All out for Labour in Oldham – reject the cynical war-mongering of the right
The last week has seen a continuation of the right-wing assault on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, given added drive by the terrorist attacks in France which have, at least temporarily, driven public opinion in the direction of supporting British involvement in the war in Syria.
Even before the recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali, the purpose of the U.S. "war on terror" as stated in words was to fight "Islamic terrorism" and "jihadism." But facts show each time the U.S. and its allies have launched a war in the Middle East it has been followed by a great strengthening and not weakening of "jihadism." Taking events in order:
By Stephen Bell
All progressive people have rightly condemned last Friday's atrocities in Paris, the recent downing of the Russian passenger jet in Egypt and the Beirut bombings of 12 November. ISIS has claimed responsibility for all these attacks.
The following article by Sabby Dhalu attacks the Islamophobic campaign being whipped up following the Paris terrorist attacks. It was originally published in the Morning Star
The terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut were chilling, and the first response of the anti-racist movement is solidarity and sympathy with all those affected.However, the anti-racist movement is now sadly accustomed to the other responses that come fast in the wake of every terrorist attack.
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Jeremy Corbyn once again put Cameron on the back foot at PMQs last week, pressing him yet again on his plans on tax credits since the defeat in the Lords. Corbyn’s remark – ‘this is not a constitutional crisis, but a crisis for hardworking families’ – is a memorable put down for a Prime Minister who has attempted repeatedly to shift the debate away from the impact of the cut in tax credits to the alleged scandal of its rejection by the Lords.
But despite these successes, the right have not let up on their anti-Corbyn offensive.
The left can advance - the Tories are weak
A political offensive is being waged to promote the absurd claim that the Tories are impregnable and the only way Labour can advance is by shifting sharply to the right. The myth put forward by Labour's right-wing, and widely in the media, is that Labour was crushed in May and will never win again unless it accepts the Tory agenda. The Tories are depicted as a strong party that has moved to the centre ground.
Greece - a defeat for anti-austerity. This is a coup.
The Troika have imposed a harsh defeat on Syriza and all the anti-austerity forces in Europe. At every stage they sought a political solution; the complete rout of the anti-austerity forces and their first government in Europe......Read more here.
By Michael Burke
The Troika of the ECB/EU/IMF have imposed a harsh defeat on Syriza and all the anti-austerity forces in Europe. At every stage the concessions agreed by the Syriza leadership were not enough. The Troika, led by Germany, sought a political solution to the economic crisis; the complete rout of the anti-austerity forces and the humiliation of their first government.
Landslide victory for Oxi! Big struggles ahead
On 5 July Greek voters struck a fantastic blow on behalf of all those fighting against austerity in Europe. A brilliant campaign was waged, by Alexis Tsipras and the leadership of Syriza, that united all those who want an end to austerity and an end to the national humiliation of living under the diktat of Brussels/Frankfurt and Washington.
Greek voters have struck a fantastic blow on behalf of all those fighting against austerity in Europe. A brilliant campaign waged by Alexis Tsipras and the leadership of Syriza united all those who want an end to austerity and to the national humiliation of living under the diktat of Brussels/Frankfurt and Washington.
Action against austerity is stepping up
The Tory government elected eight weeks ago is facing greater opposition than the previous coalition encountered. Attitudes to austerity have hardened up over time, with support for public spending cuts having declined. For example Ashcroft's 7 May poll found that 54 per cent of voters did not agree that spending cuts need to continue through this parliament.
There have now been violent right-wing protests in Ecuador for several weeks, calling for the ousting of the elected President, Rafael Correa.
The US-linked opposition has now released a new video that openly incites the police to engage in a coup, as previously happened in 2010 when five people were killed and the President was kidnapped. The video can be seen here.
For six months now, the Greek government has been waging a battle in conditions of unprecedented economic suffocation to implement the mandate you gave us on January 25.
Corbyn's anti-austerity leadership campaign storms social media
Having secured a place in the Labour Leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn's campaign is galvanising the left within Labour and beyond.
The following article by Michael Burke, on the current crisis of Greece and the international institutions, was originally published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.
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