A New Way to Nationalise

NATIONALISATION. It’s the Labour policy the Tories have always hated. And it’s back in the news. Newly elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made it a cornerstone of his new package of leftwing policies. In a popular move he has called for the renationalisation of the railways. He wants to take gas, water and electricity … Continue reading A New Way to Nationalise

Power to the People! Review of “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”

The images of the Black Panthers – black berets and leather jackets, afros, guns, the pouncing panther – and their enduring inspiration are so great that it’s hard to believe that this is only the second full length film documenting their rise and fall. However, it is well worth the wait. The footage and interviews … Continue reading Power to the People! Review of “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”

Cameron’s Favourite Communists

THE BRITISH government rolled out the “reddest of red carpets” for China's President Xi Jinping's four day state visit. There was no limit on the pomp and pageantry laid on to impress their visitor - and no doubt pictures of his reception by the Queen and his speech to members of both Houses of Parliament … Continue reading Cameron’s Favourite Communists

Socialists and the European Union

“ELECTIONS change nothing,” said Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister. He was responding to the election of Syriza in January. Syriza owed their victory to their pledge to put a stop to austerity which had inflicted five years of grinding poverty on Greece. Six months later Schäuble was triumphant; Syriza’s leader Alexis Tsipras capitulated in the … Continue reading Socialists and the European Union

Can Labour Overturn the Nationalists and Win Back Scotland?

The Scottish Nationalist Party is still riding high after its almost total wipe out of Labour in the May general election. The SNP has a lot of support among the electorate. Currently in the opinion polls they have about 50 per cent of the vote and look set to win a sweeping victory in the … Continue reading Can Labour Overturn the Nationalists and Win Back Scotland?

Portugal – Victory for Left Bloc

IN PORTUGAL’S recent elections, the people voted to chuck out a European Union backed pro-austerity government. The governing coalition between the liberal Portuguese Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the conservative People’s Party (CDS-PP) won only 102 seats out of 230. By contrast, the anti-austerity left did well. The Socialist Party (PS) won 32.3 per cent … Continue reading Portugal – Victory for Left Bloc

Europe Turns Its Back On Refugees

IT DOESN’T take long for memories to fade. The picture of drowned three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach near Bodrum, Turkey went viral across both social and mainstream media back in September. The image humanised the tragic fate of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war in Syria. Its immediate effect was to … Continue reading Europe Turns Its Back On Refugees

Youth Lead Palestinian Revolt

IN THE last month Israeli occupation forces have murdered 60 Palestinians, 15 of them under the age of 18. One, Dania Irshaid, a 17-year-old student returning from school, was shot holding her hands in the air. Israeli sources later claimed that she had been “carrying a knife”. Nine Israelis have been killed in the same … Continue reading Youth Lead Palestinian Revolt

Eyewitness to the Ankara Massacre

On 11 October a demonstration against state terror ended in the bloodiest massacre in Turkeys’ recent history. About 10,000 people travelled from across the country to gather in front of the main railway station in Ankara. Two major union federations, the Turkish Medical Association and the Engineers’ and Architects’ Association, had mobilised for the march, … Continue reading Eyewitness to the Ankara Massacre