The following article by Jude Woodward, about the crisis the US has whipped up about North Korea, was originally published by New Cold War.org.
Trump’s dramatic escalation of sabre-rattling over North Korea from mid-April was not triggered by any new provocative action by North Korea nor any notable advance in its nuclear or missile programme, although in the din of overwrought rhetoric emanating from Mar-a-lago it appeared that the US and North Korea's neighbours faced an imminent threat. But this crisis was conveniently timed to influence the outcome of the South Korean presidential elections due on 9th May.
By Ian Richardson
The General Election on 8 June is a classic ‘cut-and-run’ election, called on the back of mounting evidence of the economic squeeze that is already beginning to result from Brexit and the fact that the false promises about Brexit are unravelling, including that Britain could dictate the terms it chose for a Brexit deal. This means the Tories are at a high water mark, which will now recede. Theresa May knows this and has gone for a snap election before things start to run downhill.
China's recently concluded "two sessions," the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, reaffirmed China's strategic medium term goal to create a "moderately prosperous society in all respects" by 2020. But "moderately prosperous" is a specifically Chinese term. To give a clearer idea internationally of what achieving this would mean, it is enlightening to give a global comparison for China's goal of "moderate prosperity."
By Stephen Bell
The bombing of a Syrian airfield by US President Trump represents a further escalation of the US military presence in the Middle East. It is immediately unclear whether this represents a one-off, or the start of a campaign against Syria. US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said ‘We are prepared to do more, but we hope it will not be necessary’. The action was taken without UN authorisation, or US Congressional debate.
Notes from the front of 21-10-16
Corbyn was right to speak at Stand Up to Racism and Stop the War
Political history is littered with people who started out on the left, used the enthusiasm and support of all those committed to the same causes to reach office and then promptly ditched all their supposed principles. Jeremy Corbyn is not one of them.
The following piece by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was published on his regular Léargas blog. He argues that the attack on human rights lawyers by the new Tory Prime Minister should be strongly resisted. They are indispensable in establishing in truth and protecting civil liberties. Nowhere is this more true than in Britain's former and current colonies where human rights lawyers have been murdered because they have sought to expose injustice and to defend those fighting it. As we know, the same British governments who trample over human rights overseas also severely curtail them in Britain too.
Notes from the front of 13-10-16
Labour reshuffles to step up the fight against the Tories
Following his re-election as Labour Leader in September, Jeremy Corbyn has reshuffled his front bench team, and is again pushing the government on to the back foot.
by Liam Murphy
The entire Tory party conference was a jarring tune played on a racist dog whistle. By contrast, Jeremy Corbyn's Leader's speech to Labour Party Conference set out the opposite approach and challenged the wave of xenophobia and racism that has swept the country since the Brexit referendum outcome.
On the 14 September, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) published its report, 'Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK’s future policy options'. Published immediately after David Cameron’s retirement from Parliament, the reception given to the report concentrated on his culpability for the political and economic collapse in Libya. But this convenient response ignored how deeply compromised the British government’s intervention actually is. That policy continues to evade parliamentary control; involves fighting on both sides of a civil war, and adds to the chaos facing the people of Libya.
Assemble: 11:30am, Victoria Square, Birmingham
Demonstrate at Tory Party Conference and demand an alternative to austerity
(This will be at Teresa May's first Tory Party Conference as Prime Minister)
Full details can be found here
Organised by the People's Assembly Against Austerity
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.
Notes from the front of 15-09-16
Final push for Corbyn while resisting the right's new attacks
The Labour Party leadership ballot closes on 21 September, so supporters of its left wing leader Jeremy Corbyn have a few days left to campaign for any remaining votes. The leadership election result is due to be announced on 24 September before Labour's women's conference in Liverpool, with Corbyn widely expected to win.
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