The fightback begins in France

Josh Lees Tens of thousands of Parisians took to the streets on 8 May, the first day of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. The protest was an impressive opening salvo from the left in what is sure to be a bitter struggle against Macron’s neoliberal agenda. Macron, who tried to present himself during the...CONTINUE READING

The Palestinian prisoners’ revolt

Ramzy Baroud Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison. The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C. In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of military restrictions. At some level, they are all prisoners. East Jerusalem is cut off from th...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s plan to make the rich even richer

Nicole Colson Everyone knew it was coming. And we knew it would be bad. The question was: how bad would the Trump tax cut program be once it was unveiled? The answer: really bad. Rushing to announce his plan before the end of his first 100 days in office, the one-page bullet point plan released by the W...CONTINUE READING

Marine Le Pen and the global far right threat

Corey Oakley Much as the defenders of the centre may wish and proclaim it, defeat for Marine Le Pen in the second round of the French presidential election will not put an end to the crisis of legitimacy of the neoliberal order. Nor will it signal an end to the frightening rise of the far right across...CONTINUE READING

Understanding the French elections

Darren Roso The 23 April first round French presidential election revealed the political effects of inequality and attacks on social welfare, with the electoral routing of the Socialist and Republican parties. Neither made it through to this weekend’s second round. Between them, the traditional partie...CONTINUE READING

Combating fascism in France

John Mullen The 7 May second round of the French presidential elections is between Emmanuel Macron, a neoliberal who has already declared his intentions to continue tearing up labour protection laws, and Marine Le Pen, leader of the fascist National Front (FN). It is hardly an envious situation for an...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s march through the institutions

Corey Oakley When I spoke with Joel Geier a week or so after Donald Trump’s inauguration, he told me, “It’s a 1950s McCarthyite administration meeting a 1960s protest movement in open combat. Every day is extraordinary, totally unexpected chaos – politics exploding in unimaginable ways”. This was the t...CONTINUE READING

Corbyn’s UK Labour must take the fight to Tories

Mick Armstrong Britain’s Conservative prime minister Theresa May has called a snap election for 8 June to capitalise on the Tories’ decisive lead in the opinion polls and a severely divided and demoralised Labour opposition. May hopes that an overwhelming victory will strengthen her hand to push through...CONTINUE READING

Election fraud sparks protests in Serbia

Marko Supic Elections that were meant to consolidate the rule of Serbian president-elect Aleksandar Vucic have backfired, producing the biggest mass demonstrations since the revolution that overthrew dictator Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000. The spark was voting irregularities: opposition candidate...CONTINUE READING