International, Middle East

The Security Dilemma, The Media and the Israeli Bombardment

Posted on July 11, 2014 by | 3 Comments

At the time I write this, 90 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, to no Israelis killed by Gazan rockets. There is plenty of moral indignation about this unpleasant fact. As Chomsky put it: Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, [...]

South Africa: lessons for the SNP and for Radical Independence

Posted on April 17, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine has become a staple (some might say clichéd) reference point for many on the anti-authoritarian left. However in the lead-up to the Scottish independence referendum, and as the opinion polls show an increase in support for a yes vote, many minds in Scotland are turning to what will happen in [...]

Remembering Mandela

Posted on December 8, 2013 by | 2 Comments

Innes MacLeod is a socialist and social justice campaigner in Edinburgh. He tweets @theInnesMacLeod. In the hours following Mandela’s death many eulogies were written. Representatives of every shade of mainstream, western political organisations ranging from the centre-right to the slightly less centre right paid their respects. Many terms were common to these pronouncements; they described [...]

Nelson Mandela: see the movement he personified as well as the great man

Posted on December 6, 2013 by | 5 Comments

There’s not much that anyone can add to the massive outpouring of grief and admiration for Nelson Mandela. His status as the greatest secular saint of our era becomes clearer as everyone from the Pope to those who campaigned to have Madiba hanged in the 1980s come out to talk of his great life and [...]

COP Captured: time to go beyond government

Posted on December 4, 2013 by | No Comments

Flick Monk was a youth delegate to the UN climate change summit in Warsaw this November. Photo courtesy of the UKYCC. The corporate sponsorship of the 19th United Nations climate conference, or COP19, was so blatant that it made me thoroughly rethink who rules the world. There were representatives from every government on the planet, [...]

Greens and Trades Unionists must work together

Posted on November 29, 2013 by | No Comments

This is a guest post by Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, who is hosting an event today on ‘Building our Green economic future’, more details of which can be found here. Jean tweets at @GreenJeanMEP. It has long been argued that the Greens and the trade union movement have little in common: but I [...]

What happened in the Norwegian election?

Posted on September 15, 2013 by | No Comments

Aled Dilwyn Fisher asks why one of the few countries to largely dodge the crash has just voted against the very left-wing policies that save them.

Australian election returns disappointing result

Posted on September 7, 2013 by | No Comments

The Australian federal elections have returned a disappointing result for the left, Greens and environmentalists. Whilst the Australian Green Party will quite rightly focus on the against-the-odds return of Adam Bandt, its only member of the Lower House, in Melbourne, its proportion of the national first preference vote has at the time of writing fallen [...]

If we want to scare Assad, arrest Blair

Posted on August 30, 2013 by | 3 Comments

Parliament de facto accepted last night something that we already knew. Tony Blair is a war criminal. As Anthony Barnett has pointed out, the consensus, across the house was that the then Prime Minister lied in order to take us into the Iraq war. The correct thing to do with criminals is to put them [...]

Chris Hani died 20 years ago today: why he’s still a hero

Posted on April 10, 2013 by | 4 Comments

Twenty years ago today Chris Hani was murdered while returning to his house in Boksburg outside Johannesburg having bought the paper. He is virtually unknown in this country, and as far as I know throughout the rest of the world. But he is still a hero in South Africa. And he is a hero of [...]

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