The protestors of the ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vest) movement have inflicted a humiliating defeat on French President Macron. He has been forced to climbdown and, in a Presidential tv address, has offered a series of reforms in order to try to head off the movement, including a €100 a week increase in the minimum wage.
In the course of 2018 the US launched an offensive against China on multiple fronts.
There is a systematic effort by the British government and its allies to renege on its international agreements and treaties in relation to Ireland.
The far right Sweden Democrats did not make the big electoral breakthrough in the latest general election that its supporters had threatened.
Theresa May’s speech in Belfast last Friday ripped up the agreed position on the Northern Ireland ‘backstop’ deal her government had reached with the EU-27 in December last year.
How to estimate the significance of an historic figure of recent passing? Martin McGuinness’s portrait now adorns murals in Ireland, alongside Wolf Tone, Constance Markievicz, James Connolly and similar giants of Ireland’s struggle for freedom. Such positioning is not outlandish. It’s what Martin earnt.