Red Flag issue 08

NATO-Russia rivalry risks war

BRITAIN’S DEFENCE Secretary Michael Fallon recently said that NATO “is waking up to the challenge of Kremlin aggression and could confront Vladimir Putin’s forces in a showdown” within two years. Fallon assured MPs that former general Sir Richard Sherriff’s prediction of war with Russia in 2017 was “too extreme”. So that’s alright then. These comments […]

Workers Power  ·  07 November 2016

The political crisis in Spain

AFTER TEN months of political wrangling and two inconclusive elections, Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) has secured the support of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) to form a minority government. In a warning to PSOE MPs whose abstentions broke the deadlock, Rajoy said his government would be one “that can govern, not a government that […]

Dave Stockton  ·  07 November 2016

Britain complicit in Saudi war crimes

ON 8 OCTOBER, two bombs dropped by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen hit a funeral hall in the capital Sana’a while it was packed with mourners, killing more than 140 people and wounding about 500 more. Saudi officials at first denied that the airstrike ever took place, only later accepting responsibility while claiming it was […]

Workers Power  ·  07 November 2016

#FeesMustFall: South African students fight for free education

SOUTH AFRICA’S student movement has closed down many of the country’s universities for nearly a month now in their campaign to abolish fees. In one of the world’s most unequal societies, the battle encapsulates the frustrations and anger of the vast majority of black people, who still face poverty, unemployment and exclusion, despite the fall […]

Jeremy Dewar  ·  07 November 2016

Labour needs to fight back against council cuts

THE MOVEMENT that twice elected Jeremy Corbyn to Labour leader is defined by its opposition to austerity. But local government cuts mean Labour councils in many of the party’s heartlands have spent six years as the face of brutal cuts to the social fabric of our communities. Unless it is overcome, this contradiction will torpedo […]

KD Tait  ·  07 November 2016

“No need for a conspiracy”: antisemitism and free speech on Israel

Red Flag spoke to Naomi Wimbourne-Idrissi of the website ‘Free Speech on Israel’ about the continued charges of antisemitism levelled against the left in general and supporters of Corbyn in particular RED FLAG: First, who set up Free Speech on Israel and why? NAOMI WIMBOURNE-IDRISSI: It was earlier this year, that a number of us from […]

Workers Power  ·  07 November 2016

Attacks on immigration won’t help Labour

JEREMY CORBYN told the Labour Party Conference, “It isn’t migrants that drive down wages, it’s exploitative employers and the politicians who deregulate the labour market and rip up trade union rights. It isn’t migrants who put a strain on our NHS; it only keeps going because of the migrant nurses and doctors who come here […]

Rebecca Anderson  ·  07 November 2016

Durham teaching assistants vote for strike action

TEACHING ASSISTANTS employed by Durham County Council have voted overwhelmingly for strike action against the imposition of new contracts that would see some workers lose up to 23 per cent – or £6,000 a year. The Labour led Council in Durham voted in May to dismiss all of the 2,700 teaching assistants employed by the […]

Workers Power  ·  07 November 2016

Momentum must be a democratic organisation, not a talking shop

PREPARATIONS FOR Momentum’s national conference hit a snag after the Steering Committee cancelled the National Committee for the seventh month running and asserted that the conference would take place through an online ballot of all members, rather than with delegates. Following protests from branches and regional committees, the Steering Committee has agreed to convene the […]

KD Tait  ·  07 November 2016

Welcome the refugees: open the Calais border

THE ABANDONMENT of over 1,000 children in tin containers at the squalid Calais “Jungle” refugee camp is the culmination of 13 years of inhuman and criminal efforts by the French and British governments to escape responsibility for the refugee crisis. After the French government used riot police and bulldozers to clear up to 10,000 refugees, […]

Workers Power  ·  07 November 2016

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