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

Are the robots coming for your job?

Liz Ross When Henry Ford showed Walter Reuther, the veteran leader of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) union, around a newly automated car plant, he reportedly asked, “Walter, how are you going to get those robots to pay your union dues?” “Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?”,...CONTINUE READING

Far right gains in German elections

Darren Roso Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and Martin Schulz’s Social Democrats, the ruling coalition in Germany’s Bundestag, each suffered heavy losses in the country’s federal elections in late September. The Social Democrats’ vote fell to a historic low of 20.5 percent, and the party an...CONTINUE READING

Aung San Suu Kyi: the smiling face of Myanmar’s military regime

Nick Everett Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was released in 2010 after nearly two decades of house arrest by Myanmar (formerly Burma)’s military regime. “She is kind of the Mandela of our moment”, lauded U2 front man Bono. “She’s a character of great grace. Her str...CONTINUE READING

Puerto Rican crisis exacerbated by US imperialism

Barry Sheppard Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis after being hit by two hurricanes – a glancing blow by Irma and a direct hit by Maria. The full picture and extent of the damage to life, health, infrastructure, buildings, trees and much more will not be known for some time. The slow and grudgin...CONTINUE READING

Corbyn consolidates left turn in UK Labour

Omar Hassan The British Labour Party’s annual conference, held in Brighton during the last week of September, was a remarkable event. Thousands of members took part over four days, buoyed by the astounding election result earlier this year. Attendance figures are not yet available, but it seems likely...CONTINUE READING

Syria: the act of forgiving (and forgetting)

Leila Al Shami For six years, Bashar al-Assad has waged a campaign of extermination against a people who rose for freedom. His crimes have been so well documented, by both testimony and photographic evidence, that the international community is left in little doubt that this man, and his regime, have per...CONTINUE READING

Myanmar guilty of genocide

The Permanent People’s Tribunal on Myanmar, in session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 18-22 September, has found the Myanmar government guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Rohingya, other Muslims and Kachin witnesses to the ongoing military assaults being carried out...CONTINUE READING