John McCain was a warmonger

Tom Bramble Out they rolled, one after the other, gushing obituaries for John McCain, six-term US senator for Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who died from cancer on 25 August. Former president George W. Bush described McCain as “a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the...CONTINUE READING

In Palestine, two heroes of the resistance are finally freed

Kim Bullimore After eight months in an Israeli prison, 17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman Tamimi were released on 29 July. The Tamimis were arrested in December, after Israeli television screened a video, shot by Nariman, of Ahed and her cousin Nour confronting a heavily armed Is...CONTINUE READING

New revelations about children separated from parents

Barry Sheppard It is now abundantly clear that the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards parents with children seeking asylum in the US aimed to separate the children from their parents, keep the children in the US and deport the parents. Early on, White House chief of staff John Kelly s...CONTINUE READING

The far right is ascendant, but don’t weep for the old liberal order

Mick Armstrong The long established liberal world order is under sustained assault. The political and institutional framework that has regulated and stabilised capitalism since the end of World War Two is facing concerted challenges that threaten to tear it apart. Vicious far right parties have swept int...CONTINUE READING

Socialism is back, with good reason

Daniel Taylor The spectre of socialism is again haunting world politics. Until recently, the word “socialism” was uttered in mainstream politics only as a slur that right wing fanatics hurled at their neoliberal-centrist rivals. It seems like an eternity since former US president Barack Obama and former...CONTINUE READING

Deadly forest fires in Attica: a tragedy foretold

Panagiotis Sotiris These are indeed tragic days in Greece. On Monday, 23 July, a wildfire rapidly swept through areas of eastern Attica. It roared through residential areas, causing a disaster without precedent: 81 dead at the time of writing, many missing, hundreds of houses burned to the ground and many pe...CONTINUE READING

Apartheid becomes official in Israel

Kim Bullimore The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has enshrined decades of apartheid policy, voting 62-55 for the Jewish Nation State Bill. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gloated that it was “a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel”. He is not wrong. The lie pedd...CONTINUE READING

Liberalism and empire

Nathan J. Robinson New York Times contributor and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman had a column a few weeks ago called “Fall of the American empire” about Donald Trump’s repudiation of “the values that actually made America great”. It is worth analysing, because it is amusing and illustrative. Krugman believe...CONTINUE READING

Report documents extrajudicial killings of West Papuans

Hamza Culin A new Amnesty International report sheds light on the abuses and murder of West Papuans by the Indonesian police and military. The report documented 69 cases of extrajudicial killing between 2010 and 2018, in which 95 people were murdered. The cases in the Amnesty report range from militar...CONTINUE READING