Letter from Italy

By Toby Abse Mario Draghi’s new Italian government of national unity, sworn in on 13th February 2021, has sought to present itself as much more  ‘green’ than its immediate predecessor, Giuseppe Conte’s second government (September 2019 – January 2021). Most notably, Draghi has created a new Ministry of Ecological Transition, which has a slightly expanded remitContinue reading “Letter from Italy”

Transport to the Future

By Mike Davies AS a society, in order to reduce global heating, we need urgently and drastically to reduce the greenhouse gases that we pump into our atmosphere. We must also cut the amount of other unhealthy pollutants that cause illness and death. A major source of both is transport of goods and people. ThereContinue reading “Transport to the Future”

It’s a GLOBAL pandemic, stupid!

Rishi Sunak’s plan to cut the UK’s foreign aid target is misguided – and will further harm Britain’s international reputation International development has been one of the great success stories of the past 30 years. From 1990 until last year the number of victims of extreme poverty fell from two billion, or 36% of theContinue reading “It’s a GLOBAL pandemic, stupid!”

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”

Editorial

The pandemic kept most of us locked up indoors for several months, yet also provided a glimpse of freedom. The airline industry was brought to an almost total standstill. The precipitous contraction of the global economy saw carbon emissions plummet: by the end of this year, they are likely to be 8% less than inContinue reading “Editorial”

A World Turned Upside Down

A look at the unexpected impact of covid-19 on political and economic orthodoxies By Malcolm Christie The impact of coronavirus has turned economics upside down. Until recently, the Conservative Party stood for privatisation, cuts and balancing the books. Now public spending and state ownership top the political agenda. Our libertarian prime minister has imposed aContinue reading “A World Turned Upside Down”

The Failure of Capitalism

The world economy is in crisis for the second time in just over a decade – and has no answer to rising poverty and unemployment. How will it cope with the impending mega-crisis of climate change? By Bryn Glover It may be ‘bad form’ and morally wrong to kick a person (or a philosophy orContinue reading “The Failure of Capitalism”

Smart bombs and dumb animals: Afghan war goes back to the future

By Hugh Barnes KABUL, 13 Nov 2001 (AFP) – The American spy had come to Afghanistan all kitted out for the first war of the 21st century, a rucksack bulging with hi-tech gadgets and gizmos – and then he jumped on his horse. Smart bombs and dumb animals have been the two main ingredients ofContinue reading “Smart bombs and dumb animals: Afghan war goes back to the future”