By Chris Marsden - 18 June 2013
Relations between Russia and Britain became overtly hostile Sunday, with Russia making clear that its response to the US arming the Syrian opposition would be to continue arming the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Robert Stevens - WSWS
The Labour Party has moved to position itself as the best placed vehicle to continue the imposition of savage austerity measures, in the event of the downfall of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government...In set-piece speeches...Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and party leader Ed Miliband declared that Labour, if elected, will continue the austerity measures and welfare cuts begun by the Tories.
By Robert Stevens - 13 June 2013
Around 1,200 riot police were mobilized in London Tuesday against anti-capitalist protesters. Throughout the day the police attacked supporters of the StopG8 group, making a total of 57 arrests...Mass arrests were made by police after they smashed their way into a squat with chainsaws, axle-grinders, crowbars and climbing gear.
By Jerome Stern - 12 June 2013
Metropolitan Police officers raided three sites in Ilford, east London, last month where homeless people were sleeping. In the course of the raid, police officers reportedly not only evicted the rough sleepers, they also took away their sleeping bags and food parcels they had been given.
By Chris Jones - June 06, 2013
Globally, we are in the midst of a vicious and brutal class war...Key elements of this class war...include smashing trade unions and the eradication of the welfare state. It is being accompanied by an extraordinarily intense, and hate filled ideology that seeks to divide, isolate and demonize those who suffer most. And, behind this, we see nation state after nation state tooling up its forces of violence and repression.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva - 4 June 2013
Scenes of [Accident and Emergency] units with patients waiting to be seen lying on trolleys in corridors for hours have become commonplace in UK hospitals...“It became obvious...that we were all suffering with the same unrelenting, unremitting pressures in our emergency units and we felt we were bordering on it becoming unsafe…. What we’re seeing in our emergency units reflects a problem throughout the whole system.”
Its four-day meeting occurs annually. It's a rite of spring. British political economist Will Hutton calls the group the "high priests of globalization." Powerful movers and shakers have their own agenda.
By John Pilger - Znet Commentary
Iraq is no longer news. Last week, the killing of 57 Iraqis in one day was a non-event compared with the murder of a British soldier in London. Yet the two atrocities are connected. Their emblem might be a lavish new movie of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Two of the main characters, as Fitzgerald wrote, “smashed up things and creatures and retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness … and let other people clean up the mess”.
Reports said two assailants hacked a British soldier to death. He's been identified as Lee Rigby. He was killed in broad daylight. It was several hundred meters from southeast London's Woolwich Royal Artillery barracks.
By Robert Stevens - 24 May 2013
The killing of...Lee Rigby...near London’s Woolwich army barracks on Wednesday was a horrific act. Rigby was first run down by two men in a car, who then set about him with knives and a cleaver...One of the men who carried out the killing was identified as Michael Adebolajo, a 28-year-old British citizen of Nigerian descent. The other has only been identified as a naturalized Nigerian. Both were shot by police and are in hospital, one in critical condition.
The UN Declaration makes it clear that the invasion of another state is an illegal act and those who authorize it can, under the law, be brought to account.
"To leave our children with a manageable situation, we need to leave the unconventional fuel in the ground," he said. Canada's ministers were "acting as salesmen for those people who will gain from the profits of that industry," he said. "But I don't think they are looking after the rights and wellbeing of the population as a whole.
Israel remains in good hands at BBC. Expect longstanding one-sided support to continue. Expect disdain for Palestinian rights.
By John Pilger - April 25, 2013
[Thatcher's] funeral was a propaganda stunt, fit for a dictator: an absurd show of militarism, as if a coup had taken place. And it has. “Her real triumph...was to have transformed not just one party but two, so that when Labour did eventually return, the great bulk of Thatcherism was accepted as irreversible.”
By JOSEPH RICHARDSON - Counterpunch
As a result of Thatcher’s malicious attack on working people, both unemployment and under-employment have now become endemic and generally accepted features of British society...With service sector jobs predominating, many people who might have received training in skilled, industrial occupations are forced into precarious, low paid work in cafes and supermarkets. Most importantly, the evisceration of our industry has linked our economic fortunes with the actions of reckless financiers who have now plunged us into the worst recession of the last 80 years.