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Libya under attack from Western military intervention

Libya under attack from Western military intervention

23 March 2011

Libya: no to western military intervention

The UN Security Council's majority decision to impose a 'no-fly zone', while greeted with joy on the streets of Benghazi and Tobruk, was in no way intended to defend the Libyan revolution...

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1 March 2011

Gaddafi must go! It's a fight to the finish

Libya: Dictator Muammar Gaddafi's control over Libya suffered big reversals over the weekend with the fall of Zawiyah, a city 30 miles from the capital, Tripoli, to opposition forces.

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12 January 2011

'Big Oil' cuts corners on safety to boost profits

A PRELIMINARY report by the US National Commission (set up by president Barack Obama following the fatal Deepwater horizon oil rig blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico last April) has accused three companies - BP, Transocean and Halliburton - of cutting corners over safety in order to cut costs ie to boos...

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22 September 2010

Fast news

Big oil failure: NOTWITHSTANDING THE oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which followed a fatal explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig in April, the UK government has refused to impose a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the North Sea...

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15 September 2010

Fast news

IN AN enthusiastic response to the call by the major French trade union organisations, three million workers took to the streets of France on 7 September for a day of massive strikes and demonstrations in protest against the Sarkozy government's attack on the country's pension system...

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Socialism 2010

Socialism 2010

15 September 2010

Socialism 2010: How can we save the environment?

Most scientific and political commentators now accept that the human race has to take action to avert catastrophic damage to our planet and to our societies which depend on its resources, writes Stephen Turnbull, Walthamstow Socialist Party.

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30 June 2010

Fast news

Oil plans: WITH BP's oil spill disaster continuing to pollute the Gulf of Mexico, executives of the big five oil companies - BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell - recently appeared in front of a US Congressional hearing to defend their oil spill response plans...

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23 June 2010

Why BP should be nationalised

JUST HOURS after agreeing a $20 billion compensation deal with US President Obama over the oil spill, oil giant BP again had to apologise, this time for BP chairman Svanberg's claim that the $240 billion multinational cares about "the small people", writes Hugh Caffrey.

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Birds killed as a result of oil from the Exxon Valdez spill, photo Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Birds killed as a result of oil from the Exxon Valdez spill, photo Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

16 June 2010

BP's value plunges as oil spill worsens

AN ESTIMATED 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) of oil a day may have been gushing out from the BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig since it blew up and sank in the Gulf of Mexico on 20 April - a doubling of earlier estimates...

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16 June 2010

Fast news

Plugging the media: WHILE BP struggles to stem the flow of oil escaping into the Gulf of Mexico it has been more successful in restricting news media coverage of the unfolding catastrophe - assisted by various US government agencies...

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9 June 2010

Oil spill shows hazards of the profit system

IT IS still difficult to assess the scale of the disaster that followed the explosion on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on 22 April, which killed eleven workers, writes Pete Dickenson.

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9 June 2010

Bhopal - little justice 25 years on

THE DEEPWATER Horizon disaster provoked condemnation from Barack Obama who accused it of "nickel and diming" Louisiana residents while paying out billions of dollars to BP shareholders, writes Ken Douglas.

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Extent of surface oil slick on May 24 2010, photo NASA

Extent of surface oil slick on May 24 2010, photo NASA

2 June 2010

Oil spill is 'worst environmental disaster' to hit US

THE OIL spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the fatal explosion on the BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig has exceeded the Exxon Valdez catastrophe of 1989, when eleven million gallons of crude oil devastated the pristine Alaskan coastline...

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Gulf of Mexico oil spill spirals towards New Orleans, photo NASA Earth Observatory image

Gulf of Mexico oil spill spirals towards New Orleans, photo NASA Earth Observatory image

12 May 2010

Gulf of Mexico disaster: nationalise the oil giants

AFTER THE explosion which sank the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, causing eleven deaths and threatening an environmental catastrophe, many people must be wondering what is to be done with the oil companies - not least the relatives of the workers killed in the explosion, writes Pete Mason.

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Oil slick (right) from the Deepwater Horizon disaster heads towards the US Mississippi Delta coastline (left) , photo NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team

Oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon disaster (right)

5 May 2010

Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster: Stop the polluters!

AN ENVIRONMENTAL catastrophe threatens the US coastline surrounding the Gulf of Mexico following an explosion and sinking of the BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig on 20 April.
As 240,000 gallons of oil each day gushes out of the destroyed oil well and with no immediate prospect of capping three major leaks, then the environmental and economic effects in the region will be severe and long lasting...

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7 April 2010

News in brief

Lacking reserve: 'DRILL BABY, drill' was the clarion call of oil hungry Republicans during the last US presidential election...

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3 March 2010

The worldwide thievery of big business

FEW THINGS better display the underlying morality of capitalism than the scale and scope of 'offshore banking', 'off-balance-sheet' accounting and parasitical speculation - thievery by most people's definition, writes Steve Appleton.

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24 February 2010

Iraq: All eyes on the oil prize

IT IS nearly seven years after the US-led invasion of Iraq. US imperialism had hoped for a quick war, the Iraqi oil industry under the control of US companies and a compliant, stable regime. However, the...

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27 January 2010

Imperialism in Africa today

In a renewed 'scramble for Africa', the continent is again a competing arena for all the big powers globally - China, the US, the EU, Russia...

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9 December 2009

A present that can last all year - a subscription to The Socialist

Get someone a subscription to The Socialist for Christmas and they will receive a socialist seasonal card telling them about their present...

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