Issue: May/June 2017

  • Imperialism’s drive to war against Korea

    At the beginning of April, US President Trump made the startling announcement that: “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,” arrogantly adding: “China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t... [Read more]

  • Syria stands firm against US imperialist aggression

    On 7 April the United States, in flagrant breach of international law, launched an unprovoked attack against the Shayrat airbase in the Syrian province of Homs. The assault took the form of a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against an airfield that has served as the base for many successful... [Read more]

  • GMB: His Master’s Voice

    Unilever, the Rotterdam-based multi-national consumer goods company, recently fended off a hostile bid from Kraft Heinz. Alarmed, the market wiped 7% off Unilever’s share price, prompting management to start rumbling ominously about the need for “a comprehensive review of options available to... [Read more]

  • Slim win for Erdoğan in Turkish referendum

    Despite a dispute over the validity of a large number of ballot papers, Turkish President Erdoğan scored a very slim victory in the April referendum. With a high turnout (about 80%) the number of votes backing a ‘yes’ approximated to 51%. Erdoğan now has the nod for a raft of constitutional... [Read more]

  • March of the robots

    A report from City leeches PwC, suggests that over ten million British workers will find themselves replaced by robots in the next 15 years, with 30% of jobs under threat from strides in artificial intelligence. The wholesale and retail sector could lose 2.25 million jobs, along with 1.2 million... [Read more]

  • Manoeuvring by US imperialism to bring about regime change in Venezuela reaches hysterical proportions

    Fidel Castro once referred to the Organisation of American States (OAS) as the US’s Ministry of Colonies, and indeed its entire history is one of abject submission to US imperialism and promoter of US imperialist interests throughout Latin America.It is now being used to spearhead a propaganda... [Read more]

  • Trucking in the ‘free world’

    Having trashed the economies of former socialist Eastern Europe, big business is everywhere taking maximum advantage of the opportunity to super-exploit the resulting flood of impoverished itinerant workers across Western Europe.A recent BBC report highlighted one such scandal involving IKEA’s... [Read more]

  • Victory for Lenin Moreno in the Ecuador election

    On 2 April 2017 Lenin Moreno, the candidate endorsed by outgoing president Rafael Correa, was announced to be the winner of the Ecuadorean Presidential election by a narrow majority of some 200,000 votes – 51.1% to 48.9%, a narrow victory to be sure, but a victory nonetheless – all the sweeter... [Read more]

  • Ukraine: Kiev blockades itself into a corner

    As the Kiev junta remains obdurate in its refusal to implement the Minsk Accords of February 2015 to which it was a signatory along with the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, Ukraine spirals deeper into self-inflicted economic and social chaos. At Minsk all parties agreed to ceasefire... [Read more]

  • Transcript of AFP interview with Syria’s President Assad 13 April 2017

    Question 1: Did you give an order to strike Khan Sheikhun with chemical weapons last Tuesday?President Assad: Actually, no one has investigated what happened that day in Khan Sheikhun till the moment. As you know, Khan Sheikhun is under the control of Al-Nusra Front, which is a branch of... [Read more]

  • The Significance of the October Revolution

    “Revolutions are the locomotives of history, said Marx [In The Class Struggles in France]. Revolutions are the festivals of the oppressed and the exploited. At no other time are the masses of the people in a position to come forward so actively as creators of a new social order as at a time of... [Read more]

  • UN "Resolutions on Sanctions" against the DPRK are illegal under international law

    The Korean Lawyers Committee released a white paper on Thursday 16 March on the above question. We reproduce immediately below the parts of the white paper which relate to the resolutions which impose sanctions on the DPRKIn recent years, the United States and its followers continue to manipulate... [Read more]

  • The Democratic Structure of the DPRK

    The ‘Democratic People’s Republic’ in ‘DPRK’ is often laughed at by reactionaries and ‘left’ liberals who compare it to the ‘Socialism’ in ‘National Socialism’. However, the DPRK has a complicated and advanced democratic structure, at all levels, and its citizens have access to a level of... [Read more]

  • Super-exploitation comes to Britain

    Britain, long-time home of multinationals that extract superprofits from the oppressed countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America that are largely defenceless against the monopolist vultures, is now itself witnessing them feeding off its corpus.The Times of 22 April 2017 has two hair-raising... [Read more]

  • Railway disputes continue over Driver Only Operation

    The threat of further strike action by the RMT in its long-running dispute with Southern Rail over the planned extension of driver only operation (DOO), originally planned for 4 April, had the salutary effect of forcing management to renew talks on that day.However, continued pig-headedness on... [Read more]

  • JUNE 8 ELECTION – Tories go for the kill

    On 18 April Premier Theresa May made the ‘shock’ announcement outside of 10 Downing Street that there will be a general election in this country on 8 June. After months of denying that there would be an election before 2020, she claims that a walking holiday with her husband cleared her mind and... [Read more]