Political liberals sook about Trump not being aggressive enough

Tom Bramble You might think it’s good that World War Three didn’t break out this week after the Singapore summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean chairman Kim Jong-un. Not so, according to a swathe of liberal opinion-makers disappointed that Trump didn’t give Kim a bloody nose. From...CONTINUE READING

A rogue state threatens the world with nuclear war. It’s not North Korea

Tom Bramble Is there any limit to the hypocrisy of the US over the pending North Korea summit in Singapore? If you listened to the White House and Pentagon, you’d get the impression that North Korea is the major threat to world peace. So far as Trump and his cronies are concerned, the main goal of the...CONTINUE READING

Thawing permafrost a ticking time bomb 

Caitlin Keogh  Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott last year told an audience at the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation, a think tank for climate change sceptics, that the “so-called settled science of climate change [is] absolute crap”. In one way, Abbott, like contemporary researche...CONTINUE READING

Siege and resistance in Gaza: an interview with Toufic Haddad

Omar Hassan What is the background to the protests? The regime of control Israel imposes over Gaza is unprecedented globally, some academics calling it a “digital occupation”. Remote control machine guns and drones monitor and police this tiny territory, which is 360 square kilometres, while Gaza’s ac...CONTINUE READING

Police massacre environment protesters in Tamil Nadu

James Plested On 22 May, 13 people in the city of Thoothukudi in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were massacred by police on the 100th day of continuous protest against the expansion of the giant Sterlite copper smelter. Sterlite is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, a multinational with operati...CONTINUE READING

The strained relationship between US Jews and Israel

Barry Sheppard At the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in May, two pastors were present to make the opening and closing prayers. They come from extreme right, white Christian evangelical traditions. Both are well known for their outspoken anti-Semitism and their support for Israel. It might be thou...CONTINUE READING

Behind Ireland’s historic vote for abortion rights

Becca Bor The massive Yes vote on 25 May for a referendum repealing an Irish constitutional amendment that made abortion illegal was a resounding victory for women in Ireland and around the world. When voting ended on Friday, exit polls showed that repeal would win by a landslide, and the celebratin...CONTINUE READING

Pro-EU authoritarianism will only strengthen Italy’s racist right

Viola Carofalo Italian president Sergio Mattarella has plunged Italy into an institutional crisis of grave proportions. In rejecting the proposal by the 5 Star Movement and the League to form a government, which included a finance minister considered to be too Eurosceptic, Mattarella openly declared that...CONTINUE READING

A new beginning for the struggle in Indonesia?

Max Lane 21 May marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the dictator Suharto, who ruled Indonesia from 1965 until 1998 – 33 years; a very long time. This 33 years constituted a massive percentage of the time Indonesia has existed. The leadership of the national revolution proclaimed independence...CONTINUE READING