Politics

999 Senate passage of Covid-19 bill

8 March 2021

Political turmoil in Nepal intensifies as Supreme Court orders reinstatement of parliament

By Rohantha De Silva, 6 March 2021

The Supreme Court verdict indicates that key sections of the ruling elite are hostile to Oli’s actions and fear the growing discontent towards his corrupt and autocratic rule.

999 Burma political update

5 March 2021

Sri Lankan Tamil nationalists seek alliance with India’s Hindu-chauvinist BJP

By V. Gnana, 4 March 2021

Amid mounting US and Indian threats against China, Tamil nationalist parties called for an alliance with India’s ruling Hindu-extremist Bharatiya Janata Party.

US Supreme Court poised to finish off Voting Rights Act

By Ed Hightower, 4 March 2021

Tuesday’s discussion in the Supreme Court—essentially on the issue of how much voter suppression is permissible—should serve as another warning that American democracy is on life support.

Vernon Jordan, African American pillar of the establishment, dead at 85

By Fred Mazelis, 4 March 2021

The confidant and close adviser of Bill Clinton based his entire career on the role of liaison between a small layer of the black middle class and sections of big business.

Biden and Trudeau revamp Canada-US alliance for trade war and military conflict

By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2021

The Roadmap for a Renewed US-Canada Partnership proposes a “whole-of- government relationship” to reassert North American imperialist world dominance, including through the modernization of NORAD, securing “strategic” production chains, and developing “clean” energy.

US ruling class moves to remove remaining restrictions as pandemic continues to spread

By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2021

While the federal CDC has criticized Texas for ending all COVID-19 restrictions, the Biden administration policy of reopening all schools will have the same effect of spreading the pandemic.

100,000 Spanish dead in pandemic: PSOE-Podemos regime ends restrictions

By Alice Summers, 2 March 2021

While the National Institute of Statistics recorded over 100,000 excess deaths by last month, the PSOE-Podemos government’s official death count was almost 40,000 less.

Memoirs of ex-army commander expose drive toward dictatorship in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 28 February 2021

The memoirs of ex-army commander Villas Bôas have thrown Brazilian politics into turmoil and exposed the drive towards dictatorship in the sixth most populated country in the world.

Violent crackdown on Myanmar protests leaves 18 dead

By Owen Howell, 28 February 2021

The military junta has launched a ruthless offensive against the nationwide movement of protests and strikes that erupted after the February 1 coup.

999 Memoirs of ex-Army chief expose protracted drive toward dictatorship in Brazil

27 February 2021

French government rejects lockdown as UK variant becomes dominant strain

By Samuel Tissot, 27 February 2021

The British variant now accounts for nearly half of new COVID-19 infections across France.

Tokyo gives coast guard authorization to fire on foreign vessels

By Ben McGrath, 27 February 2021

The Japanese government’s decision will only heighten the danger of a clash with China over disputed territories in the East China Sea.

Germany: Left Party congress paving way for government participation and war

By Johannes Stern, 26 February 2021

Germany’s Left Party congress will set an even more direct course towards government participation and support for war.

999 Former Australian treasurer warns of market clear out

26 February 2021

Thirty-five years since the “People Power” ouster of Marcos in the Philippines

26 February 2021

The excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the ouster of the tyrant Marcos was rapidly disappointed. “People power” was betrayed. The basic problems confronting the Filipino masses remain unresolved and have in fact worsened.

Ukrainian government sanctions pro-Russian oligarch and opposition leader

By Jason Melanovski, 26 February 2021

The move comes amidst a deep crisis of the Zelensky government and was fully backed by the Biden administration in Washington.

Spain’s fascistic Vox party surges in Catalan regional elections

By Alice Summers, 26 February 2021

Amid mass abstention, the far-right Vox party entered the Catalan parliament for the first time, while the social democrats took the most seats.

Calls mount for investigation of Governor Cuomo in New York nursing homes scandal

By Josh Varlin, 25 February 2021

The real scandal is not the Cuomo’s alleged “bullying,” but the massive death toll in nursing homes.

Myanmar military fires on protesting shipyard workers, killing two

By Owen Howell, 21 February 2021

The bloody crackdown in Mandalay is part of intensifying repression as the protest movement against the February 1 coup shows no sign of abating.

Italian government preparing for confrontation with working class

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2021

The 73-year-old former head of the European Central Bank formed a government last week including all major national parties, apart from the fascist Fratelli d’Italia, from the far-right Lega to the social democratic Democrats (PD).

Protests mount against Socialist Party-Podemos persecution of Spanish rapper Pablo Hasél

By Alejandro López, 20 February 2021

The Lleida High Court has provocatively upheld another conviction, adding an additional two-and-a-half years to Hasél’s nine-month prison sentence.

While Biden proclaims “America is back,” imperialist conflicts dominate Munich conference

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2021

Biden’s attempt to assert US leadership under the false banner of “democracy” received a chilly reception from Washington’s NATO allies.

Rape allegations throw doubt over future of Australian prime minister

By Mike Head, 20 February 2021

If the prime minister is found to have lied to parliament, he could be forced to resign.

Adopting “anti-separatist” law, Macron moves to censor French universities

By Alex Lantier, 18 February 2021

The state has ordered the National Center for Scientific Research to ideologically evaluate all university research in France for Islamist influence.

999 South Pacific forum

15 February 2021

German federal and state leaders open the floodgates for a third wave of COVID-19

By Marianne Arens, 13 February 2021

In a few days, many schools and day-care centres in Germany will reopen despite the fact that new, highly contagious virus variants are spreading.

Australian Labor Party leader proposes new union-employer Accord

By Mike Head, 13 February 2021

In essence, the presentation was a bid for the return of another Labor government to police the intensified corporate refashioning of workplace relations.

French neo-fascist Le Pen, interior minister debate anti-Muslim policies

By Alex Lantier, 13 February 2021

In the debate, Interior Minister Darmanin attacked Le Pen from the right, for not supporting his fascistic “anti-separatist” law and being “soft” on Islam.

German government registers record military budget and gears up for war

By Johannes Stern, 13 February 2021

A Defence Ministry position paper reveals that, behind the backs of the population, the German ruling class is preparing the biggest arms offensive since Hitler’s build-up of the Wehrmacht in the 1930s.

PSOE-Podemos facilitates fascist attacks on migrants in Canary Islands

By Alice Summers, 11 February 2021

In leaked WhatsApp chats and videos, neo-fascists discussed plans to kill and maim migrant workers interned on Spain’s Canary Islands.

999 Ecuador election heads to run-off with Correa ally in lead

11 February 2021

Plea deal with Trudeau’s would-be assassin continues Canadian state’s cover-up of far-right attack

By Roger Jordan, 11 February 2021

Despite Hurren having threatened Trudeau and having been discovered armed to the teeth on the grounds of his temporary residence, the prosecution chose to exclude from the trial any consideration of the army reservist’s plans to kill, harm or even “arrest” the Prime Minister.

Biden declares US in “extreme competition” with China

By Mike Head, 11 February 2021

Biden’s catch-cry—“America is back”—has the same belligerent content as Trump’s “America First.”

State and local government, mass media mount all-out blitz to reopen Los Angeles schools

By Dan Conway, 8 February 2021

The Los Angeles school reopening drive is part of a full-court press by Governor Gavin Newsom and the Biden administration to reopen schools regardless of any exponential increase in community deaths and suffering.

Coalition government in New Caledonia collapses

By John Braddock, 8 February 2021

The fragile political arrangements between the pro-and anti-independence factions in the French Pacific territory have shattered amid a deepening economic crisis and rising anger in the working class.

Gunmen kill two FMLN campaigners in El Salvador

By Andrea Lobo, 6 February 2021

President Nayib Bukele, who has constantly encouraged violence against his political opponents, has defended the attackers, which included one police officer.

What was Eduardo Bolsonaro doing in Washington during the January 6 coup?

By Tomas Castanheira, 6 February 2021

Eduardo’s arrival in the US on January 4 was reported as a “surprise visit” to the White House at the invitation of Ivanka Trump, daughter of the former US president.

Life instead of profits! Socialism instead of capitalist barbarism!

Support the SGP’s campaign for the German federal election!

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 6 February 2021

Workers in every country around the world confront the same problems and can only oppose exploitation, militarism and fascism by uniting. This is why the SGP’s election campaign is not restricted to Germany, but addresses itself to workers throughout Europe!

Behind Biden’s invocations of “democracy,” US military prepares for nuclear war

By Andre Damon, 6 February 2021

As Biden devoted his first foreign policy speech to invocations of “democracy” and “human rights,” the head of US nuclear forces declared nuclear war “a very real possibility.”

Australian Labor Party and unions pretend to oppose corporate offensive on workers’ jobs, pay and conditions

By Mike Head, 5 February 2021

After propping up the Morrison government for more than a year, the Labor and union leaders are attempting to distance themselves from it.

Amid mounting social discontent, Pakistan’s opposition parties to step up campaign for new elections

By Sampath Perera, 5 February 2021

Seeking to exploit popular anger over rising prices and joblessness and IMF-dictated pro-market measures, a ten-party alliance of opposition parties is demanding Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Islamic populist PTI resign.

Austria: Green Party continues deportation policy of the far-right Freedom Party

By Markus Salzmann, 5 February 2021

The brutal deportation of three Austrian-born minors last week clearly shows that the Austrian coalition government, and above all the Green Party, has fully adopted the policies of the far-right Freedom Party.

Mario Draghi to head Italy’s new government

By Peter Schwarz, 4 February 2021

As the former president of the European Central Bank, a man who embodies European finance capital like no other is taking the reins of Italian politics.

Spanish Morenoite Izquierda Diario denounces social distancing for COVID-19

By Alice Summers, 4 February 2021

Despite the mounting toll from the coronavirus pandemic, the Morenoites are bitterly hostile to lock-down measures needed to halt the pandemic.

Pentagon purges advisory boards packed by Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2021

The forced resignations of members of all 42 Pentagon advisory boards is aimed at blocking last-minute appointments made by Trump as he prepared a coup to overturn the election.

Hundreds already deported from the US under Biden despite executive orders

By Kevin Martinez, 4 February 2021

Deportations of immigrants and refugees have continued under the new Democratic administration despite cosmetic changes to Trump era policies.

Wall Street Journal demands Biden crack down on Chicago teachers

By Jerry White, 3 February 2021

In a statement by its editorial board Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal angrily criticized President Biden for being too soft on Chicago teachers, who are defying Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s order to resume in-person classes as the pandemic continues to spread in the city.

Trump fires team of defense lawyers in run-up to Senate trial

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2021

The ex-president reportedly wanted his lawyers to defend his conduct before the January 6 mob attack on Congress by raising his claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by the Democrats.

Shadow ministry reshuffle underscores Australian Labor Party crisis

By Mike Head, 30 January 2021

The moves against Albanese reveal concerns in ruling circles that Labor has failed to recover any ground since its May 2019 federal election debacle.

Neo-Nazis gather on Australia Day weekend for cross-burning

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 January 2021

Fascist networks are increasingly emboldened amid a deepening social and economic crisis and the promotion of far-right forces by sections of the political establishment.

Trade war erupts over vaccine supplies between Europe and UK

By Samuel Tissot and Will Morrow, 30 January 2021

As 100,000 die every three weeks across the continent, the EU and UK are escalating conflict over supply of the life-saving AstraZeneca vaccine.

Brazilian Workers Party, pseudo-lefts use COVID-19 vaccination disputes to cover up herd immunity policy

By Miguel Andrade, 30 January 2021

Brazil’s vaccination debacle has fueled ruling class divisions regarding the attitude towards US imperialism and China as all factions rally behind a herd immunity policy.

How Jacobin and the Democratic Socialists of America aided the Teamsters’ betrayal of the Hunts Point market strike

By Clara Weiss, 30 January 2021

As millions of workers have been radicalized by the pandemic, the DSA assumes the critical role of providing the efforts of the Democrats and the trade unions to suppress the class struggle—if necessary by brute force—with a “left” cover.

Modi launches mass repression against two-month-long farmer agitation

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 30 January 2021

India’s BJP government has seized upon the “violence” and “anarchy” that erupted in Delhi during last Tuesday’s protest against its pro-agri-business laws to launch a long-prepared campaign to suppress the farmers’ agitation through state intimidation and violence.

Court rules Spanish fascist regime did not commit crimes against humanity

By Alejandro López, 30 January 2021

The Constitutional Court ruling is a warning: If the crimes of Fascism are being rehabilitated, it is because sections of the ruling class are plotting a pre-emptive counter-revolution.

Fiji wins presidency of UN Human Rights Council

By John Braddock, 29 January 2021

The diplomatic maneuvering around Fiji’s appointment underscores the tensions produced by the escalating US-led offensive against China, which is set to deepen under the Biden administration.

Biden administration renews agreement with Mexico and Guatemala to crack down on migrant workers

By Andrea Lobo, 28 January 2021

The promises of US President Joseph Biden to pull away from Trump’s fascistic migration policies have quickly become exposed, as the Democratic Party administration doubles down on the war on immigrants and asylum seekers.

Bernie Sanders backs Biden’s national security cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2021

The Vermont senator and self-styled “socialist” voted to confirm Biden’s choices to head the Pentagon, State Department and US intelligence apparatus.

Jacobin pleads with Biden and Democrats to make a “psychological shift” left

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 January 2021

Jacobin presents the Democratic Party and its political operatives as if they are naive and cowardly figures who wish to do the right thing, if only they had the brains and courage.

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Committee calls for congressional investigation into Trump's coup attempt

The Faurecia Gladstone Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 25 January 2021

“We demand a full public congressional investigation, as well as the arrest and prosecution of all those responsible for planning, carrying out and providing political cover for the attempt to overthrow the Constitution! We must prepare for political general strike action against these fatal threats to our democratic rights!”

Trudeau and Biden to strengthen Canada-US military alliance and trade-war bloc

By Roger Jordan, 25 January 2021

Readouts of Biden’s conversation with Trudeau, the first he had with a foreign leader as president, and a flurry of press commentary make clear Ottawa and Washington plan to expand their strategic partnership to more aggressively challenge their great-power rivals, above all Russia and China.

Democratic Party pursues the deadly policy of herd immunity

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2021

President Biden says there is nothing to be done to change the pandemic’s trajectory. However, material published in the New York Times repudiates this assertion.

999 Biden climate plan, part one

25 January 2021

Club For Growth billionaires finance fascist Republican politicians

By Jacob Crosse, 25 January 2021

Far-right politicians who supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the election received millions in donations from the billionaire-backed organization.

Spain’s rich and powerful secretly monopolised COVID-19 vaccines

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 23 January 2021

The ruling class orders workers and youth back to work and school, knowing thousands will get sick and die, knowing they can illegally obtain the vaccine for themselves.

For a full, immediate investigation into death threats against Kshama Sawant!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2021

The threats to assassinate Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant came from a city government email address. The city must take all necessary measures to protect Sawant, her family and her aides.

Who is responsible for Canada’s second, deadlier, wave of COVID-19?

By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 January 2021

So as to ensure Canada’s ruling elite continues to accumulate obscene wealth, the federal Liberal and provincial governments have sabotaged implementation of the measures urgently needed to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Threat of fascistic coup grows in Brazil amid COVID vaccination failure

By Tomas Castanheira, 23 January 2021

“We the military are the last obstacle to socialism. Who decides whether a people will live in democracy or dictatorship is their Armed Forces,” declared fascistic President Bolsonaro.

Australian Labor leader hails US alliance as Biden is inaugurated

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 January 2021

Albanese’s line was that a Labor government would be best placed to deepen the US-Australia alliance under the new Democratic Party administration, as it prepares for war with China.

Yellen takes aggressive stance on China in treasury secretary confirmation hearing

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2021

Yellen’s nomination seems assured, as she enjoys support from both the Republicans and Wall Street.

Oregon faces legal challenges after establishing blacks-only COVID-19 relief fund

By Dominic Gustavo, 21 January 2021

The Oregon Cares Fund revived criteria similar to the racist “one drop” rule to determine eligibility to receive financial aid.

Weakened Italian government clings to power

By Peter Schwarz, 21 January 2021

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte survived confidence votes in both chambers of the Italian parliament and now heads a minority government.

UK: Investment banker adviser to Tory government appointed BBC chair

By Paul Bond, 21 January 2021

Sharp’s appointment demonstrates that the BBC’s long and carefully constructed fiction of impartiality is now increasingly rejected by the ruling class, who want more open support for their anti-democratic and repressive measures, and less airing of dissent and criticism.

Free COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Bryan Dyne, 18 January 2021

Jones is being prosecuted by the state of Florida for exposing its effort to cover up cases of COVID-19 and opposing the state’s policy of prematurely reopening schools.

999 Biden and Democrats downplay coup attempt

18 January 2021

New Zealand PM silent on Trump’s culpability for Washington coup

By John Braddock, 16 January 2021

Labour Party Prime Minister Ardern has deliberately evaded criticising President Trump’s role in the attempted fascist coup in the US.

Renzi’s resignation threatens to bring down the Italian government

By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2021

The Italian government faces collapse amid mounting social anger at “herd immunity” policies and political uncertainty after the January 6 fascist coup in Washington.

The pandemic and Trump’s coup attempt

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2021

To implement its homicidal policy of herd immunity, the ruling class is resorting to ever more violent and dictatorial forms of rule.

Britain’s Socialist Workers Party and Counterfire apply political chloroform over Trump’s coup

By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2021

Callinicos and the Socialist Workers Party have spent months minimising the threat from Trump, despite mounting evidence that he was planning a coup.

After Trump’s coup attempt: German politicians call for massive military build-up

By Johannes Stern, 14 January 2021

While the ruling class in Germany reacts with a mixture of shock, nervousness and aggression to the fascist coup attempt in the US, all the establishment parties are intensifying their great power offensive.

India’s Supreme Court feigns concern for farmers, while laying groundwork for illegalizing seven-week mass protest

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 January 2021

The Supreme Court ruling is aimed at ensnaring the farmers’ in a phony mediation process that is rigged against them, while laying the ground for outlawing their struggle if it is not shifted to an alternate site or sites.

Canada deepens support for US-led anti-China offensive

By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 14 January 2021

Tensions between Canada and China are growing sharper as Ottawa swings ever more openly behind US imperialism’s aggressive diplomatic, economic and military-strategic offensive against Beijing.

999 More info emerges about Trump coup attempt

11 January 2021

New details about January 6 riot reveal need for full-scale investigation

By Eric London, 11 January 2021

Trump’s January 6 fascistic insurrection had high level support from within the Republican Party and critical sections of the police and military-intelligence apparatus.

Bolsonaro endorses Trump coup, threatens to do same in Brazil’s 2022 election

By Miguel Andrade, 11 January 2021

It is no secret that the fascistic Bolsonaro sees in the January 6 putsch a blueprint for his own takeover in 2022.

New Zealand inquiry covers up police dismissal of anti-Muslim threats prior to 2019 terror attack

By Tom Peters, 11 January 2021

The royal commission accepted all the claims by Australian and New Zealand agencies that they could not have prevented the Christchurch terror attack, and dismissed evidence to the contrary.

Canada’s political leaders nervously downplay Trump’s coup attempt, claim US democracy strong

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 9 January 2021

Canada’s political leaders all blurred over the most salient fact: that the coup attempt was organized by Trump with the complicity of the Republican Party leadership and sections of the security apparatus.

Australian political and media establishment responds nervously to Trump coup attempt

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 January 2021

The Australian ruling class is fearful of the domestic and international implications of intense political instability and upheaval in the US, the centre of world capitalism and Australia’s chief strategic ally since World War II.

Biden names conservative appeals court judge Merrick Garland as attorney general

By Jacob Crosse, 9 January 2021

Freezing out Bernie Sanders and Sanders’ fellow “progressives,” President-elect Joe Biden rounded out his right-wing cabinet by selecting Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as secretary of commerce and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary.

999 NPA downplays fascist coup in Washington

9 January 2021

Modi boasts about “Indian” vaccines as COVID-19 virus rages through the country

By Saman Gunadasa, 8 January 2021

Workers and the poor continue to be the primary victims of the pandemic, while India’s media focuses on vaccinations.

“It’s going to take the working class to stop them”

Workers denounce Trump’s coup

By our reporters, 8 January 2021

Autoworkers, teachers, retirees and other sections of the working class reacted with outrage as fascist supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcibly disrupting the certification of Biden’s presidential victory.

Hong Kong police carry out largest arrests since imposition of national security law

By Ben McGrath, 8 January 2021

Beijing’s primary fear is that the working class will start to fight for its own class interests in Hong Kong and opposition will spread throughout the rest of China.

European politicians and media downplay coup in the United States

By Peter Schwarz, 8 January 2021

The central concern within ruling circles is that the advanced decomposition of American democracy could strengthen opposition to similar developments in Europe.

Republican state senators in Pennsylvania refuse to seat reelected Democrat

By Our reporter, 7 January 2021

Democratic state senators, after scattered protests, allowed the anti-democratic farce to proceed.

UK government refuses to publish list of airstrikes in Yemen involving civilian casualties

By Jean Shaoul, 7 January 2021

While the UK’s Ministry of Defence has listed a staggering 516 potential International Humanitarian Law violations by the coalition of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the real number is far higher.

Tape reveals Trump gangster methods in pursuing election coup

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2021

The US president demanded Georgia state officials “find” the votes required to overturn the result of the November 3 election, threatening retaliation if they refused.

999 Election of Pelosi/ForcetheVote

4 January 2021