The Met police use disproportionate force against Black and other minoritised children; they use spit-hoods and tasers more often and stop and search them (including strip searching) at far higher rates. There were 9,000 strip searches of children in the past five years alone of which 2000 were under the age of 16. Get police out of our schools.
The US’s economic position has weakened greatly. But its military power is still very great. Therefore, the US attempts to move issues onto the military terrain. This explains its escalating military aggression.
To assist an increase in the rate of exploitation, Johnson’s government has prioritised boosting profits at every turn. Freezing public sector wages, cutting benefits, ‘fire and rehire’ and the outrageous attack at P&O are all part of the drive to anchor wages lower.
Britain plays only a minor role in the Ukraine conflict, in line with its reduced status as an imperial and military power. But that does not in any way remove its responsibility for the death and destruction now taking place in the Ukraine.
Do the Ukraine war and the action of the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom spell the end of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency? Even if the peace talks between Russia and Ukraine reach an agreement there will be fallout for the dollar.
The war in Ukraine has drawn a clear line of divide among political forces on a global scale. The first line, strong among progressive forces in the Global South, and socialist or socialist oriented countries, rightly analyses that the fundamental cause of the war is the thirty-year-old US policy of aggressive expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe. The second line is in the imperialist/Global North countries, including unfortunately parts of the left, which supports NATO’s blaming of the war on Russia.