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Western condemnations of Saudi Arabia amount to ‘hot air’

Western condemnations of Saudi Arabia amount to ‘hot air’

he journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul has caused ructions throughout the world. The Saudi government claimed that he died in a spontaneous fist fight, but Turkish government sources claim that he was tortured and murdered by a hit squad.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 29: Protesters carry posters against the far-right’s presidential candidate on September 29, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The protests occurred simultaneously in several Brazilian cities, against Jair Bolsonaro, the far right’s presidential candidate. Protests included an internet campaign (#elenão and #himnot) which was joined by many women from various countries. Corinthians fans, Brazil's biggest soccer team, and other social groups also joined. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

Bolsonaro victory poses threat to poor and oppressed

A misogynist, racist homophobe, he has been called the ‘Trump of the Tropics’. In reality, he poses a more profound threat even than Trump, partly because his own politics are more extreme but also because of the recent history of military dictatorship in the country (ending in 1985), remnants of which are still very much alive in the armed forces and other state institutions.

US Mid-Terms: Democratic Socialists make gains but Republicans hold Senate

US Mid-Terms: Democratic Socialists make gains but Republicans hold Senate

The run-up to the US mid-term elections saw Trump ramp up his blatantly misogynistic, LGBTQ+-phobic, and xenophobic agenda to a new and horrific level, even for him. This was an attempt to drive turnout of his base and has acted to have a deeply polarising effect on US society.

Children also participate at People's Climate March, together with Audubon's staff. September 21, 2014. New York, NY.

IPCC Report: 12 years to stop catastrophic global warming

The technology and the wealth necessary to tackle climate change exist, but capitalism’s incessant, myopic drive for profit above all else is a fundamental barrier to safeguarding our further. By taking society’s wealth out of the hands of the super-rich elite and using it in a planned and democratic way,  we could rapidly transfer to renewable energy, creating millions of jobs in planning, constructing and maintaining the infrastructure necessary for this, and furthermore, providing electricity and other vital services for vast swathes of the world currently lacking. Environmentalists must campaign for socialist solutions to climate change – the only real solutions – and discard the half-measures of capitalism.

Young Workers Say “Change is Coming!”

Young Workers Say “Change is Coming!”

Young people today have grown up in a period when the trade union movement has been in retreat. It has been the unions’ decline from militancy to conservatism that has caused young people to no longer consider them vehicles for change and why they have been struggling to understand their relevance in a world of global social upheaval. This has meant that trade union membership has fallen to its lowest since 1995. But material conditions are driving small groups of young workers to organise and fight back.

Pro-choice tide sweeps forwards

Pro-choice tide sweeps forwards

After a landslide vote of just under 67% to repeal the constitutional abortion ban on 25th May, on 18th September, the eighth amendment was formally repealed in the South, after all appeals made seeking to the challenge the referendum result were dismissed.

Italy: Migrant workers declare “we are not slaves!”

Italy: Migrant workers declare “we are not slaves!”

Strikes of African agricultural workers have taken place in Italy, sparked by the deaths of 16 workers in two separate incidents caused by unsafe transport conditions over the span of 48 hours. The strike began in the workers’ shanty town named ‘‘The Great Ghetto’’ near Foggia, and over 200 individuals marched 10 kilometres  to the fields where they work to protest their conditions, chanting “we are not slaves”.