On police violence

The following article written by Mike Small on police violence in Great Britain, including Scotland, first appeared in  bella caledonia   ON POLICE VIOLENCE The state holds the monopoly on violence in our society. We can talk about male violence but the murder of Sarah Everard is also state violence and needs to be seen in both contexts. A…

Support farmers and farm labourers’ bharat bandh (shutdown) across India

The following posting is from the Samyukta Kisa Morcha coalition of farmers unions, calling for a complete shutdown across India. SUPPORT FARMERS AND FARM LABOURERS’ BHARAT BANDH (SHUTDOWN) ACROSS INDIA             Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) coalition of farmers unions has called for a complete shutdown across India (except emergency services)…

Dublin Bus workers reject union backed deal on pay and conditions

This article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) outlines the growing tensions between rank and file workers and union bureaucrats in the Dublin bus workers dispute accentuated by the Covid-19 pandemic. DUBLIN BUS WORKERS REJECT UNION BACKED DEAL ON PAY AND CONDITIONS Union leaders’ plan puts all workers inside the privatisation rules It barely more…

Gaslighting the public: serial deceptions by the state-corporate media

The following article on the role of political journalists in the state media was first posted by media lens GASLIGHTING THE PUBLIC: SERIAL DECEPTION BY THE STATE-CORPORATE MEDIA During last week’s Tory Cabinet reshuffle, ITV political editor Robert Peston inadvertently summed up the primary function of political journalists: ‘I simply pass on’ His tweet was in reference…

Tory recklessness, unionist bigotry edge Good Friday Agreement towards collapse

Thus article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) highlights the renewed alliance between the Tory government and the DUP in their attempts to cement the their authoritarian populist and reactionary unionist project in the aftermath of Brexit.   TORY RECKLESSNESS, UNIONIST BIGOTRY EDGE GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT TOWARDS COLLAPSE Those seeking to understand why DUP leader…

From the war on terror to conflict between world powers

The following article by Claudia Cinatti of Left Voice (USA) points out that the heinous attacks on the World Trade Center have shown the failure of the “war on terror.”  Following its defeat in Afghanistan, U.S imperialism is now directing its attention toward China and other capitalist powers.     FROM THE WAR ON TERROR TO…

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…

Lessons from the Bund: A Socialist, Anti-Zionist, Jewish Movement

This article on the Jewish Socialist and Labour movement, the Bund, by Frankie Levine, was first posted by Left Voice (USA). LESSONS FROM THE BUND: A SOCIALIST ANTI-ZIONIST, JEWISH MOVEMENT When Zionists argue that anti-Zionism is equal to antisemitism, they gloss over the rich and deep history of the anti-Zionist movement in Jewish civil society.…

‘The Imperial Mode of Living’: Interview with Markus Wissen

Ben Wray interviewed Markus Wissen for bella caledonia about his book The Imperial Mode of Living. This book has caused a stir in Germany by arguing that our way of life in the global north is imperialist because it is sustained by a level of resource extraction.   THE IMPERIAL MODE OF LIVING   Are…

Afghan and Kurdish women revolutionaries urge joined up global resistance

The following  article outlining the links being made between the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan and the Kurdish Confederation of Women’s Organisations in the aftermath of the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban was first posted on The Canary website.   AFGHAN AND KURDISH WOMEN REVOLUTIONARIES URGE JOINED-UP GLOBAL RESISTANCE Following misogynistic Donald…