Notes from the front of 23-09-16
Right trying to gerrymander Labour's ruling body against Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn is widely expected to win Labour's leadership election when the result is announced on Saturday 24 September. His opponent Owen Smith has effectively conceded defeat.
The following article by Stephen Bell, on British policy on Yemen, was previously published by Stop the war coalition.
For some time now international pressure has been building up against the Saudi led war upon Yemen. In February this year, the European Parliament voted for an EU wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. Recently, 64 members of the US Congress, from both Democrats and Republicans, called upon President Obama to “postpone sales of new arms” to Saudi Arabia.
The following article by John Ross, on why China’s economy is so successful, was previously published on the website China & the world economy.
My article ‘China’s socialist model outperforms capitalism’ established factually two key conclusions for global economic and social development. First, that the fastest growing economies since the putting forward in 1989 of the ‘Washington Consensus’ (excluding oil-production dominated economies or countries with populations under 5 million) were not those following this model advocated by the IMF/World Bank but instead those following or deeply influenced by the entirely different China ‘socialist development strategy’ – China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Second, that 85% of the reduction of the number of those living in poverty in the world were in socialist countries and merely 15% in capitalist ones.
This video here explains what happened in the Loughinisland massacre, when six people were killed in 1994 while watching a World Cup soccer match.
The Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland has reported that the Loyalist death squad were armed, organised and shielded by members of the police force, the RUC and included RUC members.
By William Burns
The G20 meeting in China was the first substantial contact the new post-Brexit Tory Government has had with the outside world. It was a chastening experience.
Notes from the front 04-08-16
Corbyn's policies to raise living standards can secure victory for Labour
The attempt of the right wing to oust Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has had a negative effect upon Labour’s standing in opinion polls. YouGov polling on 25/26 April had Labour on 33 per cent, Tories on 30 per cent, UKIP on 20 per cent and LibDems on 6 per cent. The YouGov poll for 25/26 July had the Tories on 40 per cent, Labour on 28 per cent, UKIP on 13 per cent, and Lib Dems on 8 per cent.
Notes from the front 01-08-16
All out for Corbyn! - Oppose the threat to split Labour
Labour's leadership election is the central fight in British politics this summer. Capitalism is determined to block the possibility of a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government. It recognises that in Corbyn it faces a determined opponent, who is resolute in his defence of the welfare state, opposition to US military adventures and the promotion of racism.
By Stephen Bell
The defeat of the attempted coup in Turkey is an important victory. The overthrow of the elected President Morsi in Egypt demonstrates the sort of fatalities and repression that follow such actions. This time, a mass mobilisation of the Turkish people opposed the tanks. This mobilisation was supported by the major opposition parties, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP). In Egypt, the comparable parties supported the coup, and guaranteed the success of the counter-revolution. For Turkey, the united front of all those defending democracy was sufficient to stop the coup.
Notes from the front 25-07-16
Mobilise support for Corbyn - he must be on Labour's ballot paper
Tomorrow (Tuesday 26 July) the Labour right is challenging in the High Court the decision of Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC) to put Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper in the current leadership contest. Having lost the vote at the 12 July NEC the right now wants a High Court judge to block Labour's membership from being allowed to express its democratic view on who should be leader.
On 12 July, the Arbitration Court at The Hague handed down judgment on the case brought under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) by the Philippines against China. In a pre-arranged declaration, the Court ruled comprehensively against China’s claims in the South China Sea.
The referendum on EU membership was a dangerous tactic in a bloody Tory party faction fight. Cameron launched it to defeat the Brexiteers in his party once and for all, but instead they won.
Right wing goes to war against Labour's membership- Support Jeremy For Labour
The right has stepped up its offensive to remove Jeremy Corbyn since losing the Labour National Executive Committee vote that agreed that as the incumbent he needs no parliamentary nominations to be a candidate in the forthcoming leadership election.
Notes from the front - of 13/7/2016
Labour right aren't defeated yet. All out for Corbyn!
The coup plotters in the Labour Party have suffered a significant set-back with the decision of Labour's NEC not to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from being on a leadership ballot. Thwarting this blatant denial of democracy, by 18 to 14 votes, is an important victory for the leader, the entire Corbyn movement and Labour’s membership.
Stand firm with Jeremy - oppose an undemocratic coup
Labour's right wing has announced this weekend that a Labour leadership challenge will be launched on Monday 11 July with Angela Eagle declaring her candidature. Owen Smith is considering announcing a leadership bid too. This is the next stage of the right's attempted coup.
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