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The end of the beginning for Libya?

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Libyan Rebels

Six months and on almost 100,000 casualties, over half murdered by Gaddafi, what’s next for Libya?  The first thing is for the National Transitional Council to unite the separate factions.  While most Libyans support them the ‘rebels’ are still very un-united in how Libya will be ruled.  They will have to ensure Libya remains one country and that people do not try to take advantage.  The other major obstacle will be to ensure Continue reading

Harry’s five of the week: Market analysis, Syria, mansion tax, Kurdish terrorism, NHS

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The mansion tax has raised its head again

With the riots consuming most of the newsprint and dominating the airwaves, you may not be aware that Bolton are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League. Harry Raffal brings you the other storylines that may have slipped your notice. 

With the riots in Britain and the subsequent political fallout occupying central stage this week and only broken to bring us the first week of the Premier League and England thrashing India to go 3-0 up in the series, Continue reading

The continuing and unsuprising crisis of capitalism

Capitalism Crisis

Capitalism Crisis?

Financial crisis has been with us since 2007. Not much is changing. Have the established forms of capitalism failed? Chris Smith urges us to think about the economy from a progressive perspective.

Global capitalism continues to lurch from one crisis to the next, just as any good Marxist account of reality tells you it is destined to do. The US, the world’s largest economy and lynchpin of global capitalism is having its credit rating downgraded for the first time in its history. Whether this downgrade by one ratings agency turns out to be as universally damaging to the workings of Continue reading

The UN and Syria – A hypocrisy in action

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The UN are hypocrites not intervening in Libya

The United Nations have involved themselves in intervention or peace-keeping in the Balkans, the Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, the Lebanon and in the Israel/Palestine conflict. And, of course, Libya. Yet they are disinclined to intervene in Syria. Is this hypocrisy of the first order? Alex Patnick asks.

As many of you will have read or seen on TV, in recent days, the Assad regime in Syria has been besieging and occupying the town Hama as well as attacking Deraa and committing Continue reading

Why Britain is selective about The Arab Spring Revolutions

Arab Spring

Arab Spring Revolution

The situation in Syria grows worse as the government massacres its own people during Ramadan. Why is Britain not intervening in Syria’s Arab Spring Revolution when she keenly humiliates herself in Libya? James Garry reports.

I oppose all wars that are not in the national interest and condemn them as a waste of life. The wars that Britain has fought in the last fifteen years – Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya –  leave me perplexed. They are all liberal-interventionist wars. Wars waged by a nation Continue reading

A chance for change in Venezuela.

Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez

With Hugo Chavez in ill-health, Venezuela has a chance to rid itself of its corrupt and dictatorial leader. It is time the Chavez administration considered new candidates to view for political power, argues Daniel Willis.

The recent news to come from Venezuela indicated that the populist President Hugo Chavez is suffering from bowel cancer. Despite having a tumour approximately the “size of a baseball” removed in late June he has recently found it necessary to return to Cuba for possible chemotherapy or radiation treatment, as was announced last week. Whilst still maintaining an iron grasp on the country, the recent revelations have sparked debate not only regarding the health of the President, but Continue reading

South Sudan – The revelry and perils for a new nation

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On the ninth of July, the former Republic of Sudan split to form Sudan and the new Republic of South Sudan. It is inevitable that some people will disregard this ‘unimportant nation’ as no news of any concern at all but I think that is pitifully naïve, and here is why. First, before it split, it was the largest country in Africa, with a potentially huge emerging market for businesses and entrepreneurs who were willing to go into the warzone. Secondly, since the current president of Sudan (the old president of the two combined countries) is wanted for crimes against humanity and genocide against the South Sudanese.

This split is, if nothing else, a triumph of diplomacy to avoid such mass scale killings. Thirdly, the combined international importance of the oil wealth in South Sudan alongside being blacklisted by USA as a sponsor of Continue reading

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