The issue of Black Liberation is under all circumstances of decisive importance because it concerns the overwhelming majority of humanity who are not of primarily European (‘white’) descent and because this almost entirely overlaps with the division between the small number of imperialist states and the great majority of humanity who live in states dominated by imperialism.
The website “Declassified” investigation into Britain’s military presence overseas reveals that there are at least 145 sites in 42 countries where there is an armed forces presence. This suggests that the British state has the second highest number of overseas bases in the world, after the United States.
The anti-racist protests taking place around the world in response to the gruesome murder of George Floyd are protests against national oppression.
If black lives matter, the adulation of colonial oppressors must end.
In contrast, the Hong Kong protestors are nostalgic for the days of British rule.
The article below, by Michael Burke, deals with the material reasons for Britain’s wars. Britain has the biggest military budget in Europe and, along with France is the most willing to engage in overseas military adventures, usually at the behest of the US. This article explains that in terms of Britain’s place within the global imperialist system led by the US. It first appeared on Socialist Economic Bulletin.
The following article by Stephen Bell, on migration and war, was originally published by the Stop the War Coalition.
Issues arising from migration, particularly immigration, are some of the most ideologically loaded questions in British politics. When these questions are related to the wars of British imperialism then the narrative becomes doubly loaded. It will then be helpful to examine the issues historically, in order to cut through prevailing prejudices.
By Paul Roberts
On Wednesday President Obama made a nationally televised address to the US population to confirm the resumption of prolonged military activity in Iraq and its extension to Syria, albeit without the deployment of regular ground troops.