Assad and Bashir: twins of genocide schmooze in Damascus

From Bill Weinberg's Countervortex: Well, this is all too telling. Seeking to legitimize his regime now that he's reconquered most of Syria (with massive Russian military help), Bashar Assad has just welcomed the first Arab League leader to Damascus since the war began in 2011—and it is none other than President Omar Bashir of Sudan, who is wanted by the … Continue reading Assad and Bashir: twins of genocide schmooze in Damascus

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Matgamna on the politics of Casablanca

By Sean Matgamna Casablanca may be the most popular Hollywood movie ever made. It is at the centre of a big cult, and part of another big cult, that of its star, Humphrey Bogart. It is a highly-burnished fable, or set of fables, about how good (though at first politically disoriented), not so good, and … Continue reading Matgamna on the politics of Casablanca

Jonathan Coe’s Middle England and the anxieties of Brexit Britain

By Matt Kinsella Jonathan Coe’s latest volume Middle England has been widely described as the best “state of the nation” novel of the last decade, and deservedly so. Whilst Ali Smith’s Autumn was an impressionistic take on the immediate aftermath of the referendum – the first post-Brexit novel – Coe’s book manages to balance the … Continue reading Jonathan Coe’s Middle England and the anxieties of Brexit Britain

France: the Gilets Jaunes seen from the workplace

Yves Coleman on "the gilets jaunes seen from the workplace" Arguments Pour La Lutte Sociale on Macron's speech Two comments by Lutte Ouvrière The slogans of the prominent gilets jaunes (by Raphaëlle Bacqué in the bourgeois daily Le Monde, 7/12/18) --- The “gilets jaunes” seen from the workplace By Yves Coleman The beginning of the … Continue reading France: the Gilets Jaunes seen from the workplace

Another Europe Is Possible conference and a new pro-remain Labour left initiative

Coatesy reports: A Vital and Vibrant Conference.  Over 150 voting members, from all over the country,  of Another Europe is Possible attended the campaign’s first conference of Saturday. The day kicked off with Emiliano Melino from the IWGB which organises  workers in the ‘gig economy’. His small union, many of whose members do not have … Continue reading Another Europe Is Possible conference and a new pro-remain Labour left initiative

Spiked / RCP alt-right agents, charlatans and fraudsters exposed

Above: Claire Fox (aka "Foster") in her younger days George Monbiot, in the Guardian, has confirmed what many of us already knew: that the so-called 'Institute of Ideas' / Spiked Online / Living Marxism /RCP, are a bunch of shysters in the pay of the Trumpite far-right and Putin's dodgy pro-fascists. This is both truly shocking … Continue reading Spiked / RCP alt-right agents, charlatans and fraudsters exposed

Why ‘Norway’ is no way forward

Rudd: 'Norway'-supporter and would-be Tory leader (PA Wire/PA Images) Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary, told the Times that a 'Norway'-type deal is “plausible not just in terms of the country but in terms of where MPs are”. Such a deal would involve joining the European Free Trade Association (Efta), alongside Norway. May is strongly opposed to the … Continue reading Why ‘Norway’ is no way forward