Posts Tagged ‘US’

US slaps sanctions on Venezuela as some fear right-wing destabilisation

by Matt Willgress.

In January, Venezuela’s progressive, elected President Nicolas Maduro warned that the right-wing opposition in the country is trying to create conditions which could lead to a coup, similar to the 2002 attempt to overthrow the late President Hugo Chavez. Destabilisation attempts have intensified following President Chávez’s death in 2013 – as the opposition believe that […]

Obama imposing $300bn levy on banks & hyper-rich: how about UK?

by Michael Meacher.

It is remarkable that in the citadel of capitalism Obama has just unveiled a plan to impose a levy on the biggest banks and on the wealthiest families that is expected to raise $300bn, yet in Europe any such idea is taboo. In the US the new tax is being crafted to affect only the […]

The new EU Commission has marked up a TTIP deal with US as a key objective

by Michael Meacher.

The fight over the euphemistically named Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which the US Congress successfully blocked over the last year, is about to be pushed forward in a higher gear now that the new EU Commission has made clear their eagerness to drive a deal through with the US over this next year. […]

On bombing ISIS

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

War is politics by other, violent means. Proving the axiom right now is the arc of slaughter carving a great bloody crescent out of the Middle East. Start from the Mediterranean coast and move gradually in. The racist hysteria in Israel has found an outlet in the carefree pounding of the Gaza Strip. Civilians? Children? Collateral, Guv. […]

TTIP could privatise our education system, permanently

by James Elliott.

Over the last year the student movement has seen something of a comeback from the low ebbs of 2012 and early 2013, with new waves of occupations, landmark campaigns such as Occupy Sussex, the inspirational militancy of the 3Cosas cleaners, and a renewed conflict between students and workers’ right to organise, and the management’s will […]

Gaza genocide will only stop if the political & military cost to Israel is too high

by Michael Meacher.

At least 425 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli blitzkrieg on Gaza, including 80 in the last day alone, and nearly 80% of the dead are civilians, 20% of them children. This is the result of launching the world’s fourth military power against 1.8 million Palestinians already blockaded in the largest open-air prison on […]

The Transatlantic trade deal: a project of the 1%

by Nick Dearden.

The EU/US trade deal (TTIP) is a vast power grab on behalf of the world’s biggest corporations, and there’s still time to stop it. In this new international order – or disorder – the economic, military, political and even moral leadership of the West is increasingly challenged” Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner, 12 June, on the […]

Unravelling a century of imperialism in Iraq

by Jeremy Corbyn.

William Hague has announced there will be no new British military involvement in Iraqand the PM himself gave a guarded answer when asked why he voted for the war in 2003 — something along the lines of, if I knew then what I know now things might be different. The massive media interest in the situation […]

America at war: a record of unparalleled failure

by Jon Lansman.

In fifty years of nearly nonstop American warfare, we’ve learned little and achieved less, says Tom Engelheart in the Nation. The US has been involved in wars almost non-stop around the globe for over 50 years since the start of the Vietnam war – “major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination […]

So where now for Europe?

by Michael Meacher.

The irony for the EU, which even its leaders now recognise must change course radically, is that it can’t. At least it can’t in its present structure without such dislocating changes as to be scarcely credible. The central problem has been, and remains, the single currency. As long as countries, particularly on the southern periphery, […]

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