Heroes of the Palestinian resistance

Vashti Kenway In the occupied West Bank, the Tamimi family name is synonymous with Palestinian struggle. They are the mainstay of the protest movement in the village of Nabi Saleh, which has been battling against Israeli settlement building, occupation and water theft for decades. Mothers, brothers, unc...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s month of bloodshed in the Middle East

Omar Hassan There has been a staggering rise in the number of civilian victims of US bombings in Iraq and Syria in the last month. It started with a strike on a mosque in the rebel-held town of al-Jinnah in Syria, where 42 people were killed while praying. As activists and media monitors posted videos...CONTINUE READING

The strongman falls on his face

Barry Sheppard Donald Trump promised to cut through the disarray in the two parties of capitalism in the US by forcing upon them both a new strongman – himself – who knew how to get things done and “make great deals”. The Republican health insurance debacle not only cut him down to size, but represented...CONTINUE READING

Democracy and the state in the age of Trump

Jerome Small The world’s greatest democracy is in danger. A “deep state”, unaccountable to democratic control, spies on a presidential candidate. Shadowy security forces leak damaging, and often false, secret dossiers. When the anti-establishment candidate is elected, the deep state moves into high gea...CONTINUE READING

‘A loss to all of Palestine’

Nick Everett At 2am on 6 March, gunfire echoed through the el-Bireh district of Ramallah in Palestine’s occupied West Bank. Heavily armed Israeli troops stormed an upstairs apartment and, in a hail of bullets, shot dead 31-year-old activist Basil al-Araj. The soldiers then seized al-Araj’s body and rem...CONTINUE READING

‘Drastic situation’ for minorities in Myanmar

Confronted with the lack of response to the critical violation of the people’s rights in Myanmar and the request made on 24 November 2016 by 19 Rohingya organisations, we gathered here in London in an Opening Session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, expanded to include the subsequent re...CONTINUE READING

Trump and the forces of repression

Jerome Small In May 1970, National Guard soldiers fired live ammunition into a crowd of anti-war student protesters at Kent State University, Ohio. When the firing stopped, four students, all unarmed, lay dead. In early February this year, mass demonstrations prevented a planned speech by right wing ex...CONTINUE READING

The fall of Park Geun-hye

Kim Bullimore On 11 March, more than 700,000 South Koreans once again took to the streets in anti-government rallies, this time celebrating the ratification of president Park Geun-hye’s impeachment. The previous day, eight Constitutional Court judges announced that they would unanimously uphold the 9 De...CONTINUE READING

Reviving the radical traditions of International Women’s Day

Liz Walsh The anti-Trump Women’s Marches in the US on 21 January were unprecedented. Three million women and men took to the streets across the country. It was a statement of intent: the coming period would be characterised by resistance and not passive resignation. Protesters were angry not only at...CONTINUE READING