The central aim for the ruling classes of the main imperialist powers in the current crisis is not simply that public health cannot be the priority, but the crisis itself must be used as an opportunity to increase the rate of exploitation.
Whilst daily deaths and new coronavirus cases are rapidly rising across Latin America, Cuba has managed to reduce them down to very low numbers. Cuba’s socialist government has mobilised society to fight against the virus on the island and sent specialist health workers to other countries. Cuba is now in a position to gradually reduce its lockdown measures.
A number of recent events highlight important new initiatives in the international Marxist movement which are undoubtedly connected to recent international political developments.
The following article on ‘The New Shape of World Politics – Disorder in the West, Stability in the East’ analyses the reasons for the Trump administration introducing tariffs against China and the background to the recent G7 and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summits.
Transform – a journal of the radical left – is launching its special issue to mark the 50th anniversary of 1968’s dramatic events on 31 May in London.
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.