Eyeless in Gaza

Editorial Article 6(b) of the 1945 Charter of the International Military Tribunal, later enshrined in the Fourth Geneva Convention, classifies the indiscriminate bombardment of civilian targets as a war crime. For 11 days in May, the Israel Defence Forces carried out such a bombardment, launching hundreds of air strikes on residential areas in Gaza, whoseContinue reading “Eyeless in Gaza”

Why we are Green Socialists

by Bryn Glover Introduction We are GREEN because we recognise certain clear and unequivocal truths about human activity. Currently, the human race treats planet Earth as if were an endless storehouse or bottomless sewer. This may have been going on for thousands of years, but the time has come for it to stop. We haveContinue reading “Why we are Green Socialists”

Good Cop, bad Cop?

Editorial THE Cop26 summit in Glasgow was meant to be a defining moment in the struggle to save our planet from climate catastrophe. So was it a success or failure? That depends on what you compare it with. Since the first ‘conference of parties’ to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was held inContinue reading “Good Cop, bad Cop?”

Will Brexit break Britain?

By Malcolm Christie The United Kingdom is a multinational state, comprising England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – the ‘awesome foursome’, according to Boris Johnson. Yet the UK is becoming disunited as a result of Brexit and covid-19. Unionism is under threat. Just as it wriggles free from the EU’s grip, the UK is lockedContinue reading “Will Brexit break Britain?”

Starmer Shows His True Colours

Why Labour has turned out to be a dead-end for the left By Mike Davies When Jeremy Corbyn was elected, and then re-elected, as Leader of the Labour Party, a wave of enthusiasm swept the left. Was this the beginning of a real opposition party in Britain? Some backed Corbyn’s politics by joining Labour, includingContinue reading “Starmer Shows His True Colours”

Covid and the development gap

By Mike Davies The covid-19 pandemic is not a surprise. There are hundreds of strains of coronavirus, most of which only affect animals. Ever since the outbreak of Sars in 2002, and of Mers (or camel flu) a decade later, scientists have been warning that climate change, urbanisation, and international air travel create the perfectContinue reading “Covid and the development gap”

From Chile with love

By Liz Peck This autumn marks the 50th anniversary of the election victory of Salvador Allende in Chile. On 4th September 1970, he was swept to power as the first Marxist to become president of a liberal democracy in Latin America. It was an event that sent shock waves through a region dominated by USContinue reading “From Chile with love”

Deal or no deal?

By Malcolm Christie The United Kingdom’s chaotic exit from the European Union is back in the headlines as the clock ticks down towards the end of the transition period. No wonder first-time Conservative voters in Labour’s former ‘red wall’ seats are scratching their heads. A year ago, Boris Johnson promised a weary public that hisContinue reading “Deal or no deal?”