Covid19 and the danger of barbarism

The following article by Mohsen Shahmanesh examines the social role of viruses and bacteria in four major historical pandemics. It was first published in Weekly Worker.   DANGER OF BARBARISM  We are now in the third year of the Covid pandemic, which has caused the deaths of something like five million people across the world…

Imperialism is responsible for Omicron

The following article. written by Sam Carliner of Left Voice (USA), highlights the role of imperialism in the mergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19   IMPERIALISM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OMICRON With capitalism acting as an incubator for pandemics, and vaccine nationalism preventing an effective global response, it is no surprise that the Omicron variant…

‘Greenwashing’ by Biden’s Democrats and the SNP

The first  article  posted here was written by Robert Belano of Left Voice (USA). It examines the role of Biden and the Democrats in the light of Cop26. The second article is a section of a blog from opendemocracy written by Laurie MacFarlane which  highlights the role of the SNP government in paving the way…

Police intimidation at Cop26

We are posting two pieces concerning the police intimidation and kettling of the Young Communist League contingent on the Cop26 demonstration in Glasgow on November 6th.  The first is by Mike Small of bella caledonia; the second is a statement from the YCL Central Committee.    1. POLICE INTIMIDATION AT COP-26 Saturday saw one of…

The need to challenge the Populist Right’s “culture war” warriors

The Populist Right is trying to roll back the gains made the Black Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Movement, the Gay Movement and is trying to prevent Gender Self Determination being legalised.  Central to their strategy are attempts  to a play one group of oppressed against another. This has led to the emergence of what…

Vaccine apartheid: How Europe failed the global south

Ben Wray wrote the following  article for  bella caledonia. It highlights the division of the world into those who do and don’t have vaccines. This is a shameful episode that will live long in the memory. There was an opportunity for a different outcome through the waiving of vaccine IP rights, but Europe shut the…

Extinction Rebellion is taking to the City

The following article written by Jasmin Orden for The Canary outlines the reasons for the actions taken by Extinction Rebellion targeting The City. EXTINCTION REBELLION IS TAKING TO THE CITY Extinction Rebellion (XR) is currently protesting across London as it aims to “target the root cause of the climate and ecological crisis – the political economy”. The…

No more ‘delays’ in trans rights: reform the GRA now!

The following article by Lesley Cunningham of rs21 argues that the Scottish government has run out of excuses not to implement their promised GRA reforms. In March 2019, the Scottish Government announced it was extending the Public Consultation on reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. These reforms would simplify the process of legally changing gender, make…

The promise and reality of vaccination

We are posting this article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) about the impact of the global imperialist order on Covid-19 vaccinations through out the world. The roll out of vaccination programmes across the world has raised hopes that the end of the Covid pandemic may be in sight. There are a number of vaccines currently in use…