Donald Trump’s “surgical strike”, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two US warships in the Mediterranean, against the Syrian government’s Shayrat airbase on the night of 6/7 April should be condemned and all further actions by the US and its allies opposed. So too should the eager support this has drawn from Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The support of Labour’s Deputy Leader Tom Watson and Hilary Benn for Trump must likewise be condemned. The claim that the attack was a ‘justified and measured response’ to the sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun in which 74 people died, is completely wrong.Read More →

When Turkey’s President Erdogan compared the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to Hitler, there was some predictable outrage in the media but there was no indignant response from Berlin. The official line was not to respond to such “provocation”, particularly when the Dutch PM, Mark Rutte, had recently banned MPs from Erdogan’s AKP party from entering Holland. Rightly, it was calculated that such storms would soon blow over because Turkey continues to need Western investment, just as Germany still wants Turkey to cooperate in preventing refugees from crossing the EU’s borders. Referendum Despite all the displays of indignation by the Turkish government, the prohibition of AKPRead More →

Statement published by the League for the Fifth International The US attack on a Syrian airbase near Homs marked a dangerous and dramatic escalation of the conflict in that country. In the night from 6 to 7 April, the US Navy launched up to 60 missiles and severely damaged the airbase. Trump’s order to attack took many by surprise and raised the concern of millions over what it means for the future. For years, he campaigned vehemently against Obama’s engagement with the Syrian civil war and argued against Hillary Clinton’s calls for direct intervention. More recently, he declared that removing Assad was no longer anRead More →

A number of factors have contributed to the rise of right wing populism in Europe and, indeed, in other countries around the world. The tap root of these developments lies in neoliberal globalisation and the reaction to it, especially after the great recession of 2008-2011 and the depressed growth rates, and even stagnation, in the major economies that followed it. These led to simmering discontent with the established political parties, left and right, which insisted there was no alternative to neoliberalism with its race to the bottom in terms of wages and social services. Gradually, an explosive charge of anger built up which could haveRead More →

On Friday 24 March, workers at Irish bus and coach operator Bus Eireann began an indefinite all-out strike. Five trade unions representing 2,600 workers, including SIPTU and the National Bus & Rail Union (NBRU) have called the action. Pickets outside bus stations were organised throughout the Republic. On the first day of action rail services were disrupted as workers refused to cross picket lines. One week into the strike and more unofficial picketing has seen nearly all Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Dublin Bus services cancelled. Coras Iompair Eireann (CIE) is the Republic’s national public transport provider, comprising Bus Eireann, Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail)Read More →