This year’s local elections in Britain conclude in just over two weeks, with voters in main metropolitan areas including London, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle as well as other urban areas across the country going to the polls.
US President Trump intends to escalate the war against Syria. Today he tweeted ‘get ready Russia’ as he announced that the US is preparing a missile attack.
In drawing up its list of tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese products the Trump administration carefully tried to avoid one of the chief bad effects these tariffs will have on the US population by excluding many consumer goods from the list. This was clear proof the administration feared the hostile reaction from US consumers as prices went up on these imported goods in US shops. But by concentrating on trying to lessen the impact on US consumers the Trump administration has necessarily increased the negative effects on US jobs and particularly US manufacturers and farmers.
Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, backed a thorough investigation and is urging political leaders to act with calm heads and base their response to the attacks on real evidence. Given the absence of the latter he has cautioned against a new ‘cold war’ and an escalation of military spending.
To mark 2018 International Women’s Day Socialist Action is republishing this article on how women led the February 2017 Russian Revolution.
**** Russia’s February Revolution – led by women
The recent outburst of Victor Orban, President of Hungary claimimg Hungary was “the last bastion against the Islamisation of Europe,” is yet another example of rising Islamophobia in Europe. Furthermore nothing could be further from the truth. Terrorist attacks in Europe emanating from ISIS or linked organisation are a huge problem and action is needed to stop these attacks.