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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 May 2021

News in brief

Pouring on petrol

Joe Biden, photo Michael Stokes/CC

Joe Biden, photo Michael Stokes/CC   (Click to enlarge)

US president Joe Biden has told Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu that he 'favours' a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas - which is actually a step forward compared to Donald Trump's previous position on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

But, of course, at the same time Biden fully supports the Israeli government's 'right to defend itself' ie to bomb Gaza into rubble.

To underline this 'right', the American Democrat has approved the sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel. These 'precision weapons' have been responsible for the deaths so far of over 200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children.

Revolting Rich

The rich are revolting. Or at least some of them are. The homes of the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, have been picketed. Not by low-paid Amazon workers demanding a pay rise, but by marginally less rich millionaires demanding to be taxed!

The group named 'Patriotic Millionaires' carried placards outside homes in New York and Washington state reading 'Cut the bullshit. Tax the rich'. Clearly this group of exploiters are scared. They can feel the hot breath of working-class anger on their necks and want to throw us a few more crumbs to keep us quiet.

Capitalism's climate criminals

Over half of the 130 million metric tonnes of single-use plastic thrown away in 2019 was produced by just 20 companies. It's no surprise that these multi-billion dollar enterprises prioritise profit over the environment.

The fact that so many of these climate crimes are committed by so few shows that, if these companies were nationalised under democratic workers' control and management, a socialist plan could quickly move towards environmentally sustainable production.

Chile: Rewriting the constitution

A political earthquake struck Chile after voters snubbed the governing right-wing coalition of President Sebastian Pinera in elections to the constitutional assembly - which is tasked with rewriting the current constitution imposed on the country by the late general Pinochet's dictatorship (see 'Defeat for political caste in Chile' - socialistworld.net).

Out of 155 seats in the assembly, the ruling coalition only won 37, meaning that it fell short of the one-third required to veto any changes, whereas a left-leaning bloc won 52 seats and a further 17 seats were reserved for indigenous groups.

The constitutional assembly was approved in 2020 by 78% of voters. This popular demand to rewrite the constitution was the direct result of massive protests, including a general strike, against austerity and wealth inequalities which erupted in October 2019 (see 'Chile in revolt' - socialistparty.org.uk).

Covid: What kind of inquiry?

Boris Johnson has announced there will be an inquiry into the government's handling of the Covid pandemic. But he's delayed it until next year.

In April, the Socialist Party said: "The Socialist Party is in favour of an inquiry, but we believe that absolutely no trust can be placed in Johnson's Tory government and the capitalist establishment to lead it. We demand that any investigation into the disastrous response to Covid be conducted by the workers' and trade union movement."

Racism: Tragic anniversary

George Floyd was murdered by the police one year ago on 25 May 2020. His death sparked a worldwide working-class movement against racism, inequality and injustice.

Crony Cameron

It's no wonder former Tory prime minister David Cameron bombarded government ministers with 45 private messages trying to drum up cash for finance company Greensill. Greensill paid Cameron even more than the 'pennies' he was paid as prime minister. Cameron refused to reveal how much, only admitting it was somewhere between 150,402 and 60 million!

Not shy of further hypocrisy, Cameron said it was "appropriate" for him to call and text ministers and officials directly. But it would be wrong for another prime minister to do the same.

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In The Socialist 19 May 2021:


Israel/Palestine

Build a mass movement to end Israeli state terror

Tens of thousands march against Israeli state terror


What we think

Johnson's Tories and Starmer's Labour have nothing to offer workers

Starmer moves against Unite - No to the attack on Beckett


Covid

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Capitalism responsible for stark global Covid vaccine inequality


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NHS: Scottish vote shows unions must fight for 15%

Unison: Elect reps who will back strike action

PCS elections - incumbents win, but solid vote for Broad Left Network

DVLA workers suspend strike for talks

Huge victory at Go North West as Unite defeats 'fire and rehire'

London Metroline strike against 'remote sign-on' goes ahead

CWU members' resolve to strike still firm as union enters talks

Strikes round-up


Campaigns news

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Students and unions must resist misnamed 'free speech' bill

Mulivaikkal Remembrance Day 2021

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Help fund our bold socialist presence

We will not pay the cost of Covid! Defend the right to protest

Brighton marches to defend Moulsecoomb Primary School


News

Spycops inquiry continues to expose historic attacks on democratic rights

New voter ID laws: Electoral fraud - Tory style

News in brief


Readers' opinion

Readers' opinion


 

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