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”

Netanyahu’s endgame

TOBY ABSE surveys the fallout from Israel’s most recent election and the ousting of ‘King Bibi’ ISRAEL has held four elections since April 2019 that ended with no clear winner, and the outcome of the most recent poll, held in March this year, was just as inconclusive as the others. In other words, it didContinue reading “Netanyahu’s endgame”

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!”

Trump the Fascist

Editorial In the end, Donald Trump’s coup failed but it was squeaky-bum time for a week or so. ‘I won the election,’ he tweeted in the early hours of 16th November, almost a fortnight after he lost the election. A week later, even as he finally permitted the transition to Joe Biden’s presidency to begin,Continue reading “Trump the Fascist”

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”

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”

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”