Can reason end this witch hunt – Standing with Ken Loach

Sarah Glynn, who is a member of Edinburgh RIC, posted this article about the media treatment of Ken Loach on bella caledonia. It has also been posted on the Edinburgh RIC blog. When, last week, I wrote about attacks on academic freedom in Turkey, I didn’t expect to be following that article with one about…

Science, profit and anti-vaxxers

We are posting this article by Robert Belano of Left Voices (USA) which examines the relationship between science and capitalism, in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Understanding vaccine skepticism requires a look at the nature of health care and science in the U.S. The Capitol takeover in early January put American conspiracy theorists on…

The Stranglehold of the Hard Right is Tightening in Brexitland

We are posting these two articles from bella caledonia about the  Johnson’s Tory  government’s attempt to suppress any voices of opposition to their plans. 1. Threats to Free Speech 2. A Corporate Media Takeover for the Brexitland Era ____________ 1. Threats to Free Speech The stranglehold of Brexitland’s new right is tightening. As we explored…

Starmer’s Speech Failed, Even In Its Own Terms

Grace Blakeley, staff writer for Tribune despairs at the future for British social democracy, after Sir Keir Starmer’s appeal to the British ruling class showing his Labour Party is at their beck and call whenever they get fed up with Boris Johnson. Keir Starmer’s speech (16.2.21) was an opportunity to present a bold alternative to growing…

Covid-19: Social Murder, They Wrote – Elected Unaccountable And Unrepentant

We are are posting this article from  the British Medical Journal which accuses several state governments, including that of  UK ,  of “social murder” in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. After two million deaths throughout the world , we must have redress for mishandling the pandemic. Murder is an emotive word. In law, it…

The Demonisation Of Assange Paves The Way For More Rape And Murder By The State

In the aftermath of the Julian Assange trial we are posting this article by Lisa Longstaff of Women Agains Rape. This is followed by a link to the Amnesty International petition, ‘The USA must drop charges against Julian Assange’. We are relieved the court ruled not to extradite Julian Assange to the US. His immediate…

Whither Remain Or Will Remain Wither?

The ruling class has fully fallen in behind Johnson’s Brexit deal. After the Leave vote, May, assisted by Corbyn,  had already delivered them a new gastarbeiter scheme with cheap easily disposable migrant labour. Now after the December 29th vote to accept Johnson’s hard Brexit deal,  Daniel Hannan,* former Tory MEP and president of the Initiative…

US Crisis And Repocratic Politics

In the following two articles, Daniel Lazare looks at the legacy of ‘Repocratic’ politics. in the USA. In the first he emphasises the role of the US constitution in creating the stalemate in US politics. In the second he shows how Trump has boxed Biden in over US Middle East policy. This follows the Democrats’…

Colombia: Drugs, War And The ELN

E&L is posting this article by Gearoid O’ Loingsigh on the political situation in Colombia and the hypocrisy of its government in its handling of drugs trafficking (often quite literally!) Furthermore, the article also shows how the City and the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies helps with the laundering of drug money. The issue…

Neoliberalism’s Last Stand

This article from Left Voice in the USA examines the prospects for neoliberalism under a Joe Biden presidency Biden’s election is an attempt to revive the neoliberal order — one that is doomed to fail. Hillary Clinton’s ignominious defeat in the 2016 elections has been widely viewed as a referendum on the failure of the…