March to Westminster, for a rally starting at 2:30 – exact location to be confirmed.
By Paul Roberts
Last Thursday's (17 July) air disaster, in which a Malaysian Airlines jetliner crashed near Ukraine's border with Russia, killing all 298 people on board, is likely to be the result of a missile fired from the ground - a commercial plane tragically caught up in the war Kiev and its imperialist backers are waging against Ukraine's eastern regions.
By Tom O’Donnell
The horrific bombardment and invasion of Gaza have sparked a growing global solidarity movement with the beleaguered Palestinian struggle. The scale of the movement internationally can become a new factor in the situation. At the very least it is likely to increase the political price paid by Israel and its imperialist backers for their continued efforts to destroy all Palestinian resistance.
By Nicky Dempsey
The US is marshalling its key forces in the offensive against the population of eastern and southern Ukraine. On the ground, the Kiev-controlled armed forces have been reconstituted so that shock troop are supplemented by fighters from the far-right Right Sector. Their aim is to crush any opposition to the pro-Western government installed by coup in Kiev.
The conflict in Iraq that has unfolded this past month, like the war in neighbouring Syria, is unlikely to be settled fast given the significant alliances assembled behind each side.
A new situation requires a new analysis, and each new factor in the situation requires a specific and concrete analysis, placing it and its weight correctly in the overall situation.
By Jane West
The highly flagged speech made by Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, at the London School of Economics on 16th June potentially can help put Labour on the offensive against the Tories’ disastrous economic policies. It does not go far enough but is a welcome step forward.
By Tom O’DonnellThe first simultaneous strikes against the government’s policies seems inevitable at the end of June. Following the upsurge of student protest at the cuts to higher education, and allowances and the hike in fees it was no coincidence that the first union to take major action was the college lecturers’ union the UCU, followed by a series of local actions by the teacher’s union NUT.
By Stephen MacAvoyThe victory of Ollanta Humala in Peru’s presidential election on Sunday (5 June) marks a further consolidation of the left in South America, a defeat for the right-wing current cited as the alternative by those opposed to the continent’s leftwards shift and a further weakening of the United States’ influence in the region.
By Andrew Williams
By Tom O’DonnellThe results of the Spanish municipal, local and regional elections on May 22nd were a defeat for the ruling socialist government of the PSOE (Party of the Spanish Socialist Workers) – but they were not a major victory for the Right, led by the Partido Popular (PP). PSOE received just 27.8% of the vote, down from 35.3% in the same elections held in 2007.
By Nicky DempseyOpen disagreements have broken out between the EU Commission and the European Central Bank on the issue of whether Greek government debt should be ‘restructured’ or ‘reprofiled’ in some way. Debt restructuring would require that the bondholders, mainly European (including British) banks, take some losses on their bonds by having their value written down. ‘Reprofiling’ is a much more modest proposal which may involve little more than extending the life of the bonds, so that interest and capital repayments are drawn out over time.
This week, as Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams’ announced the party’s new Ministerial Assembly team, the party emerged from the fourth consecutive election this year which has seen Sinn Féin’s vote steadily rise – north and south of the border. The 5 May Assembly and council elections in the six counties saw a continuation of a trend in the north – that of an increase in support for Sinn Féin, and of endorsement for the Good Friday Agreement.
By Nicky DempseyThe first serious political difficulty for the current government rose from the student mobilisation against rising tuition fees and the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance. The government pressed on regardless – and produced a collapse in the vote for the LibDems at the recent local elections largely because they have been seen to betray a specific pre-election promise.
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