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Africa: Can it help feed us all?

31st August 2019

Africa’s Potential Bread Basket ‘It is people who make the world: the bush has wounds and scars.’ – a Malawian proverb Global food security is one of the most serious concerns of our time. The global food system is at the root of many environmental and health crises. Humans have made the African savanna their […]

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El Socialismo nunca ha sido probado

26th August 2019

En nuestra egoísta sociedad actual, cualquier conversación sobre una sociedad basada en la solidaridad encontrará poco más que un gesto desdeñoso. “No me digas -¡otra colecta más para unos pobres diablos! Ya estoy harto de estas colectas, ya no creo en ellas”. Por tanto, cuando los socialistas tratan de explicar que una sociedad basada en […]

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Syriza: Greek capitalism’s repair crew

21st August 2019

In January 2015 there was dancing in the streets of Athens as a left-wing anti-austerity party, Syriza, a ‘coalition of the radical left’, made up of various left and Green groups, Eurocommunists and some Trotskyists, had just won the Greek elections. There was rejoicing too amongst like-minded people outside Greece. The fightback against austerity was […]

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Coffee: the disaster of a good harvest

21st August 2019

Two bumper harvests in Brazil have flooded the international market with so much coffee that the price farmers can get has plummeted to below $1 a pound (BBC News, 11 July). Since coffee is a cash crop that farmers sell instead of growing food they could actually eat, when the price hits the floor farmers […]

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Big Pharma

21st August 2019

This is your capitalist brain on drugs Drug firm Pfizer has discovered that its own arthritis treatment drug Enbrel also seems to cut the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 64 percent (New Scientist, 15 June, p7). Great, you might think. Over to Pfizer to start cranking out Enbrel by the container load. Oh […]

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Huawei: is it really just cybersecurity?

3rd July 2019

Competition for markets, sources of raw materials and the control of strategic routes is the lifeblood of capitalism. This competition inevitably translates into rivalry between nation states, which serve the capitalist interests within their borders. Trade wars ensue with all the skulduggery that governments can muster and can lead to bloody conflict. We have seen […]

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Colour prejudice

3rd July 2019

The description of the aristocracy as blue-bloods was very much based on class where fair skin highlighted a person’s blue veins which showed that they did not toil in the outdoors in the fields like the peasants. Today the problem is confused by the idea of race which human beings impose on themselves, an issue […]

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Out of Africa

10th June 2019

Emigration from Africa has increased dramatically in the last three decades, going from just 1 per cent in the 1990s to 31 per cent by the 2000s. Migration by people has been a fact of life throughout their evolution. At this point in history, we should look at the reasons for such numbers of migrants […]

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The strange world of Fully Automated Luxury Communism (FALC): a consumer fantasy?

5th June 2019

The conquest of scarcity Aaron Bastani, co-founder and senior editor at the alternative media organisation Novara Media, argues in his book Fully Automated Luxury Communism (published by Verso this month) that current technological advances are on the way toward overcoming scarcity and making ‘luxury communism’ – a society of abundance for all – possible for the first […]

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Latter-day Neros

24th May 2019

‘The politics that’s needed to prevent the climate catastrophe—it doesn’t exist today. We need to change the system, as if we were in crisis, as if there were a war going on’. Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who shot to global prominence in 2018 by missing school days to go on strike alone outside the […]

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