A system that let working class people burn

Corey Oakley The horrific fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower in London, killing at least 58 people and possibly many more, was not simply a tragedy. The disaster has exposed in the starkest possible terms the true horror of an austerity-racked, class-divided society, and the inhuman, brutish nature of...CONTINUE READING

British election shows that left wing politics can appeal to millions

Tom Bramble The general election result in Britain is a stunning vindication of Jeremy Corbyn’s left wing leadership and a damning indictment of all those on the right of the Labour party who have, since his election as leader in 2015, tried to bring him down. It is also an indictment of the right in...CONTINUE READING

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Martial law in the Philippines

Ben Reid Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the southern island of Mindanao on 23 May in response to an outbreak of fighting between the military and the “Maute group”, in Marawi City. Thirty-one years after the so-called “people power” revolution brought an end to the...CONTINUE READING

The United States has always loved dictators

Robert Narai The US liberal media seem to be suffering from amnesia. In response to Donald Trump’s praise for Vladimir Putin, and his crawling visit to Saudi Arabia, numerous establishment doyens have complained that the US tradition of championing democracy and freedom throughout the world is being se...CONTINUE READING

Theresa May wants to use London Bridge attack to step up Islamophobia and repression

Prime minister Theresa May is deliberately using the deaths of seven people last night, Saturday, to boost the Tories and encourage revenge against Muslims. A horrific attack saw seven people killed and around 50 injured at the capital’s London Bridge and Borough Market. Police shot dead t...CONTINUE READING

The struggle in Venezuela

Roberto Jorquera Ever since the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998, the political terrain in Venezuela has been volatile. On the one hand has been the increasing confidence of the working class to demand a restructuring of the social, political and economic system in the country. On the other hand, the ruling...CONTINUE READING

Corbyn election campaign shows a left wing alternative is possible

Corey Oakley It wasn’t supposed to go like this. When UK prime minister Theresa May called a snap election five weeks ago, the decision was widely portrayed as a masterstroke. The Tories, it was almost universally agreed, would romp home with a huge majority and a sweeping mandate for more savage auste...CONTINUE READING

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