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New Cold War: The AUKUS pact unsettles the world

Per Olsson, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna, ISA in Sweden The new defence pact “AUKUS” agreed between the USA, Australia and the United Kingdom can, in the words of the British journal ‘The Economist’ on 17 September, be described as an “agreement that prioritised geopolitics—namely, balancing against China’s rise—over non-proliferation sensitivities”.  According to the author, the pact has only one previous comparison: “America’s ...

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Climate crisis: The implications of Hurricane Ida

By Jesse Shussett, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Imagine it’s 90 degrees outside, your wall-to-wall carpet is fully soaked in floodwater and it’s starting to mold. Your power is out so you have no air conditioning, not even a fan, and your phone has been dead for days. Everything in your fridge is rotten, but the ...

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Global supply chain chaos & the need for a rationally planned economy

By Dan O’Rourke The concept of ‘supply chains’ was once a relatively obscure topic that was only discussed on the pages of specialist trade magazines and forums. As empty shelves make headlines in the UK, tech companies warn of microchip shortages and shipping costs skyrocket, topics like logistics, trade, and supply lines are becoming a mainstream, household topic of discussion.  ...

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Warehouse workers at the chokepoint: A Christmas crisis is labour’s opportunity

By Dan O’Rourke One of the core lessons of the pandemic has been that workers make society run. It certainly wasn’t billionaires, CEOs, landlords and bosses who were categorized as ‘essential workers’. That label was awarded to nurses, hospitality staff, couriers, bus drivers, and truckers. Workers are the ones who keep everyone healthy, fed. Workers are the ones who keep ...

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9/11 attacks: An atrocity exploited for 20 years of war and torture

An editorial from the upcoming issue of Socialist Alternative, the journal of the Socialist Party  A mixture of shock, horror and incredulity. These words best describe the reaction of most of the world’s population to the heinous mass terror attacks of 11 September 2001 on the Twin Towers in New York City. Along with the attack on the Pentagon in ...

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Afghanistan: Asylum for Refugees NOW

By Per Olssen, Updated article first published in “Offensiv”, paper of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna – our sister organisation in Sweden On Monday night 30 August, the remaining American soldiers and other foreign troops left Afghanistan. The withdrawal, which marked the end of the United States’ longest war in Afghanistan, was immediately followed by the Taliban’s take over of Kabul Airport. After ...

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Abortion rights slashed in Texas: Free, safe, and legal abortion now!

By Grace Fors, from Dallas, Texas and a member of Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Virtually overnight, abortion is banned in Texas. Every one of the already-scarce clinics in the state has halted abortion services. Neighboring states like Louisiana and Arkansas are already seeing an increase in abortion patients from Texas. Millions of women are now terrified that ...

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Threat of chaos in Pakistan after Taliban return to power in Afghanistan

By Geert Cool, Linkse Socialistiche Partij / Parti Socialiste de Lutte — our sister organisastion in Belgium With the Taliban back in power in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s very fragile balance is in danger of being further shaken. On top of a near-bankrupt state, violence by fundamentalist groups such as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and growing social unrest, including against China’s Belt and ...

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Capitalism vs. the Planet

By Hazel Grinberg, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) The latest IPCC report paints a picture of five potential futures for humanity. In the worst one, if corporations keep calling the shots, we could see catastrophic warming of up to 5.7˚C. This would spell disaster for ordinary people the world over who would have to cope with ...

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