The war in Ukraine, along with sanctions imposed by the United States and Western countries against Russia, have caused global food, fertiliser, and fuel prices to ‘skyrocket’ and endanger the world food supply.
Oklahoma’s new bill will create a near total ban on abortion, if implemented. Plus this summer the Supreme Court will rule on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and is unlikely to uphold abortion rights won under Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just released a report that should have alarm bells ringing in everyone’s heads. Instead what we have is a war drive from the USA to shore up its weakening global dominance, that involves a massive divergence of the investment needed into military expenditure.
The US views Latin America and the Caribbean as its “back yard,” expressed in the Monroe Doctrine since 1823 and put into practice in countless military invasions, coups and, more recently, hybrid wars against peoples and governments not aligned with the US. It is now discussing how to respond to China’s increasing trade and investment in Latin America.
France’s presidential election first round is on 10 April. Jean-Luc Mélenchon is currently standing in third place in the polls. He proposes France withdraw from NATO and his support has been rising in recent weeks. His campaigning has helped to facilitate a rebirth of the left.
Barring some dramatic and unforeseen development, Sinn Féin is on course to be the largest party and win the First Minister’s position. This would be an historic development, completely shocking to Unionism and undermining British governance in Ireland.