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No – Thatcher did not stop the fascist NF

The book considered here by Kenan Malik doesn’t appear to offer much new to our understanding of British fascism or its successes and failures relative to European counterparts. In fact, it appears to promote three well worn ideas that have … Continue reading

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Johnson’s opportunism and his divided cabinet

The Boris Johnson who proclaimed in a speech on 3 February that Britain would champion laissez-faire global trade against an “autarkic” coronavirus shutdown is the same Boris Johnson briefing today that he is against an early exit from the lockdown. … Continue reading

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Some socialist points on the Tory government’s anti-immigration offensive

The answer to the Tories’ planned nasty immigration restrictions cannot be: we need a continuing supply of cheap labour to keep the economy going and to staff social care on zero hours contracts and, in effect, less than minimum wage. … Continue reading

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The myth of a ‘post-fascist’ present: contradictory trends on the European far and Nazi right

Several commonplaces, almost cliches, have emerged from a range of journalists and intellectuals in the face of the rise of the far or radical right in parts of Europe and North America over the last six years. One is to … Continue reading

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Trump’s Syria move, fossil fuels and growing crisis in Eastern Mediterranean

A summit meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Israel is taking place in Cairo today. It comes amid mounting tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean which may intensify sharply when the expected Turkish invasion of northern Syria takes place, and with it … Continue reading

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Brexit food crisis – a socialist approach

  The Guardian reports: “Britain’s food and drinks industry has said companies may have to choose between working together to avert food shortages or paying large fines unless the government steps in to suspend competition law in the event of … Continue reading

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The issue is reformism and anti-capitalism: a response to Wolfgang Streeck on the Euro-elections

The German socialist economist Wolfgang Streeck tries to account for the poor results of almost all the radical left at the European elections last Sunday. He makes a couple of good observations. Above all, that the political and ideological profile … Continue reading

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Macron’s gambit poses the urgent need for an anti-capitalist politics that is unafraid of power

This is a cunning political attempt by the Macron government to roll with the blows inflicted by the gilets jaunes movement. It means abandoning some regressive tax moves. At the same time it is to frame the revolt and dominate … Continue reading

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Targeting Iran is central to Trump’s deep global strategy

The full text of US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s speech in Cairo last week is worth reading in full. This excerpt gives a sense of its intellectual basis (for yes, there is such a thing beneath the nightmarish reality … Continue reading

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Farewell to “Kazik” – the last of the ghetto fighters

Originally posted on rebel notes:
Rapoport monument In Warsaw there is a very moving trail of memorials to the fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. It starts at the huge monument, designed by Nathan Rapoport and erected in…

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