Posts under ‘War/Defence’

Reactionary and dishonest: a reply to BICOM’s Alan Johnson on Jeremy Corbyn

by Ollie Hill.

The reaction to Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic last-minute feat in getting on the Labour leadership ballot from some sections of the party has been predictably vicious. Familiar MPs, commentators and grandees stepped forward with a chorus of spite claiming that Corbyn’s inclusion represented a reckless concession to left-wing ‘extremists’ and showed that ‘the lunatic wing of […]

Labour Friends of Israel continues to whitewash war crimes

by James Elliott.

One year on from the tragic events in Gaza last summer, and the British Israel lobby is still trying to distract us from Israel’s crimes by highlighting perceived wrongdoing by other sides. In her piece for Left Foot Forward, Jennifer Gerber makes a number of claims which require refutation: Hamas’ responsibility for provoking ‘the conflict’; […]

Tory attacks on Ed are detestable but the practical case against Trident must be made

by Diane Abbott.

The constant personal attacks on Ed Miliband by the Tories have rightly been deplored. Last week ,Tory defence spokesman Michael Fallon chose to claim that Ed “had stabbed his own brother in the back to lead Labour and was now willing to stab the UK in the back by doing a deal on Trident with […]

Ten things a new government could do to make the world a safer place

by Newsdesk.

Here are ten things a new government could do to make the world a safer place, from Stop the War: 1. Ban the sales of arms to anti-democratic and authoritarian regimes. Britain is currently the second biggest exporter of weapons globally. Britain regular sells weapons to many of the countries on the Foreign Office’s own list of […]

The provocation the US felt from Cuba in 1962 is what Russia sees from Ukraine now

by Michael Meacher.

So Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU Commission, wants to set up a European army in the face of the threat posed by Moscow. Quite apart from the fact that this would partly duplicate NATO and the suspicion that it is motivated more by the desire to centralise key powers at EU level since in […]

US regrets reduced UK military capabiility for foreign intervention – the rest of us don’t

by Diane Abbott.

In recent days Westminster has been convulsed with debate and discussion about general election debates, but there are more substantial issues bubbling away just below the surface. Amazingly the United States army Chief of Staff has seen fit to complain about British defence spending. There has not been much comment on how extra-ordinary this is. […]

Labour would do better being anti-austerity, anti-war and anti-corporate says poll

by Jon Lansman.

According to new polling evidence from YouGov, not just Labour voters but also the party’s swing voters prefer “a leftist Labour Party than a Blairite one” as Stephan Shakespeare, YouGov’s CEO puts it, adding: “People are not as attracted to the mushy centre as they were five years ago“. The poll shows big majorities for an agenda […]

Chilcot: Establishment writes its own rules to evade embarrassment

by Michael Meacher.

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war (March-April 2003, nearly 12 years ago) was set up in 2009 and took public evidence from its last witness in 2011. The announcement yesterday that the report after 6 years on inquiry is being strung out until after the election this May is truly scandalous. Cameron has tried […]

What makes someone murder cartoonists?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an atrocity calculated to outrage, to intimidate, to silence critics of Islam, and to remind the West that terror attacks can strike at the heart of its capital cities. It has provoked an outpouring of anger and solidarity with the victims, and not a small amount of stupid bigotry. […]

Will the UK wake up in 2015 to how disastrous right-wing ideology has been?

by Michael Meacher.

The end of 2014 has certainly brought home some hard economic truths. Osborne told us he had a long-term economic plan and it was working because the UK had the fastest-growing economy in the G7. Well, it isn’t: the UK economy is now growing at only half the rate of the US economy, and even […]

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