The US is a bigger threat than North Korea

George Grundy With one hurricane having devastated Houston and another causing carnage in Florida, it’s easy to forget that we remain caught in what appears to be a slow-motion Cuban missile crisis with North Korea. On the surface, it’s also easy to buy into the prevailing narrative that Kim Jong-un is...CONTINUE READING

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South Asia devastated by floods

The worst monsoons in decades have left 1,400 dead across South Asia and millions without shelter, food and potable drinking water. Flooding and landslides have directly affected at least 41 million people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. In some of the poorest and hardest-hit areas, diseas...CONTINUE READING

Rohingyas driven out of Myanmar

More than 100,000 Rohingyas (a predominantly Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar) have been driven out of their ancestral villages and into Bangladesh, fleeing for their lives while their houses have been burnt to the ground. Desperate survivors recounted incendiary rockets being fired from mil...CONTINUE READING

The nuclear threat that Trumps them all

The unthinkable possibility of nuclear war is once again in the headlines after US officials reacted with shrill threats to the North Korean government claim to have tested its most powerful nuclear bomb yet. This is the latest escalation in a game of nuclear chicken, with calculated provo...CONTINUE READING

Why governments hate public housing

Eleanor Morley The Sirius building has always been controversial. Is it an eyesore? A brutalist masterpiece? A concrete blemish on Sydney’s skyline? What many don’t know about Sirius is that, for its architect Tao Gofers, the building is much more than a place for 200 low-income tenants to eat and sleep;...CONTINUE READING

Will Trump last the year?

Lance Selfa A presidency that began as something of a historical accident now has one-time allies looking for the exits, while a Justice Department investigation hangs over its head. So, will the Trump administration be over almost before it barely began? Donald Trump has caused mass outrage before, b...CONTINUE READING

The left needs to reject authoritarianism and censorship

Ben Hillier The German Interior Ministry has shut down anti-capitalist and anti-fascist website linksunten.indymedia.org and raided the houses of several members and supporters of the site in the south-western state of Baden-Württemberg. According to Deutsche Welle, Germany’s English-language internat...CONTINUE READING

‘Now is the time to join the struggle against racism’

Roz Ward “People in the US were stunned that white supremacists with their hoods off were bold enough and willing to march through Charlottesville, Virginia”, Haley Pessin tells me. “Trump’s response to the events was that much more shocking because he initially refused to denounce white supremacy....CONTINUE READING

The convergence of the international right

Dave Renton One theme of the last 12 months has been the convergence of people and groups emanating from a conservative or a fascist starting point which, despite their different origins, have been working together since Brexit. Not all European parties of a fascist origin have converged at this point...CONTINUE READING