Socialism is back, with good reason

Daniel Taylor The spectre of socialism is again haunting world politics. Until recently, the word “socialism” was uttered in mainstream politics only as a slur that right wing fanatics hurled at their neoliberal-centrist rivals. It seems like an eternity since former US president Barack Obama and former...CONTINUE READING

Deadly forest fires in Attica: a tragedy foretold

Panagiotis Sotiris These are indeed tragic days in Greece. On Monday, 23 July, a wildfire rapidly swept through areas of eastern Attica. It roared through residential areas, causing a disaster without precedent: 81 dead at the time of writing, many missing, hundreds of houses burned to the ground and many pe...CONTINUE READING

Apartheid becomes official in Israel

Kim Bullimore The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has enshrined decades of apartheid policy, voting 62-55 for the Jewish Nation State Bill. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gloated that it was “a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel”. He is not wrong. The lie pedd...CONTINUE READING

Liberalism and empire

Nathan J. Robinson New York Times contributor and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman had a column a few weeks ago called “Fall of the American empire” about Donald Trump’s repudiation of “the values that actually made America great”. It is worth analysing, because it is amusing and illustrative. Krugman believe...CONTINUE READING

Report documents extrajudicial killings of West Papuans

Hamza Culin A new Amnesty International report sheds light on the abuses and murder of West Papuans by the Indonesian police and military. The report documented 69 cases of extrajudicial killing between 2010 and 2018, in which 95 people were murdered. The cases in the Amnesty report range from militar...CONTINUE READING

Trump escalates tensions with Europe

Tom Bramble Trump’s explosive interventions during his visit to Europe in mid-July – which included insulting German chancellor Angela Merkel during the NATO summit in Brussels and humiliating British prime minister Theresa May in an interview with Murdoch’s Sun newspaper – only confirm the widespread...CONTINUE READING

David Broder on Italy’s crisis

Alexis Vassiley Can you give an overview of the current political situation in Italy? Two parties were the rising stars in this election. Firstly, the Five Star Movement, who claim to represent the ordinary citizen, not class interests, and to be neither left nor right. They rose from 25 to 32 percent. Th...CONTINUE READING

Trump and the system that built him

Jasmine Duff Life with Trump at the reins of the world’s biggest superpower feels like a series of nightmares; we jolt from one to another, but never wake. Last year he handed an enormous tax cut to big businesses and their owners. Now he wants to slash more than half of the funding from the food stamp...CONTINUE READING

US establishment rattled by socialist’s primary win

James Plested The victory of socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic Party primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District on 26 June has put the US political establishment in a spin. It is one of the biggest political upsets in recent US history. Her opponent was Joe Crowley, a 10-term c...CONTINUE READING