tensions in Lebanon are escalating once again as Saudi Arabia threatens to open up yet another front in its cold war with Iran. The trigger for the latest crisis was the resignation of prime minister Saad Hariri, who has been the Saudi’s main representative since the assassination of his f...CONTINUE READING

One year after hell froze over

Danny Katch One year ago on 8 November, Donald Trump was elected the leader of the most powerful nation on the planet, leaving many hundreds of millions of people in the US and around the world in a state of shock. Pretty much every week since has confirmed our worst fears about Trump in the White Hou...CONTINUE READING

Pollution is killing us

James Plested While the world’s attention has been focused on climate change, another environmental problem has been inflicting death and destruction on a massive scale. According to the findings of a breakthrough new report, the health impacts of pollution may pose an even bigger threat to humanity tha...CONTINUE READING

Paradise Papers reveal tax haven treasure trove

Tom Bramble Hard on the heels of last year’s Panama Papers leak, which exposed massive tax evasion by the world’s fat cats, a new mass leak of documents, named the Paradise Papers, has confirmed that the flagrant looting of national treasuries by the world’s 1% continues unabated. The leak of more tha...CONTINUE READING

Five things to know about the independence movement in Catalonia

James O’Nions Last year, a group of Global Justice Now activists went to Barcelona to see how movements for food sovereignty, energy democracy and housing rights had created significant infrastructure and fed into the historic win by Barcelona En Comú (Barcelona in Common) in the city council elections...CONTINUE READING

A peace prize that’s deserved

James Plested Rather awkwardly for a world grown used to the shameless promotion of hypocrites and warmongers, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to people who really deserve it. The Australian-founded International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the prize for its work a...CONTINUE READING

Israel attempts to silence Palestinian media

Kim Bullimore Israeli occupation forces raided 10 Palestinian media offices in the occupied West Bank on 18 October, arresting several media workers, confiscating media production equipment, welding shut building doors and closing down production facilities for six months. Carried out simultaneously in...CONTINUE READING

California wildfires fanned by global warming

Barry Sheppard Wildfires north of San Francisco, in California’s wine country, exploded in early October, fanned by hot and dry winds. They have wreaked unprecedented damage. A week and a half later, the fires still burn. At least 41 people have been killed. While the fires started in hilly wooded areas,...CONTINUE READING

Australia isn’t Austria, but fascism can grow here too

Rick Kuhn Europe’s most successful fascist party is set to enter government after Austria’s federal election on 15 October. Details of a coalition between the racist neoliberals of the conservative Austrian People’s Party and fascists of the Freedom Party are currently being negotiated. With the fai...CONTINUE READING