Trump’s Paris agreement withdrawal might be the wake-up call we need

James Plested Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement on climate change might just be the wake-up call we need to renew the push for real climate action. Trump is a monster. That much was never in doubt. The man cares nothing for the health of our planet or the future generat...CONTINUE READING

Fat cats get caviar with their cream

Tom Bramble At a time when it’s getting tougher and tougher for workers to pay their bills or get into a house or apartment of their own, the wealth of Australia’s super rich has been growing in leaps and bounds. The 2017 Financial Review (AFR) Rich List published last month lists 60 billionaires, up...CONTINUE READING

Racist murders inspired by Trump

Barry Sheppard Two murders and an attempted murder in Portland, Oregon, by a fascist are the latest in a string of hate crimes inspired by Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which keeps track of hate crimes, told independent...CONTINUE READING

Every response to terrorism is political

Omar Hassan Dozens of people have died as a result of the horrific bombing in Manchester this week. This is not the first time that civilians in the West have suffered from a large-scale terrorist attack in recent years, and likely won’t be the last. There are obvious questions to ask: what is behind...CONTINUE READING

INTERVIEW: rebuilding the left in the United States

How have Bernie Sanders and then the Trump presidency shaken things up for the US left? Bernie Sanders opened up a mass conversation about social inequality in this country and rescued the word “socialism” from its Cold War legacy. But it is worth pointing out that this process of radicali...CONTINUE READING

Manchester bombing shows the divide between the decent and the deplorable

Tom Bramble The Manchester bombing has shone a spotlight on the division in British society – between those who want to stand up for the values of solidarity, compassion and care for each other without thought of personal cost, and those who wish to exploit this tragedy to stoke racism, militarism, re...CONTINUE READING

Labour manifesto in Britain breaks from the past

Nick Clark The Labour Party’s election manifesto has lifted activists and underlined that it’s worth fighting to get the Tories out and Jeremy Corbyn in. It offers a break from Tory austerity – and the austerity-lite approach of recent Labour leaders. The manifesto matches the tone of Corbyn’s campai...CONTINUE READING

Gaza on brink of ‘systemic collapse’

Ali Abunimah Gaza is on the brink of a “systemic collapse” as the electricity crisis deepens, the International Committee of the Red Cross is warning. “Severe power and fuel shortage has reached a critical point in Gaza, endangering essential services including healthcare, wastewater treatment and wate...CONTINUE READING

How long can the Trump chaos continue?

Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey unleashed a legal and political crisis that has intensified with one bombshell revelation after another about his abuses of power and megalomania. With the Justice Department appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Trump – over the o...CONTINUE READING