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Saudi faction fight – break Britain’s links

The Speaker of the British House of Commons granted an “urgent question” from Labour on the Saudi blockade of Yemen this afternoon, Tuesday 7 November. We could already foreshadow the line that the British government, and perhaps some opposition MPs, … Continue reading

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Catalunya: now popular democracy v. EU and its states

Do Rajoy, the Spanish state and their EU backers imagine there will be no consequence to the violent state repression in Catalunya? It is a particularly brutal extension of elite contempt for democracy – referendums especially – across the continent. … Continue reading

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Getting the AfD wrong

This Foreign Policy piece seriously overestimates the role of Alice Weidel and underestimates the fascistic character of the rising wing of the AfD. The party is referred to with all sorts of euphemisms and cognates of populist. When it comes … Continue reading

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Islamophobia – more than hate crime, state ideology

  Islamophobia – anti-Muslim racism – is being described on much of the broadcast media as a form of “extremism” or of “hate crime”. But there is something distinct about Islamophobia. Not distinct in that it is in some way … Continue reading

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Why Juncker and May need each other

“Praise god it’s not Russia this time!” The Russian embassy in London neatly trolled Theresa May as she stood on the steps of Downing Street this week accusing Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU of interference in the British general election. … Continue reading

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France: an historic moment for the left

Radical left (including far left) – 7.7 million Social Democracy – 2.3 million Liberal centre – 8.7 million Right (including independent right-wing Gaullist) – 9.2 million Fascist right – 7.7 million The decline of the principal parties of the left and … Continue reading

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‘How can you rape a whore?’

Those were the words of Jack Maury, the head of the CIA station in Athens, upon being asked whether the military coup in Greece that began with tanks on the street 50 years ago represented “the rape of democracy”. The … Continue reading

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