The greatest radicalisation since 1979 as Iran explodes

Foad Asabani What began as a small protest in Mashhad, north-east Iran, against price rises, high unemployment and other economic grievances has spread across 65-70 towns and cities around the country. Workers and the poor have flooded the streets. The chants and slogans within a day turned against the...CONTINUE READING

The crisis in neoliberalism and its ramifications

Tom Bramble The neoliberal model that has dominated mainstream politics and economics for decades is in crisis. Popular discontent with the austerity and inequality that have resulted from the imposition of neoliberal policies has become a major question in world politics, with Brexit, Sanders, Trump...CONTINUE READING

The year the monsters came back

Corey Oakley Donald Trump – thrower of tantrums, constructor of vast conspiracies, pathological liar, sleazy snake oil salesman, malignant bully boy and oafish dotard – is a caricature of capitalist depravity and moral degeneration so repugnant that even the most inspired satirist could never have drea...CONTINUE READING

Venezuela, unfinished revolution

Jorge Jorquera A good case can be made for Latin America being both the birthplace of neoliberalism and where the first shots were fired against it. Chile became the laboratory for neoliberal thought on the back of the crushing defeat of the working class in September 1973. A decade and a half later, the...CONTINUE READING

Endgame in Zimbabwe as army looks to replace Mugabe with neoliberal ‘hardman’

Tomáš Tengely-Evans Pressure is mounting on Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe after a coup by the army last Wednesday (15 November). After he held back from announcing his resignation in a speech on Sunday night, Mugabe was set to face impeachment proceedings on Monday. The leadership of the ruling Zanu PF p...CONTINUE READING

Catalonia at a crossroads

Darren Roso Exceptional political events teach valuable and enduring lessons. Arguments that previously appeared abstract, or removed from reality, become concrete and relevant to millions of people. Latent antagonisms that slowly matured before the political crisis are brought to the surface and reve...CONTINUE READING

Media silence as Western-backed alliance destroys Yemen

Omar Hassan For decades, the people of Yemen have suffered the moral and material indignities of foreign intervention, elite corruption and the social and economic underdevelopment that comes with them. Even before the conflict escalated to its current state, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middl...CONTINUE READING

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