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20 May 2020

Trump, coronavirus, capitalism, and the presidential race

Trump's administration has still failed to mobilise an effective response to the pandemic

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13 May 2020

The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it "fanned the flames of revolt"

Laura Spinney's book on the 1918 flu pandemic, first published in 2017, is now being widely read

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6 May 2020

Trump puts profit before safety (again)

US president Donald Trump has invoked a 1950s Korean War-era piece of legislation to re-open meat processing plants, closed because of high rates of coronavirus infections among their workforces

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6 May 2020

US: Trump's public health cuts have condemned thousands worldwide

More people in the US died from Covid-19 in three months than in nine years of the US armed forces' Vietnam War. The US private healthcare system has been shockingly exposed, writes Jon Dale, secretary, Unite union Nottinghamshire NHS Branch (personal capacity).

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May Day greetings in the Socialist, May 2020

29 April 2020

130 Years of May Day in Britain: Fight for workers' rights more relevant than ever

Overworked, underpaid, struggling to afford the basics - this is true of the situation facing many 'key workers' that the Covid-19 lockdown has so clearly demonstrated society is dependent on.

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22 April 2020

Lenin at 150: A revolutionary life - and the relevance of his ideas for today

In January 1917 the world was in flames amid the barbarism of the first capitalist world war. Yet within months Lenin was elected head of the first democratic workers' government in history.

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22 April 2020

US private healthcare system in meltdown

Like in the UK, the coronavirus pandemic in the USA has resulted in the postponement or cancellation of non-urgent surgery in hospitals

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21 April 2020

Coronavirus news in brief

As the number of unemployed workers applying for benefits rises to 22 million due to the coronavirus crisis, reactionary US president Donald Trump is determined to end the country's health lockdown measures, which he sees as undermining his chances of a second term in office

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8 April 2020

Amazon workers threaten revolution!

"And to Mr Bezos my message is simple. I don't give a damn about your power. You think you're powerful? We're the ones that have the power."

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1 April 2020

As coronavirus crisis intensifies, class antagonisms deepen

After the pandemic crisis, things will never be the same again. This will be similar to the situation after the two world wars of the 20th century.

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18 March 2020

United States: private healthcare exposed as Trump throws money at markets

Capitalism and the political duopoly of the Democratic and Republican parties are to blame for the US's incompetent response to Covid-19

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11 March 2020

How can Trump be ousted from the White House?

The turmoil in the US Democratic primary battles reflects all of the tensions in US society.

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5 February 2020

Israel/Palestine: Trump 'peace plan' promises further conflict

The recent 'deal' announced by US President Donald Trump and enthusiastically endorsed by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was billed as a 'Middle East peace plan'. But as the Economist journal wrote: "As a blueprint for a two-state solution it was dead on arrival".

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5 February 2020

Syria: Assad regime consolidates power after brutal counterrevolution

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has succeeded, for now, in defeating the revolutionary uprising and subsequent armed rebellion that has swept over the country since the 'Arab Spring' of 2011.

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29 January 2020

Trump's trashing of the environment - Dump the capitalist profit system!

At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, US president Donald Trump attacked those calling for meaningful action to halt catastrophic, capitalist-induced climate change as "prophets of doom".

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29 January 2020

Libya: Civil war and chaos follow interventions by world and regional powers

It is almost nine years since the Nato-led military intervention in Libya, and the country is still a mess, split between conflicting forces, backed by western capitalist powers, Russia, and regional powers Turkey and Saudi Arabia. An ongoing series of 'peace' summits hosted by various world powers have failed to resolve an increasingly violent civil war. In the second of our series on the Middle East, Tom Baldwin explains how imperialism brought about this chaos and why the current conflict can only be resolved by an independent revolutionary movement of workers and the poor.

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22 January 2020

Iraq - a brutal legacy of imperialist intervention

The Iraqi people have endured horrors from iron dictatorship to brutal imperialist occupation to dysfunctional and corrupt rule by local sectarian parties

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15 January 2020

Renewed protests shake Iranian leaders

A wave of anger over what is seen as the regime's lying and incompetence - after the tragic downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet - has sparked off a third round of mass protests in Iran in just over three years.

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8 January 2020

Suleimani's assassination - Middle East thrown into turmoil

Shockwaves went around the world at the news of Trump's decision to assassinate Suleimani

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8 January 2020

Trump attacks Iran - London protest: We need workers' action against war and austerity

Socialist Party members responded to the call to oppose Trump's drone strike on Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and the ratcheting up to war on Saturday 4 January.

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