An international campaign by capitalist politicians and media has been unleashed against president Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan government. It has been used by Labour’s Blairista right wing to try to weaken Jeremy Corbyn. In Spain, the spectre of Venezuela has been held up as a warning of what a Podemos-led government would mean. The close links of Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias to Hugo Chávez regime in the past has facilitated this idea.
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As we write this, at least 47 people have been confirmed dead, and many more are feared drowned in their submerged cars and homes. At least 100,000 homes have been destroyed according to Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. Tens of thousands have sought temporary shelters in convention centers and much less certain shelter in the medium term.
Theresa May’s four-week holiday is drawing to a close. She is returning to an autumn of watching her party tear itself apart over the EU. Following her humiliating general election campaign she really is a ‘dead prime minister walking’; powerless to be more than a passive bystander in the Tories’ […]
The Blairite wing of the Labour Party, having been weakened by the general election result, has been using the issue of a ‘soft Brexit’ as their main lever to organise against Corbyn. At the behest of the capitalist class they are openly collaborating with pro-EU big business MPs in all parties, including the Tory Party. If it is not countered Starmer’s announcement will be a significant victory for these pro-capitalist, neo-liberal forces.
On 17 August, a brutal terrorist attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona saw a van drive more than half a kilometre, running over hundreds of people in its path. The tragic result of this attack was the death of 13 people, with more than 100 injured.