The significance of the Tet Offensive

30th January 2018 shoreditchadmin2 0

On 31 January 1968 news broke of a huge wave of attacks across South Vietnam on US and South Vietnamese positions by the Vietnamese national liberation forces, including an assault on the US embassy compound in the south’s capital Saigon.

The US’s ultimate target is China

15th August 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Mark Buckley

The beleaguered Trump presidency has continued to ramp up its war rhetoric against North Korea. But the impediments to any attack, even a nuclear attack are substantial. The real target for the US administration is China.

What the G20 tells us

10th July 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Ian Richardson

The Hamburg G20 summit was highly revealing. G20 summits rarely provide the impulse for major new developments, and the latest was no exception. Instead they can provide an important marker point or snapshot of the global relation of forces. The most important signal from the latest G20 summit was that the relative decline of the US continues and Trump’s ‘America First’ policy is only accelerating it. As a result, other leading powers are being driven towards greater co-operation, unity on tackling climate change, and defence of trade against protectionism.

No support for US war on Syria

10th April 2017 Socialist Action 0

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.