Monthly Archives: August 2018

Four parties agree on forming a government in Iraq

Following the elections held on May 12, eyes are now on the probable government to be formed in Iraq.

Before the announcement of the results of the elections, a broad-based coalition agreement had been made between Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sayirun alliance, Haidar al-Abadi’s Nasr list, Shia leader Ammar al-Hakim’s Hikma (National Wisdom Movement) list and Ayad Allawi’s Wataniya list.

It is imperative to construct a 5th International of workers and peoples

by Samir Amin

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For the last thirty years the world system has undergone an extreme centralization of power in all its dimensions, local and international, economic and military, social and cultural.

What’s Left in Nicaragua After Ortega

by Roger Harris

Before the violence that started mid-April, Nicaragua had been the most peaceful, safest, and by far the most progressive country in Central America. Now that a semblance of peace has been restored in Nicaragua, the US government continues its campaign for regime change joined by some who formerly supported Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista party. While much has been written for and against Ortega, what might replace him were he to leave is less well fleshed out. Latin Americanist academics Dan La Botz and Benjamin Waddell, both
with extensive experience in and knowledge of Nicaragua, give us some insights into what might be expected were the opposition to take over.

India | Nowhere to run – The worst refugee crisis since the second world war

Sushovan Dhar

Warsan Shire, a 24 year old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London, in her debut book, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (2011) observes, “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.” Three years back, the photographs of Aylan Kurdi sent us shock-waves. The images of that three year old Syrian boy lying face down on a Turkish beach drew global attention towards the severe problems of refugees and migration.

Greece | Greece still under the yoke of its illegitimate debt

by Anouk Renaud

On Friday 22 June 2018, after night-long negotiations, the Eurogroup (meeting of the finance ministers of the eurozone, along with representatives of the IMF and the ECB) announced with great fanfare / pomp and circumstances, a new agreement concerning Greece. It is supposed to be a “historic” agreement that would sound the death knell of the Greek crisis. [1] Now all the media are saying that Greece “is turning a page,” that “the Greek people can smile again,” that it marks “the end of the Greek crisis,” and that “Greece had settled its debt problem.” [2]