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22 February 2017

Web series review: Cooked - "How capitalism ruined eating"

The title 'Cooked' doesn't exactly sound like essential political viewing. But in this adaptation of Michael Pollan's 2013 bestselling book of the same title, the author examines the contribution of cooking to human development and progress.

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8 February 2017

Syria: Is an end to the war in sight?

The military victory in Aleppo by Assad's regime and its foreign backers was a turning point in the war in Syria. It has put the Syrian government once more in formal control of the country's main urban centres. Serge Jordan of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) examines if this is the prelude to a broader peace settlement that could end the horrors inflicted on the Syrian people.

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19 October 2016

Suez 1956: the decline of British imperialism and rise of the colonial revolution

Sixty years ago Egyptian president Colonel Nasser's proclamation of the nationalisation of the Suez Canal was an electrifying rallying call for the country's working class and poor and throughout the Middle East

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5 October 2016

Review: international jazz protest storytelling

Music - Radio International (Kefaya): They say that you can tell a lot about a band by its name. Kefaya is an Arabic word meaning 'enough'. It was the cry of the grassroots revolutionary movement in Egypt, a powerful symbol of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

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21 September 2016

Libya: imperialist intervention helped wreck country and revolution

There was nothing for the Libyan people to celebrate in the damning report by a Commons parliamentary committee into the British government's role in the West's contribution to overthrowing the brutal Gaddafi regime in 2011. This was an intervention which helped lead to the almost complete collapse of the country.

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8 July 2016

Chilcot Iraq report: More piles of evidence against the blood-soaked war for oil

The 2.6 million-word Chilcot report in essence acknowledges that the devastating war on Iraq and occupation was completely unjustifiable

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22 June 2016

Middle East: Isis under pressure on several fronts

Working classes will take to road of mass struggle again: Isis is under attack in and around the last big three cities it holds in Iraq and Syria - Fallujah, Mosul and Raqqa - and is also struggling to hold on to Sirte, its main base in Libya.

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Protest against terrorism in Tunisia

27 January 2016

New wave of protests in Tunisia

'Arab Spring' five years on: Five years after the fall of the dictator Ben Ali, the demands of the revolution remain unsatisfied. And in recent days Tunisia has been swept by a new 'intifada' (uprising) from its impoverished youth, fed up with a life of misery and mass unemployment.

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13 January 2016

Saudi Arabia mass executions

Tories back despots: The recent execution of 47 prisoners by Saudi Arabia's rulers has been widely condemned as barbaric.

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29 October 2015

Israeli government fans the flames of conflict

This has been the deadliest month in the national conflict since the war on Gaza in summer 2014.

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Tens of thousands demonstrated in London against the government\'s plan to escalate attacks on Syria, photo by Paul Mattsson

14 October 2015

Syria: Western governments' interventionist strategy in tatters

After four and a half long, bloody years of civil war in Syria - with over a quarter of a million dead and eleven million displaced - there is still no end in sight

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30 September 2015

EU ministers squabble while refugees drown

As the horrors facing millions of refugees multiply, the splits between the EU leaders demonstrate their inability to solve the crisis

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19 August 2015

Gulf War 'unfinished business' remains today

25 years since invasion of Kuwait: 25 years ago, Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded neighbouring Kuwait. Western powers responded with a build-up of forces that led to the Gulf War the next year.

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May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

30 April 2015

125 years of May Day: Learn lessons of past struggles

This year marks the 125th International Workers' Day, or 'May Day'. The original call for workers' demonstrations around the world on 1 May was made in July 1889 at the International Socialist Workers Congress in Paris

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15 April 2015

Yemen: Brutal onslaught on country's poor

Over 500 people in Yemen were killed and terrible devastation, injuries, trauma and displacement inflicted in the first two weeks of Saudi Arabia led air strikes

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25 March 2015

Israel-Palestine: Likud election victory

New coalition will face chain of unresolved crises and bitter struggles

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19 November 2014

Israel/Palestine: Wave of rage answers new repression

The July-August brutal war on Gaza resulted in the slaughter of 2,200 residents. Since then the Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem have refused to return to 'normal' life under the occupation

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5 November 2014

Portsmouth jihadis: austerity and alienation to blame

Nineteen year old Mehdi Hassan has become the latest young Muslim from Portsmouth to be killed in Syria

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London Gaza demo 19 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

London Gaza demo 19 July 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

29 July 2014

Gaza in crisis - Mass action needed to stop bloodshed

Whole families burnt alive. Parents with children. Over 1,100 Palestinians' lives have ended since 8 July, as ruthless inferno has rained down on this besieged, impoverished, and highly populated strip of land during the Muslim Ramadan.

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Demonstrating outside the Israeli embassy in London, 11.7.14, photo Paula Mitchell

Demonstrating outside the Israeli embassy in London, 11.7.14, photo Paula Mitchell

15 July 2014

No more onslaught on Gaza!

The trapped, blockaded 1.8 million people in the Gaza strip have been viciously bombarded from air, sea and land, and the slaughter is going on

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